Local Events Calendar

All events subject to change as well as the weather! You are welcome to check with us before booking if you are coming for a specific event.

The list below was for 2020 before Covid changed all our plans! Below will give you an idea of the sorts of local events that are on in a normal year. We are hopeful that events later in the year will still go ahead but will need checking for their new dates.

For 2020 River Cottage are resting their annual Food Fair normally held on the last Saturday and Sunday in May (late May Bank Holiday weekend) and also the River Cottage Festival normally held on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the August Bank Holiday weekend.


Wednesday 1st Lyme Lunge - Fancy dress swim in the sea at Lyme Regis


Friday 7th and Saturday 8th Beerex, Dorchester Beer Festival


Sunday 1st Plant and Gardening Fair, Forde Abbey


Saturday 11th Abbotsbury Food Fair
Sunday 12th Plant Fair, Burrow Farm Gardens near Axminster
Monday 13th Duck Race, Lyme Regis
Sunday 19th Spring Plant Fair, Mapperton Gardens near Beaminster


Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd Fossil Festival, Lyme Regis and Charmouth
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd Toby Buckland Garden Festival, Powderham Castle near Exeter
Friday 8th - Sunday 10th May Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th Spring Tide Food Fair, Burton Bradstock
Thursday 21st - Saturday 23rd Devon County Show, Westpoint Showground, Clyst St. Mary near Exeter
Friday 22nd - Monday 25th Jazz Jurassica, Lyme Regis
Sunday 24th May Classic and Vintage Rally, Pecorama, Beer
Monday 25th Sherborne Country Fair


Sunday 14th - Saturday 20th Bridport Food and Beer Festival
Sunday 14th Summer Plant Fair, Burrow Farm Gardens near Axminster
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st Axevale Festival of Gardening and Crafts, Axminster
Saturday 27th Guitars on the Beach, Lyme Regis
Saturday 27th Lets Rock Exeter Music Festival, Powderham Castle
Sunday 28th Westland Coast to Coast Veteran and Vintage Motorcycle Run starts in Lyme Regis


Saturday 4th Sausage and Cider Festival, Lyme Regis
Friday 10th and Saturday 11th Jurassic Fields Music Festival, Bridport
Saturday 11th Yeovilton Air Day
Saturday 18th South West Astronomy Fair, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth
Sunday 19th Classic and Supercars Show, Sherborne Castle
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th Bridport Folk Festival
Saturday 25th - Friday 31st Lifeboat Week, Lyme Regis


Friday 31st July - Friday 7th Sidmouth Folk Week
Saturday 1st - Saturday 8th Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Week
(Carnival Procession normally on Saturday 8th)
Thursday 6th Honiton and District Agricultural Show
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th The Gin to my Tonic Festival, Exeter Corn Exchange
Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd Beautiful Days Family Music Festival, Ottery St. Mary
Saturday 22nd Bridport Carnival
Sunday 23rd Torchlight Procession from Bridport to West Bay
Thursday 27th Melplash Show
Thursday 27th - Monday 31st Great Dorset Steam Fair, Blandford Forum
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th Sidmouth Regatta (Red Arrows display to be confirmed)
Friday 28th - Sunday 30th Lyme Folk Festival. Lyme Regis


Saturday 5th Bridport Hat Festival
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th Dorset County Show, Dorchester
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th Food Rocks Festival, Lyme Regis (hosted by Mark Hix)
Saturday 19th Sidmouth Classic Car Show, Sidmouth Cricket Club
Saturday 19th - Friday 25th Sidmouth Walking Festival
Sunday 20th Autumn Plant Fair, Mapperton Gardens near Beaminster
Saturday 26th Sidmouth Illuminated Carnival


Friday 9th - Sunday 18th Sidmouth Science Festival


Saturday 7th Fireworks display and bonfire, Lyme Regis
Sunday 28th Christmas Light Switch-On, Lyme Regis


Symondsbury Estate Christmas Craft Fair - date to be announced