IT’S set to be another hot and sunny weekend in Dorset and the New Forest. If you don’t want to head to the beach with thousands of others, here’s what’s happening across the area.

1. Poole’s popular Folk on the Quay event returns on Saturday. The free one-day festival will see Poole Quay transformed into a waterside music venue with performances across two outdoor stages. Expect everything from folk acts, to street ceilidhs and Morris dancing. The dancing starts at 11am with live music from 12noon until 9pm. Acts lined-up include The Eskie, Ushti Baba, Solana and Witherward.

2. Thousands of people will flock to The Tank Museum for Tankfest 2018. The monster event is the world’s largest display of historic moving armour and is sold out on Saturday and Sunday, but tickets are still available for tomorrow. This year sees the rare Char B1 make an appearance, while the Matilda II will also be making its event debut following three years of restoration.

3. The Sheiling School in Ashley Heath will be holding its summer festival on Saturday between 11.30am and 4pm. There will be a petting zoo, stalls, classic cars, fun activities for children and live music throughout the day, plus food and drink on offer including cream teas and a BBQ.

4. The streets of Winton will come alive with colour, dancing and music on Saturday when Winton Carnival returns. The parade takes place at 11am and will make its way through Winton before coming to a stop at the recreation ground at 12noon where there will be a funfair, attractions and entertainment onstage.

5. The Original Shake and Stir is back for a sixth year in Southbourne. The vintage-themed event, which starts tomorrow night, will see live entertainment, music, classic cars, a pop-up hair parlour and more than 60 traders selling food and drink. The main festival takes place in Fisherman’s Walk and Southbourne Grove on Saturday and Sunday.

6. The Dorset Rainbow Run takes place at Upton Country Park on Sunday. The colourful race sees runners make their way around a 3k course while being pelted with powdered paint to raise money for Naomi House & Jacksplace children’s hospice.

7. Oakhaven Hospice is holding a family fun day at its hospice in Lymington on Saturday. There will be cake stalls, Pimms, bric-a-brac, face painting, raffles, tombolas and more. Takes place between 12pm and 4pm.

8. The biggest VW party on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset Dub Fest, takes place at Herston Yards Farm in Swanage this weekend. There will be entertainment, music, stalls and more with camping available.

9. Hundreds of people will get in the saddle for the 30th annual Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride on Sunday with routes ranging from 10 miles to 100 miles. Online entry closes at 6pm tomorrow.