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 over 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.

A young visitor tries on a period helmet

Half-term family fun in Dorset 

Looking for something to do this half-term? There's a castle, an island, a grand estate and a beach to explore; and natural play areas and trails to enjoy, history to discover and nature to get closer to. Or you could get 'crafty'. Find out what family fun you can have this half-term.

Some inspiration for the New Year

Group of people wrapped up for winter going for a walk

Winter walks in Dorset

Enjoy a Dorset winter walk - perhaps through Kingston Lacy's elegant parkland or along the South Purbeck clifftops.

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Keeping House: winter tours of Kingston Lacy house

Mon 26 Feb 2018
11:00-12:00
Ever wondered what it takes to care for Kingston Lacy? Enjoy an exclusive guided tour around the State and Ground floor rooms of Kingston Lacy house during its winter closure.
Studland Bay

Learn to Nordic Walk (February 3 Sessions)

Wed 28 Feb 2018
10:00-11:30
Nordic walking is currently the fastest growing fitness activity in the world as it is a safe and effective way to get fitter, meet new friends, enjoy the great outdoors, and where better place to do it than on Studland Beach.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 01 Mar 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).
Clouds Hill

1918: the road to Damascus

Thu 01 Mar 2018
11:00-17:00
The travels and exploits of T E Lawrence in Arabia during 1918, month by month, are explored in a series of leaflets; each month a new one will be issued and given to visitors on arrival at Clouds Hill.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy house tickets

Thu 01 Mar 2018
11:00-11:15
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. Normal admission applies.
Kingston Lacy

Guided walk: The Droves and the Beech Avenue

Fri 02 Mar 2018
10:00-12:00
A walk round the beautiful network of droves and along the stunning 1835 Beech Avenue. Distance: 3 miles. Time: approx. 2 hours.

Volunteering opportunities in Dorset

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