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Catch up with the latest goings on from around Dorset and pick up tips on where to go and what to do when you’re in Dorset.

Ducks Farm Shop

Staff tour 2017 day three

Dorset Coastal Cottages Staff Tour 2017 sees us getting out to view our fabulous properties and a chance to sample some local food treats.

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Fish and Chips Swanage

Staff Tour 2017 day two

Staff tour day two The second day of our staff tour saw the minibus, being driven by our marketing manager Tom, take a route from Wool to Winfrith Newburgh, Lulworth, East Stoke, Swanage and Worth Matravers. Jacqui continues: The morning was bright and crisp, the autumn leaves falling, the sun shining and the sea glistening. […]

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West Bay Cliffs

Staff tour 2017 day one

Dorset Coastal Cottages Staff Tour 2017 sees us getting out to view our fabulous properties and a chance to sample some local food treats.

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Navi King of Pop

Navi, King of Pop

Dorset Coastal Cottages enjoy an evening out to see Navi King of Pop bring a tribute to Michael Jackson to Weymouth Pavilion Dorset.

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JoJo Maman Bébé photoshoot at Greensands

JoJo Maman Bébé at Greensands If you’re a JoJo Maman Bébé fan then you might recognise one of our wonderful Purbeck Stone holiday cottages, Greensands, which was the location for their current Autumn/Winter 2017 catalogue (and features in our family holiday prize detailed below too)! For two weeks in March this year, the JoJo Maman […]

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Stock Gaylard Oak Fair 2017

A day at Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

The following is an account by one of our team, Ali, of a family day out at Stock Gaylard’s annual Oak Fair. You can find details of the event here. This was our first visit to the annual Oak Fair at Stock Gaylard on the August bank holiday weekend. With over 200 stalls on the […]

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Swanage Rep

Swanage Rep Theatre Season

For the first time in 25 years, a company of professional actors will be resident at the Mowlem theatre in Swanage this August, bringing  Rep Theatre and a hint of the West End to the seaside

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The Signal Box on Swanage Railway

The Signal Box The damp and grey Wednesday morning drive towards Corfe Castle Station on Swanage Railway did nothing to dampen my excitement. I was lucky enough to be visiting The Signal Box, Corfe Castle Station. The signal box is only five years old with the opening being shown on BBC South West Today in 2012. Geoff Truscott, a volunteer […]

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Theatre

Swanage Rep cast confirmed for this AUGUST

This summer season, the Victorian seaside town of Swanage will see the arrival of famous thespians when Hordern Ciani, the professional Theatre Production Company owned and operated by Katherine Mount and Teresa Barlow, showcase their three famous plays

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Studland beach, Purbeck

A glorious week in Purbeck

We’ve just had a lovely comment and some photos in from a guest who’s been enjoying a week in Purbeck that we wanted to share…

“Just had the most glorious week in Dorset. The Weather was outstanding and the scenery just stunning. It was like being abroad – only better.”

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European Shooting Event Lulworth

European Sporting Event at Lulworth Castle

Dorset Coastal Cottages are one of the proud sponsors of the 50th Anniversary F.I.T.A.S.C. European Sporting Championships.

Here at Dorset Coastal Cottages we are always looking at ways to support local business and enterprise.  So, when we were approached by Graham Brown from the Purbeck Shooting School we were only too happy to participate in this prestigious event at one Purbecks iconic landmarks, Lulworth Castle.

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Langham Wine Estate

Langham Wine Estate Tour

Venture out into the Dorset Countryside and visit the Langham Wine Estate, producers of fine English sparkling wines.

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Rib Eye Steak

Catered for Dinner Party

Self-catering doesn't always have to mean self-catering. Take the stress out of cooking for a big group by booking a catered dinner party in your holiday cottage for that special occasion.

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Godfrey's Onion Soup

Food and Mummers Play

An evening of great food and Mummers plays at The Crown Inn, Puncknowle, a sleepy Dorset village just a mile or so inland from the coast.

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Marshmallows

New Year in Dorset

Get away and spend New Year in Dorset

New Year's Eve is a time for celebration and there is no better place to celebrate than the Dorset Coast.

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Amazing top 10 selected activities in beautiful rural Dorset

Rural Dorset Bucket List - slightly inland from the Dorset Coast there are many walks, historical sites, literary links and other attractions. There something for everyone to enjoy.

Technically we are still very close to the coast with this bucket list, at times you will be no more than a few miles away. However, the amazing rural Dorset settings compliment the wonderful places detailed below.

