Festive days out in and around Dorset

Christmas is the perfect time for making memories from crisp walks in the winter air, seasonal treats, decorated houses, illuminations, Father Christmas and festive fun – where will your favourite family day out be? If you're feeling creative, why not try one of our Christmas recipes or crafts?

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

Christmas to New Year at Kingston Lacy

Make the most of 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 or blow out the cobwebs on a winter walk on the estate. Plan your festive visit this Christmas…

Christmas illuminations at Corfe Castle, Dorset

Winter Lights

Experience a castle made magical after dark with lighting both traditional and contemporary while the Lord of Misrule makes mischief.

A young girl with a crayon

Get crafty at Christmas

Make your own natural Christmas decoration when you visit Corfe Castle this December.

A woman and two girsl with magnifying glasses at Corfe Castle

Twelve days of Christmas family quest

Search for the shields hidden in the castle ruins, complete the activities and solve the clues to successfully complete your Christmas castle quest.

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.

Brent geese at Studland Bay, Dorset

Coastal Christmas at Studland Bay

Winter is a time to experience the wild side of Studland Bay, far from the crowded high streets, where wildlife finds a year-round home.

Christmas wrapping

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.