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15 Free Events At Dorchester Borough Gardens in 2016

Monday, May 16th, 2016

This summer sees the return of a host of free events being held in the idyllic Dorchester Borough Gardens which are set to run right through to October. 15 events in total are scheduled to take place in the beautiful gardens which attracts thousands of families each year.

The festivities start in June with the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Family Event with this year’s occasion is set to be bigger and better than ever before. The following day sees a special celebration picnic being held to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. Party in the park returns for another year including the annual hilarious 4 legged pub race which is part of the Dorchester Carnival weekend celebrations with proceeds going towards the good local causes supported by Dorchester Round Table in the local area. The last weekend in June the gardens will host live music from Sylva, a four piece band performing covers from Louis Armstrong to Lady Gaga.

Dorchester Borough Garden festivals are popular with families.

July is a packed month for events in the gardens. Live music will be performed during the Armed Forces Day, Swingtime in the Gardens plus the Stoke Sub Hamdon Brass Band who will be welcomed on Sunday 24th July. The outdoor cinema returns this year where you can snuggle up under a blanket with some popcorn to watch a family friendly movie. This year’s film is yet to be announced.

Following the great success that was last year’s inaugural event, the Cider Festival returns again on Saturday 20th August for more apple juice fun! Bands, bouncy castles and food stalls will fill the gardens along with the many cider stalls. The following day the sounds of Sinatra, Michael Bublé and many more will be performed by Tony Lowe to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare Trust.

Finally to wrap up an amazing array of 2016 events, Oktoberfest comes to Dorchester, an exciting new event hosted by the Dorchester Round Table. Keep checking Dorchester Round Table’s website for more details.



Saturday 11 – Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Family Event – 12 noon
Sunday 12 – Queen’s 90th Birthday Street Party – 12 noon
Friday 17 – Dorchester Round Table – Party in the Park – 6.00pm
Sunday 26 – Live Music from Sylva – 2.30pm


Saturday 2 – Armed Forces Day Civic Service at 1.50pm followed by Live Music
Sunday 10 – Swingtime in the Gardens – 12 noon
Saturday 16 – Outdoor Cinema Presents – from 4.00pm
Sunday 24 – Live Music from Stoke Sub Hamdon Brass Band – 2.30pm
Wednesday 27 – Love Parks Family Event – 12 noon


Saturday 6 – One World Festival – 11.00am
Sunday 14 – Warm Festival – 1.00pm
Saturday 20 – Dorchester Round Table Cider Festival – 3.00pm
Sunday 21 – Weldmar Presents music from Tony Lowe – 2.00pm


Sunday 25 – Durnovaria Silver Band – 2.30pm


And introducing… Dorchester Oktoberfest. More details to be announced nearer the time.

Dorchester Borough Gardens host the annual Party in the Park.

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Borough Gardens is one of the gems of Dorchester. Lovely spot for a picnic.

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