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If you’re looking to escape to the country, breathe in the fresh air and take leisurely strolls with stunning views, then Dorset could be your dream destination. From the tiny villages and charming market towns to the seaside resorts and famous cliffs, Dorset is a beautiful county and well worth exploring.
Family Fun in Dorset
There’s something for everyone to enjoy on holiday in Dorset. From museums to animal parks and adventure centres, the list of things to do in Dorset is extensive and there’s bound to be something to suit everyone!
Take your little monkeys to meet the real deal at Monkey World in Wareham. Home to over 250 rescued monkeys and apes, some endangered, the centre combines fun and education. Meet the stars of TV’s Monkey Life and then let the little ones loose to monkey around in the south’s largest play area.
Head to Moors Valley Country Park and Forest in Ringwood and explore the 1,000 acre country park and forest with the adventure play trail, tree top trail, authentic steam-rail way or Go Ape high wire adventure course. Walk the trails or cycle either on your own bike or hire one at the cycle hire centre on-site. The rangers at the park organise activities for children throughout the year from wildlife discovery sessions to bushcraft and fishing lessons.
Experience life on a working farm at Honeybrook in Wimborne. This rustic country park set in 84 acres of beautiful Dorset countryside is a great day out for little ones and excellent for those looking for activities on a budget. Meet the farm animals and play in the adventure playground before having a picnic lunch around the lake or a cream tea in the on-site cafe. The farm has numerous animals including rare breeds and wildlife as well as a pet’s corner. Ride in a tractor or on a pony or simply sit and enjoy the views while your little ones play in the adventure area.
Other family days out in Dorset include the Tank Museum, where you can learn all about their huge collection of tanks of all types, and you can even take part in a trench experience. Adventure Wonderland is an Alice in Wonderland themed family attraction where exciting rides, indoor adventure play and cuddly pets will keep children entertained for hours.
Escape to the Dorset Countryside
Dorset has everything you could want for a rural holiday, from breezy cliff top walks to sandy strolls along the beach, from quiet afternoon drives in the country to bustling market towns and friendly fishing villages.
Dorset’s 200 million-year-old shoreline named the Jurassic Coast is famed for the sheer number of fossils discovered there and still discovered to this day. The Jurassic Coast has been designated as a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its unique and outstanding geological make-up. The Dorset countryside also holds some impressive accolades, with some areas having the title of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
If you love discovering hidden pasts and unearthing factual gems, Dorset is a great place for history lovers. From the Cerne Abbas giant, a 180ft high male figure carved into the chalky hills, to the largest hillfort in Europe, Dorset has a varied and colourful past and was England’s very first Natural World Heritage Site.
Beach Breaks and Romantic Getaways in Dorset
Dorset is home to some of the best beaches in England, so whether you want to build big sandcastles, swim in the sea or simply relax with a good book, head to Dorset for your coastal holiday. There’s plenty of sand to go round and with family friendly and dog friendly beaches all along the coast as well as hidden coves and secret spots to be discovered, Dorset is a great place for a beach holiday, whether you are coming as a family or just the two of you.
Head to the resort of Weymouth for your family holiday and experience a seaside resort that is both historical and modern at the same time. The Georgian seafront still remains yet the facilities here are top notch as Weymouth was the only place other than London where Olympic events were held in the 2012 Olympic Games.
The three-mile-long sandy beach, the pretty harbour and seafront attractions combine to create the perfect family seaside holiday which keeps people returning to Weymouth year after year.
Lyme Regis is Dorset’s most westerly town, sat where Dorset meets Devon and this picturesque seaside town is known for its narrow windy streets which lead down to the Cobb, the landing place of the Monmoth rebellion.
A busy coastal town, Lyme Regis offers plenty to see and do, from family attractions such as Dinosaur Land and the Marine Aquarium to small galleries showcasing the work of local artists and fine restaurants serving award winning locally produced food.
For a quiet walk along the sand at sunset, head to the perfectly horse-shoe-shaped Lulworth Cove or the elegant arch of Durdle Door, as these bays are two ‘must see’ spots along the Jurassic Coast.
Whether you want a luxury seafront apartment, a beautifully converted barn, a cosy cottage or just somewhere to lay your head at the end of a long day of adventure and exploration, with over 1,600 hand-picked holiday cottages, we’re bound to have your perfect holiday cottage.