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Sunset at Weymouth Harbour in Dorset
Poole Quay by Chris Jones
Explore Portland Bill
Watch the Red Arrows
Swanage Railway Station
View from Bowleaze, Weymouth
Bluebells near Milton Abbas
Sunset over Chesil Beach
Sunset at Weymouth Harbour in Dorset Poole Quay by Chris Jones Explore Portland Bill Watch the Red Arrows Swanage Railway Station View from Bowleaze, Weymouth Bluebells near Milton Abbas Sunset over Chesil Beach

Things to do in Dorset

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 its 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. If you enjoy exploring, then you'll find places of interest right across the county.

Things to do in Dorset

Looking for things to do in Dorset? There's a huge choice of visitor attractions, including beautiful gardens, national treasures such 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.

The county 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 and its World Heritage Coast offers something for everyone, from Durdle Door to Weymouth Beach and Portland Bill, enjoy exploring what's on offer.

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Browse excellent places to go and things to do in Dorset using the options below.

You can also explore all of the Dorset venues on our Dorset Map.

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13 Aug 2019
Halloween Events in Dorset The October half-term is now synonymous with Halloween and the themed fun that takes place. If you’re out and about in Dorset, you’ll find many a Halloween event happening, so grab your broomsticks, sharpen those fangs, and prepare to have one hell of a good time! Dorset Halloween events include everything from zombie fests and enchanted illuminations, to pumpkin carving and the Sea Life Asquarium! It's scary how much there is to choose from... Halloween ... Read more...
8 Aug 2019
Things to do on a rainy day in Dorset 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...
29 Jul 2019
Sandsfoot Castle Sandsfoot Castle’s picturesque location by the sea, with the backdrop of Portland Harbour and the Isle of Portland itself beyond, makes for a perfect area to relax and admire some spectacular views. The gardens surrounding the castle have been lovingly cared for and there is an on-site café. Almost 500 years ago in 1539, Sandsfoot Castle was constructed by order of King Henry VIII as a coastal defence mechanism for Weymouth and Portland. It consisted of two ... Read more...
26 Jul 2019
West Lulworth and Lulworth Cove West Lulworth is home to some of the world’s greatest attractions. While the glorious Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove showcase the Jurassic Coast’s World Heritage status, there are also other things to do that will keep a smile on your face for the whole day (providing you can bring yourself to turn your back on the coastline itself). Stroll through the nature reserves, take in the breathtaking views of the wonders of the Jurassic Coast, and take a walk through the ... Read more...
25 Jul 2019
Nothe Gardens Nothe Gardens has to be one of the prettiest and peaceful places in not only Weymouth, but the whole of Dorset. Things to Do There’s plenty of space to make a day of it. With panoramic views of Portland Harbour and the island behind, you can sit and embrace the natural beauty for hours; watch the sailors practice their skills, the array of birds that circulate the shores, or simply watch the tides drift in and out. Take a picnic or have a barbecue, take a football ... Read more...

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