These summer months are precious; don’t let them pass you by without fully relishing in the season’s festivities. Dorset and Brittany don’t fall short when it comes to hosting fantastic events, with a variety to accommodate all ages, interests and pursuits. There’s the fiery fiesta of The Great Dorset Chilli Festival, or for those who long for something more chilled, Jazz in Langourla will no doubt satisfy with its cool, docile tones and rich harmonies.
These are only two of the many events these destinations have to offer, so check out our blog to see Condor’s picks for Top 10 Unmissable Events This Summer. Don’t miss out; get out there and explore, experience, and enjoy!
The Great Dorset Chilli Fest: 30-31 July
Attend St Giles Park for the hottest weekend in Dorset! The Great Dorset Chilli Fest has stalls for purchasing chilli plants and seeds, condiments, ceramics, sizzling street food, as well as local ice creams, beers and ciders to cool any piping palates. In addition there are growing tutorials, and seminars from artisan food producers, alongside live music which builds a fantastic atmosphere. A fiery fiesta making for a fantastic weekend.
Sound and Lights Shows at Bon Repos Abbey: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 10th, 12th & 13th August
For the last 25 years Bon Repos has become a moonlit theatre in which one can watch the thrilling tale of central Brittany’s history unfold. The show covers events from the Neolithic era all the way through to the Chouan Uprising at the end of 18th Century. The walls of the Abbey light up in dramatic fashion with projections assisting the 400 plus actors and extras in re-enacting the past. The 2 hour show also includes hundreds of chariots, horses and farm animals, and thousands of costumes; the scale of the show is truly staggering, and does justice to the epic saga it portrays.
Luna Open Air Cinema Bournemouth: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th August
Luna pays a tribute to the golden age of cinema by hosting its showings under the stars, and Bournemouth pier makes for a picturesque backdrop. Although nostalgic by nature, Luna is shows modern classics such as Star Wars Episode VII, Back to the Future and Grease, a variety to cater to many a taste. The showings are elevated by a communal atmosphere, and make for a fantastic evening.
Festival Des Rias: 26th-28th August
The festival sees the streets taken over by the weird and wonderful, strange and spectacular spectacle. A miscellany of street performers, artists, musicians, stage acts form an artistic sightseeing tour, all compressed into the Quimperlé area of Finistère. It is an amazing experience, with a magical and mystical atmosphere that is matched by few other events.
Great Dorset Steam Fair 25th-29th August
If you are looking for an excellent fun and action packed day out for all the family, you'll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair.For the first time visitor seeing the Great Dorset Steam Fair can be quite an awe inspiring and impressive site - a sea of marquees and attractions .You can watch steaming giants of the past being put through their paces; some hauling huge loads, others sawing planks or doing the farm work of long ago, such as driving ploughs, threshing or baling. Just find the village of Tarrant Hinton on the map, head in that direction and follow everyone else!
Jazz in Langourla 5th-7th August
Since 1996, Jazz in Langourla has been a fantastic event for those curious and passionate anbout new and exciting music. Every year this festival brings together many artists recognized in the world of jazz, staged in an open- air theatre. The site is unique and beautiful, found in the countryside beside a rocky lagoon. Amateur and professional musicians gather every evening to give dynamic and soulful performances, from both traditional swing and bebop styles, latin jazz, and contemporary modal sounds. A wonderful and atmospheric event.
Bournemouth Air Festival 18th-21st August
Voted best Tourism Event by Visit England and voted one of the ten best air shows in the world by USA Today, the Bournemouth Air Festival is the UK’s biggest, best and free aviation festival. The action doesn’t just happen in the air, there is plenty happening on the ground too with 1.5 miles of trading stalls and ground displays located between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers and at Pier Approach. Swiss Air Force have confirmed they will be participating at this year’s Air Festival with the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Puma Display Team!
La Route Du Rock 11th-14th August
This thrilling festival features the best in up and coming rock artists. If the music isn’t enough to convince you, the massive staging, incredible lights shows, and great buzz and community amongst festival goers should be. The ancient city of Saint Malo hosts the biannual event, so transport from the port to the festival is easy, and attendees can camp, so accommodation is no problem either. A fantastic event for those both young and old, music and just plain fun-lovers alike.
The Dorset Food and Arts Festival 6th August
The festival will be held in Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, and is a free entry event, where visitors can come and have a taste of the flavours, and artistic flare that Dorset has to offer. The high quality of food and drink made from local produce, as well as art and music, is a pride of the county. There are countless stalls, and the programme of music ranges from country rock to opera. The event is wholesome and enjoyable, and for a good cause, as proceeds go to a local hospice.
Festival du Bout du Monde 5th-7th August
This annual festival celebrates world music in the beautiful Crozon Peninsula. Festival du Bout du Monde is one of the most significant cultural events in Brittany’s calendar, due to its artistic diversity and fantastic organisation. There is an impressive line-up of international artists, and both up and coming and well know musicians participate. The festival is also renowned for its warm and friendly atmosphere, and it’s an absolutely stunning setting; a truly wonderful experience.