Everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle, cottages and an Italian inspired palace

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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

Literary gems

A water vole

Water voles make a welcome return to Exmoor 

This September, 150 water voles were reintroduced at six carefully chosen sites on the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor. The water vole is one of the fastest declining land mammal, disappearing from 94 per cent of its habitats. The plan for one of Britain’s most adorable, yet rare creatures is that it will be given a whole new start in a healthy environment, where they can breed and flourish.

What's on in Dorset
Children helping with a pumpkin crop

Half term and Halloween in Dorset  

There are lots of autumnal treats at our places in Dorset, offering fun for all the family.

Upcoming events

Kingston Lacy

Threads of Narrative

Mon 24 Sep 2018
Step into the Laundry to discover a new artistic textile installation inspired by the Bankes Archive and the lives and stories of some of the women of the Bankes family who have shaped Kingston Lacy.
Clouds Hill

1918: the road to Damascus

Mon 24 Sep 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 24 Sep 2018
A lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. There's plenty to see, including 'Beyond the Portrait', a new installation for 2018. Book your timed ticket for the house. Normal admission applies.
Kingston Lacy

Caring for the countryside: Apples and orchards

Mon 24 Sep 2018
Pop into the Kitchen Garden apple store to meet one of the kitchen gardeners, try some different varieties of apple and learn more about how we care for the Kingston Lacy orchards.
Hardy's Cottage

Explore the orchards at Hardys Cottage this autumn

Mon 24 Sep 2018
The apple are ripening in the orchard around Thomas Hardy's childhood home. Come and explore the grounds and see the trees which provided cider for the adults and tree climbing games for the Hardy children.
Brownsea Island

Red squirrel walks 2018

Mon 24 Sep 2018
Join our guided walks and see how many rare red squirrels you can spot.

Caring for the coast



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