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Check in here for more news about DorsetFest acts, stalls and anything else we can think of that you may find of use. Please feel free to contact us if there's anything you'd like us to include.

By DorsetFest, Jun 2 2017 04:00AM

Following the success at DorsetFest 17 we're pleased to confirm we'll have the Pimm's tent up and running again at DorsetFest 17.

As a bit of fun ahead of the day, why not remind yourself of some of the great adverts that Pimm's have created over the years by visiting their YouTube Channel?

Pimm's website and the Pimm's tent at DorsetFest 2016
Pimm's website and the Pimm's tent at DorsetFest 2016

By DorsetFest, May 5 2017 04:00AM

This is a debate that's even floored Prime Ministers. In April 2015 The Telegraph* reported on how David Cameron stumbled into one of food's fiercest controversies on a trip to a North Devon tea room where he pronounced that the correct way to eat a scone is to put the jam on first, then the cream. This is a point of honour between the people of Devon and Cornwall. In Cornwall it's jam then cream, but in Devon it's cream then jam.

This controversy rages on with celebrity supporters and influential organisations wading in where the brave fear to tread. For example, etiquette gurus Debrett's** say you should spread your jam before dolloping cream on top and a poll from claims that 60% support this view***

So are you one of the majority or one of the right...we mean minority? Either way, we love our cream teas and the ever popular tea tent will be serving delicious homemade cream teas throughout the day.

Lionstar enjoying their cream teas at DorsetFest 16
Lionstar enjoying their cream teas at DorsetFest 16

If you want to avoid the controversy altogether then don't worry. There will also be a great selection of homemade cakes to enjoy along with your cup of Dorset Tea.

A wide selection of homemade cakes will be available at DorsetFest 17
A wide selection of homemade cakes will be available at DorsetFest 17

* The Telegraph

** The Cream Tea Society

*** (and headline image) Somerset Live

By DorsetFest, Apr 16 2017 05:00AM

We’re delighted to welcome back a fantastic Dorset party band with a fiddle twist – Howling at the Moon. They'll be playing a selection of your favourite party songs, alongside a few jigs and reels to get you up and dancing.

Howling Duo - Playing a Jig - Live at The Crown Inn (Bridport)

Howling Duo - Galway Girl - Live at The Crown Inn (Bridport)

If you're interested in finding out more or book them for an event of your own, why not contact them via their Facebook Page

By DorsetFest, Mar 5 2017 04:00PM

We’re delighted to welcome Lionstar to headline DorsetFest 2017.

Lionstar are a unique Reggae/Rock/World fusion band based in the South-West UK and is made up of five multi-talented guys who describe their interests as “Life, Love, Music, Surfing , Travel, Nature, Touring, Music Festivals, meeting true and inspiring people, listening to albums and songs and feeling inspired. One Life Positive vibrations...”

Mixing classic Reggae, with Dub, Rock, Funk, Soul, World, with hypnotic heavy basslines to screaming lead guitars along with true and meaningful, soulful lyrics mashed with tight, funky, technical drums, Lionstar truly are a genre of their own.

Lionstar playing DorsetFest 16
Lionstar playing DorsetFest 16

In 2014 they released their debut album "Feels Like The Right Time" through Music Mill records and is available from Amazon, i-Tunes and Google Play. Since the release, Lionstar have gone from strength to strength. They have toured and appeared with artists such as UB40, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Aswad, Bad Manners and Happy Mondays amongst others at leading festivals around the UK, such as Glastonbury

Some of Lionstars other events leading up to DorsetFest 17
Some of Lionstars other events leading up to DorsetFest 17

We also know they rate the DorsetFest cream teas so if they’re not on stage, there’s a good chance they’ll be in the tea tent!

Lionstar have given us amazing support over the years and helped us get the festival to where we are now. As a result, we’re delighted that we can have them back headlining a range of new acts

If you want to learn more about Lionstar then simply visit and join over 48,000 fans!

By DorsetFest, Mar 1 2017 06:00AM

Set in a stunning location in a natural amphitheatre on Bulbarrow Hill, it’s hard to believe that the Dorset Midsummer Music Festival (also known as DorsetFest) was started in 2014. This is only our fourth festival and we’ve been lucky enough to have an amazing line up of artists, children’s entertainment, food and drink. Dorset Midsummer Music Festival 2017 will see us use the experience from previous years to make the festival an even better day out for all the family.

