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Now that the peak holiday season is behind us, September is the perfect time to take advantage of quieter roads and beaches and treat yourself to a peaceful, end-of-summer break in a Dorset cottage hideaway. Dorset’s exceptional countryside and coastline make it a special county to visit and there are always plenty of interesting and varied events to enjoy during your stay. Here are a few taking place over the coming month.

Bridport Hat Festival

Sure to be one of the more unusual festivals on the calendar, the Bridport Hat Festival is one of the most popular traditional events in Dorset and sees participants head to Bucky Doo Square whilst donning their favourite headwear. As well as the mass hat wearing, there are other events taking place over the weekend of 5th and 6th September, including live music and even the Mad Hatters Sunday Lunch. Visit the event’s official website to find out more.

Swanage Folk Festival

Another festival steeped in rich tradition, the Swanage Folk Festival entices hundreds of Morris dancers to visit the popular seaside resort and entertain revellers on the streets with their bright costumes and jingling bells. As well as the chance to see plenty of Morris Dancers, the event – as the name would suggest – is also popular with folk music fans. Various music performances will be held in multiple venues across the town on 11th, 12th and 13th September. To learn more about what you could be enjoying during your luxury cottage break in the UK this year, be sure to visit the official website.

Purbeck Marathon

The Purbeck Marathon is surely one of the most scenic marathons in the whole of the UK given that it takes place on the spectacular Jurassic Coast. With more than 3,000ft of climbs along uneven, narrow, coastal paths, it’s also one of the most challenging marathons on the calendar and makes for a fantastic spectacle. Entries for the Purbeck Marathon are now closed but you can still watch from the sidelines. More information about the event on 20th September can be found here.

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