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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Things to do this winter
Old Harry Rocks at Studland Beach

January jaunts in Dorset 

January isn’t just for hibernation – we all need to blow away the cobwebs sometimes. Wrap up warm and get out there – Poole Harbour bird boats are a great way to spot winter visitors and we’ve got a great selection of walks for you to try.

A child in costume at Corfe Castle

February half-term family fun in Dorset 

Looking for something to do this half term? There's a castle, a grand estate and a beach to explore and natural play areas and trails to enjoy, history to discover and nature to get closer to. Find out what family fun you can have this half term.

The garden at Killerton looks glorious in the winter sun.

Find a place to visit 

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

Morning view over the Plym Estuary running through Saltram Park

Mayflower 400: Tide and Time 

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing from Plymouth to America, through a series of cultural events, exhibitions and stories in city of Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.

What's on and events in Dorset

Upcoming events

Studland Bay

Nordic Walking on the Jurassic Coast

Sat 25 Jan 2020
An introduction to Nordic Walking followed by a historical walk out to Old Harry Rocks
Corfe Castle

History walk and talk tours

Sat 25 Jan 2020
Pam White, Corfe Castle historian revisits the castles rich history on walk and talk tours.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Timed House Entry Tickets *January*

Sat 25 Jan 2020
Planning to explore the house on your visit? Please pre-book your free timed entry ticket here to discover a lavish family home during its winter opening. Tickets are pre-bookable up to 24 hours in advance.
Studland Bay


Sun 26 Jan 2020
Trust10 is a free monthly trail run across selected National Trust sites, open to both members and non members. Come along with your friends and family, explore the landscape and enjoy a challenging multi terrain run involving some public roads.
Brownsea Island

Brownsea bird boats

Sun 26 Jan 2020
The National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have joined forces to offer the rare opportunity to view one of the best autumn and winter bird spectacles in the UK and exclusive access to Brownsea Island when it is closed to the public.
Max Gate

Victorian cooking demonstrations

Sun 26 Jan 2020
Sample delicious Victorian recipes made by our costumed volunteers.
Enjoy a wassail at an iconic location

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including wassailing, volunteer open days and kids trails.

Winter wellbeing

 View of Burton Cliff and Beach, Dorset, looking East taken in late winter sunlight

Winter walks in Dorset

Enjoy a Dorset winter walk - perhaps through Kingston Lacy's elegant parkland or along the South Purbeck clifftops.

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Public notices in Dorset 

Following The Charity Commission’s Direction the National Trust (in common with all charities) must give public notice of disposals of leases and easements of inalienable land held for charitable purposes for a term of more than 35 years


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.