Spring in Dorset is just beautiful and the perfect place to spend your Easter break. We have charming self-catering holiday cottages deep in the unspoilt countryside, modern self-catering properties sat right on the Jurassic coast with panoramic sea views, as well as pretty townhouses nestled amongst some of the prettiest harbours in the world.
No matter which property you choose, or which location, you will not be disappointed. The countryside comes alive at this time of year, with new baby lambs flocking the fields and snowdrops, sweet violets, primroses and daffodils covering the beautiful hills and woodland. The beaches become that bit more glorious for walks and coastal rambles are made even more invigorating with the sun shining down on you.
We have some lovely cosy cottages perfect for couples wishing to take a romantic break away, family sized properties and some grand, larger lodges boasting swimming pools and games rooms which would suit large groups looking for that added ‘wow’ factor.
Dorset is particularly good at celebrating all seasons, and Easter is no exception. You will find some of the best spots in the country for Easter Egg Hunts, whether you choose to take advantage of one of the many organised events, or get creative by arranging your own. There are chocolate egg hunts on Studland Bay, around Corfe Castle and Lulworth Castle and even on Brownsea Island. There is Medieval Archery at Corfe Castle, on offer, plus Fun Fair frolics at Weymouth and an Easter Egg Bonanza at Monkey World.
For an Easter egg hunt with a difference, why not head to Langham Wine Estate? Children will love hunting for eggs amongst the vines and it is the perfect excuse for the grown ups to sample some delicious Dorset fizz! Entry for children is free and just £5 per head for adults – 50% of which will be donated to Weldmar Hospicecare.
Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park in Dorchester always put on a fun Easter itinerary. Their yearly Easter Egg Hunt takes place around the animal park. When the children’s Easter buckets are filled with chocolate eggs, you can stay a while to feed the animals and then take a family walk through the gardens.
The Tank Museum in Bovington put on a great Easter event throughout the Easter half term school holidays (from 25th March to the 10th April). Enjoy their new exhibition ‘Tank Men’ and learn about the lives of eight First World War soldiers and get involved with some fun whilst learning.
The Easter Family Trail is also happening in Weymouth this year, although at the time of writing this blog, the details have yet to be confirmed so do keep your eyes and ears peeled closer to the time!
Since the days are a bit warmer around Easter time, it is a great time to be on one of Dorset’s beautiful beaches. Go for a walk with the dog, hunt for fossils, fly a kite and just soak up the great outdoors. Try kayaking through the waves or coasteering along the Jurassic Coastline.
Make the most of the stunning coastline by taking an exhilarating family walk. Walk past Old Harry Rocks, the Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Walk over to Portland and climb the lighthouse tower for views of the dangerous Portland Race, failed by many a vessel over the years. Stroll along the cliff top in Osmington and pop in to the Smugglers Inn to enjoy a local ale. Enjoy tea and cake in a pretty café in a lovely rural village.
There really is so much to do in Dorset, it makes the perfect choice for an Easter weekend break. Renting a self-catering cottage in Dorset couldn’t be simpler. Have a look at the cottages that are available to rent around the Easter holidays and choose one that suits you and your party. We have carefully selected all of the cottages that we rent out and we love each and every one of them. We hope that you enjoy them just as much as we do!Email us your story