A five-day festival will be staged across Dorset to showcase the county’s exciting digital future.

Dorset Council's 'Festival of the Future' will return for the third consecutive year and offer a hybrid approach - allowing people to attend either in person or virtually.

#FutureFest22 will see events held in Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth, Ferndown and Winfrith from Monday, October 10 until Friday, October 14.

This year’s festival will feature ground-breaking digital innovation in farming, education, tourism, health and the climate.

A spotlight will be thrown on the breadth of careers in digital and the support available to help small businesses innovate.

The festival will also highlight the importance of making sure everyone is included in the county’s digital future and that Dorset has the right skills for a digital economy.

Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Corporate Development and Transformation, Cllr Jill Haynes, said: “Our festival will be a fully-fledged hybrid experience where we will be live with a local audience and available online for people to view as a live broadcast.

“It promises to be a lot of fun, very exciting and enlightening as we look into the possibilities our future might hold – and best of all it is completely free to attend.”

Young people will be able to have their input with school children taking part in Dorset’s first ever Coding Day and college students examining how Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality can transform a tourist attraction.

Guest speakers and experts will share the latest thinking and their ideas about the possibilities of a digital future.

The festival will also demonstrate what a 'digital town' might look like - using Weymouth as the setting.

Dorset Council’s chief executive, Matt Prosser, said: “We’ll be exploring very important issues and relevant topics but in a relaxed, fun-packed way full of festival atmosphere.

“We won't necessarily be able to deliver all solutions and some of these imaginative ideas generated might never take off from the concept board. But we want to make people excited about the opportunities that exist for digital innovation and investment that could make Dorset an even better place to live, work and visit.”

To find out what is happening on each day of the festival, and to book free tickets, go to www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/festival-of-the-future-2022