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BEST WESTERN Kings Arms Hotel

30 High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1HF

Ratings & Awards

3 stars Hotel inspected by AA but not currently a member.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Internet
  • Free parking onsite (37 spaces)
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Lift
  • Hotel And Bedrooms All Completely Non Smoking

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near the BEST WESTERN Kings Arms Hotel, Dorchester

May Day at Cerne Abbas

Get up close and personal with the Cerne Abbas Giant during this ancient May Day celebration. Traditionally the Wessex Morris Men dance on the mighty chalk figure at the crack of dawn before celebrations in the village of Cerne Abbas.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival commemorates the bravery of a group of locals who fought against poverty and stood up to authority to form the first farm workers' union in England. The event features music, speakers and family entertainment.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton is often cited as one of the finest examples of 15th-century domestic architecture in the country. Essentially a medieval house, it is surrounded by walls and courts, with a great hall, an oriel window and a unique timbered roof.

Available : Nov 2012 - Mar 2013; Sun only (various dates)

Guy Fawkes Celebrations

Fireworks light up Weymouth Bay during the annual Guy Fawkes celebrations, which include a beach bonfire, a funfair and a Guy-building competition in the pavilion.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Dorset Seafood Festival

Weymouth Old Harbour is transformed into a seafood village during the Dorset Seafood Festival. Freshly caught fish and shellfish are prepared and cooked in the open to feed festival visitors. Entertainment includes live music, filleting demonstrations, chef competitions and diving displays.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Weymouth Beach Kite Festival

Kite fanatics come together each year for the Weymouth Beach Kite Festival. Thousands watch from the esplanade as kite fliers from around the world put on a magnificent aerial display.

Available : May 2013 (annual)

Weymouth Beach Motocross

Safely tucked away behind the Esplanade, spectators can admire the daredevil tricks of England's best motocross riders during the Weymouth Beach Motocross. Featuring more than 250 riders, a specially designed track tests their endurance to the limit.

Available : Oct 2013 (annual)

Weymouth Carnival

Every August, Weymouth goes mad for Carnival Wednesday. The crowning of the carnival queen, limbo dancing, displays by the Red Arrows and numerous competitions for kids and adults are followed by the carnival procession and a spectacular fireworks display.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Weymouth Beach Volleyball Classic

Weymouth Beach hosts the hugely entertaining Volleyball Classic. The fast, exciting matches are played on nine tournament courts and a special show court surrounded by a beach grandstand, which is free to the public.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Camp Bestival

Camp Bestival is the little sister festival of Bestival and takes place at Lulworth Castle near to the Dorset coast. With an emphasis on family fun and fantastic camping, the event presents an eclectic musical line-up.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Middle Piccadilly

Not just a quaint 17th-century thatched-roof cottage, Middle Piccadilly prides itself on de-stressing urbanites. With a wealth of treatments to choose from, getting rid of toxins can hardly be done in a nicer way.

Available : Daily

World Nettle-Eating Championships

The Bottle Inn at Marshwood presents the annual World Nettle-Eating Championships. Each year contestants munch their way through stinging nettle after stinging nettle, without a dock leaf in sight...

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

Great Dorset Steam Fair

The Great Dorset Steam Fair takes place on 650 acres in Tarrant Hinton and attracts up to 200,000 visitors each year. Attractions include steam engine exhibits, a music festival, heavy Shire horses and even a few white-knuckle rides.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival attracts thousands, who come for the live music, craft stalls and tours of Sturminster Farm Creamery, as well as to witness the cheese-making process. When you've had your fill of dairy there's also meat, beers, ciders and more.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Sherborne Castle

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, Sherborne Castle has been the home of the Digby family since 1617. Impressive collections of art, furniture and porcelain are on view and the Capability Brown lake and gardens are open for exploration.

Available : Apr - Nov 2013; not Mon or Fri (annual)

Waterfront Museum

Poole's Waterfront Museum traces 2000 years of the town's history. Permanent displays include a typical street scene, details of the Roman occupation, trade with Newfoundland, Poole Pottery, ship models and the Studland Bay Wreck.

Available : Daily

Grand Firework Display

The seaside town of Poole celebrates Guy Fawkes night with an impressive pyrotechnic display over the waters of the Quay. Live bands and street entertainers keep the crowd amused before the grand firework finale.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Swanage Regatta and Carnival

Swanage springs to life during the eight-day summer regatta and carnival, as thousands descend on the town to have fun in and around the sea. Several charities benefit from the event and the highlight is the Grand Carnival Procession.

Available : Jul - Aug 2013 (annual)

Swanage Jazz Festival

The Swanage Jazz Festival is a well-established event that presents performances at festival marquees in Sandpit Fields and other venues around town. The event features New Orleans, Dixieland, swing, bebop, post bop, contemporary and fusion jazz.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Gaunts House Summer Gathering

Be at one with yourself, others and Mother Earth in Dorset this August, as the Summer Gathering returns to Gaunts House. Over 120 workshops cover topics from tantra to crystal healing and crop circles, led by respected names in the "alternative" field.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Compton Acres

The ten acres of gardens at Compton Acres sit in splendour, with an impressive view of Poole Harbour. They are the brainchild of Thomas William Simpson, who had a vision of creating a garden made up of separate areas, each illustrating a particular style from around the world.

