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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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15 Nov 2017
Christmas is nearly here and there’s a fun way to get you in the festive spirit — ice skating. Nothing beats getting wrapped up, getting your skates on, and heading out to glide (or stumble) across the ice, then treating yourself to a delicious hot chocolate afterwards. Whether you’re a cling-to-the-side kind of skater or have a Torville and Dean style, ice skating is a fab activity for all and a great way to get together with friends and family to have some ... Read more...
14 Nov 2017
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and you will be when you discover the fantastic selection of Christmas markets and festive fayres that are set to be held around Dorset in the coming weeks. If you’re getting organised with your shopping, these events are a great way to find those perfect gifts; if delicious food and drink is on your wish list, then you’ll love the tasty selection available from local producers; or maybe you’d like a day out to get you in the ... Read more...
8 Nov 2017
Families are promised a festive treat at Adventure Wonderland with the Christmas panto, Dick Whittington and his Cheshire Cat. Join Dick on his daring journey through the streets of London seeking fame and fortune, with shows in the Happydrome Theatre at noon and 3pm, from 26th November. Guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells and his best friend, the cheeky Cheshire Cat, Dick quickly discovers the streets aren’t really paved with gold. ... Read more...
31 Oct 2017
Celebrate with a bang this weekend as Dorset plays host to a wide range of firework displays and bonfire events. A selection of fireworks / bonfire events can be found below: Read more...
24 Oct 2017
Carly Paoli has been delighting audiences throughout the world, shared stages with Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras and Elaine Paige, and can count the Pope and Prince Charles amongst her fans. Now the classical singer is coming home to the UK to tour with one of the country’s most successful musical theatre groups, Britain’s Got Talent winners: Collabro. “We are thrilled to welcome the very accomplished Carly Paoli as Special Guest on ... Read more...

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