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 winter. 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

A volunteer at Corfe Castle

Volunteering in and around Dorset  

Be inspired by the wealth of volunteering opportunities in and around Dorset. Join an amazing team and make friends whilst supporting a great cause.

National Trust flower count daffodils

The annual Valentine's Day Flower Count results are in 

Garden teams have been busy counting flowers in gardens across the South West all in time for Valentine’s Day. The results are in, showing that spring is just around the corner, but there’s some confusion in the flower world; has the cold snap passed?

Upcoming events

Studland Bay

Learn to coastal row

Wed 20 Feb 2019
Try something new with a 4-part course, from a professional rowing coach, at Knoll Beach.
Kingston Lacy

Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Wed 20 Feb 2019
Mark the beginnings of a new year by enjoying a walk amongst the snowdrops. Snowdrops flower at Kingston Lacy throughout January and February, though the best time to see them is normally in February. Normal property admission applies.
Corfe Castle

February half-term fun at King John's castle

Wed 20 Feb 2019
Experience medieval family fun with our quest, crafts and workshops. Budding knights and damsels can bring your own brave teddy for the Great Escape and watch missiles launch from the castle's medieval siege engine.
Kingston Lacy

February half-term

Wed 20 Feb 2019
Whatever the weather join us this half-term to explore the gardens and parkland and spot the first signs of spring.
Studland Bay

Make Me a Match half term trail

Wed 20 Feb 2019
A family activity trail along the beach with craft activities at the Discovery Centre.
Brownsea Island

Spring ranger days

Wed 20 Feb 2019
Bring your budding young rangers to the island to join our team and to discover how to conserve nature and to learn some bush craft skills.

Reading and drawing

What's on in Dorset


From Tudor houses and hidden gardens to tors, gorges and natural piers, see what Somerset has to offer.


World-famous gardens, villages and ancient landscapes, and some lesser-known gems can all be found in Wiltshire


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