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

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Dorset is a great place to spend some time in the autumn. 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

The house at Kingston Lacy is transformed by winter illuminations throughout December

Festive days out in and around Dorset  

Christmas is the perfect time for making memories from crisp walks in the winter air, seasonal treats, decorated houses, illuminations, Father Christmas and festive fun – where will your favourite family day out be?

Artists LOW PROFILE piece of work for Women and Power

Women and Power - For Me, For Her, For You  

For me, for her, for you is a seven track audio work by artists LOW PROFILE - weaving together interviews, songs and recorded messages threaded together with new sound work by collaborator Neil Rose. It’s best when listened to in order, happy listening.

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Corfe Castle

Twelve days of Christmas family quest

Tue 11 Dec 2018
Search for the shields hidden in the castle ruins, complete the activities and solve the clues to successfully complete your Christmas castle quest.
Kingston Lacy

Christmas house tickets

Tue 11 Dec 2018
Tickets to visit the house at Kingston Lacy at Christmas are very popular, please pre-book to avoid disappointment. Discover festive arrangements in the Entrance Hall, Saloon, Spanish Room, Dining Room and Servants' Hall.
Kingston Lacy

Illuminated Garden at Kingston Lacy

Wed 12 Dec 2018
Enjoy the chance to experience Kingston Lacy after dark during late night openings Wednesdays - Sundays, with a new illuminated experience transforming the Formal Garden as darkness falls.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 13 Dec 2018
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

Christmas at Hardy's Cottage

Thu 13 Dec 2018
This December, Hardy’s Cottage will be decked with natural decorations of evergreen collected from the cottage garden and surrounding woodlands. Come and warm your toes by the warmth of the fire and get into the festive spirit.
Max Gate

Christmas at Max Gate

Thu 13 Dec 2018
A festive welcome awaits you with the house decked out for a Victorian Christmas, craft activities for children and seasonal treats. Musical and theatrical performances on Sat 1, Fri 7, Sun 9, Thu 13, Sat 15, Sun 16, Fri 21 and Sun 23 Dec

Crafty ideas for Christmas



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