This live event has finished
- The 10th Bourne Free Festival continues on Saturday with a parade starting at 11am from the centre of Bournemouth, stalls in the Lower Gardens from 12.30pm to 4.30pm, plus performances by Mischa B, Damage and Kimberley Wyatt from the Pussycat Dolls. On Sunday the local Metropolitan Community Church provide an open air service for all between 12noon and 2pm.
- Over 50 acts are lined-up to play the Swanage Jazz Festival which takes place at various venues throughout the town until Sunday.
- Corfe Castle will be taking part in the national Festival of Archaeology, which kicks off on Saturday.
- The 14th Grooves on the Green Festival takes place in Ashley Cross on Saturday and Sunday.
- There will be floats galore on Saturday when Upton Carnival takes place.
- Hundreds of swimmers will take part in Bournemouth Pier To Pier Swim on Sunday.
- Thailand comes to Christchurch on Saturday and Sunday with the Amazing Thailand Festival.
- Upton Carnival takes place on Saturday, with the procession starting at Factory Road at 1pm.
- The Asahi British Beach Polo Championships return to Sandbanks on Friday and Saturday.
- Wacky racers will be taking part in the British Pedal Car Grand Prix in Ringwood on Sunday.
- More than 250 people will take part in the Brownsea Island swim on Sunday.
- Dorset’s famous Seafood Festival takes place in Weymouth this weekend.
- Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets of Wareham on Sunday for this year’s carnival procession.
- Take part in our coverage by using the hashtag #bmthsummer
We're closing this blog now, but we'll be back with another tomorrow.
Wareham Carnival, Bournemouth's Pier to Pier Swim, Ringwood Pedal Car Grand Prix, the Amazing Thailand Festival and Bourne Free are among the highlights for Sunday.
Don't forget to tweet with the hashtag #bmthsummer, wherever in Dorset you are.
Pokesdown MCC were at Bourne Free. They will be hosting the Sunday service 12 - The Triangle @bournefreeuk @gayvicar http://t.co/itqblGKQPc— @PokesdownCF 12 July 2014
We hope everyone enjoyed the parade and seeing some of our cars along with the fantastic Bucks Fizz in the iconic... http://t.co/HxptANZ0f3— @rrelite 12 July 2014
Music fans have been flocking to Purbeck today for the 25th Swanage Jazz Festival.
Artistic director Fred Lindop says around 1,000 people have turned out today to listen to a mix of styles and that people were lining the streets this morning for the brass band parade.
He said: "Arun Ghosh in particular has really struck a chord with the crowds."
#UptonHeath spectacular in the summer sun - heading for #icecream #bmthsummer http://t.co/NSwsb44ObB— @vikki4mdnp 12 July 2014
2 lovely judges at #UptonCarnival @Annette4MDNP #Carol4Upton great choices picking #Upton infants to win! #bmthsummer http://t.co/1iUR228OVi— @vikki4mdnp 12 July 2014
A Dorset Police spokesperson said: "It appears that the vehicle has struck the scaffolding while parking.
"Scaffolders are on their way to make everything safe before we open the road again."
Apparently traffic isn't too badly affected at the moment.
Here's another photo of the scene from Toby:
26C at Hurn Airport.— @DorsetSnow 12 July 2014
@metoffice - a variety of clouds over the beach & sea - are they a specific type? #bmthsummer http://t.co/jQybUmNMVK— @73cath 12 July 2014
Lansdowne Road is closed by the Baptist church this afternoon after a single-vehicle incident. Our reporter Toby Wadey said it appears that a car has been involved in some kind of collision with scaffolding
With the Mayor at the formal opening of Bournemouth Pride— @Conor_BurnsMP 12 July 2014
Lots of colour in the sun at the Amazing Thailand festival at Christchurch @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/dQbObrI0ne— @RichardBmthEcho 12 July 2014
Thai traditional dancers between acts at the Amazing Thailand festival at Christchurch @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/UspSIYqwgg— @RichardBmthEcho 12 July 2014
Suree and Sachee Jinks at the Amazing Thailand festival at Christchurch @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/Z6n1SnThqJ— @RichardBmthEcho 12 July 2014
Second of two Upton Carnival videos by our photographer Sally Adams.
First of two Upton Carnival videos by our photographer Sally Adams.
