Welcome To The 2018 Blandford Yuletide Festival

12th December 2018

Over the past eight years, the Blandford Yuletide Festival has become an established part of the Christmas Calender. 2018 is our eighth festival and is planned to be the biggest so far. Below is the current program for the evening however this is subject to change, so check back here from time to time to see what we have planned.


4.00pm Road Closure Begins

5.00pm 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.

8.30pm Fireworks

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 + Gluwein (Mulled Wine)


  • Hot Chocolate and Refreshments


  • Anonymous Market
  • Local Producers
  • Craft Fair and Refreshments at the Crown Hotel

Singers and Performers

  • The Performing Arts Theatre
  • Starlight Dorset
  • Blandford Ukulele Band
  • Lili White

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