Thank you Stephanie! Enid Blyton isn’t the only famous author to ever write about Dorset. So pretty! Find out more here. Also, don’t miss my Dorset gin round up if you want to try some local distilleries! Takeaway picnics…, Athelhampton House and Gardens is now open for pre-booked ticket entry. I adore Dorset – so many incredible things to see and do. One of the UK's most famous hill figures cut into the chalk downland by Cerne Abbas. Others, such as the tiny schoolhouse, have been restored to show what country life would have been like before WWII. And Old Harry Rocks in Purbeck is one of old Daddy Luxton’s favourite places on the south coast. And while some are new discoveries for me, most are old favourites – so this is a tried and true local’s guide to Dorset! Save my name, email, and site URL in my browser for next time I post a comment. Reputedly one of Dorset’s most haunted spots, Knowlton Church is a ruined stone church at a lonely site near Wimborne. Welcome to the county :D Hope you’re enjoying your new home!! There’s the author, and then there’s Admiral Thomas Hardy, the one from Nelson’s famous last words (“kiss me Hardy”). READ MORE: My Perfect Dorset Weekend Road Trip Itinerary. And there are plenty of stalls selling Moore’s biscuits, as well as other locally produced treats. RECOMMENDED TOUR: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Coach Trip – from £30. Hi – brilliant article – thank you for sharing your knowledge. You can sleep in a converted dovecote or in a luxurious glamping hut with stunning sea views. Established in 2014, Conker Spirit was the first Dorset gin distillery, and it has plenty of local notes. Have a day of monkeying around at Monkey World - home to over 250 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes. Look no further than Ringstead Bay, where the whole family can spend a nice relaxing day, inc... Abbotsbury Swannery near Weymouth, has become one of the most popular things to do for the family visiting Dorset. Really well written and researched. Your water babies can play, create and make plenty of finned friends, includi... Pirate Adventure Mini Golf is part of the Sea Life Weymouth Adventure Park and Tower. Just south of Dorchester on the edge of the Dorset AONB. I’ve recommended some of my favourites in this post, but there are many more. Check out my list of things to do in Weymouth and Portland, the sister to this post! Perfect for a rainy day activity! Can be bought with cake. The botanicals include local elderberries, samphire, and handpicked New Forest gorse flowers – infusing the gin with the spirit of Dorset. With over a thousand iron age hill forts in England, these are hardly unique – but each one is totally different. Completed in 1879, it was designed to resemble a Norman Castle, a... Get out of the cold and into the freezing at Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre! Over the years they filled it with an eclectic collection of art and exotic items from around the world, creating a weird and fascinating museum. These days, it’s a cosy pub with a few lovely rooms and a fab restaurant. Thanks Clair! I love Dorset, it’s well worth a visit if you get a chance :). Looking for all the best things to do in Dorset for your next British staycation? After the trial, Britain’s working classes rose up in a campaign of demonstrations and petitions which eventually freed the six men, now known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Food – I’ve touched on food a little in this post, but Dorset has a thriving foodie scene thanks to our amazing local produce and great seafood. The area is floodlit for perfe... Athelhampton House and Gardens is a 15th century house with beautiful grounds, dating back to 1891. For lockdown ideas, read our latest blog! 'The See (or Diocese) of Sherborne was created in AD 705'. But the seafood is king here so don’t miss it. Use this tool to build your own journey or choose from an exciting range of specially selected tours. Along with my lovely dad, who is possibly the proudest Dorseter (Dorsetonian?) Hours spent splashing around in water are a favourite family pastime. You can also stay at this fabulous Woodland Studio, complete with hot tub, on Downwood Vineyard near Blandford Forum. Clubs at the … Badger Watch Dorset has now re-opened - booking essential. Gorgeous chocolate shop Chococo in the seaside village of Swanage were one of the first UK artisan chocolatiers. Even wet weather cannot detract from the beautiful grounds and lake at Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park. I love their rewards programme. A major South West England event, hundreds of thousands of people visit The Great Dorset Steam Fair every year. Not all of them are completely exclusive to Dorset, but they are all pretty unusual. Possibly haunted and full of dimly lit underground passageways, the Victorian fort overlooking Weymouth harbour is one seriously fascinating place to explore. There’s plenty of opportunities to get yo... SandWorld International Sand Sculpture Park showcases sand sculptures crafted from Weymouth's iconic natural asset: its golden sand. Explore the 20 best things to do outdoors in Plush, Dorset in 2020 and make the most of the good weather at a top family attraction near you. Now in it’s third series, Broadchurch is one of the most successful British TV shows of recent years and won several BAFTA awards. Now for something from my hometown of Weymouth – and it’s one that combines seafood with champagne! We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section. Using locally sourced, seasonal ingredients where possible, they’re producing some amazing handmade chocolates. Stunning views across the Dorset coastline including Chesil Beach. Dorset’s outdoor cinema at Lulworth Castle, courtesy of the Luna Cinema, might be the coolest cinema experience imaginable. A short walk from the centre of Abbotsbury, a beautiful Dorset village. I mean, what could be cooler than that? The sweeping sandy beach is one of the most popular beaches in Dorset. A mix of the charming, modern, and tried and true. Hi, I’m Emily, a full time UK travel blogger focusing on solo female travel! Did you, like me, grow up listening to the stories of the Famous Five, theFaraway Tree, and Noddy? The Nothe Fort  was built in 1872 and played an important role in WWII, and today it’s a lovely museum with lots of creepy passageways to explore. Even more excited now after reading your list. A fab way to make history fun! Beautifully illustrated view of our brilliant Dorset. But it’s really all about the cheese! Sherborne Museum is housed in what used to be the gatehouse and…. There are mo... Come to Fantasy Island Fun Park Weymouth - the adventure park made for kids! Required fields are marked *. I loved the coastline and beaches. Game & Entertainment Centres, Shooting Ranges, Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks. A Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI in Dorset. I’ve got you covered! The fort is apparently home to the “Whistling Gunner”, a restless spirit who haunts the underground passageways of the fort with his eerie whistling. In fact, in the world! The thousand-year-old ruined castle is one of the most iconic survivor’s of the English Civil War so it’s a great place to brush up on your history. Take a look at my privacy policy for more information. Great food, plenty of local beers, and gorgeous views of the dramatic cliffs. You clearly have to come back again! Fossils, skeletons, life-size dinosaur reconstructions plus…, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse has now re-opened. This geographical wonder is possibly one of Dorset’s most iconic attractions. In the small village of Shaftesbury is one of Dorset’s most attractive streets. Best Dining in Plush, Dorset: See 164 Tripadvisor traveller reviews of Plush restaurants and search by cuisine, price, location, and more. The biggest website for family days out in the UK. Dorset was home to not one but two famous Thomas Hardy’s. This year there’s something new coming to Dorset, but shh – it’s a secret! You can’t get a more local recommendation for things to do in Dorset than from my dad – who helped me come up with this list.