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 some time in the autumn. 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.

The great outdoors

A photo of a family playing with autumn leaves

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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.

Autumn pumpkins

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to apple days and half-term activities.

Upcoming events

Brownsea Island

Making connections

Sat 01 Oct 2016
10:00-17:00
Brownsea is a beautiful place to retreat from the busyness of everyday life and enjoy a time of reflection
Brownsea Island

Red squirrel walks

Sat 01 Oct 2016
11:30-13:00
Join our guided walks and see how many rare red squirrel you can spot. At this time of year they come down from the canopy of trees to store food and can be seen playing in the low branches.
Max Gate

'Tuneful Stories' with Tim Laycock

Sat 01 Oct 2016
13:00-16:00
Hardy's home comes alive with poetry, music and performance as Tim Laycock, explores the writer's love of poetry, music and 'tuneful stories'.
Corfe Castle

Walk: Smugglers of Purbeck

Tue 04 Oct 2016
10:30-12:30
Follow in the footsteps of Gulliver an infamous smuggler of the Dorset coast.
Kingston Lacy

Activate Coast & Countryside Health Cycle Rides

Thu 06 Oct 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).
Kingston Lacy

Beech Avenue and the Droves walk

Fri 07 Oct 2016
10:00-12:00
A walk around the network of droves along the stunning 1835 Beech Avenue and back along the outskirts of the parkland.
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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.