September Events in Dorset


We may be at the end of the summer holidays but there are still a couple of great events taking place this weekend in West Dorset.

Bridport Hat Festival

Bridports 9th Hat festival takes place this week with the main day (Haterday) being Sat 1 September

Bridport Hat Festival is a celebration of hats, a fundraiser for head-related charities and a giant summer-ending party for the town and its visitors – all run by volunteers. The most creative, quirky, stylish and inventive headwear combines with live music, multiple competitions, demonstrations, talks, displays, shows, a hat auction, games, hatted dogs (yes, hatted dogs) and much, much more, all ‘topped’ off by a HUGE mass hat-wearing photoshoot in Bucky Doo Square on ‘Haturday’. And all you need is a hat

More details can be found at


Dorset County Show

The Dorset County Show takes place Sat 1 and Sun 2 September

For over 175 years Dorchester Agricultural Society has celebrated agriculture and rural life within the county of Dorset. The two day annual Dorset County Show takes place on the first weekend in September.

New for 2018 the main ring entertainment is camel racing and there is also a new Food and Farming Education Area. The Show has also recently introduced attractions such as the Shopping@theAvenue Marquee, Heavy Horse Village and the Dorset Artisan Craft Marquee.

As well as competitive classes the weekend showcases rural skills, local food and drink producers, a wide variety of over 450 trade stands and much more.

The show offers a fun-filled, action-packed weekend for all ages. Children under 16 go free.

More details can be found at

If you missed your chance of a late summer break this year why not book a  2019 holiday in dorset so you can catch these events