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Top Things to Do in Summer in Dorchester

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Dorchester truly comes alive in summer months, making it perfect spot for loacls and tourists alike to enjoy a summer day out in Dorset! With a wide variety of activities, shops and attractions, you’ll never be short on fantastic things to do in Dorchester in Summer. Join us as we provide our top recommendations for things to do in the summer in Dorchester!


Explore Borough Gardens

Dorchester’s main public gardens, the Borough Gardens, provides families with a delightful green retreat – which is only just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre! These well-kept gardens boast beautiful flowerbeds, park benches, and two large play parks – making it ideal for picnics, leisurely walks, or even peaceful afternoons in the sun with a good book.

During summer, the Borough Gardens transform into a lively venue for free live music performances all from local artists. You can enjoy a variety of different performances on offer, from the classical band sounds of Durnovaria Silver Band, to the rock and blues tunes of The Andy Grant Trio!  You can also expect a number of events held in Borough Gardens throughout the summer – including the Dorchester Artisans market, which occurs on the first sunday or each month, and even the much anticipated and highly rated Dorchester Cider Festival.

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Run Through the Fountains in Brewery Square

Brewery Square has quickly become a vibrant hub of restaurants, bars, and shops – many of which are independently owned, but of course you can also expect the nations favourite’s such as Wagamamas, Pizza Express and Zizzi to name a few. In the centre of the square, there is a large ground-level water fountain which provides the perfect opportunity for little ones to play and cool off during a day out in Dorchester!

These fountains have quickly become a fast favourite among locals as they offer a fun and refreshing way to cool down on a hot day. Once you have dried off after splashing around, you can relax at one of the many eateries and cafes that line the square – or even pop into the Odeon Cinema to watch a film!

Brewery Square fountains - Photo courtesy of Richard Anders Photography
Brewery Square fountains – Photo courtesy of Richard Anders Photography


Walk Along the River Frome

A walk along the River Frome offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Dorchester’s town centre during the busier summer months. Just a moment walk away from the town centre, you can walk along the River Frome and enjoy the relaxing sound of the running water whilst taking in the countryside views around you. The River Frome is home to various birds and wildlife, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers and bird watchers. One a quiet evening, we highly recommend that you take yourself on an evening strolls which are particularly pleasant during the warm summer months!

Dorchester Frome River

Stop for an Ice Cream or Iced Tea in a Dorchester Café

On a scorching summer day, there’s truly nothing quite like a refreshing ice cream, lolly or cool drink. Within Dorchester’s town centre, you will find offers an array of cafes and eateries serving cool drinks and frozen treats – so you won’t have to look for long!

For a refreshing drink, visit Drink Inc for an iced tea or bubble tea! Drink Inc is hugely popular amongst younger children and teenagers in Dorchester – and with over thirty flavour options to choose from, it’s easy to see why! If you’re craving ice cream, head to Creams in Brewery Square for huge choice of ice cream flavours, as well as waffles and sweet milkshakes. For those looking to enjoy a cocktail, the terrace at Vivo Lounge in Brewery Square offers the perfect spot to soak up the sun in a relaxed setting.


Dorchester is brimming with activities and attractions that make the most of the summer months. From live music in picturesque gardens to playful fountains and serene river walks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, grab your sunglasses and sunscreen and get ready to explore all that Dorchester has to offer this summer!

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