Things to do in Dorset - Dorset Guide

Things to do in Dorset

Dorset is packed with things to do for absolutely everyone. From fun, family packed adventures through to romantic ideas for couples. Almost every holiday theme is catered for in Dorset from cycling holidays to watersports, from relaxing beach holidays to historic castles and forts to explore. Below our Dorset things to do guide offers a whole host of things to do, themed holiday ideas, events, beach guides, food and restaurant guides, walk routes and lots more. We frequently add to the list with new events, sights, scenic places to explore, festivals, days out and so forth.

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Local information
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Top 10 things to do in Weymouth & Portland
Why not spend the day in a perfectly traditional seaside town or perhaps climb the Portland Bill Lighthouse Tower. For adrenaline seekers, why not try the Jurassic Safari? Or perhaps a leisurely stroll through the stunning Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens.
5 Towns you must visit in Dorset
Weymouth, with its blue flag golden sandy beach, the beautiful explorer’s island of Portland, the peaceful idyllic village of Osmington, the pretty old harbour at West Bay or Burton Bradstock with its prime position along the Jurassic Coast.
Dorset is filled with amazing towns and pretty rural villages.
Top 10 Activities for Children in Dorset
Enjoying the great outdoors with your children has never been so beautiful! Picnics on the beach whilst hunting for fossils or bucket and spade frolics on the golden sands of Weymouth. Dorset offers a plethora of wonderful children’s activities. Here are just 10 ideas for the family to try.
Theme Parks in Dorset
A day at a theme park is filled with fun, adrenaline, hot dogs and ice cream! There are a great selection to be found in wonderful Dorset. Have a read for some Dorset theme park action!
A day at a theme park is filled with fun, adrenaline, hot dogs and ice cream! There are a great selection to be found in wonderful Dorset. Have a read for some Dorset theme park action!
Live Music Events
With extremely cool venues such as the Electric Palace in Bridport and even cooler events, (it doesn’t get any cooler than ‘Guitars on the beach’ in Lyme Regis!) Dorset does actually have a bustling little music scene of its own and gives tremendous support to its local acts. Here we pick out some of Dorset’s venues and music events.
Top 10 Things to do in Weymouth
Have a read of our favourite 10 things to in Weymouth and Portland. Weymouth beach is a stunner and rightly deserves its blue flag and seaside award. Portland is somewhat more dramatic than the rest of pretty Dorset with the waves crashing on the rocks. There are also beautiful walks to be enjoyed along the Jurassic coast. Read here and be inspired!
Activities for Children in Dorset
We have chosen our top 10 favourite things to do with children in Dorset but we could have gone on and on. Dorset is great for kids! From fossil hunting on Kimmeridge Bay to the Lyme Regis Treasure Hunt, there are wonderful activities to keep your children engaged and entertained. Check out our family days out tab for more ideas and inspiration.
Castles and Forts
Dorset has a wonderful assortment of castles and forts to visit that are all steeped in fascinating history. Why not take the steam train to the pretty village of Corfe and walk around the castle ruins. Spend the day on Portland and visit Portland Castle....
Dog Friendly Walks in Dorset
There is no need to leave the furriest member of your family at home when you hire a pretty cottage in Dorset. We have wonderful pet friendly cottages and Dorset is just full of stunning dog walks. Tire them out and then let them rest in front of the open fire back at the cottage.
Romantic Getaways
What could be more perfect than a romantic break in a Dorset cottage along the Jurassic Coast! Sipping wine in a cosy pub and walking along the coast admiring the turquoise blue sea and sandy beaches. Have a read for some romantic inspiration!

Events

Christmas in Dorset
Dorset is absolutely beautiful at Christmas time, from the lit up promenades to the pubs with cosy fires. Weymouth will be going all out with festive cheer this year. A fun-filled festive month of events leading up to the big day offers a real treat for Christmas lovers!.
Charity Christmas Cards and Gifts
The Discover Purbeck Information Centre will be hosting a charity event for Christmas Cards and Gifts on the 24th December The event will help to raise money for different charities and good causes. Christmas cards and gifts will be on sale.
Christmas at Lyme Regis's Town Mill
The town mill in Lyme Regis will be open for business on the weekends throughout December. There will be a range of craft markets, lighting events and more. Santa's grain mice will be hiding at the mill, the kids can help find them for just a £1 entry fee. There will be a prize for kids who find them and list their names. The mill will also be running the Christmas Art Fair from the 8th December to the 3rd January.
Ice Skating in Weymouth
In the New Bond Street Square in Weymouth, there will be a real ice skating rink available from the 4th December through to the 3rd January. The rink (measuring 15m by 8m) will be available to all.

Beaches

Best West Dorset Beaches
Love relaxing on the beach? Fancy strolling along some of the finest beaches west Dorset has to offer?
Dog Friendly Beaches in Dorset
If you just couldn't leave the family dog at home and just had to bring them along, then here are some great dog friendly beaches in Dorset that you can take them on for a fun stroll.
Dog Friendly Walks on Hive Beach
Hive beach is one of many dog friendly beaches throughout Dorset and offers beautiful scenery, places to relax and eat & lots more.
Oscar’s trip to Hive Beach
Gill who works in our Accounts department took her dog Oscar to Hive Beach last weekend and had a great time!.

Family Days Out

Family Days in Dorset
A day at a theme park is fun filled, adrenaline fuelled and hot dog packed and is a fabulous way to spend the day with the whole family. For the slightly older members, it can be a leisurely sit down day with cups of tea watching the grandchildren have fun!
Top 10 Activities for Children in Dorset
A top 10 countdown on holiday activities for children in Dorset.

Restaurants

Adventures

Dog Friendly

Seasonal

Spring

Easter holiday cottages in Dorset
When spring arrives, and with it an extravagant amount of Easter holiday time, one really ought to make the most of it. Booking a pretty cottage in Dorset is the perfect antidote for any busy individual that needs to take time out and rejuvenate.
Enjoy spring in a pretty Dorset Cottage
The Dorset countryside is resplendent in spring. It’s perfectly gorgeous all year round, but after the cold, dark, wintry days, when the days grow longer and the flowers begin to emerge, it truly is a sight to behold.

Summer

Summer holiday cottages in Dorset
Visit Dorset in the summer to completely recharge your batteries and soak up the spectacular sunshine that Dorset generally enjoys more than any other parts of the UK. We have wonderful cottages in Dorset, perfectly located to enjoy Dorsets packed summer events calendar.

Autumn

Autumn Calendar Highlights
Here are some of the highlights for Autumn in Dorset including the Enchanted Floodlit Gardens, the Weymouth Fest, Dorset Food Weeb and Weymouth Freaky Streets.
Autumn in Dorset
Autumn. A time to marvel at the glorious colours, breathe in the crisp air and kick through the red and gold leaves that lie on the ground.

Winter

Dorset’s Christmas Calendar Highlights
Here are some Christmas calendar highlights in Dorset. Including Weymouth's BIG Christmas, Farmers markets and vintage christmas events.
Spend a Cosy Christmas in Dorset
We all dream of having a fairy tale Christmas, complete with a perfectly decorated dining table, stockings hung in front of an open fire in a fireplace large enough to fit a big jolly Santa.