There are many opportunities to shop for local delicacies and souvenirs in and around Dorset. You can find many independent shops, as well as farmer’s markets and festivals.
Farmer’s markets have become extremely popular in many parts of the world. This gives both locals and visitors a chance to consume fresh vegetables and animal products from the region. Dorset offers quite a few of these. Poundbury Farmer’s Market is held the first Saturday of the month in the County town of Dorchester. The Shaftesbury Farmer’s Market is located in the Saxon and medieval town of Shaftesbury, which has a good selection of shops as well as a farmer’s market.
Dorset also has Market Days where a variety of merchants sell many different products, food and drink. Many towns have market days, including Dorchester, Christchurch, Wareham, Bournemouth and Swanage.
Dorset has many festivals throughout the year. Some of the more popular of these include the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, which takes place in the early autumn. This is a multi arts festival that has music, theatre, film, dance and other art forms.
Dorset also has the UK’s longest running rural film festival, the Purbeck Film Festival. This event attracts more than 4,000 visitors each year and is held in October.