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 winter. 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.

The great outdoors

Winter walk at Trelissick

Find a place to visit 

Discover somewhere to visit using our search. In the South West you're never far from somewhere to explore.

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Estate walks 2017

Tue 24 Jan 2017
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.
Corfe Castle

Winter Walk: Exploring Hidden Landscapes

Tue 24 Jan 2017
Discover the hidden landscapes of Hartland Moor and New Mills.
Kingston Lacy

Rediscovering Kingston Lacy

Tue 24 Jan 2017
New year, new exhibition.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides 2017

Thu 26 Jan 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 15 minutes early).
Brownsea Island

Poole Harbour Bird Boats - Harbour Cruise

Sun 29 Jan 2017
Join expert guides from the RSPB and Dorset Wildlife Trust for a unique opportunity to see one of the best winter bird spectacles in the UK
Kingston Lacy

Ladies beginner running group

Mon 30 Jan 2017
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.
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.

Snowdrops at Prior Park

Find an event 

Places in the South West host everything from guided house tours and ranger days to winter walks.



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