All you need to plan your perfect holidays in Dorset

The Visit Dorset website provides you with travel and tourist information for Dorset. So whether you are planning holidays in Dorset or coming for a short break or business trip, Visit Dorset has all the information you need:

  • explore the vibrant holiday resorts, small market towns and picturesque villages of Dorset with our Places to Visit guide
  • discover the amazing array of Things to Do while on your holidays, from sightseeing at nature reserves and stately homes to kite surfing or quad-biking

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  • find out what events and festivals are going on all year round with our constantly updated guide to What’s On in Dorset
  • choose a restaurant for a romantic evening out or a friendly country pub for a warm and hearty meal using our Eating Out in Dorset section
  • find out the best way of Getting to Dorset, be it by car, train, aeroplane or ferry
  • download money off vouchers, and pick up useful tips on dog friendly beaches, parking, access for disabled visitors, etc in the Visitor Info section

Dorset is a quintessentially English county of rolling hills and chalk downlands, with a picturesque coastline that is so important geologically it was awarded World Heritage Status by UNESCO in 2001. Known as The Jurassic Coast, the rocks of the East Devon and Dorset coastline record 185 million years of the Earth’s history – a geological walk through time spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The craggy Dorset coastline, which stretches from Lyme Regis in the west to Christchurch in the east, also boasts many unique geological landforms such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, the Isle of Portland and the shingle bank of Chesil Beach to name but a few. Over half of Dorset is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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Nestled among the Dorset hills are charming market towns with enchanting little shops and interesting museums, as well as numerous picture-postcard villages such as the sandstone village of Abbotsbury, which has numerous tea rooms and pubs as well as the world famous Abbotsbury Swannery and the Sub-Tropical Gardens. There are also historic sites such as the famous Cerne Abbas Giant, which is carved into the chalk hillside above the village and at 180-foot-high is the largest hill figure in Britain, as well as the Iron Age hill fort of Maiden Castle, the largest hill fort in Britain and regarded by some as the largest in Europe.

Dorset’s natural beauty means walking, cycling and horse riding are popular activities, but there are plenty of other things to do in Dorset, both on and off the water. There is an abundance of family attractions, historic houses and gardens, golf courses, paintballing, even llama trekking and zorbing. There are water sports aplenty: fishing, canoeing, kite surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, swimming and, of course, sailing. In fact the waters off Weymouth and Portland are generally regarded as the best in Europe for sailing, which is why the area was chosen to host the sailing events during the London 2012 Olympic Games. What more could you possibly want for your holidays in Dorset?

Nightlife in Dorset tends to centre on the popular holiday resorts of Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. Apart from numerous pubs, bars, restaurants and night clubs, there are also multiplex cinemas, ten-pin bowling alleys, ice rinks and dry ski slopes. So you will never be short of things to do on holidays in Dorset. Many of the larger towns in Dorset also have theatres that put on concerts, plays, shows and comedy nights, including the Lighthouse in Poole and Tivoli in Wimborne. The leading venue for events as well as conferences and exhibitions in Dorset is the Bournemouth International Centre, or BIC as it is known. Pop-up cafes, restaurants, bars and shops are also common in Dorset, especially during the summer festival season. If you need to arrange a pop up shop in Dorset then shop design from Sheridan and Co could be just what you need.

Finding the perfect place to stay in Dorset should be a pleasure with the choice available – from five star hotels to romantic B&Bs to family-friendly seaside caravan parks – Dorset has them all. So, whether you are looking for accommodation in Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth or elsewhere in the county, you are sure to be able to find something to suit your taste and budget. If Dorset isn’t for you and you’re looking to go abroad for the summer this year, make sure you you keep your health insurance up to date with european health insurance card renewal​ to stay safe wherever you go. Alternatively, if you fancy visiting the United States, make sure you have your USA esta visa in place.

Businesses in Dorset can also benefit from using this website: to advertise their products and source suppliers. Any Dorset-based business that wants to improve its customer service should look into the numerous and highly targeted courses offered by the Institute of Customer Service.

Newly Added EventsView All

05 Jul

The Hollow, 25 Newton Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2EA

05/07/2017 To 30/08/2017

2:00 pm To 5:30 pm

Come and wander around a beautiful and intriguing sunken garden with exceptional richness and arrangements of colour and textures with a very wide and unusual variety of plants and grasses attracting butterflies and bees and with hummingbird hawkmoths to be seen in late summer. This vibrant garden changes from year to year to reflect the owners’ passion for plants. Tiers of dry stone wall terraces hold an original and fascinating plant collection, with richly layered planting in what was an old stone quarry, which is a surprising find at the top of a hill above the seaside town of Swanage. The planting is particularly good in July and August. New features and plants every year. OPEN FOR NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME

Admission £3 Children free. Times: 2.00pm to 5.30pm every Wednesday afternoon in July & August 2017.

The Hollow, 25 Newton Road, Swanage Dorset BH19 2EA
Wed 5 Jul, Wed 12 Jul, Wed 19 Jul, Wed 26 Jul, Wed 2 Aug, Wed 9 Aug, Wed 16 Aug, Wed 23 Aug, Wed 30 Aug

22 Jul

The White Horse Inn, Shaston Road, Stourpaine, Blandford Forum, Dorset. DT11 8TA

22/07/2017 To 23/07/2017

7:00 pm To 10:30 pm

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Tickets available from the pub itself or by calling 01258 453535

Award-winning Shooting Stars Theatre Company return to The White Horse this summer with a fresh and modern interpretation of Twelfth Night. This is Shooting Stars’ 6th year at The White Horse previous productions including ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and last year’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. A play about love in all its excess.

