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 spring. 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.

Some inspiration for the spring

Literary gems

A boy with an orange rucksack, on his father's shoulders at Brownsea Island, Dorset

Spring walks in Dorset  

Here are some suggestions of our favourite places to take a spring walk in Dorset. From coast to island, hill to castle, there's lots of places to explore on foot.

What's on in Dorset

Upcoming events

Brownsea Island

Eco Adventure Camping 2018

Mon 23 Apr 2018
Continued into 2018, new public camping option for the experienced camper and people who love nature and the great outdoors.
Clouds Hill

1918: the road to Damascus

Mon 23 Apr 2018
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

Mon 23 Apr 2018
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 garden walks - April

Mon 23 Apr 2018
Join a guided walk through the gardens to take in seasonal highlights and learn about how the gardens created and how they are cared for today.
Studland Bay

Row for life

Tue 24 Apr 2018
Take up a new challenge with instructor led 90 minute coastal rowing taster sessions.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy Health Cycle Rides

Thu 26 Apr 2018
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).

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