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

Things to see and do in Dorset this season

Corfe Castle lit up for Christmas

Festive days out in Dorset  

Enjoy a festive day out in Dorset. There's something for everyone including a Victorian Christmas and illuminated garden at Kingston Lacy, Tudor merriment at Corfe Castle and bracing walks along the beach at Studland. And, if you are feeling creative, why not try one of our Christmas recipes or craft activities.

Artists LOW PROFILE piece of work for Women and Power

Women and Power - For Me, For Her, For You  

For me, for her, for you is a seven track audio work by artists LOW PROFILE - weaving together interviews, songs and recorded messages threaded together with new sound work by collaborator Neil Rose. It’s best when listened to in order, happy listening.

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

November house tours

Wed 21 Nov 2018
11:00-12:15
Enjoy an exclusive guided tour around the State and Ground floor rooms of Kingston Lacy house during its winter closure.
Brownsea Island

Brownsea Bird Boats

Thu 22 Nov 2018
09:00-13:00
The National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have partnered up offer the public the opportunity to witness the wonderful wildlife of Poole Harbour that abounds at this time of year.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 22 Nov 2018
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 by 9.15am for a prompt start).
Max Gate

Tess: A Pure Woman

Thu 22 Nov 2018
11:00-16:00
Thomas Hardy controversially subtitled Tess of the d'Urbervilles A Pure Woman and later wrote that he 'lost his heart to Tess as he wrote about her'. Delve into one of Hardy's most famous novels and find out about the stories that lie behind it.
Hardy's Cottage

Hard times and hungry months: The frugal cook

Sat 24 Nov 2018
11:00-13:30
With little food available in winter, families relied on preserves from the summer harvest and whatever would grow in the garden. Sample Victorian recipes made from the most basic ingredients. You may find carrot jam to be surprisingly tasty...
Kingston Lacy

Stir-up Sunday at Kingston Lacy

Sun 25 Nov 2018
10:00-10:15
Celebrate stir-up Sunday tradition and make your own mini Christmas pudding to enjoy at home. £2.50 per pudding

Crafty ideas for Christmas

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