Can't wait for summer? Here are some of the events still going ahead:

Ever since Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his four-stage 'roadmap' out of lockdown, dates for outdoor events across Dorset have been announced for the summer. 

If the vaccine rollout continues to succeed and cases stay low, social contact rules could be eased outdoors from May 17 and ‘all legal limits on social contact’ could be removed from June 21.

Here are six of the best events taking place in Dorset this summer:

Camp Bestival

Bournemouth Echo:

Camp Bestival will return from 29 July to 1 August.

DORSET'S popular family music festival Camp Bestival is set to go ahead this summer following the Government announcement on the lockdown easing roadmap.

In a statement, Camp Bestival curator Rob da Bank said: “There is literally nothing Josie and I like more in life than standing in a field surrounded by family and friends, dressed in daft outfits dancing to amazing bands and DJs... and Mr Tumble... and that’s exactly what we plan to be doing at Camp Bestival in 154 days, 15 hours and 27 minutes... not that we’re counting.”

Camp Bestival is set to return from Thursday, July 29, to Sunday, August 1, with the line-up already confirmed.

Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Kelis and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are among the headline acts.

READ MORE: Camp Bestival set to go ahead at Lulworth Castle this summer

Christchurch Food Festival

Bournemouth Echo:

Christchurch Food and Drink Festival is back later than usual.

A real highlight of the social calendar, the Christchurch Food and Drink Festival will be back this summer. 

The free festival, which is usually held on the Early May Bank Holiday, will now be held Saturday, August 28, to Monday, August 30, on Christchurch Quay.

In an announcement on their website they said said: “It's a little later than usual (for this year only) because it was clear to us that the idea of running the Festival in May was not realistic and the idea of cancelling for a second year and all that would mean for the traders, suppliers, freelance event staff and local community was not an option.

“We would like to thank BCP and Christchurch Town Council for fully supporting this move and working with us to make it happen.

Bournemouth Air Festival

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth Air Festival 2019 - Day three - Night air entertainment at Bournemouth Pier.

BCP Councillor Mohan Iyengar, portfolio holder for tourism, leisure and culture, announced earlier this month that the Air Festival was scheduled to go ahead as normal this year.

Cllr Iyengar said: “The Bournemouth Air Festival 2021 is still scheduled for September 2 to September 5.

“Following the government’s announcements of the dates for easing lockdown, we’re encouraged that the event can still go ahead and we’ll keep our preparations rolling forward while staying attuned to any further developments.”

In 2020 the in-person event was cancelled however thousands still  tuned in online to see interviews with pilots from the RAF and the Red Arrows.


Bournemouth Echo:

Dog-owners unite a the famous Dogstival at Burley Park has announced they are back on this summer. 

There is expected to be hundreds of dogs as well as world-class dog displays, flyball, agility and even swimming pools for dog-diving.

The jam-packed festival even has a vintage fairground and live music so there really is something for everyone.

The event will take place on June 5 and June 6, 2021, in Burley Park.

Bournemouth 7s

Bournemouth Echo:

Bournemouth 7s Festival will return, looking bigger than ever before.

The iconic Bournemouth 7s Festival will now take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend from August 27 to August 29, 2021.

In an announcement on their website the festival have revealed that more than 80 per-cent of their tickets have already sold and they "cannot wait" to welcome everyone back to the "biggest festival ever". 


Bournemouth Echo:

Rudimental have been announced as the headline act for this year's SandFest.

Unsurprisingly one of the best-loved festivals in Dorset, SandFest, has already sold out. 

On the event's Facebook page they announced the sell-out event was a result of "unprecedented demand" and a number of tickets that were carried over from last year.

The event has also warned festival goers of unofficial ticket sellers and they do not recommend buying tickets from any unofficial sources.

Rudimental will be headlining and other acts include Danny Howard and Mista Jam.

The festival takes place on Sunday, July 11, on Sandbanks beach.