Festive days out in Dorset

There's something for everyone in Dorset this season including a Victorian Christmas house and illuminated garden at Kingston Lacy, Tudor merriment at Corfe Castle, bracing walks along the beach at Studland and a peek into Thomas Hardy's Christmas at Max Gate and Hardy's Cottage.

The house at Kingston Lacy is transformed by winter illuminations throughout December

Christmas at Kingston Lacy 2018

Kick start the festive season at Kingston Lacy as we celebrate the creativity of Christmases old and new. Enjoy winter walks around the spectacular illuminated garden, experience the enchanting decorations in the house and say hello to Santa in the laundry. Plan your festive visit this Christmas…

Tudor Christmas at Corfe Castle

A magical Tudor Christmas at Corfe Castle

Tudor traditions and magical lighting effects combine to make Christmas at Corfe Castle a feast for the senses.

Three children playing in the dune at Studland Bay

Coastal Christmas at Studland Bay

Winter is a time to experience the wild side of Studland Bay, far from the crowded high streets.

The cottage front door with a festive wreath

A very merry Hardy Christmas

Experience a traditional Christmas at Max Gate and Hardy's Cottage this festive season.

A pine cone being used to make a mouse Christmas decoration

Nine handmade Christmas ideas 

Looking for handmade inspiration this Christmas? Here's a list of crafty things to made from our favourite bloggers, from ice lanterns to old fashioned wrapping paper.

Light and spicy with orange and star anise

Christmas recipes for you to try 

Our delicious festive recipes will go down a storm at your Christmas party or Christmas lunch. From appetisers and sides to mouth-watering puddings, here are ten recipes to inspire you.