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Dorset is a county full of beautiful contrasts: rolling green hills, fertile farmland, golden beaches, rugged cliffs and open heaths make up nature’s own patchwork creation.

The beauty of Dorset’s coastline is equally matched by its geological importance: 185 million years of the Earth's history is revealed in the 95 miles of Jurassic Coast that stretch from Orcombe Point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage.

Looking for things to do in Dorset? There's a huge choice of visitor attractions, including beautiful gardens, historic houses, nature reserves, theatres and fascinating museums, offering something for all the family.

There's a jam-packed events programme all year round and visiting sport lovers can take their pick from a range of activities both on and off the water.

Dorset is fast becoming a food-lover's dream - you'll find some excellent pubs and restaurants making the most of the fantastic local produce.

If your holiday just isn't complete without some retail therapy, then shopping can be a rewarding experience with lots of local independant gems to be found alongside larger nationwide stores.

And if after reading about the delights of this fascinating county you find yourself wondering where to stay, you'll find a great selection of holiday parks and campsites to suit your needs.

Dorset offers something for everyone, enjoy exploring what's on offer.

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17 Mar 2017
With its expanse of golden sands and sparkling water Weymouth Beach must surely be one of the best family beaches along the South Coast. Punch & Judy and donkey rides continue to entertain the children, while the famous sand models amaze the crowds with stunning creations to be seen. Pedal boats and kids activities abound, and all manner of buckets and spades can be bought from the beach kiosks. Relax in a deckchair and when you tire of soaking up the sun you could hire a ... Read more...
16 Mar 2017
Dorset's Jurassic Coast, the Natural World Heritage Site and the only one of its kind in England, covers around 95 miles of stunningly beautiful coast and is rich in geological importance, which represents 185 million years of earth history. It displays not just superb Jurassic, but older Triassic and younger Cretaceous rocks too. This international recognition, which many agree is long-awaited and much deserved, places the coastline alongside some of the most famous and ... Read more...
16 Mar 2017
Portland Bill is the graveyard of many vessels that failed to reach land in Weymouth or Portland. From the shore you can see the Portland Race, a meeting of the tides that causes a continuous disturbance. Portland Bill Lighthouse guides vessels heading for Portland and Weymouth through these hazardous waters as well as acting as a waymark for ships navigating the English Channel. During the summer months, and subject to opening times, you can book a guided of the lighthouse. ... Read more...
16 Mar 2017
Durdle Door is one of the most photographed landmarks along the Jurassic Coast. This rock arch in the sea was formed as a result of the softer rocks being eroded away behind the hard limestones, allowing the sea to punch through them. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word 'thirl' meaning bore or drill. Eventually the arch will collapse to leave a sea stack such as those that can be seen at Ladram Bay in East Devon. Each year more than 200.000 walkers use the ... Read more...
15 Mar 2017
Where is Broadchurch Filmed? Hit ITV series Broadchurch is now back on our screens and West Bay in Dorset once again finds itself in the spotlight. On-screen drama is a given, but the dramatic cliffs, seascape and beautiful surroundings provide a wonderful drama of their own. An all-star cast including David Tennant and Olivia Colman return in series 3, and a dark new case needs solving. The iconic cliffs at West Bay are bound to feature heavily in Broadchurch, but ... Read more...

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