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 dining room at Kingston Lacy

Christmas and New Year at Kingston Lacy

Family time is especially important at Christmas. Make the most of the winter holidays with a traditional Victorian Christmas at Kingston Lacy.

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

Celebrating winter 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

Come and experience a very merry Hardy 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.

A Christmas pudding

Christmas recipes for you to try 

Delicious festive fayre is always a fixture of the Christmas Day dinner table. Find classic recipes from the past and try our versions of modern favourites with top Christmas recipes.