Dorset

February events in Dorset

Spend your February holiday enjoying all Dorset has to offer in one of our beautiful cottages and at some of these fun events.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

January events in Dorset

The New Year is here and if you're planning on staying in Dorset this January there are some lovely events to keep you busy.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

2017-2018 Gallery Exhibitions in Dorset

If you’re searching for something to do with your significant other this winter, then look no further than the exhibitions that Dorset and Wiltshire have to offer this season. You can enjoy time being culture vultures whilst enjoying some peace and quiet without children.

Places to Go Becky Bye

Dorset escapes

With the children back at school it is safe for the parents and grandparents to get out into the world unhindered; this might be the perfect time for a romantic getaway, just the two of you on a Dorset escape.

Places to Go Becky Bye

Things to do in Poole

One not-so-touristy spot on the coast of Dorset which has a quaint charm worth spending a few days getting to know, is Poole.

Things to do Becky Bye

New Year in Dorset

Explore Dorset during your down time over Christmas and New Year. A much better use of your holiday time than staying in and watching TV - that's what catch up is for.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Favourite places to eat in Salisbury

Stop off on your way west, or have a day trip when on holiday in Dorset - there's lots of lovely places to eat in Salisbury to keep you satisfied as you explore.

Classic Fodder Becky Bye

Top four Dorset Christmas markets

Get into the festive spirit in Dorset this Christmas with our top four Christmas markets from across the county.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Bournemouth

There is so much to see and do that I have narrowed down the selection to my top two places to visit, which can both be seen in one day if you’re on a short visit, or equally spread out over several days if you’re on a longer holiday in Bournemouth.

Things to do Becky Bye

Film locations near Dorset

A TV and film location pilgrimage might be the perfect weekend of escapism for you and your other half. Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset are littered with both well-known and not so well-known film sets, with their period buildings and rolling countryside providing the perfect cinema backdrop.

Places to Go Becky Bye

December events in Dorset

A round up of what's going on in Dorset to keep you busy this December.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Stonehenge

Learn Stonehenge fact by visiting Stonehenge Visitor Centre and marvel in the ancient history of the English landscape.

Places to Go Becky Bye

Best Dorset Woodland Dog Walking

Take a dog or two, an area of woodland and a picnic basket and enjoy some Dorset woodland dog walking. There are one or two dog-friendly pubs to discover along the way.

Places to Go Becky Bye

Things to do in Beer

Beer may be small but there are lots of things to do to keep everyone entertained. From beach days to places to eat and entertainment, it makes a great day out in Dorset or Devon.

Things to do Becky Bye

UK Island hopping escapes in the South and West

Island hopping can be a beautifully British pastime. In this case, it’s all about the transport, as recommended by our staff, travelling on alternative modes of transport and escaping to an island in the South and West.

Places to Go Katie Chown

November events in Dorset

November is here. But if you're not feeling the fireworks whilst on holiday, there's plenty of alternatives in Dorset. From seashore scavenging to lanterns at Corfe Castle, we've found everything but firework displays in the county.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Wareham

Wareham is a beautiful old town with literary connections and a great place to stop to break up a long journey, or spend a few days if you are heading down towards the coast.

Things to do Becky Bye

October events in Dorset

Check out the autumnal festivals and events in Dorset this October. There are plenty of exhibitions and activities to keep you busy.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

September events in Dorset

Dive into Dorset and uncover lots of local events to pique your interest this September.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

5 family friendly watersports to try instead of surfing

If you've tried surfing and found it's just not for you, take a look at our alternatives. You can still get in the water while you're on holiday, try a new activity and get all the family involved.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Beaminster

Dorset walks, places to eat and things to see and do in the unassuming but very pretty little market town of Beaminster, north of Bridport. It's worth a quick visit when you're on holiday in Dorset.

Things to do Katie Chown

West Bay, Dorset

A winning day out with all the family, West Bay in Dorset has golden cliffs, beautiful beaches, award-worthy play areas and even a harbour for crabbing.

Places to Go Katie Chown

Crabbing in West Bay

We swooped in and took over a vast expanse of sea wall with multiple seawater buckets, miles of tangled string, and a stinking bag of bacon, dried whitebait and squid. West Bay is a family favourite for crabbing competitions.