Poole town crier David Squire led the procession. He's the world's longest-serving crier but it's the first time he's been to this event— @Winter_Alex 12 July 2014
"It's a very nice day for it," he said #bmthsummer http://t.co/M3J97IXvtm— @Winter_Alex 12 July 2014
Tom Robinson, 33, says he's enjoying the carnival. "It's great because everyone involved puts so much effort in" #bmthsummer— @Winter_Alex 12 July 2014
Everyone is having a great time at Upton Carnival #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/BcqRgnEPsD— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Marching bands at Upton Carnival #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Do56j59Utd— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Party atmosphere here at Upton Carnival! #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/5vUTULvhYq— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Crowds enjoy the festivities at Upton Carnival #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/JcSDkqPUQb— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Upton Carnival procession is loud and colourful! #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/F6ALQgiTVZ— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Lindsay and Bob Oliver live near the parade route. Mrs Oliver said: "we come every year" #bmthsummer http://t.co/DoD5dxypPN— @Winter_Alex 12 July 2014
Made it to the Upton Carnival just in time. This float is just one currently making its way to the rec #bmthsummer http://t.co/enWSLV6JF2— @Winter_Alex 12 July 2014
Love seeing Jean at Bourne Free. Go Spicer Court!!! @bournefreeuk @otrbournemouth http://t.co/c0RvX3F07t— @FlirtCafeBar 12 July 2014
Today we are at the Upton and Lytchett Carnival! Come along, say hello and have a go on our lucky dip! http://t.co/jnZlKzdTAg— @ForestHolme 12 July 2014
Spectators line the route for the Upton Carnival parade #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/stwAhJmOE5— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Bucks Fizz lead the Bourne Free parade through bournemouth @Cherylbaker @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/MuT3fj6LJc— @RichardBmthEcho 12 July 2014
#bmthsummer is very diverse.... http://t.co/mQg6q4rehc— @CllrChrisW 12 July 2014
A reminder to keep tweeting your news and pictures of today's events with the hashtag #bmthsummer.
Our photographer @richardcrease took this video of today's Bourne Free Parade.
This lovely couple, Marty&Janet Martindale, are regular visitors to Thailand. They return for the food and the people http://t.co/HAGKSKWibM— @Winter_Alex 12 July 2014
The Town Crier competition begins on Wareham Quay as criers look on #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/hClez0sEfD— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
It's getting busy @DorsetSeafood http://t.co/0Oiq77jBTH— @DorsetEchoEmma 12 July 2014
Town criers do what they do best on Wareham Quay #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/R6zsLDHOLS— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
About to lead the Bournefree parade in Bournemouth. http://t.co/M05PNbWrFI— @Cherylbaker 12 July 2014
Happy BourneFree! Have a happy and safe day!— @SallyV8 12 July 2014
Crowds are beginning to gather around the stage #bmthsummer http://t.co/yK3QvL4X8n— @Winter_Alex 12 July 2014
The Bourne Free parade makes it's colourful way through bournemouth @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/jn5afxXmWI— @RichardBmthEcho 12 July 2014
The Bourne Free parade makes it's colourful way through bournemouth @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/YgDgvZRIVA— @RichardBmthEcho 12 July 2014
Echo Towers looking good surrounded by the parade #bmthsummer http://t.co/ZeT8V9h9fR— @TobiasWadey 12 July 2014
Leo and Miya Bergin, both two and a half, are enjoying a nice wander in the sunshine with their granny #bmthsummer http://t.co/xJ0A6WSZa8— @Winter_Alex 12 July 2014
The Bourne Free parade makes it's colourful way through bournemouth @Bournemouthecho #bmthsummer http://t.co/pi8ld92n9P— @RichardBmthEcho 12 July 2014
Town criers gather at Wareham Quay for the annual competition #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/G86yKx5vv6— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Starting to get busy as the Christchurch Thai festival. Lots to do, from cooking demos to boxing #bmthsummer http://t.co/lty4PP7lAs— @Winter_Alex 12 July 2014
@bournefreeuk stopping traffic at Richmond Hill/St Stephen's Rd #bmthsummer http://t.co/iFDlaus6t6— @echodaz 12 July 2014
@bournefreeuk as viewed from an office window! #bmthsummer http://t.co/oG0cA74jcZ— @echodaz 12 July 2014
The party bus is rolling into Gervis Place. #bmthsummer http://t.co/FY2Rf676Ud— @TobiasWadey 12 July 2014
People now lining the roads as the parade hits Westover Road #bmthsummer http://t.co/FY2Rf676Ud http://t.co/uHprz97I7g— @TobiasWadey 12 July 2014
