By DorsetFest, Mar 12 2018 04:45PM
After a record year in 2017 we knew we had a challenge to make #DorsetFest 18 bigger and better, especially as it's our 5th anniversary! We believe the team's risen to the challenge.
After the success of our first Friday night at #DorsetFest 17, we've decided to start the festival then and to open up the festival have three great bands. As a result, the festival kicks off at 6pm on Friday 15th June until about 10:30pm. It then restarts at mid-day Saturday 16th June until 11pm.
When we asked last year for ideas of bands you'd like to see we were blown away when we received over 120 suggestions! There's been some tough decisions to make, but we believe this years mix of styles has something for everyone. Local legend Ben Waters will be headlining Saturday, while Friday will be headlined by Lionstar and Mission Impossible Band (with Neil Cowley) supported by a great range of acts that includes Galaxy Thief, Grizzly and The Grasshoppers, Patch & The Giant, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, The Threetles, Graffiti Classics the Comedy String Quartet and Mother Ukers with more to follow.
For the Family
We are proud to be a family friendly music festival. This year the family entertainment will be focused on Saturday 16th June and includes Jamie Jigsaw, a regular act at #DorsetFest, with his circus tricks and workshops that appeal to all ages and his shows are included in the £3 childs entrance ticket. We'll also have Creative Clay For All workshops, face painting and even a shooting gallery. For the grown ups, there's a Holistic Zone for those wanting to relax with a little pampering, run by award winning Mellulah Therapy & Yoga Retreats who are also planning to run a yoga session on Saturday morning for the campers
Food & Drink
You're there for the day so we always try to ensure there's a great range of food and drink available for all tastes and diets. This year we'll have pizza, Fai's Thai, Weymouth Seafood, BBQ, Hog Roast from The Ansty Herd and Mexican from La Cocina Mexicana. All to be washed down with Cerne Abbas Brewery beer, award winning sparkling wine from Langham Wine Estate, a gin bar, Dorset cream teas, cake freshly brewed coffees and even fresh milkshakes
For those who want to make a weekend of it, there are a limited number of camping pitches available for tents and campervans/caravans, with both a BBQ and vegan breakfast available. The breakfast isn't included in the proce though. Sorry.
A "Not For Profit" Festival
While we're not a registered charity, all money raised will go towards #DorsetFest 19, maintaining three historic local churches that date back nearly 1,000 years and Weldmar Hospicecare, a charity dedicated to providing specialist end of life care for people living in Dorset.
To avoid growing too big and losing the intimate, family friendly atmosphere, tickets are being limited for the first time in 2018. There should be enough, but we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment (and to take advantage of the saving you can get until 31st May). For more information on pricing and to book your tickets, CLICK HERE
The festival is held in a natural ampitheatre in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the slopes of Bulbarrow Hill. The postcode is DT11 0HQ for those using Sat Nav, but due to the vagaries of rural Dorset postcodes, this will take you to a location about a mile from the festival site. It'll be we signposted from there in case you get to the wrong location, but more details on the location can be found here.
We look forward to seeing you there!