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Things to do in Dorset

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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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11 Sep 2017
Christchurch is an ideal location for a day visit, a short break or for a longer holiday to discover the hidden delights of rural Dorset and the nearby New Forest. The magnificent Priory Church has the most beautiful architecture and is renowned for its ‘miraculous beam’ which has an amazing story that is explained within the Priory. It also explains how Christchurch was renamed from its original Twynham. In the older part of the town, known as the Priory Quarter, ... Read more...
16 Aug 2017
Weymouth has many great places to eat out, with a wide variety of cuisine on offer. Whether you enjoy seafood and shellfish, or prefer a vegetarian option, you're guaranteed to find what you're looking for in Weymouth. We've compiled a list of some of the very best pubs and restaurants in the area to keep you and your family happy during your stay. Read more...
16 Aug 2017
The Dorchester Agricultural Society have begun the countdown to the Dorset County Show, taking place on Saturday September 2 and Sunday September 3. With just three weeks left to go, excitement is mounting for the variety of family entertainment and attractions this year, as well as spectacular shows, stunts, and some of the best livestock from around the UK. Helping draw an expected 60,000 visitors to the two day agricultural extravaganza held at the Dorchester Showground will be ... Read more...
15 Aug 2017
It’s Afternoon Tea Week! We find out where to go in Dorset to enjoy this tasty tea-time tradition, and discover a little slice of history along the way. "There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea." – Henry James, Author Britain has some brilliantly bizarre food traditions from cheese rolling to pancake racing but there’s no tastier – and less energetic – tradition than ... Read more...
27 Jul 2017
Dorset is blessed with countless scenic locations to explore in the summer months, from Durdle Door to Portland Bill there are plenty of beauty spots and outdoor activities to enjoy. But what about those rainy days in Dorset when the number one priority is keeping dry? We’ve compiled a list of fantastic Dorset attractions and activities to keep you and your family entertained when the rain takes hold. Rainy Day Attractions & Activities in Dorset What else ... Read more...

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