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 see and do in Dorset this season

Red squirrel Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

Famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting, Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with views across to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving habitats including woodland, heathland and a lagoon create a unique haven for wildlife.

Literary gems

Inspiration for local adventures

Wessex hillforts

More places to visit

Keeping the South West special

Family taking part in craft activities

Recreating places from the South West at home 

If you're in need of a National Trust fix but can't get out at the moment, we have some different ways you could recreate your favourite places from the South West at home, from baking to knitting to cut-out and create models.