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.

Our work

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

Find an event 

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

Upcoming events

Studland Bay

To the Beach and Beyond

Tue 30 Aug 2016
10:00-16:00
Discover dragons, jump for joy and take the dune trail challenge.
Brownsea Island

Camping on Brownsea

Tue 30 Aug 2016
10:00-17:00
An opportunity to bring your family to camp on Brownsea Island. We have tents and cooking equipment to borrow and brand new showers to make getting away from it all with your family as simple as possible.
Brownsea Island

Get sticky on Brownsea Island

Tue 30 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

Wooden tortoise art

Tue 30 Aug 2016
11:00-15:00
William John Bankes collected tortoises and kept them at Kingston Lacy and know you will be able to create your very own wooden pet tortoise. Pop down to the kitchen garden on Tuesdays, 11am - 3pm.
Clouds Hill

Desert Skills Children's Trail

Tue 30 Aug 2016
11:00-17:00
Come along in the summer holidays for our trail.
Clouds Hill

A Letter from Clouds Hill

Tue 30 Aug 2016
11:00-17:00
Forget the ipad and write a proper letter to a friend
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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.