A choir entertains at Wareham Quay before the annual Town Crier competition starts #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/p5wVR8muJK— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Just got a thumbs up from the guys at Wessex Fire Rescue . #bmthsummer http://t.co/FY2Rf676Ud http://t.co/rNByWGmguD— @TobiasWadey 12 July 2014
A little different from your average Wilts & Dorset bus... #bmthsummer http://t.co/FY2Rf676Ud http://t.co/yN0WcajYS0— @TobiasWadey 12 July 2014
Some eye catching sights down here at Bath Hill Roundabout #bmthsummer http://t.co/FY2Rf676Ud http://t.co/Xzjte2gbXD— @TobiasWadey 12 July 2014
Bourne Pride is underway! #Bmthsummer http://t.co/FY2Rf676Ud http://t.co/zyCDuYGA3s— @TobiasWadey 12 July 2014
We're Here & We're Queer! @bournefreeuk http://t.co/Msyz1KXbWU— @theedgesoton 12 July 2014
Me and the minions are at the corner of Westover Road waiting for the @bournefreeuk parade http://t.co/44Hv68A5Es— @MissHappy75 12 July 2014
Iced caramel latte, sunshine and pride it's gonna be a good day #BFLGBT @bournefreeuk #Pride http://t.co/COXMpZD6VK— @GayPridePicsUK 12 July 2014
supporting @bournefreeuk in bmth gardens— @TurnYourBackUK 12 July 2014
Collected the car for tomorrow's @RingwoodBrewery #PedalCarGrandPrix http://t.co/By53ZqbExR— @SimonOnTheRadio 12 July 2014
It's Time For @bournefreeuk With @D_Y_M_K !! #Pride #PrideParade #bournemouthpride #bournefree http://t.co/NXaHP1Vdkj— @theedgesoton 12 July 2014
Great fun here at Swanage for the Jazz Festival Parade #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/a6ZCj4yMyD— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
The colourful and musical Swanage Jazz Parade #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/KkKLKb94Zh— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Hundreds turn out to watch the amazing Swanage Jazz Parade #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/KeH2qD4LGW— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Hope everyone going Bourne free today has an amazing day wish I was there today but #ytfc comes first ❤️🍭🌈🌈 #bournefree— @LilLancaster988 12 July 2014
Happy #pride to everyone at #bournefree today! #BournemouthPride #proudofwhoiam— @DorsetRCSCentre 12 July 2014
The Lower Gardens is full of stalls, the Bandstand is ready for live music,the Parade is assembling..its Bournefree! #bflgbt— @bournefreeuk 12 July 2014
@Bournemouthecho Macmillan team all set up next to the bandstand for #bournefree. Speak to our specialists until 5pm. http://t.co/OiGKXdCqOo— @MacmillanMitch 12 July 2014
Some beautiful parasols here at the Swanage Jazz Festival parade #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/YOJ6MzQPM4— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
Lots of summer fun today, but 70 yrs ago they were just taking down the barbed wire from our beaches. #bmthsummer http://t.co/J3KHHF1Oi9— @echodaz 12 July 2014
That pic was from the Britain at War section in today's @telegraph by the way.— @echodaz 12 July 2014
I must admit it's nice to be home #beautiful #bmthsummer— @staciewardie04 12 July 2014
Band members begin to arrive for the Swanage Jazz Festival parade #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/XGyeuG5kQz— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
It's a beautiful day in Swanage for the Jazz Festival parade! #bmthsummer @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Xs6G5Ybotz— @SallyDailyEcho 12 July 2014
@harrychaplins @coastalactivity @Bournemouthecho @dorset_eye Amazing pictures!Had a great spot on #BoscombePier.Thank you @coastalactivity— @mamababyblissB 12 July 2014
Don't forget vintage classic super sports car show at Broadstone funday tomorrow from 12.30 #Broadstone Rec @FieldsInTrust @Bournemouthecho— @vikki4mdnp 12 July 2014
@Bournemouthecho @TobiasWadey yes indeed. Bournemouth Velodrome hosting 4/6 of national womens track omnium+Derny (motor paced racing)Fest— @jasonmfalconer 12 July 2014
@Bournemouthecho Macmillan team all set up next to the bandstand for #bournefree. Speak to our specialists until 5pm. http://t.co/OiGKXdCqOo— @MacmillanMitch 12 July 2014
Bournemouth Fireworks #boom #beach #summer #Bournemouth http://t.co/hMdtEsGDKC— @Danny_Lee_Golf 11 July 2014
The epic battle of two piers #fireworks, Who Won? Go Team #Bournemouth @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/bXk1QQot9s— @CreativeCovered 11 July 2014
RT @SamJSheldon: Fireworks on Bournemouth Pier, ahh! @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/2lEjTFHE6h— @CllrChrisW 11 July 2014
There were some fantastic fireworks off both Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers last night.
The free event, sponsored by the Coastal Activity Park, saw both piers simultaneously illuminated for one night only.
Lots of you were out taking some absolutely amazing photographs of the pyrotechnics.
