Everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle, cottages and an Italian inspired palace

Places to visit

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Dorset is a great place to spend some time in winter. There are lots of places to go and a huge choice for days out. There's also dramatic coastline, unspoiled countryside and beautiful gardens for a fix of fresh air and chance to let off steam in the great outdoors.

Things to see and do in Dorset this season

A volunteer at Corfe Castle

Volunteering in an around Dorset  

Be inspired by the wealth of volunteering opportunities in and around Dorset. Join an amazing team and make friends whilst supporting a great cause.

Volunteering at Dyrham Park

Volunteering in the South West 

Volunteers are a vital part of everything the National Trust does. If you've ever fancied getting stuck in, being part of a team, learning something new or just helping out, now's a great time. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Upcoming events

Studland Bay

Learn to coastal row

Tue 22 Jan 2019
Try something new with a 4-part course, from a professional rowing coach, at Knoll Beach.
Kingston Lacy

January house tours

Tue 22 Jan 2019
Ever wondered what it takes to care for Kingston Lacy? Enjoy an exclusive guided tour around the State and Ground floor rooms of Kingston Lacy house during its winter closure.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 24 Jan 2019
Every Thursday, in partnership with Moors Valley Country Park, come and join our fun, friendly and active free cycle rides from 9.30am (please arrive by 9.15am for a prompt start).
Max Gate

Tess: A Pure Woman

Thu 24 Jan 2019
Thomas Hardy controversially subtitled Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman and later wrote that he 'lost his heart to Tess as he wrote about her'. Delve into one of Hardy's most famous novels and find out about the stories that lie behind it.
Hardy's Cottage

Hard times and hungry months: folksongs and stories

Fri 25 Jan 2019
Tim Laycock weaves together the writings of Hardy and Barnes on the realities of country life in the winter months.
Corfe Castle

New Year Nordic walking at Corfe Castle

Sat 26 Jan 2019
Do you fancy giving Nordic walking a try or perhaps you'd like a refresher? Get out and active and have a go this January. Enjoy the Purbeck landscape and learn a new skill with local Nordic walking expert Lynne.

Reading and drawing

What's on in Dorset


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