Things to do Emma L

Things to do in Lulworth Cove

If you’re after a coastal day out in Dorset, but fancy something a little more adventurous than Lyme Regis or Swanage, then Lulworth Cove is for you.

Things to do Becky Bye

Things to do on Portland

On a day out in Dorset, Portland peninsula, which dangles off the south coast, has a surprising amount to do, so if you want to avoid the summer beach crowds in Weymouth, then head over to Portland for something a little different.

Things to do Becky Bye

Arts cinemas in the South and West

Cinemas are everywhere. And can be a great way to dodge a rainy day while you’re on holiday. But if you like places with a dash of character and plenty of good films to go around, you might want to plan a special trip to one of these.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

August events in Dorset

Dig beneath the surface of Dorset to unearth a host of entertainment and things to do in August.

Things to do Katie Chown

A last minute local staycation

Holidays don't have to be two weeks. A break for a few days can sometimes be enough to relax and refresh you, ready to get back to the office on Monday.

Places to Go Anna H

Things to do in Swanage

A day out in Dorset would be far from complete without a trip to the seaside. Swanage is the best town on the Jurassic Coast for scenery.

Things to do Becky Bye

Places to picnic around Somerset

Look no further than the amazing picnicking backdrop of the South. From Dorset to Wiltshire and Somerset to Hampshire, English Heritage and National Trust places to picnic which boast the most beautiful gardens and have their gates open wide for families and dogs.

Classic Fodder Becky Bye

July events in Dorset

Festivals and celebrations in Dorset bring together both the local community and guests alike, and are brilliant for showcasing local produce, goods and traditions.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Wimborne Minster

Little known Dorset town Wimborne Minster has a lot of activities to offer, whether you are after a family day out, or a quiet relaxing weekend for two.

Things to do Becky Bye

June events in Dorset

With festivals galore in Dorset this June, you won't be stuck for something to do. Choose an event that piques your interest and get planning your break for something to look forward to this summer.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Family day at Stourhead Gardens

A family day out to Stourhead, exploring the gardens, having a picnic and generally having a magical adventure.

Visitors' Book Emma L

Best Dog Friendly Places in Dorset

One of the best things about holidaying in Dorset is long walks that end up in a cosy pub – and it’s just not the same if you don’t take your four-legged friend with you. Luckily we have some of the best dog-friendly cottages in Dorset.

Places to Go Amanda Tomlin

Things to do in Dorchester

For anyone who is a bit of a history buff and likes a bite of traditional English lunch, then Dorchester is a much needed mark on your Dorset map.

Things to do Becky Bye

Things to do in Salisbury

Set in the heart of Wiltshire and boasting a wealth of history, Salisbury is the perfect stop off point, either to explore nearby Dorset and Hampshire, or to spend a couple of days soaking up some culture before heading further on down the country to your holiday destination.

Things to do Becky Bye

My Best Friend has a Tail (eleven animal sanctuaries)

What do you do with your dog when it comes to your holiday? Well, bring him or her along for the ride! If you don't have a dog, take a look at our list of animal sanctuaries to visit for some furry fun in the south and west.

Places to Go Katie Chown

May events in Dorset

Run away to Dorset this May to enjoy festivals, a spot of sailing and even a cruise out of the harbour. Whether you’re planning on visiting for a bank holiday or packing up for the school holidays, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained in Dorset.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Easter activities in Dorset

While away the school holidays in Dorset with our pick of Easter events across the county to keep kids entertained and get them outside in the fresh air.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

How to take great holiday photos

Follow our simple hints and tips on how to capture your holiday memories. Including composition ideas, group photos and how to snap that all important sunset shot, we’ve got you covered on it all.

Visitors' Book Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Weymouth

I wonder if Weymouth is actually rather overlooked and under-rated, with visitors flocking more to other Dorset locations such as Bournemouth, but Weymouth has some brilliant hidden gems that I want to share with you.

