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THE magnificent sweep of the Chesil Bank and surrounding green hills provide a dramatic backdrop for Abbotsbury, a traditional and unspoilt Dorset village.

The attractive stone cottages sit comfortably in some of Dorset's best countryside and yet the village also has the advantage of being close to the World Heritage Coast.

High on a nearby hill sits St Catherine's Chapel which is dedicated to St Catherine, the patron saint of spinsters.Legend dictates that local spinsters would climb the hill and recite a poem to St Catherine to secure themselves a husband!

Abbotsbury offers something for all the family: the famous Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where visitors can walk amongst a colony of breeding swans, and during the hatching season (May to early June) you can even walk amongst the nests which are full of hatching eggs. A charming horse and cart ride and an ugly duckling trail for children complete the experience.

The mild coastal climate offers ideal conditions for Abbotsbury's Sub-tropical Gardens. Covering 20 acres this Grade 1 listed garden is famous for its camellias, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and its exotic atmosphere. A colonial Tea House sits at the heart of the garden and has a splendid verandah which overlooks a sunken garden. A plant centre offers an unusual range of plants for sale, from the exotic to the commonplace, plus many choice cuttings propagated from plants growing within the gardens.

Abbotsbury Children's Farm is home to a host of animals, many of which can be cuddled and bottle-fed. In the Smugglers' Barn children can explore the full-sized Smugglers' Lugger and a Revenue Cutter from the 1700s. Inside the wooded hulls is an extensive play environment.

To complete your day out in Abbotsbury there's the charming thatched village to explore with its lovely tearooms, cosy pubs and individual shops selling locally made crafts and produce.

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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...
12 Feb 2018
Jurassic Coast Covering 95 miles, from Orcombe Point in east Devon to Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, the Jurassic Coast is an unprecedented place where the history from millions of years is lying beneath your feet. In 2001, the coastline was listed as one of the UNESCO’s natural World Heritage sites due to it being one of the most significant Earth Science locations in the world. This is the only place in the world where the geology, exposed in cliffs for all to see, is a near-continuous ... Read more...
7 Feb 2018
Dorset Running Events 2018 Dorset isn’t shy when it comes to fitness and is an increasingly popular destination for sporting events, especially running; no surprise, really, with the glorious coast and countryside scenes to savour, en route. And with many a race held across the county, throughout the year, it’s the perfect way to explore areas of our beautiful county that you may not normally see. Whether you’re a bimbler, jogger, sprinter, or doing the distance, there’s a running event ... Read more...
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