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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What's on in Dorset

Dorset is a great place to spend the summer holidays. There are lots of places to go and a huge choice for  a day out with the family. There's also dramatic coastline, unspolit countryside and beautiful gardens for a fix of fresh air and chance to let off steam in the great outdoors.

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The great outdoors

Girl running through mauve flowers

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Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

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The rose garden at Kingston Lacy

Dorset gardens 

Dorset offers grand landscaped gardens and charming cottage hide-aways.

A dog playing on Studland Beach, Dorset

Dog walking in Dorset 

If you have a dog, it's no-doubt very much a part of your family life. So here are some of the fantastic locations that you and your friend can explore in Dorset.

Theatre in the garden at Killerton, Devon

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Places in the South West host everything from outdoor theatre and ranger days to guided walks and 50 things activities.

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House Ticket

Wed 24 Aug 2016
13:30-14:00
Explore Kingston Lacy, a lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. There's plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs.
Kingston Lacy

Activate Coast & Countryside Health Cycle Rides

Thu 25 Aug 2016
09:30-10:30
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 15 minutes early).
Studland Bay

To the Beach and Beyond

Thu 25 Aug 2016
10:00-16:00
Discover dragons, jump for joy and take the dune trail challenge.
Corfe Castle

Tudor Adventure

Thu 25 Aug 2016
10:00-17:00
Back by popular demand for 2016, step back in time to the late Tudor period 1572 - 1603 at Corfe Castle. Discover life in Purbeck and the castle under the ownership of Sir Christopher Hatton in the Tudor Dynasty of Elizabeth I.
Brownsea Island

Get sticky on Brownsea Island

Thu 25 Aug 2016
10:30-16:00
Pick up a Stick Kit activity bag from the visitor centre to discover lots of things you can make and do with a stick. Storytelling will be on offer every Tuesday.
Kingston Lacy

Dress like an Egyptian

Thu 25 Aug 2016
11:00-15:00
William John Bankes travelled extensively in Egypt and collected many amazing artefacts.
Nearby

Somerset

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

Wiltshire

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

Devon

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