The sun may have gone on strike for the weekend, but there's still plenty to do across Dorset and the New Forest this weekend. Here's our pick of the best. And keep an eye on for the latest weather and traffic information - if things are being cancelled we'll let you know!

1. Folk on the Quay

Bournemouth Echo: Folk on the Quay Festival 2013

Last year more than 10,000 people turned out for Poole's first Folk on the Quay Festival. This year the fun starts on Saturday at 11.30am with a massive display of folk dancing. Music starts at 12.30pm, with 20 acts playing over the weekend.


2. Wave at a Queen at Verwood Carnival 

Bournemouth Echo: Verwood Carnival 2013

This year's Verwood Carnival sees the return of a Carnival Queen. Samantha Atyeo-Pearson, 16, will be joined by princesses Molly Taylor and Tia Feeney in the procession, which departs the carnival field at 12.45pm on Saturday. The carnival field will be open from 12pm and there will be a host of entertainment all afternoon, plus a fun fair, which begins

3. Mess around by the river watching the Christchurch Regatta 

Bournemouth Echo: Crowds flock to Christchurch Regatta

Head to the Quomps for the 105th Christchurch Regatta. Boats will race from 9.30am along a 1200m course from Wick Ferry to Christchurch Rowing Club. Expect xdrinks, BBQ and lots of cheering.

4. Not a fan of boats? How about birds at Corfe Castle's Falconry day?

Bournemouth Echo: Corfe Castle on a sunny day

The last in a series of events celebrating falconry at Corfe Castle, this weekend visitors can learn how guns began to replace hunting hawks and falcons, and became the sporting fashion.


5. Classic Cars on the Prom

Bournemouth Echo:   CLASSIC Cars on the Prom celebrated its tenth anniversary with a line up of more than 100 cars.

A free line up of classic cars from the 1900s to the 1980s. Takes place behind the BIC and the sunnier it is, the more cars will be there!

6. Camp Amazing family fun day 

Bournemouth Echo: Fun Day - Camp Amazing

Charity Camp Amazing, which provides holidays for families of children with complex medical issues, is holding a fiundraising family fun day at Lytchett Minster RFC. Stalls, food, dancing and singing from 10am on Saturday.


7. Tankfest at Bovington

Bournemouth Echo: Tankfest

Thousands of people are expected at Bovington Tank Museum for this year's TANKFEST. Arena displays throughout will feature vehicles from the museum’s impressive historical collection, and the Grand Finale Battle, a salute to the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, will round things off with a comprehensive display of vehicles, parachutists and an appearance by a World War Two P-51 Mustang fighter plane.


8. Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival 

Bournemouth Echo: Eat your way around the globe at Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival

The Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival comes to a close this weekend with a three-day Farmers Market running from 10am until 6pm from Friday until Sunday. Farmers and producers from across the South Coast will be selling everything from local ciders and ales to locally reared and butchered meats. On Sunday there’s an Urban Harvest Community Open Day at Slades Farm Community Garden between 2pm and 4pm. 

9. Stricter about what you eat? How about the Bournemouth Vegan Fair?

Bournemouth's first ever Vegan Fair is on Saturday from 11am until 4.30pm in the Dorchester Suit of the Highcliff Mariott Hotel. There are goody bags for the first 75 people through the doors, up to 40 stalls to buy from, samples to taste, recipes to collect and talks and demonstrations too. Free entry.

10. Check out the Lymington Mini Car Festival 

Bournemouth Echo:

Picture by sammieee-photography on Flickr, licensed with Creative Commons


The second year of the Mini Car Fest in Lymington, a street party style event hosted by Bournemouth Mini Club & Lymington and Pennington Town Council. It's promising to be even bigger and better than last year, with minis lining either side of the high street.


11. See red with Bournemouth Red Arrows Association

Bournemouth Echo: The Red Arrows at last year's air festival

Get dressed up in red to celebrate 50 years of the Red Arrows with the Bournemouth Red Arrows Association fun day at Bournemouth Aviaton Museum. It starts at 10am and there will be talks, music, competitions, tombola and such like, with proceeds going to the Jon Egging Trust and the Aviation Museum.


12. Relax in the gardens of Wimborne 

Bournemouth Echo: Wimborne Minster bells ring out to celebrate centenary

Sunday is National Open Gardens Day in Wimborne. Take advantage of a promised break in the rain and stroll around 20 of the towns most beautiful gardens. Gates open at 11am.

13. Listen to the band at Highcliffe Castle

Bournemouth Echo: Highcliffe Castle

Bring a blanket and spend your Sunday afternoon listening to the award winning Bournemouth and District Concert Band. Free entry, and the castle tearooms are open for refreshments.

14. Get on your bike with Sky Ride Local

Bournemouth Echo: A velodrome at Bournemouth similar to the one planned for York

Join a 22-mile ‘Shells, Bells and Velodromes’ ride which starts at Bournemouth Velodrome on Sunday and heads to Bournemouth and then Sandbanks before going round Poole Harbour and back to Bournemouth.