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Why Dorset is the place to be this Christmas

Top 10 reasons to spend Christmas in Dorset


1. Our award-winning food and drink

From award winning sparkling wine from Langham Estates, to protected status blue cheese, the Blue Vinney, Dorset produces some of the finest and internationally acclaimed food and drink in the country. Christmas is the perfect time to sample our amazing meats, dairy, fruit and vegetables as well as all homegrown spirits from Conker Gin, Liberty Fields and wine from Langham and Furleigh, all lovingly grown in our beautiful and fertile county.


2. Our New Year’s Eve parties.

Dance the night away on the shores of Weymouth beach at the UK’s biggest NYE party, join 20,000 revellers dressed in fancy dress and see in the New Year with a smile.

Head to the market town of Bridport for some traditional songs and gather in the town square to count down to the New Year then head to the Stables to see in the new year dancing.


3. Our cosy pubs

When you think of rural holidays, cosying up by a roaring fire with a pint of local ale must be on the bucket list, with so many award-winning pubs to choose from including ‘Pub of the Year’ The Anchor Inn in Seatown, and several award-winning pub restaurants you will be spoilt for choice wherever in Dorset you stay.


4. Our inspiring walks.

From far reaching coastal views to swaths of unspoilt countryside, Dorset boasts some of the most spectacular vistas around. With miles of South West Coast path to explore, it is easy to see why our beautiful surroundings inspire so many people to return time and time again.


5. Our village life

Chocolate box cottages, windy little roads, trickling streams, friendly corner shops, farm shops fully stocked with local produce, Dorset offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle.


6. Our weather

Boasting some of the mildest winters and sunniest summers in the UK, you can be out and about whatever the weather, and with no motorways or big cities to contend with, you can marvel at the incredible night skies this time of year.


7. Our friendly welcome for kids and pets

With a plethora of attractions, cafés and pubs welcoming both families and dog owners you have a huge choice for fun filled days out and great places to stop for a bite to eat during your festive break.


8. Our traditions

Dorset is home to many traditions throughout the year, but Christmas is especially fun, with, chasing a Christmas Pudding over Weymouth beach and a Christmas dip in Weymouth Harbour as well as many traditional markets  up and down the county to explore. Its the perfect time of year to experience rural and coastal life.


9. Our Jurassic Coast

A UNESCO world heritage site, and 90 miles of unspoilt coastal waters, Christmas and New Year are the perfect times to blow away the cobwebs. Follow the South West Coast path trails, or wander the ancient woodlands along the way. You can even give fossil hunting a go (where safe to) as winter seas expose more rock and uncover more fossils.


10. Our Arts and Music

With theatres up and down the county you are really spoilt for choice, from The Electric Palace in Bridport, The Tivoli in Wimborne, The Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis, The Lighthouse in Poole, The Dorchester Arts Centre and the Pavilion in Weymouth, there will always be a show, gig, reading or dance to take your fancy, why not round off your Christmas trip with a visit to see the pantomime at Weymouth Pavilion.