Dorset Events

This calendar of events is an indication of the wonderful events that guests can enjoy whilst staying with us here at the manor.

Plumber Manor hotel is conveniently near all these events which add an extra and pleasurable dimension to stay in one of the most beautiful parts of Dorset.

Swanage Blues Festival

Every March, thousands of blues music lovers converge on Swanage for the first Blues Festival of the year, the second being in October. Hundreds of musicians performing 60+ events in 15 indoor venues. Sensational music, much dancing and loads of fun. Pubs, restaurants and hotels resound to the sounds of great music…and you can take part in the Electric Jam and Open Mic sessions.
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Portman Horse Trials

In the grounds of the Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Salisbury International Arts Festival

Plumber Manor is always a popular rural retreat for visitors to the Salisbury International Arts Festival. This year, there’s even a production of King John to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carter. Here are some of the highlight events.
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Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Set in the beautiful grounds of stately Sherborne Castle, right beside the lake, the Sherborne Castle Country Fair is everything a country fair should be. There are events and attractions to appeal to all ages, including rural crafts, animals, dragon boat racing, a big top, food, one of the largest Rare Breed shows in the country and so much more.
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Larmer Tree Festival

At Larmer Tree Gardens near Salisbury.  One of the happiest, quirkiest music festivals in the UK.
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The Dorset Opera Festival

Every summer, Dorset Opera stages at least five operas in a magnificent venue, Bryanston School.

A remarkable phenomenon that brings together experienced, even internationally acclaimed, opera professionals to work alongside a young amateur chorus to produce opera of an extraordinary high quality.
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Great Dorset Steam Fair

One of the finest country fairs in all England. If you’re in Dorset during this period, a visit to the steam fair is a must…it’s also worth travelling a distance. The kids love it.
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Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

One of the major events in the Dorset calendar, the festival attracts visitors from far and wide, over 11,000! Referred to as ‘The Best Garden Party in the West’, here you’ll enjoy a most impressive range of cheeses and other foods; as fine a display as you’ll find anywhere.
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