Twins, Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck. Both eventually land on different shores of a country called Illyria, each one assuming the other has drowned. A young girl alone in the world, Viola decides to don male clothing and present herself to Duke Orsino, the ruler of Illyria, as a young man. Soon, under the name of Cesario, she is his most trusted servant, and is sent to woo Olivia, a countess he is madly in love with, on his behalf. Viola does her duty but in her heart realises that she herself has fallen in love with Orsino.

Olivia’s father and brother have just died and she is in mourning for seven years, during which time she will not consider romance. Through stubbornness and perseverance Viola is able to speak with Olivia, but during their conversation a twist occurs: Olivia falls in love with Viola, thinking her to be a young man, and begins to actively pursue her. Viola now finds herself stuck between the duke she loves and the countess who adores her and to whom Orsino keeps sending her back.

Meanwhile, trouble is brewing in Olivia’s household. Her drunken uncle, Sir Toby Belch, his friend Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and servants, Maria and Feste are all plotting against the uptight steward of the household, Malvolio. They convince him that Olivia is in love with him and get him to dress up and embarrass himself to prove his love for her.

With the love triangle of Orsino, Viola, and Olivia, and the mad behavior of Malvolio, the entire court-life of Illyria is in disarray. The arrival of Sebastian who bears a striking resemblance to ‘Cesario’ only adds to the farce in this much loved comedy of confused identity, cross-dressing and cross-garters!

Come and be transported from a quaint village in Dorset to the mysterious land of Illyria!

Tickets available from the pub itself or by calling 01258 453535

 

23 Sep

Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth BH11 8NE

23/09/2017 To 23/09/2017

10:00 am To 4:00 pm

BOURNEMOUTH FUTURE MUSIC SONGWRITING COMPETITION 2017 PERFORMANCE DATES RELEASED

Songwriting Competition performance dates for Bournemouth Future Music Songwriting Competition 2017 have been announced!

Future Music have announced their performance dates for the Bournemouth Songwriting Competition 2017! The Future Music Songwriting Competition performance will be hosted across the UK with the competition searching to find the UK’s best songwriters!

SONGWRITING COMPETITION BOURNEMOUTH PERFORMANCE – DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

 

The Future Music Songwriting Competition is coming to Bournemouth on; Saturday 23rd September Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth BH11 8NE

The Future Music Songwriting Competition is a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to music industry judges who are at every stage of the Songwriting Competition, from the performance to the national Grand Final. Judges in the past include representatives from the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony), as well as festival organisers, national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.

BOURNEMOUTH FUTURE MUSIC SONGWRITING COMPETITION PERFORMANCE 2017

 

Bournemouth Future Music Songwriting Competition is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels like; Lucy Spraggan, Luke Friend, Karen Hardy, Jacob Banks, plus Warner Music’s signings and Future Music’s first winner Birdy and The Lottery Winners along with Union J’s Jaymi Hensley amongst many, many more…

The Future Music Songwriting Competition performance are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, performance places are already filling fast so get your performance booked now to avoid disappointment!

Newly Added Listings

With over 100 personally inspected holiday cottages in Dorset, you’ll certainly find the perfect accommodation for your trip to the area.

If you’re planning a visit to Dorset, why not browse through some of our beautifully-appointed holiday cottages. All our cottages are personally inspected and we have developed a reputation over 25 years for offering high-quality holiday cottages at great prices.

From romantic cottages perfect for two to properties ideal for families, you’re sure to find a holiday cottage perfect for you…

PO BOX 9120, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 4GR

New! OCEANROCKS celebrates your love affair with the coast, seaside and water. Shop for organic t-shirts, tops and clothes for families inspired by Dorset’s incredible Jurassic Coast.

Stunning bespoke designs printed on organic, environmentally friendly and ethically produced garments.

Discover great things to do and places to discover off the beaten track with OCEANROCKS Explorer and our Dorset blog.

OCEANROCKS is a proud business partner of the Jurassic Coast Trust – guardians of the UN World Heritage Site.

Safe, secure online shopping at www.oceanrocks.co.uk with free delivery for orders over £25.

Morcombelake, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6EA

Kay and Julian would like to welcome you to Halsons Bed and Breakfast, located in Morcombelake, a small village close to the Jurassic coastline, between the market town of Bridport and the seaside town of Lyme Regis.
Halsons was built in the 1800s and was built mainly of flint; it stands in the centre of its own walled garden. It stands in an elevated position which allows fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

Halsons Bed and Breakfast, although easily accessible from the A35, is tucked away down a small country lane. The house sits in its own walled garden and due to its elevated position has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside including Golden Cap. Hardown Hill, the parent peak of Golden Cap, is directly behind us. We have three rooms, two large doubles and a twin. All the rooms have been recently renovated, including new modern bathrooms with walk in showers. Each room has tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TVs with free view channels, and a DAB radio alarm clock. As well as the large airy dining room there is a shared lounge for guest use and a patio which leads off of both the dining room and lounge. Guests have the option of eating their breakfast outside on the patio on warm days. On cooler days there is a wood burning stove in the lounge. There is free Wi-Fi and free parking.

We serve a full English breakfast as well as a selection of cereals, fruit, yoghurt and breads and tea and coffee.

We are surrounded by walking routes and bridle ways and are within walking distance of Golden Cap and the Jurassic Coast. The local bus stop is a 2-3 minute walk away with buses to Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth in one direction and Lyme Regis, Axminster and Exeter in the other. Axminster train station is a 10 minute drive away with regular trains to London Waterloo and Exeter.