Things to do further afield

Rural Dorset is one of the most peaceful, beautiful and genuinely unspoilt areas in England where you are never too far from the stunning heritage coastline.  There is so much to see and do in every direction and for all ages and we are always happy to advise. We maintain a large library of leaflets in our Games Room.

Our suggested days out could include a trip to the world’s largest Tank Museum in Bovington; Poole and Sandbanks for windsurfing and boating trips around the world’s second largest natural harbour. Explore Brownsea Island owned by the National Trust, famous for its red squirrels, wildlife and bird sanctuary. Visit the Isle of Purbeck, perhaps to include Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door or a trip to Wareham, where you can hire a boat and drift downstream towards Poole Harbour or sit back and enjoy the views from The Old Granary, situated on the river bank. Or step back in time at Corfe Castle and enjoy a trip on the famous Steam Railway to Swanage (a seaside resort with delightful promenade and pier). If it is a lovely sandy beach you are after we recommend Studland where you can also find the infamous restaurant, THE PIG – on the beach.

Or head to Wimborne Minster, which is a charming historic market town with the impressive Minster Church and a sweet Model Town.

A few other suggestions are listed in the links and PDF’s below.

Activities – click here for a brief overview on each of the below

Dorset Waterpark
Jurassic Coast Activities
Lulworth Outdoors
Milton Abbas & Abbey Murder Mystery Treasure Trail
Monkey World
Snowtrax Alpine Activity Centre
The Tank Museum
Tower Park

Attractions – click here for a brief overview on each of the below

Corfe Castle
The Jurassic Coast
Lulworth Cove
Swanage Railway
Dorchester Museums
Hardy’s Dorchester; Hardy’s Cottage & Max Gate

Beaches – click here for a brief overview on each of the below

Bournemouth Beach (Pier)
Chesil Beach (Chesil Bank)
Chesil Cove
Church Ope Cove
Greenhill Beach (Weymouth)
Kimmeridge Bay
Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door
Sandbanks Beach (Poole) (Sandbanks Peninsular)
Studland 
Swanage Beach and Bay
Weymouth

Nearby Villages & Towns – click here for a brief overview on each of the below

Abbotsbury – Charming thatched village with a wonderful swannery
Blandford Forum – Georgian market town with pleasant shopping facilities and museums
Cerne Abbas – Picturesque village with Abbey ruins and the famous ‘Cerne Giant’
Corfe – Historic village nestling beneath towering castle ruins
Dorchester – County town with bustling shopping precincts and Roman architectural remains and mosaics
Lyme Regis – Narrow streets tumbling down to harbour with famous Cobb
Milton Abbas A charming and quaint thatch village a 10 minute walk across our fields
Isle of Portland – Explorer’s ‘Island’ joined to Weymouth by natures wonder – Chesil Beach
Shaftesbury – Historic Saxon hill top town with spectacular views
Sherborne – Thriving cultural centre, 15th century almshouse and 2 castles
Wareham – Gateway to the Purbecks. Walled Saxon town with riverside restaurants
Weymouth – Traditional regency period seaside resort and picturesque harbour

Stately Homes and Gardens – click here for a brief overview on each of the below

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Athelhampton House & Gardens
Bennetts Water Gardens
Compton Acres
Forde Abbey Historic House and Gardens
Kingston Lacy
Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park
Knoll Gardens
Mapperton House & Gardens
Minterne House & Gardens
Stock Gaylard House

Wine Tasting and Breweries – click here for a brief overview on each of the below

Hall & Woodhouse Ltd
Langham Wine Estate

For more ideas we recommend www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do and for those travelling with children ‘day out with the kids‘ is a fantastic website.