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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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Dorset Events

Dorchester
Wareham
22 November 2019
Music: The Simmertones
Lyme Regis
22 November 2019
The Blues Band
Wimborne
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Latest Dorset Features

11 Nov 2019
Things to do in Dorset for Adults Sometimes, us grown-ups just need a little time out, and nothing beats giving someone, or yourself, the gift of a day, evening, or night of freedom. From romantic getaways and fun-packed activities to shopping trips and places to eat and drink until your heart’s content, here in Dorset there’s plenty to make the most of any leisure time you may get. Across the county, there’s lots to discover that’ll really hit the sweet spot for any ... Read more...
8 Nov 2019
Dorset’s Christmas Markets and Festive Fairs ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and you will be when you discover the fantastic selection of Christmas markets and festive fairs 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...
1 Nov 2019
Dorset Firework Displays in 2019 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...
22 Oct 2019
Cranborne Chase Becomes the World's 14th Dark Sky Reserve Cranborne Chase is a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) that covers 380sq miles of land across Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, with Cranborne bordering the South perimeter. Cranborne Chase has recently been awarded its status as an International Dark Sky Reserve in October 2019, becoming the 14th Dark Sky Reserve in the world. A Dark Sky Reserve is a status that is given to an area of either public or private land that optimises levels of light ... Read more...
9 Oct 2019
A Seafood Lover's Guide to Dorset Over the years, seafood in Dorset, just as it has across the world, has become a prized commodity within our lives. Seafood comes in many varieties, and along with being tasty and nutritious, its high demand and elegant associations define the quality of today’s seafood. Seafood is one of the best sources of protein within the food market which, as we know, has an array of health benefits such as aiding muscle recovery and brain function. Although seafood is relatively low ... Read more...

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