Days out in Dorset

Everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle, cottages and an Italian inspired palace, there are plenty of things to do in Dorset, so start planning your day out.

Places to visit

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Watching open air theatre

Open-air theatre and cinema events in Dorset 

Summer is a time for open-air theatre and there are many events taking place in Dorset this year. Where would you like to go and what can you watch?

Autumn brings spectacular light and colour to Kingston Lacy in Dorset

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Family group at Trerice

Heritage Open Days 2019 

From 13-22 September 2019, the Heritage Open Days festival returns with a packed programme of activities. This annual festival celebrates our diverse history, architecture and culture, so you can visit many of the places we care for entirely for free.

What's on and events in Dorset

Upcoming events

Studland Bay

Daily beach hut rental

Sat 24 Aug 2019
Book your own personal hut as a base to enjoy the sandy shores of Studland.
Studland Bay

Saturday morning yoga

Sat 24 Aug 2019
Enjoy an hours morning yoga on the beach at Studland on a Saturday morning with Anna.
Studland Bay

Learn to coastal row

Sat 24 Aug 2019
Try something new with a 4-part course, from a professional rowing coach, at Knoll Beach.
Kingston Lacy

Summer holidays at Kingston Lacy

Sat 24 Aug 2019
Keep little explorers busy all summer at Kingston Lacy. There’s plenty of opportunities for the whole family to relax and discover nature throughout July and August, with lots of '50 things to do before you're 11¾' activities to try.
Kingston Lacy

Maize maze

Sat 24 Aug 2019
For summer 2019 only, enjoy a maize maze in the Kitchen Garden at Kingston Lacy. Visit in the summer holidays to see if you can find your way out! Entry by suggested donation.
Brownsea Island

Eco adventure camping

Sat 24 Aug 2019
An opportunity for the experienced camper who loves nature and the great outdoors, to camp overnight on this magical island.
Visitors pick up fallen apples in the orchard at Killerton, Devon

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including outdoor theatre, bee trails and book festivals.

Myths and legends in the South West

View of Hod Hill, Dorset, and the surrounding countryside, on a June evening

Walking in Dorset  

Our pick of the top walks in Dorset this summer take in history, coast, wildlife, heaths and even an Iron Age hill fort.


From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.


World-famous gardens, villages and ancient landscapes, and some lesser-known gems can all be found in Wiltshire


Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.