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.


Step back in time to the end of the Second World War and visit The Tank Museum where they are celebrating the 70th Anniversary Victory in Europe with themed talks and activities relating to the stories of the allied victories across Europe.


corfe castle and swanage railway

Now you have whetted your appetite for history, we can take a look further back in time, nearly 370 years to 1646 when the Parliamentarians destroyed one of England’s greatest strongholds – Corfe Castle. Owned by the National Trust, Corfe Castle is open daily and was the inspiration behind Enid Blyton’s Kirren Castle in her Famous Five books.


From Corfe Castle you can take a trip to Swanage on the Steam Railway which will be running it’s Yellow Timetable over the half term.


Another great and favourite attraction for the family is Monkey World which is sanctuary to over 250 monkeys which have been rescued from around the world. On your visit you will be able to meet gibbons, chimpanzees, monkeys and my favourite the Orang-utans.

Having spent some time “inland” (well less than 10 miles from the sea to us is inland) you can also enjoy a day by the sea be it walking the coast path or visiting a seaside town for some traditional fish and chips and beaches await you in Swanage, Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis.


Lulworth RIBs

There are many attractions along the Dorset Coast with  trips out to sea with Lyme Bay Rib Charter and Lulworth Cove Rib Rides to Sub-Tropical Gardens and Swannery at Abbotsbury. Sandworld and Sealife Adventure Park and Tower in Weymouth.


The amazing Jurassic Coast is truly a walkers paradise – 185 million years of history in 95 miles. One of the best ways to enjoy this amazing area is to hop on the Jurassic Coaster (X53) Bus  – you can hop on and off wherever you wish to take a break, have some lunch or go for a walk – To walk a section of the South West Coast Path you can park up (near a bus stop) then go for your walk simply ending at another bus stop along the route then just hop back on again to return back to your starting point! This is just a great way to explore this great coastline.



To book your amazing getaway either for half-term or another time simply click here to find your ideal Dorset Coastal Cottage.