Ten things to do in Dorset this bank holiday weekend
THOUSANDS of visitors are expected to flock to Dorset over the bank holiday weekend.
Along with miles of beautiful coastline, the county has plenty to offer tourists and locals.
We've selected ten events taking place this weekend to keep you busy.
1) Stock Gaylard Oak Fair (Saturday)
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Stock Gaylard Oak Fair, which takes place on Saturday 24 August from 10am, has established itself as one of the most enjoyable and interesting country shows in the region.
As always, there will be an eclectic mix of talented woodland workers, from woodcarvers to stick-makers, wood turners and furniture makers - and plenty of people ready to talk about their love of the countryside.
There is plenty for all ages to enjoy with scarecrow making, natural craft, art, circus and music workshops as well as interactive falconry displays and trailer rides.
2) Sturminster Newton Carnival (Saturday)
Sturminster Newton Carnival takes place on Saturday - with the main procession starting at 7:45pm.
A children's afternoon will take place at The Exchange, with judging starting at 3pm.
3) Sheep racing at Hermitage, near Leigh (Monday)
If you fancy something a bit different over the bank holiday then head to Hermitage for some high-competitive sheep racing.
Last year's event was cancelled after heavy downpours, so organisers are expected a big turn out.
4) Craft and Garden Fair, Kingston Lacey
Kingston Lacy Park, just off the B3082 near Wimborne, is the magnificent setting of the August Bank Holiday weekend Craft and Garden Fair.
This hugely popular event returns to the park, adjacent to Kingston Lacy House by kind permission of the National Trust.
From designer jewellery to woodturning, children’s books to toys, the variety of craftwork on show is wider than ever with demonstrations of drawing, painting, woodturning, ceramics, lacemaking and many others.
5) Wings and Wheels, Henstridge Air Field (Saturday)
Wings & Wheels will be offering a great day out for the whole family with lots of great aircraft, classic cars, barbecue lunch and a wonderfully relaxed garden party atmosphere along with stalls and a great view of the aircraft.
Organises are expecting between 70 and 100 aircraft to fly in on a good weather day - from sole survivors of their type to home builds, popular Moths and Vagabonds, Jodels and Cessnas - all can be found at Wings & Wheels.
As well as being able to watch the aircraft there is a fantastic display of vintage and classic cars with famous marques such as Buick, Marcos, Morris, Chevrolet and Ford all on show.
Gates open at 10am. £5 per adult, accompanied children under 16 years old free.
6)Weymouth International Firework display (Monday)
Weymouth Bay will come alive on bank holiday money with the annual international fireworks display.
The spectacular display begins at 9:30pm.
7) Wimborne in Bloom duck race (Saturday)
Money will be raised for Wimborne in Bloom in the annual sponsored duck race on the River Allen.
Last year, over £1,100 was raised - with this year's even taking place at 4pm, starting at the bottom of Mill Lane.
8) Historic Vehicle Rally, Sherborne (Sunday)
Money will be raised for local charities along Abbey Walk, Sherborne on Sunday. The rally is open to cars and commercial vehicles constructed before 1970 and motorcycles built before 1979.
All vehicles will be on show in The Courts from 2pm while the Sherborne Town Band will provide entertainment.
Admission will cost £4 for adults and 50p for children under 16.
9) Stars under the stars, Corfe Castle (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
As part of the Purbeck Film Festival, the historic Corfe Castle grounds will be transformed into an open-air cinema.
The films start at 8:45pm with The Woman in Black (Friday) Brave (Saturday) Skyfall (Sunday).
The gates open at 7:30pm with visitors advised to wrap up warm and bring a picnic. Tickets cost £6 for adults, £4 for children and £7 for a family ticket.
10) Dorchester French Market (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
For the seventh successive year, an authentic French market will open in Dorchester over the bank holiday weekend.
taking place between 9am and 4pm, local French produce including bread, cheeses, sausages, chocolate and lots more will be on offer.
The market will this year take place along South Walks.