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January events in Dorset

January has arrived and the winter chill has well and truly set in. But with the rest of the year ahead of us, there's plenty to look forward to and staying in Dorset this month is one of them.

January is the perfect time for a short break as the South West is a little quieter, so you can make the most of the best places to see. Dorset looks very different under Jack Frost’s grip, January is the time to explore the county and see your favourite sites in a wintry light.

On bright days, head out on long winter walks across Dorset or along the coast. Stay in a holiday cottage with a hot tub and spend the days admiring the good weather whilst staying warm in the bubbles – ultimate indulgence. When the temperature drops or the rain rolls in, snuggle up next to the fire with a hot mug of tea and a good book.

Whether you’re visiting Dorset for a short break to relax after a hectic Christmas or you’re bringing all the family for a week away, the county is sure to offer you plenty of things to see and do. Make the most of this quiet period and explore as much as you can. 


Whatever you choose, here are some exciting events to keep you busy in Dorset this January:

Throughout January: Hard times and hungry months at Hardy's Cottage

1st January: New Year's Day duck race in Lyme Regis

Until 2nd January: Ice Skating in Bournemouth

Until 4th January: Bournemouth Christmas market and Alpine Lodge


7th, 14th, 21st and 28th January: HIX Oyster and Fish House curry club

14th January: Allington Strings New Year concert

16th January: Castle tour at Durlston Country Park

21st January: Durlston Country Park geology walk


Stay in a holiday cottage in Dorset to enjoy all that the county has to offer.

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