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What’s on in Dorset in July?
There is a multitude of amazing events going on in Dorset in July. Here is a selection of our top picks!

-Friday 12th – Saturday 13th July-

Poole’s world famous beach, Sandbanks, yet again provides the setting for the biggest Beach Polo event in the world this July. Four polo teams will play during the weekend for the title of ‘British Beach Polo Champion 2019’, and you can get up close to the action as there are still tickets left for both Friday and Saturday. 
Five-a-side rugby, in association with Bournemouth Rugby Club, will also be taking place, alongside a fashion show featuring top models as well as the Championship’s famed beach parties taking place after dark, with Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw headlining the final evening’s Sandpolo Ocean Party.

Poole Goes Vintage

-Sunday 14th July-
Enjoy a day of live 1940s, 50s and 60s style music on the historic Poole Quay, while being part of an annual celebration of retro fashion, classic cars and memorabilia. 
In previous years there has been a vintage fashion show, dancing displays and a vintage market so you can pick up some retro pieces of your own. The party is set to go on until 7pm, so why not wonder down and join in the fun.
-Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th July-
Camp Bestival is Dorset’s very own award-winning family-friendly festival! Set in the grounds of the beautiful Lulworth Castle, Camp Bestival has so much to do you’ll be struggling to decide what to do first. 
To keep kids entertained all weekend long there (to name just a few things) is the woodland area known as the Dingly Dell, as well as the Kid’s Garden, to explore, soft play, circus skills, a Sports Park, a Science tent and the World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle, as well as the main focus of the event – live music and theatre performances throughout the weekend, with the likes of Mr Tumble  and Shaun the Sheep taking to the stage. 
This year the music line up includes acts such as Jess Glynne, Nile Rogers & Chic, Lewis Capaldi, Nina Nesbitt and East 17, and DJs such as Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Radio 2’s Sara Cox and Spice Girl Mel C.
There is so much on offer at Camp Bestival for adults in their own right too, including comedy and contemporary theatre performances, spoken word and discussions and various wellness workshops such as yoga and spinning discos, alongside the all important music that children and adults can enjoy alike.
If you fancy the sound of Camp Bestival but you aren’t local (and don’t fancy camping!), why not get a day ticket and stay with us at Salterns? We are just a 45-minute drive from Lulworth Castle, and that way you can enjoy the best of the festival without the faff of camping! 
-Friday 26th – Sunday 28th July-
Another festival is happening just down the road from Salterns Hotel – Poole Harbour Festival, which this year has a circus theme. The festival’s line up is full of tribute acts: expect to hear the songs of Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, The Prodigy, Ed Sheeran, Oasis, Queen, Madness and Amy Winehouse.
As well as live music all day, your ticket also gives you the opportunity to catch a performance by Britain’s oldest circus, either on Saturday at 1:25pm or Sunday 12:10pm. Swamp circus will also be running Circus Skills workshops and walkabout performances throughout the weekend.
Get your tickets here or on the day.
-24th July – 9th August-
Since 1964, Poole’s Brownsea Island has played host to one of the biggest theatrical projects in the South of England – a string of performances of traditional Shakespeare throughout late July and early August. 
For £25, you can see a Shakespeare play and visit the magical Brownsea Island, with your ticket price including the cost of the ferry journey there and back from Poole Quay and the landing fees charged to all visitors. 
Audiences are encouraged to bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn before the performance, and get a spot on one of the early ferries across to the island (which leave from 5pm) in order to have some time to explore before the show.
Tickets are selling fast, so click here to reserve yours for this year’s production of Richard III!