RT @paulream: Hello Summer! Brilliant fireworks off both piers tonight boscombe and @Bournemouthecho @coastalactivity @theurbanreef http://…— @AbNash 11 July 2014
Wherever you are, please tweet with the hashtag #bmthsummer and we'll aim to include you in our live coverage.
We're all gearing up for a busy weekend. Reporters and photographers will be in as many places as humanly possible this weekend.
That's the end of our live coverage for today but we'll be bringing you all the action from across the weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
We've just had a look at our traffic feed and the county appears to be moving freely.
If you're heading out of Dorset for the weekend, you can keep up-to-date with traffic and travel news wherever you're going.
Visit out traffic and travel section and just add your new location into the box at the top of the screen.
Swanage Railway celebrates its 35th anniversary this weekend with a special gala. The commemorative ‘Swanage 35’ gala takes place over the railway’s five-and-a-half miles of re-laid line.
Steam enthusiasts will have the chance to travel on service trains hauled by the scratch built A1 Pacific steam locomotive ‘Tornado’ during the two-day event.
The special weekend gala will also feature the Purbeck line’s home fleet of locomotives.
On Sunday, more than 250 people will take part in the 6.5km Brownsea Island swim in Poole Harbour, which has been organised by RLSS Poole Lifeguard.
Around 50,000 people are expected to descend on Weymouth’s Old Harbour this weekend for the annual celebration of all things fishy.
Dorset’s Seafood Festival takes place 10.30am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5.30pm Sunday.
The programme includes a Fish Auction is aid of the Fishermen’s Mission, a ‘Ready, Steady Fillet’ show and a host of talks by top chefs.
This year’s chef and expert line up includes John Wright from River Cottage and Dorset’s Michelin chef from Sienna restaurant, Russell Brown.
Beautiful summer morning in #bournemouth today @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/IINz3ZINXR— @michaelorman80 11 July 2014
Hundreds of swimmers are set to take the plunge on Sunday to raise money for charity when the annual Bournemouth Pier To Pier Swim takes place.
The event is the biggest charity swim in Europe and also one of the British Heart Foundation’s biggest fundraisers.
Swimmers will set out for the 1.4mile swim from Bournemouth Pier and will make their way to the finish line at Boscombe Pier.
3:27pm Fri 11 Jul 14
Saturday is also Upton Carnival!
Thanks for your comment KayKay23. You are indeed correct, Upton Carnival takes place on Saturday.
The procession will leave Factory Road at 1pm and is set to arrive at the recreation ground at around 2.15pm where there will also be live bands, childrens’ entertainment, stalls and demonstrations until 6pm.
The weather forecast appears to be improving! Last time we looked it said sunny spells for Saturday and rain on Sunday but according to the Met Office things are looking up.
For Saturday it says: cloudy conditions and outbreaks of rain will gradually spread eastwards through the day. However, eastern parts should remain mostly dry until the evening, with further warm sunny spells. Maximum Temperature 24C.
Sunday will start cloudy and damp, but will become fine and dry with some sunshine.
Various roads in Wareham will be closed Sunday 7am - 8pm, for the Wareham and Stoborough Carnival. Bus routes affected. #dorsetevents— @TravelDorset 11 July 2014
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets of Wareham on Sunday for this year’s carnival procession.
The general theme is ‘Dance Fever’ so there should be lots of colourful floats taking part.
Categories for awards include best walking entry, best youth float and best float.
Participants will park up at Sandford Lane, near the town’s railway station, at 2pm, before making their way through the town centre to Wareham Quay at 3pm.
Friday night fireworks are back with a bang tonight! To kick off the return of the popular event there will be not one but two firework displays with Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers lit up simultaneously.
Starting at 6pm visitors can expect to enjoy fire performances, circus workshops and even stilt walkers before the main event at 10pm.
Are you going? we'd love to see your pictures. You can tweet them @Bournemouthecho later on tonight.
On Saturday as part of the Bourne Free Festival there will be entertainment and stalls in the Lower Gardens and a host of acts will be performing at the Bandstand.
Former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, 90s boyband Damage and X-Factor semi-finalist Misha B are set to perform in the Triangle Arena. Revellers must purchase a wristband to access the area.
Bournemouth's annual gay event takes place this weekend.
Bourne Free Festival gets underway tonight and runs until Sunday.
In the Triangle Arena tonight entry is free and open to all ages. There will be performances by Madonna, Lady Gaga & Rhianna tribute acts, plus an open air screening of Shark Tale.
On Saturday there will be a parade which will start at 11am on the East Overcliff Drive on Saturday before making its way through the town and finishing up at the Triangle.
Good afternoon everyone. The weekend is just around the corner and if you're wondering what to do there's lots going on across Dorset and the New Forest to keep you entertained!