Things to do further afield

Rural Dorset is one of the most peaceful, beautiful and genuinely unspoilt areas in England.  There is so much to see and do and we are always happy to advise. We also 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 bird sanctuary. Visit the Isle of Purbeck, perhaps to include Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door or Wareham, Corfe Castle and a trip on the famous Steam Railway to Swanage.

A few other suggestions are listed in the links and PDF’s below (the times given to get to the attractions and activities don’t take traffic into account!) This is only a small selection as there are too many to list. For more ideas we recommend www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do

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
Blandford Forum
Cerne Abbas
Corfe Castle
Dorchester
Lyme Regis
Milton Abbas
Isle of Portland
Shaftesbury
Sherborne
Wareham
Weymouth

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