There is a packed year ahead for Dorset residents in 2016, with a whole host of local events happening throughout the year.

Here, we round up the ones you won't want to miss...

Christchurch Food Festival Calling all foodies, mark May 7 and 8 in your diary as the dates for the 2016 Christchurch Food and Wine Festival.

This annual event has developed into a huge and popular attraction drawing thousands of people to the colourful and vibrant town centre and picturesque riverside setting, with a two-day Festival Market showcasing hundreds of stalls in both the High Street and on the Quay, plus demonstrations from a number of celebrity chefs yet to be confirmed.

Poole Harbour Boat Show Free live music, entertainment and fireworks - not forgetting the boats and water-based activities - are just some of the highlights visitors can expect at the second Poole Harbour Boat Show, which will take place from May 20 to 22 this year.

The prestigious show is hosted by Poole Quay Boat Haven on Town Quay, which boasts stunning views of Brownsea Island, and is in close proximity to lively cafes, bars and restaurants.

Wheels Festival The hugely popular Wheels Festival is set to be be rolling back into Bournemouth for its third year, from June 3 to 5.

As in the previous two years, the event organisers are promising non-stop, high speed action along the seafront Demo Straight, monster metal crushing madness, gravity defying quad bike jumps and breathtaking BMX and skateboard tricks taking place at a number of locations around the town centre.

Sandbanks Beach Polo The Asahi British Beach Polo Championships to Sandbanks beach on July 8 and 9 this year, when international beach polo teams will compete for the championship title. Spectators can also enjoy professional beach volleyball, a 4x4 polo pony charity race and other sporting activities as well as the renowned Sandbanks Beach Parties.

New Forest Show The New Forest & Hampshire Show, which takes place from July 26 to 28 in 2016, is one of the highlights of the Hampshire social calendar. The three-day agricultural show attracts around 95,000 visitors over the duration and features showjumping with international classes, a full range of equestrian classes, livestock competitions including pigs, cattle and sheep, plus a poultry sections, rabbis, cage birds and honey bees.

Swanage Regatta and Carnival There's be a party atmosphere in Swanage from July 30 to August 6, when the 'premier carnival on the south coast' comes to town.

From the two-mile carnival profession to the beat of live bands playing on the main stage and in the carnival marquee, three firework displays to art competitions, talent shows to treasure hunts, dog shows to parachute jumps, plus a range of water and land sports, there is sure to be something for everyone at the 'must-do' attraction.

Bournemouth Air Festival It will be eyes to the skies once again in August as the Bournemouth Air Festival returns from August 18 to 21.

Highlights for 2016, the ninth year of the event, have yet to be confirmed, but the festival will no doubt feature a huge range of attractions on land, sea and air, including breathtaking aerial displays, demos from the Armed Forces, a range of traders and food and drink stalls along the seafront as well as the popular Night Air entertainment.

Great Dorset Steam Fair If you're looking for an excellent fun and action packed day out for all the family, you'll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair, which is being held once again at its Tarrant Hinton home, near Blandford, from August 25 to 29.

A huge range of varied attractions means the event is popular with collectors, steam fanatics, exhibitors, heavy horse fans, avid campers and music fans alike.

Bournemouth Marathon Festival The 2016 Bournemouth Marathon Festival is set to take place on October 1 and 2, bringing many distances together in one unique festival of running. There are six races to choose from with something for all abilities, as well as junior races for the kids, to get the whole family involved.

Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival returns for its sixth year from October 9 to 18, with days of events, installations and art experiences for visitors to enjoy.

The family-friendly festival prides itself on putting on an eclectic and sometimes eccentric mix of music, dance and visual arts across spaces and interesting venues throughout the town centre, gardens and seafront which come to life with an array of activities for all ages.