Sping tide festival

Visitors browsing some of the colourful stalls outside the main marquee at a sunny Spring Tide in 2014

If you haven't already discovered the delights of Spring Tide, it's a family-friendly festival with a brilliant atmosphere, entertainment for all ages and a spectacular setting on the Jurassic Coast. It is also a paradise for food lovers, with a mind boggling array of the finest local produce available to try and buy.

The events gets bigger and better each year, but one thing that hasn't changed is the strong community emphasis and the opportunity to discover and meet local food producers.

Dorset Food and Drink Co-ordinator Katharine Wright says: ‘It is so good to see this festival going from strength to strength and continuing to attract the high quality food and drink producers from the local area.’

The next one

The festival returns for its ninth year on 19 and 20 May 2018. Sarah Kennedy, Outdoor Experience Ranger with the National Trust’s West and North Dorset team, and Caz Richards, who is the volunteer manager of the festival, have a busy weekend planned.

Food and drink

Over 60 stall holders serve up a mouth-watering array of locally made artisan bread, preserves, tea, coffee, beer, cider, wine, cheese, chocolate, cakes, charcuterie, fish and meat.

Other highlights

You can also browse and buy a selection of products from local craftsmen and artists, while live music and family entertainment add to the laid back festival feel.

Bring cash

We highly recommend that you come with a good supply of cash. Our amazing producers and exhibitors have so many great things to buy and the signal for card machines and technology is intermittent and very limited here. All our exhibitors take cash.

Dogs allowed

We appreciate that dogs are part of the family too so we don’t mind you bringing along your pooch, but as an event with food and children it is essential that you pick up your poop and keep your dog under close control. Dogs will not be allowed into the Main Food Marquee, with the exception of Assistance Dogs.

Useful information

There is a small entrance charge with all monies raised to be spent on conservation work at local National Trust sites.