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Dorset is full of amazing activities and adventures, a county you can come back to time and time again and there is always something new to try.

We have compiled some of our favourite little known activities you need to try.


  1. Watch a movie in the grounds of a castle (or two)

Settle down under the stars and enjoy the open-air cinemas at both Corfe and Lulworth Castle throughout August. You can book your seats here.


  1. Go ghost hunting

Dorset is full of spooky corners, from the ruins of Knowlton Church in Wimborne, to sightings of the Duke of Monmouth riding a horse in Lyme Regis and the grey lady of Athelhampton House near Dorchester. Ghost walking tours are available to book in most towns.


  1. All the gin festivals

There has been an explosion of gin distilleries in the county. Most notably Conker Gin, the award-winning distillery is based in the East of Dorset, you will also find gin tasting events Morrish & Banham or at any of the micro distillers through out the year.  


  1. Coaststeering

Jump, climb and explore the Jurassic coast from this unique perspective. Brace yourselves for an exciting experience, enjoy the beautiful crystal-clear waters and panoramic views.


  1. Rock climbing

See the Jurassic Coast up close with spectacular views, with thousands of climbing routes all over Dorset why not try sport climbing on Portland or traditional cliff climbing at Swanage. You can book a number of guided climbs here.


  1. Iron Age forts

Boasting the biggest hill fort in Europe, Dorset is surrounded by history, walk the ancient ramparts of the impressive Maiden Castle just outside Dorchester, or take in the views from Hambledon Hill.


  1. Kayaking the Jurassic Coast

See Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove the way they were made to be seen, from the water!  Take a guided kayaking tour from Lulworth Cove, and paddle you way through the arch at Durdle Door, a truly unique way to see this UNESCO world heritage site. You can book with Jurassic kayak tours here.


  1. The Pommery Seafood Festival

One of the most prestigious food festivals in the South West which Dream Cottages are proud to sponser. Eat drink and be merry all along Weymouth Harbour, sample some of the finest seafood and champagne in the land and wander the Dream Dorset Trail that snakes around the Nothe Gardens taking in spectacular views.


  1. Jousting at Sherborne Castle

Travel back in time to a land of knights, maidens and jousting. Set in the beautiful grounds of Sherborne Castle, you can try your hand at Medieval wood carving, enjoy a bards tale or watch the knights fight it out in a daring display on horseback. You can find out more here. 


  1. Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

Learn about Dorset’s rebellious history, set in the pretty village of Tolpuddle, you can walk the trail and find out about why the Tolpuddle Martyrs have a festival in their honour.


  1. Dolphin Spotting

Grab your waterproofs and head out to Portland Bill where if you are lucky you might spot the resident dolphins playing, and nothing beats watching the sunset at sea.


  1. Views for days at Hardy’s Monument

Perched on one of the highest points in Dorset, Hardy’s Monument is a 72 foot high monument in memory of Vice Admiral Thomas Hardy and on a clear day you can view the fleet and the rolling Dorset downs, views really don’t get much more perfect than this.


Why not book a stay with us and get ready for your Dorset adventures this summer. For a selection of properties around the county why not take a look here.


Weymouth Harbour

Hire a boat out of Weymouth Harbour to spot dolphins.