Category posts: Things to do in Dorset

If you’re not sure what to do on your Dorset holiday, perhaps you can take some inspiration from us. This is our collection of blog posts about things you might do on your holiday.

The Etches Collection

The Etches Collection

This week I visited The Etches Collection, which is the culmination of one mans passion and life of collecting fossils in Kimmeridge, Dorset.

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Burton Bradstock Beach

A weekend in Burton Bradstock

Getting away just after Christmas may seem a bit extravagant, but then again, after the hustle and bustle of family over Christmas… And with worries over whether the turkey will be cooked in time for lunch… And stress over where the brandy went for flaming the Christmas Pudding (realising that it has already been consumed […]

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South West Coast Path sign

South West Coast Path #40FOR40 update

There’s been a lot happening lately with both our chosen charities, The South West Coast Path and The Swanage Pier Trust, and our guests have played their part. We think it’s time to remind you where your money goes if you choose to add a charity donation to your booking.

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Black Down Sculpture

The Land of Bone and Stone

The Land of Bone and Stone is thought by many experts to be on par with Stonehenge. There are many Bronze Age burial mounds, Iron Age hill forts and many other remains from pre-history.

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Pottery painting, Weymouth

Pottery painting in Weymouth

We beat the weather with an afternoon spent with family painting pottery at Bella Ceramics in Weymouth. An activity that’s suitable for all ages.

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My Girl, Weymouth, Dorset

A day out in Weymouth

There are many things to do in Weymouth, here is a brief guide to one day out and about taking in a ferry ride and some time on the beach.

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Henley Hillbillies

Henley Hillbillies

Quad biking and clay pigeon shooting in Dorset with Henley Hillbillies is a great way for the family to to spend a morning while on holiday

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Melplash Show

A Day Out at The Melpash Show

A great day out at the Melplash Show in Bridport.  A one day event packed full of exhibits including livestock, horses, homecrafts and horticulture. There are over 350 trade stands selling everything from locally produced food to tractors… and plenty in between!

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Corfe Castle

10 things to do in Corfe Castle

Corfe village and castle are, unsurprisingly, extremely popular. The village has a wide selection of shops and eateries plus a station for the Swanage Steam Railway. There are great walks across Corfe Common or up onto the Purbeck Hills.

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Sculpture by the lakes

Sculpture By The Lakes

As a birthday treat for my in-laws visited Sculpture By The Lakes, a haven of peace and tranquillity nestled in the Dorset countryside. They had received a voucher for entry which included the use of the private island within the grounds!

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Man O War Beach

10 Things to do at Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is a small village with many traditional cottages. A very large car park serves the bustling lane which leads down to the oyster shaped cove and is lined with shops and restaurants. The cove itself is largely shingle with a few patches of sand. The swimming is very protected, so a great spot for young children.

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West Bay Watch House

10 Things to do in West Bay

The charming harbour of West Bay (recently made famous by the TV series Broadchurch) sits a mile and a half south of Bridport, between Eype and Burton Bradstock. With the stunning golden glow of the majestic sandstone cliffs and the shimmering radiance of Golden Cap, it is the Golden Gateway to the Jurassic Coast.

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Worth Matravers Tea Rooms

10 things to do in Swanage

Swanage is a small seaside town marking the eastern end of the world famous Jurassic Coast and is very popular for its sandy beaches and coastal walks.

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Dog friendly West Bay Canoes

A Trip up the River Brit

Paddling up the River Brit with West Bay Canoes is one of the best ways to spend a couple of hours with friends, family or your dog on a sunny summers day.

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Dorset Mud Trail

A family day at Dorset Mud Trail


My five year old son declared standing by a stream surrounded by woodland on a glorious Sunday in May looking up at Corfe Castle.

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Seafood Platter Clavell's Restaurant Kimmeridge

Sunday Lunch in Kimmeridge

Relaxing Sunday Afternoon in Kimmeridge. Kate, our Customer Services Manager, had an impromptu family gathering last Sunday. They decided a trip to Kimmeridge was in order and some food to keep everyone happy, Kate continues: “Great a family get together but what do we do there were seven of us, including two children!  Food always […]

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Charmouth Coat of Arms

Things to do in Charmouth

Charmouth is an unspoilt seaside village at the mouth of the river Char with a fantastic beach which is world-renowned for its fossils. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite things to do in Charmouth and the surrounding area to help you enjoy your holiday in Charmouth.

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Spring flowers

Dorset in Spring

Spring is (in my opinion) one of the best times to visit the Dorset coast. All colours appear to be more vivid – as if the brightness is being turned up after a winter of dullness.

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Darftord Warbler Arne

Things to do in Wareham

Many bike and walking trails start or end at Wareham, so it’s a great starting point for an adventure in the Dorset countryside. Read on for our favourite things to do in Wareham.

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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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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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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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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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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 enables you to enjoy our marvellous scenery and coastline – running pre-planned courses from a few k to many miles…

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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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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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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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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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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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The Fleet Lagoon

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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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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