Things to do Becky Bye

April events in Dorset

Step into spring this April with the help of an exciting holiday to Dorset. Whether you’re away with the family for Easter or planning a May Day Bank Holiday bonanza, there’s plenty of things to do on your visit.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

Things to do in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is the perfect seaside destination for a weekend break, come rain or shine. Almost bordering on Devon, Lyme Regis is tucked away on the edge of Dorset, along the Jurassic Coast and has lots to do, whether you’re an active family, or a quiet couple.

Things to do Becky Bye

March events in Dorset

Spring is here and Dorset is in full bloom. Spend your March holiday enjoying some of these exciting events across the county.

Things to do Kayleigh Hardy

5 top tips for holidays with dogs

Dogs are man's best friend and who wouldn't want to take their best friend on holiday? Choose one of our dog friendly cottages for a great stay with your four legged friend.

News & Offers Kayleigh Hardy

The Times Top 3 winter walks

Check out things to do and where to stay if you fancy following one of The Times' winter walks to celebrate all things outdoors.

News & Offers Kayleigh Hardy

40 ways to propose in the South and West

Some ideas for those considering getting down on one knee. Some would be perfect for Valentine's Day, others are great all year round.

Places to Go Kayleigh Hardy

Valentines in Dorset

The 14th February first became associated with romantic love within Geoffrey Chaucer’s circle in the 14th Century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished and was incredibly fashionable.

Visitors' Book Becky Bye

Colourful autumn walks in Dorset

Dorset and Wiltshire have an impressive array of autumn colours to tempt you to wrap up in your warmest layers and head out with the dog to earn a nice hot toddy.

Visitors' Book Becky Bye

Remember Remember Dorset fireworks displays

Autumn is the time of year to get excited about; the amazing colours whispering through the trees, the cold crisp mornings, the hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows over open fires, the country walks through crunchy leaves, and perhaps most importantly of all, bonfire night and fireworks.

Things to do Becky Bye

Top places to eat in Dorset

Our choice of top restaurants to visit on your Dorset holiday. Try the finest of Dorset's produce and culinary expertise and experience some of the best fine dining that the county has to offer.

Classic Fodder Kayleigh Hardy

Panary Dorset

Bake bread with Paul Merry at Panary in Dorset and taste the difference a locally milled flour can make. Be inspired by Paul to stay in Dorset.

Stories & Characters Katie Chown

Slipping back in time at Corfe Castle

Despite being prolific sightseers, my family and I have discovered few views as awe-inspiring in the UK as our first glimpse of Corfe Castle.

Places to Go Philip Eley

Life's A Dream with Miracle Theatre

By the time the lights dimmed in the sky and the play drew to a close, the cast’s energy had filled every minute with a visual and auditory feast, which was appreciated by all ages in the audience.

Things to do Lizzie H

All things eating in Dorset

Whatever your idea of holiday bliss, there is an endless supply of things to see and do, and thanks to the mass of locally produced and sourced delicacies, there is also plenty to get your teeth into.

Classic Fodder Lizzie H

Moors Valley Country Park

I cannot recommend Moors Valley Country Park highly enough, in fact I've already sent a number of friends and family along and hope to go back again myself soon.

Things to do Faye

5 Family Easter Days out

Wherever you end up in the South West this Easter there are things to do that will entertain all.

Things to do Becky Bye

New Year Walks in Dorset

What we need is some fresh air and exercise, and Dorset thankfully has scenic walking spots in abundance. Wrap up warm, bundle the kids and dogs into the back of the car and head down to any of these places on New Year's Day to brush off the cobwebs.

Places to Go Becky Bye

Winter walks in Dorset

Dorset has some of the finest countryside that the nation has to offer, including some absolutely breath-taking views. For beauty, views, and for a certain special something, here are some top winter walks around Dorset as the cold weather closes in around us.

Places to Go Becky Bye

Blood Moons and Dark Sky Tourism

When on holiday, consider a slightly different point of view. Grab a blanket, a bottle of wine and come and check out the latest in night-time activities.

Things to do Lizzie H

The best of the best places to eat in Dorset

Starting in my home town of Shaftesbury in north Dorset, we are incredibly lucky to boast no fewer than nine cafes and at least six great places for a wonderful dinner. There are however two which for me stand out above the rest and are worth travelling down to this part of Dorset especially for.