The music is key and we’ve been so overwhelmed by the interest that we have decided to open the festival on Friday night (23rd June) for campers and locals to come and enjoy a great evening of FREE entertainment with The Threetles and DD Allen! The Threetles are a local Blackmore Vale trio who started as a Beetles tribute band, but have since extended to cover the hits from the 60s and 70s. DD Allen caught the ear of James Blunt, resulting in a support slot on the Bournemouth leg of the Moon Landing arena tour in 2014 and has since gone from strength to strength. The bar will also be in full swing serving delicious beer from Cerne Abbas Brewery, along with food from the BBQ and Fish & Chips, so why not start the weekend early by joining us on the Friday night?

The Saturday (24th June) line up gets even stronger. We’re delighted to welcome an old favourite back. Lionstar have offered us incredible support in helping us to get to where we are with their unique style and experience of some of the biggest music festivals in the country such as Glastonbury.

Lionstar at DorsetFest 16
Lionstar at DorsetFest 16

As you’d expect there’s also new blood and this year we’re delighted to announce that we’ll also have Ben Waters and his six-piece band at DorsetFest 17. Ben’s a local musician with a global reputation, having worked with legends such as The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis and many, many more. Ben’s gone out of his way to make time for DorsetFest 17 in his incredibly full diary so we’re delighted and grateful.

Ben Waters with Ronnie Wood - Facebook @watersbenpiano
Ben Waters with Ronnie Wood - Facebook @watersbenpiano

So there’s already a great line up to enjoy, but we can’t release all our treats at once. Why not watch our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts as we share more information on the bands so far and announce more great music for you to enjoy on the day.

We also pride ourselves on being a family friendly event. Included in the price of the ticket is FREE children’s entertainment from great entertainers like Bugfest, Jamie Jigsaw and Hoop On. If you’re brave enough you can get close up to the selection of snakes, spiders and insects that Bugfest bring with them and learn more about these misunderstood creatures. If that’s not your cup of tea, learn a new skill (or just sit back and enjoy) with Jamie Jigsaw’s circus workshops. Fire juggling, stilt walking, balloon animals and much more, Jamie will keep you…oh and your child…entertained throughout the day. Alternatively you can take part in the Hoop On hula hoop workshops to work off some of the great food and drink everyone will be enjoying.

There's lots more too for a small cost. You can release the inner beast with a bit of face painting. Get into the festival spirit with henna tattoos. Or even create that personal gift on the day with Creative Clay.

Examples of the family entertainment at DorsetFest 16
Examples of the family entertainment at DorsetFest 16

To make the most of the day you can treat yourself with food and drink from around the globe.

There's food for all the family. Fresh wood-fired pizza from Forno Pizza. American inspired fare from the Chuck Wagon Kitchen. Fresh bread and Ploughman's from the award winning Orchard Bay Bakery. Hog Roast from The Ansty Herd. Thai from Fai Thai, amongst many others like BBQ, fish & chips and baguettes.

This can be washed down with award winning Langham Wines, Pimms, Cider By Rosie or real ale from the Cerne Abbas Brewery, with coffee to re-energise you from Routes Coffee.

There will also be sweet treats on the day with our own DorsetFest cream tea and cakes, New Forest ice cream from Super Scoops and milkshakes, smoothies and waffles from Mooies Milkshakes

Forno Pizza live at DorsetFest 16
Forno Pizza live at DorsetFest 16

For those looking to browse, we have some great artisan stalls. Award winning artist Marilyn Allis who's featured on TV will be at DorsetFest 17 with her distinct artwork. Marilyn will be alongside other great stalls that include Jillyflower Jewellery, African inspired British designed clothing from Ages Apparel and handmade Dorset Sam’s Fudge. Whether you’re looking for something a bit different “off the shelf” or a completely personalised commission, we recommend you take a stroll to see what catches your eye.

With so much to enjoy, why not make a weekend of it in this beautiful location on the slopes of Bulbarrow Hill? The ground’s relatively flat (by Dorset standards anyway) and there will be toilets on site (though no showers). Whether you’re planning to glamp in a campervan or rough it with a bit of wild camping, staying overnight allows you to enjoy the whole festival.

It just leaves us to say all well behaved dogs (on leads), kids and grown ups are welcome the help us all enjoy a great day.

Tickets are limited for both the festival and for the camping so we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on all aspects of the festival you can visit us on:

Alternatively feel free to e-mail us on [email protected]

We hope to see you at DorsetFest 17 for a great family day.

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