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What’s on in Dorset in August?
Poole is full of things to do this August, whether you are a local or are visiting the area for a summer holiday! Here is a selection of our favourite picks:

-Every Thursday evening in August, 7pm – 10pm-

Every Thursday evening in August, Rockley Park puts on an evening of family activities, live music and street entertainment such as magic tricks and BMX bike stunts, culminating in an incredible fireworks display at 10pm.

Head down to the quay for an evening stroll, enjoy the festivities and, of course, the brilliant firework displays, which kick off at 10pm.

-2nd August-

Make the most of free guided tours, run by knowledgable volunteers, being offered on Brownsea Island on Friday 2nd August from 11:00am-1:00pm (and on Friday 6th September, 11:00am-1:00pm if you aren’t able to make the reserved date in August).

The stories you are told on your tour – from those of the wealthy families who inhabited the island and those who served them – will gain you an insight as to why the island is as you see it today, and give you a better idea of the history of this amazing part of the world.

Whilst this event is free, note that admission charge for the island will still apply – so why not make a day of it, and explore all the island has to offer.

-1st – 3rd August-

Catch the last day of the fun-filled Swanage Carnival, just across the water from Sandbanks. 

Air displays, live music, sporting events, games, competitions and a firework display are all on the cards for Saturday 3rd August, the last day of the carnival, but head across to Swanage earlier in the week if you can to make the most of the carnival whilst it’s on!

-29th August – 1st September, 10am—10pm (except for Sunday 1st September, when the site closes at 6pm)-

The town next to Poole, Bournemouth, hosts a renowned air festival every year, featuring air displays from Spitfires to modern army aircraft and so much more, as well as a whole host of activities on the ground during the day and into the night, with firework displays taking place on Friday and Saturday.

Admission to Bournemouth Air Festival is free, and the famous Red Arrows – the stars of the air festival – can be seen from any of Poole’s beaches, as their display involves flying along the coastline, so you can wander down to Sandbanks beach from the Salterns to catch the action!

Whatever you get up to in August, we hope you are having a brilliant summer, and hope to see you soon!

A note about Salterns Reopening

Dear Customer,

We are thrilled to confirm we are reopening our hotel, bar and restaurant on the 4th July. Our team is already working hard to prepare everything ready for you and to implement all safety measures set up by the government.

Due to social distancing we removed a few tables from our bar and restaurant and therefore our capacity has slightly been reduced, however as we have an extensive outdoor area we are also able to offer you a safe environment on those sunny and warm days, when the number of customers increases.

If you have any questions, please contact us on reception@salterns-hotel.co.uk or on 01202 707321.

We cannot wait to see you all again and welcome you in our beautiful surroundings for a relaxing stay, a meal or a drink whilst soaking up on one of the most privileged sea view venues in our area!

A note from the Salterns Team

To our valued customers,


Due to the recent developments in containing the spread of the Coronavirus, it is with much regret that we inform that we will be closed until we receive further instructions from the government.


All of our customers with reservations or events booked over the next 90 days are being contacted and offered either a refund or an alternative date.


Our offices and telephone lines will remain open during office hours so please contact us if you have any questions or concerns or think we can help in any way.


We would like to thank our customers for the loyalty and continued support. Please stay in touch with us.


We wish you the best of health and sincerely hope to see you again soon.