Sat 4th – Sun 5th July Tractor Ted’s Farm Show, Longleat

A hands on event for young families to have grass roots fun watching and taking part in real life farm and countryside activities. Meet Tractor Ted, see amazing big farm machines, meet farm animals, watch displays of diggers, bale-wrappers, vintage tractors, sheep shearing and more. Climb aboard a tractor and trailer for a ride around the Longleat estate or join in with demonstrations of apple pressing, lamb feeding, duck herding and falconry. Taste locally made farm produce and see the work of regional country artisans. Have fun and learn lots with children’s hero, Tractor Ted.

Price: Free with a valid Passport Ticket OR Car Passes available at £12 per car (incl occupants) on each event day. Discounts available in advance c/o www.tractorland.co.uk. Surcharge may apply for Tractor & Trailer ride – details to follow
Tel: 01373 834500
Email: admin@tractorland.co.uk
Website: www.tractorland.co.uk

Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th July

Gold Hill Fair, Shaftesbury

Crafts, music, dancing, stalls and activities on the town’s famous cobbled street and throughout Shaftesbury.

Saturday 3rd – Sunday 18th July

Gillingham Festival

A variety of live music, threatre, dance, open gardens, sports activities and food and wine.


Saturday 3rd July & Sunday 4th July

Time of Event: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: The Tank Museum
Entry Fee: Standard admission applies

The annual War Gamers event returns to The Tank Museum, as hobbyists take over the museum for the weekend.

War gaming clubs from across the country will be exhibiting different strategy games for visitors to view and join in. Specialist traders will also be dispersed around the Museum so gamers can add to their collections… and for novices can start their own!

This is a must see event for anyone; especially those with an interest in war gaming and the associated hobbies of diorama building, modelling and play table making.

Call 01929 462359 for more information.

Saturday 10th July

Yeovilton Air Day

RNAS Yeovilton will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2010 and the International Air Day offers a justifiable opportunity to look back on the 70 glorious years since RNAS Yeovilton was commissioned as HMS Heron.

From the hectic days in 1940, when the Air Station took shape as a base for training Naval Aviators and Fighter controllers, through the Korean War and Suez crisis during the 1950’s operating Sea Furys, Sea Hawks and Sea Venoms, to the heyday of fixed wing Naval Aviation in the 1960’s and 70’s when the surrounding countryside reverberated to the sound of Sea Vixens and Phantoms, RNAS Yeovilton has grown to become one of the busiest military airfields in the United Kingdom and is amongst the largest in Europe. Yeovilton Squadrons played a key part in the Falklands Campaign in 1982 and have remained at the forefront of operations, including the Gulf War, Bosnia and Sierra Leone. Since 2007, helicopters from the Commando Helicopter Force have been deployed to Afghanistan in support of forces on the Helmand region, and the Lynx Force are equally busy in operations embarked in ships around the world, most notably engaged in high profile anti-piracy and drugs operations.

An extensive flying and static display will take place to mark this significant anniversary with historic aircraft such as the Swordfish, Seafire, Sea Fury, Sea Hawk and Sea Vixen, coming together with other vintage aircraft and their modern counterparts to highlight the role that RNAS Yeovilton Squadrons have played, and continue to play, in operations throughout the decades to the present day.

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th July

Haynes Model Motor Show
All things model car including Scalextric, radio-controlled cars, die-cast models and world-scale land speed records, 24hour races just like Le Mans but in miniature! There are opportunities to drive the track with your own car PLUS watch the radio controlled Red Arrows! Trade stands available, call Marcus for more details – 01963 442784.

Wednesday 14th – Sunday 18th July

Larmer Tree Festival
Renowned music and arts festival workshops, live bands, holistic therapies and crafts.


Friday 23rd July – Friday 3rd September

Time of Event: 13:00 – 13:30
Venue: The Tank Museum Arena
Entry Fee: Free (Museum admission extra)

Imagine the awesome power of tanks brought to life, in front of your very eyes.
Well now it’s a reality at The Tank Museum. In our new and improved arena, watch in awe as tanks from as early as World War Two roll into action. Thundering engines. Life-like explosions. Smoke billowing across the battlefield. You can feel the excitement. This ground shaking experience is a must.

Complete with expert commentary, you will discover how tanks work, how they developed and how they are used on the battlefield.

Tank Action displays take place at 1pm, WEEKDAYS ONLY, lasting around 30 minutes.

Tank Action Display Days are not classed as special event days, and you may use your annual ticket on these days.

Friday 23rd July – Sunday 5th September

Time of Event: 11:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Tank Museum Arena
Entry Fee: £2.50 per person. (Museum admission extra)

Feel the thrill of riding in a tracked vehicle for yourself in our M548, specially converted to hold 16 people at a time.

At regular intervals during the day, you can get a feel for riding around our arena surrounded by armour!

Vehicle rides are £2.50 per person – and due to the frequency of rides each day it is not necessary to book.

Sunday 25th – Wednesday 28th July

Spectacular Jousting Shows & Medieval Village. Lulworth Castle and Park
The Knights of Lulworth are here for the summer to meet and greet you and present 2 spectacular Jousting Shows each day at 12 noon and 3 pm.

Starts at: 10.30 am until 6 pm
The day is filled with activities and entertainment including tales from the Mediaeval Village where you can see how people lived in medieval England. Combat demonstrations, cookery and coin striking and don’t forget to pose for a photo in the Pillory. The Castle is there to be explored and the day would not be complete without visiting the friendly residents of the Animal Farm including Alpacas, Rheas, goats & guinea pigs. You can stroll through the woodland walk and then let off steam at the Adventure Playground.

Mon 26th July – Sun 22nd August

Sportacus & Stephanie’s Animal Adventure, Longleat

LazyTown’s official UK Sportacus and Stephanie will be making special daily appearances at Longleat this summer when they will bring the upside down world of LazyTown to Longleat with animal activities that will get everyone moving!>

Stephanie receives a mission from Miss Busybody, and with the help of Sportacus and a few friends, they find out about the Longleat animals that eat sports candy. Can you help Stephanie and Sportacus complete their mission? Active participation required with prizes for effort!

Performances will take place at 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm promptly. It is advised that you arrive at least 20-30 minutes prior to these times. Performances will last approximately 20 minutes and will be followed by a 10 minute ‘Meet and Greet’ session. The event will also include LazyTown shop, competition prizes and giveaways.


Wednesday 28th July

Meet Dora the Explorer
Adventure Wonderland. Back by Popular Demand!!! Dora The Explorer returns to Adventure Wonderland to meet all her fans


31st July – 7th August

Swanage Regatta & Carnival.
The top Carnival on the South Coast. Norden Park & Ride will be open until midnight for the duration of Carnival week with additional trains scheduled for fireworks evenings.