Category: Family Fun Dates: Saturday, 27 July 2013 to Saturday, 03 August 2013 Liven up your Dorset holiday with a visit to Swanage Carnival and Regatta, an event that promises fun for all the family. Carnival week is packed with around 100 separate events, with highlights including sandcastle building contests, treasure hunts, a magnificent firework display and a half marathon for sporting enthusiasts. But best of all, the world-renowned Red Arrows Aerobatic Display Team will be taking to the skies above Swanage Bay on Sunday July 28th to dazzle and delight attendees with a spectacular array of air stunts. If nothing else, it's a fantastic excuse to don that summer attire and enjoy the carnival atmosphere that takes hold of Swanage this time each year. Whether you're holidaying with your spouse, seeking a lads' day out with your mates or looking for something that's going to keep the kids happy for a couple of days, there's an event in Swanage for everyone. Treasure hunts and the Dog Show are likely to keep the children occupied for hours, but the carnival also boasts a number of attractions for a more mature audience including a talent contest and free music performances from local artists. Those who like a drop of ale at their local are advised to take part in the wheelbarrow race, which is a pub crawl with a difference. Teams of two race around Swanage in a wheelbarrow, trying to be the first to down a pint at every establishment on the map. Great fun to watch and even more entertaining to take part in. Attendees wishing to see the Red Arrows display are advised to get to the viewing point early as previous years have seen tailbacks when people rush to find parking spaces before the event. For a particularly luxurious holiday, make sure you stay at The Summer Lodge Hotel with the Suite Dreams offer - perfect for attending the carnival as for every three nights booked, the third is absolutely free.