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  • Discover the Best Festivals Near Waterside

    10 / July / 2024

    Whether you’re a music lover, a family looking for fun, or someone seeking unique cultural experiences, the vibrant festival scenes in Dorset and Cornwall are bound to captivate you. Here’s a rundown of some must-visit festivals that you can easily access while enjoying your stay at our wonderful holiday parks.


    Wilkswood Reggae Festival

    📍 Langton Matravers

    🗓️ 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st July 2024

    Set in a stunning location near Swanage, the Wilkswood Reggae Festival is a four-day celebration of reggae music. It features both international and homegrown artists, providing a laid-back atmosphere where festival-goers can relax and enjoy the rhythms of reggae. With childrens’ activities such as storytelling and nature trails, and a maximum capacity of 2,500, it is the ideal environment for families seeking good vibes and a friendly, inclusive environment. 

    Camp Bestival

    📍 Lulworth Castle

    🗓️ 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th July 2024

    Held in the scenic grounds of Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival is a family-friendly extravaganza organised by BBC Radio 1 DJ, Rob Da Bank. This award-winning, most successful family festival combines live music, comedy, theatre, and fun activities for children of all ages. With headlining acts including Paloma Faith, Pete Tong and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and a plethora of child-friendly entertainment, it’s the perfect destination for families looking to make unforgettable memories. 

    Poole Harbour Festival

    📍  Baiter Park, Poole Harbour

    🗓️  26th, 27th & 28th July 2024

    The Poole Harbour Festival is a family-friendly event that brings the community together with live music, local food, and entertainment. Located along the picturesque Poole Quay, this festival offers something for everyone, including children’s activities, craft stalls, and a variety of performances. It’s a fantastic way to experience the local culture and stunning coastal views. 

    We Out Here

    📍 Wimborne St Giles

    🗓️ 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th August 2024

    For those who love eclectic sounds, We Out Here is a festival that brings together the best music in soul, jazz, funk, electronic and more. Located in the lush Dorset countryside, it’s a perfect blend of music and meadow for music aficionados. The festival not only boasts an impressive lineup of live acts and DJs but also offers wellness activities, workshops, and delicious food options. 

    Bournemouth Air Festival

    📍 Bournemouth Coast

    🗓️ 29th, 30th & 31st August 2024

    A spectacular event for aviation enthusiasts and families alike, the Bournemouth Air Festival features breathtaking air displays, interactive static displays, and a host of on-sand entertainment. Spanning three days along Bournemouth’s beautiful coastline, it’s the UK’s biggest free air festival and promises an exhilarating experience for visitors of all ages. 

    Dusk Til Dark

    📍 3 Different locations across Weymouth’s streets

    🗓️ 27th & 28th September 2024

    This enchanting festival in Dorset is a unique celebration of light, pulsating drum beats, and music, transforming the beautiful surroundings into a magical nocturnal landscape. From immersive art installations to live glowing performances and interactive displays, Dusk Til Dark offers a mesmerising experience that captures the essence of Dorset’s creative spirit. Returning for its fourth year on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September, this free to attend event is one you don’t want to miss!



    📍 Newquay

    🗓️ 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th August, 2024

    A unique blend of music, surfing and skateboarding, Boardmasters takes place on the stunning beaches of Newquay. Attracting top musical acts and professional surfers from around the globe, this festival is a must-visit for adventure lovers. Whether you’re catching waves or dancing to your favourite tunes, Boardmasters offers an unforgettable festival experience by the sea. 

    Looe Weekender

    📍 Looe Town

    🗓️ 20th, 21st & 22nd September 2024

    The Looe Weekender is a vibrant, community-focused, free music festival held in the charming coastal town of Looe. With a diverse lineup of bands and artists, this festival offers a weekend of non-stop music, delicious food, and an array of activities that capture the spirit of Cornwall. Held in 10 venues & pop-up stages across the town, it’s an excellent choice for those looking to enjoy a lively yet relaxed festival atmosphere. 

    Book Your Accommodation with Waterside

    So if you’re not wanting to camp and wondering where to stay for your next festival adventure, look no further than Waterside! Our parks provide the perfect base to explore the vibrant festival scenes of Dorset and Cornwall. Enjoy comfortable accommodation promising you a guaranteed good night’s sleep ready to take on the next day of adventure, top-notch amenities for ultimate comfort and cleanliness, security on hand to make sure your belongings are safe for your entire trip, all with the convenience of being close to these incredible events. 

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