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 the spring. There are lots of places to go and a huge choice for a day out. 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.

What to see in Dorset

Literary gems

The great outdoors

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Estate walks 2017

Thu 30 Mar 2017
10:00-12:00
Enjoy the opportunity to experience Kingston Lacy park and estate on a range of beautiful estate walks throughout the year. Walks take place each month - please see website for dates and walk details.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets

Thu 30 Mar 2017
11:30-12:00
A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. There's plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs. Book your timed ticket for the house.
Hardy's Cottage

Wessex cookbook

Fri 31 Mar 2017
11:00-16:00
Come and experience the sights, smells and tastes of Hardy's beloved Wessex, as the team prepare various recipes from Victorian Dorset. Every Friday through March, April and May.
Corfe Castle

Storytelling for families: King John

Sat 01 Apr 2017
11:30-12:00
A story of royal imprisonment. Hear screams from the oubliette and songs from the garderobe. Meet Agnes Matilda for stories from the court of King John.
Kingston Lacy

Ladies beginner running group

Mon 03 Apr 2017
09:30-10:30
If you consider yourself a beginner, whether or not you can only just run to the next lamp post or can manage a mile or more then these sessions with a supportive Run England leader are for you.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides 2017

Thu 06 Apr 2017
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 15 minutes early).

More from the South West

Vineyard Farm Cottage in Corfe Castle

Why not stay a while?  

Staying in a National Trust holiday cottage provides the chance to explore Dorset in greater depth. Find out more here.

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.

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