10 things to do in Dorset this weekend if you hate the Air Festival

Great Dorset Steam Fair

Great Dorset Steam Fair

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 Does the roar of the Red Arrows have you reaching for the earplugs? If the Air Festival is not for you then here are ten other things to do in Dorset this weekend. 

1. Eat cheese (and other foods popular across the channel)

The popular French market is coming back to the Saxon Square in Christchurch between Friday and Sunday with the opportunity to sample a plethora of delicious dishes from France. The market, which runs 9am to 5pm on Friday and Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, will feature delicious bread and patisserie, pancakes, tasty cheeses, olives from Provence, paté and saucisson from Normandy, tartiflette, choucroute....and much more! So don't forget to take your appetite with you! 

2. Build a dinosaur

Wareham Town Museum is hosting two dinosaur building workshops on Saturday where kids and adults alike will have the chance to get all Jurassic with LEGO. There are two workshops taking place with one running from 10am to 11.30am and another between 2pm and 3.30pm. Every child will get to take home a free LEGO kit, workshop price is £10. More information at greenacre.info/WTM/

3. Splat a rat at a Grande Fete

There will be entertainment for all of the family at the Grande Fete at St Mary's Church in Swanage on Saturday with games, stalls and much more to keep all the family entertained and takes place from 12pm to 4pm. 

4. Bag a bargain at a collectors' fair

Purbeck Antiques Collectors' Fair is being hosted at Furzebrook Hall from 10am in Wareham on Sunday and as well as the collectables will feature caterers offering a selection of fresh produce, cakes and fudge. There's also free parking and disabled access. 

5. Brave the mud at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Great Dorset Steam Fair starts on Wednesday and runs until Sunday at Tarrant Hinton near Blandford. As part of this year's event there will be a special WWI display alongside other exhibits which include the Horse Remount Depot, The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group, steam engines, tractors, field guns, a tank, heavy artillery and other historic vehicles. More than 500 trade stands will also feature, providing a variety of goods to purchase.There will also be five entertainment pavilions, each with its own programme of live music and range of national and local beers and ales. There have been issues with mud and organisers are advising visitors to make sure they wear appropriate footwear. For more information, visit gdsf.co.uk

6. Find a partner and learn to dance

Fancy getting your groove on? A free 1940's dance class run by Ruby Adams starts at 7pm at Pavilion Dance Terraces on Friday. The class is open to all ages. More information at pdsw.org.uk/classes/adult/dancing-terraces/

7. Admire the wheels at Quay for my Car

A selection of the best of British cars pre August 1983 will be on show at Poole Quay between 6pm and 9pm on Friday. The free event, which allows car owners to show off their wheels, is the last one of the summer so if you've not been yet, it's your last chance. More details here

8. Take your dog to a show

The Pentridge Village Fete on Saturday will include a fun dog show, pony rides, traditional games and stalls and an array of cakes and treats. The annual event takes place from 2pm to 5pm. Entry is 50p for adults and free for children. 

9. Browse a country market

A free open air market in Laundry Courtyard, Kingston Lacey, is taking place on Saturday between 10.30am and 1.30pm. The market will feature local and West Country produce for sale. 

10. Join in the Poole Parkrun

The Poole Parkrun is a free weekly 5km event for runners of all abilities which takes place every Saturday at 9am. Whether you just want to run for fun, fitness or as part of a training plan, why not get together with other runners for a jaunt around Poole Park? Refreshments & toilets available, parking at the Civic Center. Buggies, wheelchairs and well behaved dogs allowed too. More details can be found here

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