WET weather spoiled the fun for many this weekend after events across Dorset were rained off.

Thousands of people were disappointed when the popular Camp Bestival festival was cancelled due to the storm.

Organisers pulled the plug early on Sunday afternoon as conditions at Lulworth Castle took a turn for the worse.

It was one of numerous events disrupted when months of glorious weather came to an end.

Poole Harbour Festival, Swanage Carnival, the Littledown Family Fun Day and Bournemouth's Metropole Market were all affected, as were the Great Dorset Chilli Festival, Mudeford Arts Festival and Camp Bestival.

At Swanage Carnival, determined organisers ploughed on with events despite the conditions.

Carnival committee member Becky Mack told the Daily Echo: "This has taken a whole year to organise and we're not going to let the weather ruin it. It's a bit frustrating but everyone's in good spirits and we're getting on with it."

The Littledown Centre welcomed thousands of visitors after moving most of its attractions indoors. Only the funfair, bouncy castle and Zorb football had to be cancelled.

Divisional general manager Colette Kiernander said: "Despite the challenging weather conditions we have still welcomed thousands of people. The atmosphere inside the centre was buzzing. A massive thanks to everyone who came along and took part in the day."

Determined exhibitors at Mudeford Arts Festival manned stalls inside a marquee on Sunday but had to cancel outdoor entertainment. They had enjoyed a more successful day on Saturday.

But the Metropole Market in Bournemouth cancelled all stalls and put on only limited entertainment due to fears over the health and safety of visitors, traders and exhibitors.

A spokesman said: "It is very unfortunate after all these weeks and months of extraordinary weather conditions that the day it decides to break is the day of our Metropole Market."

The Poole Harbour Festival enjoyed two busy days before the weather dampened enthusiasm on Sunday.

On Friday night and throughout Saturday Baiter Park was alive with music and fairground rides with live bands entertaining the crowds in two marquees.

The event kicked off in style with entertainment from acts including Foo Fighters GB, the Really Hot Chili Peppers and All Funked Up on Friday night.

More than a dozen live acts performed in two separate marquees on Saturday.

There were food stalls selling a variety of items ranging from Bratwurst, Thai curry and ice cream to squid, gourmet toasties and milkshakes.

Children enjoyed free entertainment including the Mad 4 Animals Show, Krazy Kev and Mr Merlin Circus workshops.

The Pavilion Family Fun Day in Bournemouth also escaped the bad weather welcoming around 3,500 people on Saturday. It included free interactive storytelling, theatre, circus, magic, dance workshops and local musicians.

The rest of the week will see the return of summer sunshine with temperatures rising from 21C on Monday to Wednesday to 24C from Thursday onwards.