Available : Daily

Monkton Wyld

Monkton Wyld Court bills itself as an "holistic education centre" (and is, in fact a registered charity as a result of its work). It was set up in the early 1980s by a resident community and exists now with a variable number of volunteers. Set in a beautiful stone-built Victorian rectory and out-buildings, with 11 acres of grounds in a secluded valley, it offers a great retreat.

Available : Daily

Yeovilton International Air Day

RNAS Yeovilton plays host to the Yeovilton International Air Day, offering an extensive flying display as well as a more earthbound exhibition of military and civilian aircraft - both historic and modern. Ground-based entertainment includes sideshows, a funfair and vintage vehicles.

Available : Jun 2013 (annual)

British Beach Polo Championships

The British Beach Polo Championships returns to the beaches of Sandbanks, Poole along with the world's greatest polo players. Two days of exciting arena polo are dovetailed by glamorous, star-studded evening parties and fashion shows.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Summer Breeze on the Beach

In the same vein as its sister event, Summer Breeze on the Quay, Summer Breeze on the Beach presents a host of free entertainment at Sandbanks Beach every Thursday during the month of August. Each evening ends with a fireworks display.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013; Thu only (annual)

Animal Windfest

The south's largest free water-sports festival returns once again to Sandbanks beach in Poole. Expect the biggest names and the biggest games in action sports to combine for a fun-filled family day which promotes water- and beach-based activities.

Available : Sep 2013 (annual)

Gillingham Museum

The Gillingham Museum explores the history of the town and surrounding villages from prehistoric times, through Roman and medieval occupation to the Victorian re-building. It features a 1790 manual fire engine, a John Constable display, an interactive quiz and a photographic presentation.

Available : Daily; not Wed or Sun

End of the Road Festival

The small but perfectly formed End of the Road Festival returns to the delightful setting of the Larmer Tree Gardens in Cranborne Chase. Topping the bill this year are Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo and Wilco.

Available : Aug - Sep 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Christmas Market

The Bournemouth Christmas Market sees a continental Christmas strike the Dorset coast, with a Germanic mix of stands and food outlets. Bournemouth Square is transformed into a winter wonderland with a host of activities.

Available : Nov 2013 - Jan 2014 (annual)

Christmas Lights Switch On

Bournemouth Square kicks off the festive season with the annual "Christmas Switch On" of lights in the town centre. Entertainment is provided by Heart FM and the occasion marks the official start of the town's Christmas shopping season.

Available : Nov 2013 (annual)

Rallye Sunseeker National Car Rally

Drawing 10,000 spectators every year, the Rallye Sunseeker sees cars hurtle through the streets of Bournemouth along a seafront course. The best vantage point is at Pier Approach, but packages bundling food and tickets to the Motorfair are also available.

Available : Feb 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Bay Run

The annual Bournemouth Bay Run is Dorset's premier half marathon (13 miles/20.8km). The race attracts over 1000 competitors each year, starting and finishing on the seafront. This is the perfect chance to motivate yourself, family and friends to get fit.

Available : Apr 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Air Festival

Begun in 2009, the Bournemouth Air Festival is already regarded as the largest event of its kind. Taking place over the bay between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers, it features spectacular air displays and plenty of free family entertainment.

Available : Aug 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth Carnival Week

Bournemouth Carnival Week, originally known as Bournemouth Regatta Week, has been running since the late 1800s. Activities take place on the beach, in the Pier precinct and the Pleasure Gardens, with contests and competitions for all.

Available : 29 July to 4 August 2013 with the procession on Sunday 4 August.

Bourne Free Pride Festival

Bournemouth's Gay Pride Festival takes the town over for three days in July. There's special tribute acts, parade through Bournemouth's streets, family activities, live shows and an outdoor street party in the Triangle with entertainment and an outdoor bar.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Pier to Pier Swim

Scores of red-capped swimmers take to the sea each summer to swim the 1.4 miles between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers. Arranged by the British Heart Foundation, participants must register beforehand, and there's an early swim for youngsters too.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

Bournemouth International Triathlon

The annual Bournemouth International Triathlon is not for the faint-hearted. This seriously sporty event at Bournemouth's Peir Approach comprises a 1500m sea swim, 40K bike ride and a 10K run.

Available : Jul 2013 (annual)

UK Dance Open Championships

Featuring Latin and ballroom dancing, the UK Dance Open Championships take place at the Bournemouth International Centre. Fans and dance novices alike should expect professional- and amateur-standard competitions, including the Rising Star contest.

Available : Jan 2014 (annual)

Bournemouth Balloon

The Bournemouth Balloon - a tethered helium balloon - rises 500 feet above the town. It offers panoramic views over the golden coastline of Poole Harbour, the Isle of Wight and the rolling greenery of the New Forest to the north.

Available : Apr - Sep 2013 (annual)


Bournemouth's waterfront aquarium, Oceanarium, explores the world's marine ecosystems, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Great Barrier Reef. Touch-screen games, feeding demonstrations and a walk-through underwater tunnel bring visitors closer to exotic species like snake-necked turtles and ripsaw catfish.

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BEST WESTERN Kings Arms Hotel
30 High East Street
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