1. Around 200,000 visitors are expected to flock to this year’s Great Dorset Steam Fair which features 1,000 trade stands and 2,000 exhibitors. The show will take place from Thursday, August 22 until Bank Holiday Monday, August 26. Car parks open at 7am and the gates to the showground open at 8am.

2. Bournemouth’s Friday night fireworks are due to go ahead at 10pm. The free weekly spectacle on the seafront, which is organised by Bournemouth Tourism, has been called off for the last two weeks due to safety concerns following weather warnings.

3. Pack a picnic and experience the magic of watching a film with family and friends at Corfe Castle. Gates open at 7.30pm and films start at 8.45pm. How to Train Your Dragon, The Hidden World (PG)is on Friday, August 23. Mary Poppins Returns (U) is on Saturday, August 24 followed by Bohemian Rhapsody (12A) on Sunday, August 25. Advanced booking essential. Adult £10; child £6 (under-5s free); family £27. For full information on what to bring or to buy tickets visit nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle/whats-on or contact our box office via 03442491895.

4. A Circus Skills Family Event is taking place at the Triangle on Saturday, August 24 from 10am until 3pm including a circus skills workshop, juggling, plate spinning, stilt walking, shows, balloon modelling, hula hoop skills and strolling entertainment.

5. Get into the groove at a free dance class outside Pavilion Dance South West in Westover Road. ‘Dancing Terraces’ on Saturday from 7pm to 9pm, are designed for people of all ages. Absolutely no experience necessary.

6. Castlepoint Shopping Centre hosts a fortnightly fine food market on Saturdays from 11am to 4pm. The market is a selected group of local traders based on the quality of their work, their story and the ethical values they have added to the community. There will also be free monthly workshops on Easy Eating & Cooking Healthily for the whole family with award winning nutritionist Barbara Cox, as well as an educational programme for children in local schools. There will be food demos, food tasting and live music.

7. Artist David Downes is painting a public mural to launch new ITV drama Sanditon, based on Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel. Watch him work at the corner of Charminster Avenue and Rutland Road from Sunday until Friday August 30. The mural will then be on display until Friday September 20.

8. Try your hand at stone painting at Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. Use acrylic paint to create a lasting work of art. No need to book. Free event.

9. Bournemouth’s Preloved Vintage Kilo Sale takes place on Saturday from 10am to 5pm at St Swithun’s Church. Grab six tonnes of preloved, retro and vintage clothing for £15 per kilo. Limited free entry tickets.

10. Check out the Bournemouth Food & Craft Market at the Annunciation Church hall in Charminster on Monday from 12pm – 4pm with around 20 stalls, face painting, and children’s activities.

11. The Dorset Plane Pull takes place at Bournemouth International Airport on Monday from 10am – 1pm. Teams will be towing a Boeing 737 weighing in at 35,000 kg a distance of 50 metres to raise money for charity. Stay on for the food, drinks, stalls, live entertainment and activities.

12. THE 20th annual duck race will be held in Wimborne on Saturday. The event will be held in aid of Wimborne in Bloom and take place on the River Allen at 4pm. The plastic ducks will be launched into the river at the bottom of Mill Lane beside the Riverside Mews Cafe and cross the finishing line beside the garden at the back of the Rising Sun in East Street. Tickets cost £1 each and will be sold outside the Co-op and Waitrose.

13. Verwood Rustic Fayre returns on bank holiday Monday. The popular event is being held in Potterne Park in Verwood between 12noon and 5.30pm. This year marks the Rotary Club of Verwood's 26th event