1. THOUSANDS of end-of-season festival-goers will be heading to the 15th anniversary of the End of the Road Festival This quirky award-winning festival occupies much of the same site as The Larmer Tree Festival but is a much larger affair.

This year’s line-up includes an eclectic selection of bands, comedians and various other acts and activities. Headliners include Jarvis Cocker, Let’s Eat Grandma, Kate Tempest, Cate Le Bon, Metronomy, Wire and Nubya Garcia to name a few. The festival runs until Sunday.

2. PURBECK’s annual chamber music festival is now underway, August 28 to September 1. Since its inception in 2011, it has brought outstanding musicians from around the world together where they share their talents, create new projects and give performances, workshops and masterclasses to the local and wider community of music lovers. See left column for PICMF’s artistic director, Natalie Clein highlights.

3. DORSET Vegan Festival takes place on Saturday from 10.30am to 4.30pm at Lighthouse, Poole. The festival features more than 80 stalls, world food caterers, cookery demos, inspirational talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities.

4. IF you’re in need of a boost, there’s still time to see the high energy, feel-good production of Fame: The Musical at Bournemouth Pavilion which runs until Saturday starring singer Mica Paris and Jorgie Porter ex-Hollyoaks star. See our review online to get a flavour of what to expect.

5. AND if you didn’t already know, the UK’s largest air festival launches today in Bournemouth with four days of aviation action. Keep up to date with what’s happening at bournemouthecho.co.uk.

6. GREEN-fingered fanatics delight – The Great Dorset Plant Fair returns on Sunday with an autumn special at Athelhampton House and Gardens. From 10am until 3pm, independent local nurseries will display a wide variety of plants and local produce, with craft stalls selling handmade gifts and goodies.

Visitors can purchase grasses, alpines, herbs, perennials and climbers, with growers on site to offer specialist tips and advice. Admission is £7 and includes access to the grounds of Athelhampton House, which will remain open until 5pm.

7. VISIT the Wild Seas Centre at Kimmeridge today, Thursday August 29, to learn about crabs, the different species that can be found and how to record them. Then join the team for a seashore expedition to search for crabs and carry out a Crab Watch survey. Once you have participated in this session why not download the app and have a go at surveying your local shore? For more information see mba.ac.uk/crabwatch. Price: £5 per adult and £2.50 per child.

8. LEARN about bushcraft and foraging in Dorset on Saturday starting at Studland at Middle Beach. Learn the tricks of the trade with a team of top trained bushcraft buffs on a full day course priced at £90 per person. Half day courses are also available. For more details, call 01929 761515 or visit foreadventure.co.uk

9. CLASSIC Cars on the Prom is a popular weekly event which normally takes place on West Overcliff Promenade behind the BIC between April and September.

However this Sunday, the show is going on the road and will take place at Christchurch Quay from 11am to 5pm. The display is open to all cars and motorbikes (in the classic spirit) registered before August 1983. Free entry for visitors.