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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.

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.

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, enjoy exploring what's on offer.

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9 Aug 2018
Music Videos Filmed in Dorset Dorset's stunning locations have featured in several high profile music videos over the years. And why not? The county is blessed with some striking landscapes and coastal scenery. Below you'll find a selection of music videos featuring Dorset, some showcase the county's sights more prominently than others, but do you know of any more? Let us know in the comments and we'll keep this page updated! Shout Tears for Fears See how Durdle Door looked in the ... Read more...
24 Jul 2018
Sunday Carvery in Dorset Let's be honest, nothing really beats a sunday roast, and just because you're on holiday doesn't mean you have to miss out! Dorset has an ever-growing reputation as a foodie destination, and what better way to put this to the test than to sample a sunday carvery at one of the excellent Dorset pubs and restaurants featured below. Already have a favourite place for a spot of sunday lunch in Dorset? Let us know in the comments below! Find Your Sunday ... Read more...
24 Jul 2018
Stay Cool with Dorset's Indoor Attractions Dorset's beaches and public spaces provide plenty of opportunity to soak up the rays during a heatwave. But keep an eye out for Met Office advice and take care not to spend too long in the sun. If you're looking for indoor attractions, some shade and a cooler way to spend a day in Dorset, then take a look at a selection below. Get active with trampolining, children's soft play centres and indoor pools or explore some of the fascinating museums Dorset has to ... Read more...
11 Jun 2018
Inside Out Dorset Extraordinary Events in Extraordinary Places Spectacular, mainly free open-air entertainment for all the family. Inside Out Dorset takes place from 14th to 22nd September. Activate present extraordinary outdoor performance and make inspirational, high quality arts events happen in venues (indoors and outdoors) across the region. Their aim is to inspire young and old to make and be part of, extraordinary, transformational arts. Experience world-class aerial circus at sunset on ... Read more...
26 Mar 2018
Resort Dorset Magazine 2018 The popular Resort Dorset magazine for 2018 is out today. Our free title offers visitors the chance to discover all the best things to see and do across the county. Resort is packed with great attractions, activities, food and drink, shopping, events and more ideas for great days out. You'll also find lots of money-saving vouchers! Keep an eye out for the bright yellow dispensers and pick up your copy soon - they'll be found in many hotels, holiday parks, shops, ... Read more...

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