Friday 3rd December 2021


Now in it’s 11th Year, the Yuletide festival is an evening of Christmas celebration.

There will be a lantern parade with local schools taking part, this terminates in the square where the evening really kicks off with carol singing that can be heard in Bournemouth.

An evening market will be held from 4pm until 9pm offering a great range of gift ideas accompanied by local food and drink, including some of the best Street food in Dorset. From Pizza to German Bratwurst, Mulled wine and Mulled Cider aplenty.


3.00pm Road Closure Begins

4.00pm Festival Begins – Stalls and Shops Open

5.30pm Rendezvous of Primary Schools Lantern Parade at Langton Road Car Park

6.00pm Lantern Parade Begins – Led by Father Christmas and will include The  Blandford Stour Valley Band. The parade will travel from Langton Road Car Park,  Along East Street, up Church Lane into The Plocks, down Salisbury Street, into the Market Place and coming to a halt in front of the Church.

Approximately 6.20pm Parade arrives outside the Church to be followed by Communal Carol Singing with the Music Played by The Blandford Stour Valley Brass Band

6.40pm End of Carol Singing

6.40pm till 8.30pm Evening Entertainment around the town.

9.00pm Festival Ends

10.00pm Road Re-opens

What else is happening in Blandford 

Corn Exchange

  • Father Christmas
  • A variety of Local Stalls and Crafts
  • Tombola


  • Hot Chocolate and Refreshments

More events and activities are planned but are yet to be confirmed.

Traders applications are now invited, well decorated stalls are a must, we need to make things really Christmassy.
No generators unless absolutely necessary, please note this on application form with type of generator, make and model.

General traders – Crafts, Gifts, Charities etc

2021-general-application – Yuletide

Please note, we are not taking any more applications for catering and hot drinks.