 

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Durlston

Amazing Top 10 Coastal Activities in Dorset

Holidaying in Dorset this year?

If so there are many great things to do and see during your stay some are aimed at the older members of the family others at the younger members - so yes there is something for everyone!

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Purbeck Pirate

Purbeck Pirate Festival

The town of Swanage will be flying the Jolly Roger from 29th - 31st July for the first ever Purbeck Pirate Festival in aid of The Swanage Pier Trust

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Dorset Walk

Dorset Walk

A Dorset walk could include a cafe, pub or even the possibility of a swim. You can just absorb this wonderful county with family and of course the dog.

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Coast Path

Dorset Walk #10 – West Bexington

This walk will take you through some varying countryside and terrain which can be enjoyed by all the family. Taking in Chesil Beach and the pretty seaside village of West Bexington.

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Hell Stone

Dorset Ramblings

This week Julie Croley from our Customer Services team is sharing with you some of her Dorset ramblings.

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Running in Dorset

Running in Dorset is where you can enjoy the marvelous scenery and coastline - running pre-planned courses from a few K to many miles....

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Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg hunts for 2016

Hopping all around Dorset the Easter Bunny is very busy this year with plenty of egg-citing things to do for the family.....

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Christmas Countdown

Countdown to Christmas why not visit the lovely Dorset Coastline try out some of our Dorset Spirit!

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Autumn in Dorset

Autumn in Dorset, the clocks have changed, the nights are drawing in and we are fast approaching winter...

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The Jurassic Coast Trust – AGM

The Jurassic Coast Trust, one of the local charities we support, held their AGM last week, presenting their achievements over the last year and discussing plans for the future. Here are some photos from the day.

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Summer Holiday Family Activities

Activities for the family can be costly, however, there are many things that can be enjoyed by the whole family which will not only be fun but educational and not break the bank! Here we are listing some of our favourite things to do when on holiday here in Dorset.....

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Dorset – Chapel in the Woods – Walk #9

A beautiful woodland walk just off the coast road along a quiet and secluded right of way then into some beautiful old woodland leading to a peaceful spot where there is the ruins of an old chapel hidden in the woods.

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May Half Term – what’s on in Dorset

May is here the weather is warmer and Whitsun Bank Holiday and half-term holidays are upon us. Typically quieter than the summer months there are still many events and attractions available and we have selected a couple which can be enjoyed by all the family.

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Abbotsbury Swannery – Cygnets

The Cygnets (Baby Swans) are hatching at Abbotsbury Swannery now is the time to see these wonderful regal animals and their clutches of sweet little Cygnets.

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Powerstock Cider Festival 2015

Martin Inwood of Lulworth Skipper (Dorset Cider) gives us the lowdown on this weekend's Powerstock Cider Festival where craft cider makers and lovers of real full juice cider come together to celebrate all things cider.

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Sunny Republic Brewery

A visit to Sunny Republic Brewery – Winterborne Kingston, Blandford. From an old barn on a farm to an amazing modern brewery – with highly drinkable quaffable beer – trust me it is good!

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Sutton Poyntz Open Gardens – June 27/28

Sutton Poyntz is a picture -postcard village near Weymouth. With its unique beauty and hidden treasures of old houses and cottages plus a duck pond opposite the pub, it is surely a place to visit. Sutton Poyntz Open Gardens - June 27-28

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Easter Holiday Egg Trails and Hunts

Easter Holidays are almost here so what are you planning to do? There are many Easter Egg Hunts and Trails around Dorset and we have listed those which we have managed to "find"

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Snowdrops in Dorset

February Half-Term upon us and the Snowdrops coming into full bloom here are some little known facts and details about this amazing little flower - and where to see them in Dorset.

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2015 Holiday Dates and Events

Christmas and New Year festivities are over. So now it is time to choose your favourite destination – maybe fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast or even walking some of the 95 miles of the Jurassic Coast - World Heritage Site. As school and bank holidays are always popular so now is the time to book your trips away for the coming year…

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Dorset Coastal Walks – #7 Corfe Common History Walk

This gentle short walk explores Corfe Common, a sandstone ridge south of the picturesque village of Corfe Castle. Look out for signs of the human activity that shaped this interesting archaeological landscape over thousands of years, and enjoy the wide range of wildlife which now makes its home here.

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Winter Break in Dorset

Return to Dorset in the winter - there is so much that you have missed during the summer and it will be much quieter too!

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Black Bream caught by Matt Toms the skipper of Dawn Mist 2

Really fresh fish

From Sea to Plate in hours - simple catch and cook your supper. Take a  charter trip where the novice or experienced angler can catch the freshest fish that you will ever eat.......

