Dorset

Step behind the scenes of a Hollywood movie or bestselling novel in stunning Dorset. You can find your own Jurassic Park on beaches sprinkled with fossils and smuggler's caves or trace Thomas Hardy novels on open heaths and vales. The southwest county's dramatic coastline is an outdoor sculpture gallery with arches, stacks and coves carved by Mother Nature herself. Casual amblers and serious ramblers alike can trek ridgeways between Bronze Age burial mounds and castle ruins. Blink and you'll miss bashful dormice and deer scurrying around bluebell-carpeted woodlands. We recommend farmers markets to stock up on mouth-watering Dorset essentials – apple cake, scrumpy and Blue Vinny cheese.

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Enjoy high-wire and two-wheeled adventure

Enjoy high-wire and two-wheeled adventure

Enjoy adrenaline-fuelled activities for all the family in Moors Valley Country Park in the lovely Dorset countryside.

Location: Ashley Heath, Dorset

Extreme Sports
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Fossils and sandcastles at Lyme Regis

Fossils and sandcastles at Lyme Regis

Discover the pretty seaside town of Lyme Regis on Dorset's world famous Jurassic Coast.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

Beaches
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A Famous Five adventure

A Famous Five adventure

Follow in the footsteps of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five with some castle capers and a seaside adventure by steam railway.

Location: Corfe Castle, Dorset

Literature, film and TV
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Enjoy a walk with donkeys

Enjoy a walk with donkeys

Relax while you wander along the lanes and byways of West Dorset whilst your very own friendly donkey carries your picnic.

Location: Beaminster, Dorset

Walking and hiking
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Get up close with swans

Get up close with swans

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

Beaches
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Experience indoor play with a twist in Bournemouth

Experience indoor play with a twist in Bournemouth

Great organic fun for mum, dad and the kids. A one-stop shop for family entertainment.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Coast
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Adrenaline-filled activities on the Dorset coast

Adrenaline-filled activities on the Dorset coast

Try your hand at kite surfing with power kites and full instruction at the Isle of Portland’s Paracademy.

Location: Portland, Dorset

Watersports
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Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Celebrate fossils at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Join the thousands of people each year at the world-famous Lyme Regis Fossil Festival celebrating millions of years of history.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

World heritage sites
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Shake your stuff at the south coast's premiere dance venue

Shake your stuff at the south coast's premiere dance venue

Whatever tickles your fancy, there's something musical you can move to at the Pavilion.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Coast
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Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Explore the landscape of Cranborne Chase which inspired the father of modern archaeology, William Fox Pitt.

Location: Cranborne, Dorset

Archaeological sites
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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy

Home to a rather fabulous collection that includes pieces by Rubens, Van Duyck, Titian.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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Gardens and Parks
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Yoga on Bournemouth Beach

Yoga on Bournemouth Beach

There’s no better way to ease into a day in the bustling seaside town of Bournemouth than with a spot of yoga on the beach.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Coast
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Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn a new skill or watch the creative talents of others at Poole’s Lighthouse.

Location: Poole, Dorset

Coastal towns
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Dorset's Knoll House

Dorset's Knoll House

Stunning views and epic afternoon teas in Dorset.

Location: Studland Bay, Dorset

Coast
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Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Free your spirit along the Dorset coast

Experience Purbeck’s surf and turf by learning to sail or horse ride through the waves.

Location: Studland, Dorset

Watersports
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Enter a movie-star house

Enter a movie-star house

The 15th-century Athelhampton House is steeped in history and has enjoyed TV and film fame.

Location: Athelhampton, Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties
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See the cult of St Catherine’s Chapel

See the cult of St Catherine’s Chapel

Discover the traditions of a medieval chapel overlooking the sea with magnificent views over Chesil Beach towards Portland Bill.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

Picturesque places
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Indulge in a boutique break

Indulge in a boutique break

The 16th-century Bull Hotel was a former coaching inn that has been lovingly restored to a stylish hotel.

Location: Bridport, Dorset

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Wareham in Dorset

Wareham in Dorset

Full of civil war history and southern charm.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

Boating

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