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 over Christmas and New Year. There are lots of places to go and a huge choice for days out. There's also dramatic coastline, unspoilt countryside and beautiful gardens for a fix of fresh air and chance to let off steam in the great outdoors.

The dining room at Kingston Lacy

Christmas and New Year at Kingston Lacy

Family time is especially important at Christmas. Make the most of the winter holidays with a traditional Victorian Christmas at Kingston Lacy.

Christmas treats in Dorset

Old Harry Rocks at Studland Beach

Three great winter walks in Purbeck

Has Christmas left you yearning for the great outdoors? Blow away the cobwebs and hit the trails with us on three great walks through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck.

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Studland Bay

David Bailey 'Wildlife Wanderer' Photographic exhibition

Tue 21 Nov 2017
Come and enjoy a selection of beautiful wildlife images taken by David Bailey, celebrated wildlife photographer, outside Knoll Beach café during November and December.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets for tours from 13 - 26 November

Tue 21 Nov 2017
A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian palace. There's plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs. From 13 -26 November entry to Kingston Lacy house is by guided tour. Book your ticket today.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides 2017

Thu 23 Nov 2017
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).
Brownsea Island

Poole Harbour Bird Boats

Sat 25 Nov 2017
The National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have partnered up to showcase Poole Harbour, its islands and the spectacular wildlife that depends on it at this special time of year.
Studland Bay


Sun 26 Nov 2017
Trust10 is a free monthly trail run across selected National Trust sites, open to both members and non members. Come along with your friends and family, explore the landscape and enjoy a challenging multi terrain run involving some public roads.
Kingston Lacy

Stir-up Sunday

Sun 26 Nov 2017
Bring the children and come along to enjoy the Stir-up Sunday tradition of making a Christmas pudding.
A Christmas tree and roaring fire at Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Christmas in the South West 

Magnificent houses with Father Christmas, warm mince pies at the tea-room, frosty walks waiting to be discovered.

Festive interior design trends seen through the collection



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