Dorset

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.

Literary gems

Volunteers take part in a beach clean at Studland Bay

Beach cleans across the South West 

We look after miles of coastline and beaches across the South West, and rely on volunteers to help us clear the tons of litter that appears on the coast. Take a look and see if there's a beach clean near you for this weekend and beyond.

What's on in Dorset
A boy with an orange rucksack, on his father's shoulders at Brownsea Island, Dorset

Spring walks in Dorset  

Here are some suggestions of our favourite places to take a spring walk in Dorset. From coast to island, hill to castle, there's lots of places to explore on foot.

Upcoming events

Studland Bay

Learn to coastal row

Tue 19 Mar 2019
09:00-11:00
Try something new with a 4-part course, from a professional rowing coach, at Knoll Beach.
Hardy's Cottage

Hard times and hungry months: The frugal cook

Tue 19 Mar 2019
11:00-17:00
With little food available in winter, families relied on preserves from the summer harvest and whatever would grow in the garden. Sample Victorian recipes made from the most basic ingredients. You may find it surprisingly tasty!
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets

Tue 19 Mar 2019
11:00-11:15
Planning to explore the house on your visit? Please pre-book your free timed entry ticket here. There’s plenty to see in this lavish home built to resemble an Italian Palace, from beautifully detailed carvings to intimate family souvenirs.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 21 Mar 2019
09:30-11:00
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).
Hardy's Cottage

Woodland Poetry Walk

Thu 21 Mar 2019
12:30-13:15
Explore the landscape of Thomas Hardy's imagination in this guided walk through Thorncombe Woods. The walk includes poetry and novel extracts along the way linked to Hardy’s landscape.
Brownsea Island

Seashore ramble

Fri 22 Mar 2019
11:00-13:00
Come and explore Brownsea's coastlines on this free guided wildlife walk.

Reading and drawing

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