Classic Fodder Becky Bye

Walking in Dorset

Some of the more rural country walks in North Dorset suggest themselves as more of a waterproof coat and wellington boot alternative, though there are plenty of coastal walks for the slightly more adventurous types with hiking boots and walking sticks. However, these are my particular favourites;

Things to do Becky Bye

Stay in Dorset's Far from the Madding Crowd

We detail the natural stars of the show, so you can dive into your favourite scenes and experience Dorset for yourself. But be warned - if you haven't seen it, there are some story spoilers.

Places to Go Lizzie H

Rip Currents

It’s best to familiarise yourself with the dangers that come with swimming in the sea so that you can stay safe and happy - how to spot a rip current is important.

Visitors' Book Lizzie H

Best Swimming Beaches in the South West

If you’re coming to the South West and can’t wait to get into the water, this is the list for you. We’ve compiled a list of the best beaches to go swimming so you can get straight into the action.

Places to Go Lizzie H

Spring in the South West

Spring arrives early in the West Country so make the most of Valentines February half term.

Places to Go Katie Chown

The crown of The Jurassic Coast

Whilst the Jurassic Coast is overflowing with beautiful seaside destinations, there is one for me whose charm outshines the rest; Lulworth Cove.

Places to Go Becky Bye

A trip back in time at Tyneham

The reassuring flutter of the green flag announces that the road is open (and free from military practice) to wind down the Dorset valley into the lost village of Tyneham. The village appears casually into view and it is only up close that you realise the eeriness of this place.

Places to Go Becky Bye

Old Wardour Castle

I soon discovered that as an adult, there was so much more that I could appreciate about the castle than I ever could as a child.

Places to Go Becky Bye

There's something about Shaftesbury

The unassuming Saxon hilltop market town may at first appear to be nothing special but this north Dorset spot has a treasure trove of appeal.

Places to Go Becky Bye

Sampling the River Cottage Food Festival

Itʼs not what you would call a ʻhugeʼ festival, but itʼs all the more special because of that. If anything it feels like a huge family garden party, if only I had that garden!

Things to do James Chubb

Discount walking guides

We've got a special Classic discount on walking books. All the walks in each book are circular and each has all the information walkers need for a good day out.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Fossil hunting in Lyme Regis

Even my twelve-year-old son was soon bashing away at rocks with his hammer and proudly announcing his discovery of belemnites, crinoid stems and an ammonite

Things to do Amanda Tomlin

Christmas ideas for all the family

Here’s a fistful of Christmassey ideas for all the family to enjoy - events, lights, markets and much more in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Things to do Liz C

£500 celebration competition

NOW CLOSED Book a cottage with 8 or more people and be in with the chance of winning £500 of stuff you need for that perfect meal for your special occasion.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Stuff to do in June

Indulge in a dose of midsummer madness and slip a world away from the daily grind of work. Intersperse the activities with a few dead cert days at the beach.

Things to do Katie Chown

Top Walks in the West Country

Whether to wear out the kids, or to rediscover alone time together, here are a few of our favourite walks in the South West.

Places to Go Katie Chown

Summer Short Breaks

A weekend away or a mid-week short break. We have holiday cottages throughout the West Country to get you away from it all.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Walk the Best

Have a walk around the best bits of the West Country, as voted for in the Coast Awards 2012.

Places to Go Katie Chown

Top Ten UK beaches by TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor's top ten beaches in the UK, as determined by travellers' ratings and reviews. If anyone needed another excuse to visit the South West, eight of them are down here in the West Country!

Places to Go Katie Chown

Things to do at Easter

New fangled ideas and old school fun for Easter in the South West

Things to do Katie Chown

Occasion Locations

The best places through Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset to hold a special occasion with friends and family. We're thinking wedding party venues, but any special occasion is worthy of such a location.

News & Offers Katie Chown

Firework celebrations 2011

Bonfires, sparklers, marshmallows on sticks. It only happens once a year so go to as many as you can!

News & Offers Katie Chown

Halloween half-term in the South West 2011

There's nothing worse than being stuck inside during the school holidays, so here is some inspiration for Halloween themed things to do in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset during October half-term.

Things to do Katie Chown