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

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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 wreath hanging on a door at Trelissick, Cornwall

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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.

Father Christmas, dressed in green, giving a gift to a child with Christmas tree in the background

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Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to Father Christmas and festive markets.

Upcoming events

Brownsea Island

Making connections

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Brownsea is a beautiful place to retreat from the busyness of everyday life and enjoy a time of reflection
Corfe Castle

Hallowe'en at Corfe Castle

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Come along and explore the castle this Hallowe'en say boo to our pumpkins as they welcome you. Take part in our horrid spooky trail and enjoy other Hallowe'en activities on offer.
Kingston Lacy

Celebrating autumn

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Join us for some fun over half-term; celebrate the harvest, autumn produce and all the beautiful autumn colour with a series of hands on activities.
Brownsea Island

October half-term on Brownsea

Thu 27 Oct 2016
This half-term you can take part in a squirrel themed trail and scavenger hunt to collect everything you need to make your own clay squirrel to take home. £2 suggested donation per trail. Free family squirrel walks will be running daily with...
Studland Bay

Halloween Week

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Take part in our fun beachside Halloween Trail and have a go at seasonal crafts.
Hardy's Cottage

Smugglers Trail

Thu 27 Oct 2016
Become a Customs officer for the day, and follow in the footsteps of smugglers...


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


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


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