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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...
21 Mar 2018
Music Festivals in Dorset If you're looking for live music in Dorset during 2018 then you're in luck! The county has a host of festivals celebrating the best of rock, pop, jazz, folk, blues... whatever your taste in music, there's bound to be a music festival or event featured here for you! Many of the events are free to attend, so there's no excuse not to take in some of the best sounds the county has to offer this year. Take a look at the schedule below and start planning your summer ... Read more...
13 Mar 2018
Durdle Door Durdle Door is one of the most photographed landmarks along Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast. This rock arch in the sea (or is it a dragon drinking water?!) was formed as a result of the softer rocks being eroded away behind the hard limestones, allowing the sea to punch through them. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word 'thirl' meaning bore or drill. Eventually the arch will collapse to leave a sea stack such as those that can be seen at Ladram Bay in East ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
10 of the Best Dorset Places of Interest Dorset is blessed with more beauty spots and landmarks per square mile than anywhere else (ok we just made that up, but it's got a lot). With its stunning countryside, breathtaking coastal views, historic monuments and spectacular natural features, you don’t have to look far to see why visitors just can’t get enough of what Dorset has to offer. One of the great advantages is just how accessible everything is – many sights are close together and you could ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Tyneham The tiny ghost village of Tyneham was requisitioned along with the surrounding Purbeck hills for army training just before Christmas in 1943. Villagers were assured that their homes would be returned to them after the war, but under pressure from the War Office these promises were broken and the village remains under MoD control to this day. The site, close to Lulworth, is now open to the public and offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Many buildings have suffered ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Chesil Beach Chesil Beach is a stunning 18-mile long shingle bank running between West Bay and Portland. The bank protects the land behind it, without it the sea would be further inland. Interestingly, the pebbles vary in size from pea sized at West Bay to large potato size at Portland. This could be due to the southwesterly gales that would carry all of the material to the east and the less strong waves from other directions may carry the smaller pebbles back to the west. Another school of ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Durlston Country Park Just a mile south of Swanage lies Durlston Country Park, a naturalist's paradise - 280-acres consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. As well as abundant flora and fauna Durlston also offers stunning views from its coastal paths. As you look out to sea you may spot the dolphins which are regular visitors to the area. Dorset County Council established the Park in the 1970s and since then the careful management, combined with its ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Studland Studland is best known for its National Nature Reserve and its large, sandy beaches. Stretching for five miles the beaches are ideal for swimming and for a whole range of water sports, which include sailing, diving and windsurfing. Part of the beach attracts naturists and a designated area is marked with signs. The spectacular chalk headland and Old Harry Rocks offer shelter from the worst wind and storms. Behind the beach the sand dunes and heathland make up the Nature Reserve, ... Read more...
27 Feb 2018
Cerne Abbas Giant The village of Cerne Abbas is best known for its chalk Giant, which at 180ft high is carved into the sloping hillside to the north of the village. Cerne Abbas Giant, photo by Allou / shutterstock.com Now under the care of the National Trust this naked Giant's origins remain the subject of much discussion, could it be a fertility symbol or perhaps an ancient Celtic religious symbol? With no written reference to the Giant prior to 1694 the date of its creation may only be ... Read more...
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