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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Look to the skies at the Bournemouth Air Festival

Look to the skies at the Bournemouth Air Festival

A Mecca for aeroplane junmajestic display in the skies, the sea and on land.r Festival sees the RAF and Royal Navy put on a majestic display in the skies, the sea and on land.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Military history
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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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Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Pier to Pier in Bournemouth

Got a spare hour or two in Bournemouth? Then take a stroll between the two piers.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Free
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Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Enjoy the art on offer at the one of the most important museums in England which reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Explore Lyme Regis

Explore Lyme Regis

Wander round narrow streets and along the South West Coastal Path.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

Coastal towns
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Enjoy music without the fuss at End of the Road Festival

Enjoy music without the fuss at End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End Of The Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

Forests and woodlands
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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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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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Picnic at Corfe Castle

Picnic at Corfe Castle

Enjoy breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a romantic break surrounded by echoes of royal love

Enjoy a romantic break surrounded by echoes of royal love

Opulent comfort and English grandeur, in a house that once bore royalty.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Fossil hunting fun on the Jurassic Coast

Fossil hunting fun on the Jurassic Coast

Enjoy a family fun day uncovering a prehistoric past on a fossil hunting walk on Charmouth Beach and take home your very own Jurassic fossil.

Location: Charmouth, Dorset

Attractions
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Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Luxury glamping in a beautiful forest setting alongside Guy Mallinson’s Woodland Workshop, featured in the BBC Mastercrafts series.

Location: Holditch, Dorset

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Celebrate Dorset’s finest seafood, with cooking demonstrations and tasting opportunities. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

Coast
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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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Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Calling all chocoholics: the UK’s only chocolate-themed hotel has 15 rooms, dedicated to all that is tasty and tantalising.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Unique Experiences
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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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Explore the fantastic 'Jurassic Cycle Trails' whilst on holiday in Dorset

Explore the fantastic 'Jurassic Cycle Trails' whilst on holiday in Dorset

The Jurassic Coast Cycle Trails are 3 family friendly mainly flat and off road routes designed to help you take in the splendors of the Weymouth & Portland coastline.

Location: Weymouth, 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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Hideaway in Thomas Hardy Country

Hideaway in Thomas Hardy Country

Spend a relaxing weekend deep in Hardy’s Wessex, and visit the landscape that the writer used as a backdrop for his tales of love and tragedy.

Location: Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties

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