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Summer Events in Dorchester 2022

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

Summer is here and Dorchester is set for a packed season of festivals, outdoor shows and events in 2022. Every weekend in late July and August there will be something taking place in Borough Gardens or Maumbury Rings. As well as the Dorchester BID-funded DorchLive live music in South Street every Saturday until September.

Here’s a pick of some of the events and entertainment on offer, in and around Dorchester in summer 2022.


Every Saturday until 3rd September, 11am & 1pm, South Street, Dorchester

Every Saturday from July 16th through to September 3rd, a different artist will perform next to M&Co, opposite Napper’s Mite in South Street/New Street. Performances run for 1.5 hours at 11am & 1:00pm.

Summer of Sunflowers

Dorchester is being taken over by beautiful bright sunflowers this summer to raise money for Dorset County Hospital’s Kingfisher Children’s Unit and Cherkasy Hospital in Ukraine. Look out for the wonderful sunflower themed shop windows across town and the sunflower varieties in Borough Gardens.

In August, there will then be a scenic walk leading you out to The Dorset Sunflower Trail at Maiden Castle Farm.

Dorchester Supersleuth

Dorchester Supersleuth 2022 picture clue competition is now live! This year Dorchester BID have partnered with Shire Hall Museum to create this summer’s Supersleuth trail, in celebration of the Museum’s Agatha Christie exhibition. It’s the perfect activity for the kids in the summer holidays. Find out more about this year’s competition here.

May Day Trade Union Confederation

Saturday 30th July, 10:30am, Borough Gardens


Sunday 31st July, 10am, Maumbury Rings

HengeFest is a family fun day in Maumbury Rings with activities that celebrate the sacred history of the space and its vibrant history. The event marks the final day of Home of Hillforts & Henges series of events – for an epic day of discovery and family fun. FREE ENTRY!

DJ Hurricane T – Live Music

Sunday 31st July, 12 noon, Borough Gardens

A Summer of Sport

Monday 1st to Thursday 11th August, Brewery Square

A Summer Of Sport is coming to Dorchester’s Brewery Square this summer! The exciting sporting line up consists of crazy golf, table tennis and aerobics in the square!

Laura Sharley

Saturday 6th August, 2pm, Borough Gardens

Dorset Food & Arts Festival

Saturday 6th August, 10am, The Great Field Poundbury

Tony Lowe

Sunday 7th August, 2pm, Borough Gardens

Library Gets Lively

Saturday 13th August, 11am, Borough Gardens

Damaris Fowler

Saturday 13th August, 2pm, Borough Gardens

Watkins & Swarbrick Band

Sunday 14th August, 2pm, Borough Gardens

Family Art and Activities Houseworks Dorset CIC

Wednesday 17th August, 8am, Borough Gardens

Dorchester Cider Festival

Saturday 20th August, 2pm, Borough Gardens

The 7th annual Dorchester Round Table – Dorchester Cider Festival returns to Borough Gardens on Saturday 20th August 2022 at 14:00.

A FREE to-attend family friendly celebration of the regions finest cider producers, special guests, great food and live music throughout the day. There is a fee for the festival cup which goes to the costs involved in organising the event with all proceeds going to local charities. When it comes to summer events in Dorchester, the Cider Festival is one of the absolute best annual summer events. Don’t miss it! Follow Dorchester Cider Festival on Facebook.

Vegan Market

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August, 10am, Maumbury Rings

Tony Lowe

Saturday 21st August, 2pm, Borough Gardens

Beer Fest

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August, 12 noon, Copper Street Brewery

Open Air Cinema

Saturday 27th August, 2pm, Maumbury Rings

A free Open Air Cinema is being held in Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, on Saturday the 27 August 2022. Showing the visually beautiful Moana at 2pm, followed by the 1980s classic Back to the Future at 5.30pm! During the interval there will be live music from the incredible 8 piece band The Skalatans.

It is encouraged that you arrive early and bring a blanket or deckchair to get yourselves set up for the day. There will be hot food to purchase, including wood fired pizzas and hot dogs as well as candy floss, popcorn, ice-cream, & delicious coffee and cakes – everything you need to complete your cinema experience!

The event has been organised by Dorchester Town Council – see Facebook page Dorchester Town Council for updates.

Anonymous Festival

Monday 29th August, 11am, Borough Gardens

Anonymous Festival returns in 2022 celebrating its 12th anniversary! Taking place on on the bank holiday Monday, this year the free event will be held at Borough Gardens in Dorchester – gates open from 11am-5pm, with live music from noon.

Anonymous supports a range of young local musicians, playing live music and DJing. With an eclectic range of sounds there really is something for everyone at the festival. A range of activities will be available to enjoy, including several inflatables, bungee trampolines, & fab crafts, as well as the opportunity to handle exotic animals, or try your hand at archery! Follow Anonymous Festival on Facebook.

Tony Lowe

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September, 2pm, Borough Gardens

Dorset County Show

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September, 8:30am, Dorchester Showground

DJ Hurricane T + Stickleback Jack

Saturday 10th September, 12 noon, Borough Gardens



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