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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

Poole
Christchurch
25 October 2019
Shaken' Fright Night
Bournemouth
New Forest
26 October 2019
Bonfire on the Beach
West Bay

Latest Dorset Features

9 Oct 2019
A Seafood Lover's Guide to Dorset National Seafood Week is this week, which runs for a week every October, demonstrating the value of seafood and promoting it as a great, accessible source of food to everyone – and we’re joining in! 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 ... Read more...
23 Sep 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 Ascarium! It's scary how much there is to choose from... Halloween ... Read more...
16 Sep 2019
Dorset Set for September Heatwave Dorset has had its fair spell of heatwaves over the summer – but it’s not over yet! This week, w/c 16th September, we’re set for another. Temperatures are expected to rise to the 20’s, and we can expect 5 full days of sun. Enjoy it while it lasts! How about a some food and drink in the sun with some al fresco dining? Or exploring the outdoors and Jurassic Coast with some of Dorset's best places of interest? Alternatively, here's a list ... Read more...
13 Sep 2019
Dorset Tourism Awards - Finalists Announced for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year As proud sponsors of the small visitor attraction of the year category, all at Resort Dorset would like to congratulate the businesses that have made it through to the finals of the Dorset Tourism Awards. Finalists for this category are: Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, Verwood Langham Wine Estate, Dorchester Shire Hall Historic Courthouse and Museum, Dorchester Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum Shire Hall offers a historic, educational experience to ... Read more...
12 Sep 2019
Heritage Open Days in Dorset Heritage Open Days return for 2019! Events are running from Friday 13th September until Sunday 22nd September. Each year in September, thousands of volunteers unite, so doors can be opened to hidden places or places that are not often visited of which contain lots of heritage, history and culture. Where many of the venues that are taking part are often close during the rest of the year, this is a great opportunity to explore the rich history and culture within. Dorset is ... Read more...

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