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Fossil Hunting in Charmouth

Fossil walking in the footsteps of Mary Anning - Dorset's, if not the world's, best known fossil hunter. Why not try out Jurassic Fossil discovery find and take home your own piece of history......

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Dorset’s Top Picnic Spots

Did you know half of Dorset is recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? With such a wide variety of wildlife and so many great views to enjoy we're spoilt for choice but we've managed to pick out a few of our absolute favourites - See more at: https://www.dorsetcoastalcottages.com/blog/#sthash.f8bdalG0.dpuf

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Dorset County Show 2014

In a few weeks time The Dorset County Show will celebrate our county's rich farming heritage, host a packed calendar of impressive events and exhibit some of our most amazing award-winning local food and drink.

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Summer Holiday Fun with the Lulworth Rangers

This summer the Lulworth Rangers programme of summer events will have you really wanting to get out and discover the delightful natural environment of Lulworth. There's Rock Pool School, Stone Carving, Photography Workshops, Guided Walks, Bat Nights and more!

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Dorset Seafood Festival

Come along to Weymouth this weekend & enjoy the 7th annual Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, recently placed fourth in the UK’s top ten food festivals by the Independent newspaper and awarded gold as the best event in the 2013 Dorset Tourism Awards.

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Dorset to Brittany: Cycling the Tour de Manche

The Tour de Manche offers two complete itineraries in one, the full tour and a shorter petit tour, both full of spectacular sites such as Mont Saint Michel and the Jurassic Coast. What are you waiting for?

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Dorset’s Thriving Restaurant Scene

Anyone who has visited Dorset will know we have an abundance of wonderful restaurants and cafes, full of beautiful fresh produce. This week we check out a few of our the latest additions.

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Puddletown Forest and Thorncombe Woods

On the edge of Dorchester, Thorncombe Woods and Puddletown Forest are perfect for outdoor pursuits while Hardy's Cottage, birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, will satisfy cultural buffs.

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Tyneham – Dorset’s ghost village

Over one month in 1943 a group of residents was ordered to leave their Dorset village after the government took it over for military training. They never returned...

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The Fleet

A World Heritage site, The Fleet is Britain’s biggest and best brackish lagoon and a very beautiful and tranquil place.

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Easter Fun on The Dorset Coast

There's no excuse to be bored this Easter with lots of special events taking place across the county, and the beaches and countryside are still as glorious as ever!

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February Festival Fever

Inspired by the first ever Purbeck Literary Festival kicking off this week, we decided to check out what else is coming up on Dorset's Cultural Calender and discovered a host of world class events...

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Dorset Coastal Walk #2 – Maiden Castle

One of the most spectacular hill forts in Southern England, Maiden Castle is a breath-taking trip back in time. Great for walking, running, dog walking, picnicking, kite flying or just soaking up a piece of history. Best of all it's FREE!

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Cottage and Booking FAQ’S

It's our busiest time of year and with lots of bookings come lots of questions! Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions here.

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New Years Eve On The Dorset Coast

With street parties, entertainment and quirky events Dorset is a great place to celebrate so crack open the bubbly and bring in 2014 in style!! Happy New Year everyone!!

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Christmas is Coming

Get your pressies early and find out what fantastic festive season entertainment is on around the county.

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Dorset On Screen

Earlier this year it was Broadchurch causing a sensation, this year Dorset shines again with Moonfleet and Far From The Madding Crowd.

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Dorset’s Secret Beaches

Some of the best beaches along the South West Coast Path are off the beaten track. We share our favourites with you.

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Dorset Coast For Kids

With school holidays upon us (and one or two parents in the office searching for ideas!) we thought we'd share with you our top activities for kids.

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Swanage Carnival

Swanage Carnival is one of our favourite events of the year. Swanage Regatta and Carnival is a week long celebration of music, fun and (hopefully) sun!

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Walk With The Dinosaurs This Summer

Dorset is a fantastic place to search for fossils because it is home to The Jurassic Coast – a 95 mile stretch of stunning coastline from East Devon to East Dorset.

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Powerstock Cider Festival: The Inside Story

Martin Inwood of Lulworth Skipper (Dorset Cider) gives us the lowdown on this weekend's Powerstock Cider Festival where craft cider makers and lovers of real full juice cider come together to celebrate all things cider.

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Self Catering In Style

Have a picnic hamper delivered to you on the beach or try a ready meal with a difference in our top four ways to self-cater in style

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