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Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast

Fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast

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Don't Miss Dorset

If you’re hoping to cram as much into you visit to Dorset here are a few ideas that are just too good to miss!

Cerne Abbas Giant 
High on a hill over the pretty village of Cerne Abbas is a 180ft high male figure carved out of chalk believed to be an ancient symbol of fertility. It's got to be seen to be believed!

Weymouth
An elegant Georgian seafront, a safe sandy beach and exciting year round events makes Weymouth a top British seaside resort. Weymouth is the only other Olympic venue during the London 2012 Games so if you don't fancy heading to London - come to Dorset for all of the sailing events for 2012.

Corfe Castle
Visit the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle, Dorset's iconic medieval monument - perfect for adventurers of any age! Wander around the historic village and take a steam train to the beach at Swanage.

Jurassic Coast
Take a walk through time along this dramatic coastline and enjoy stunning natural features, exceptional views, 185 million years of history and a World Heritage coastline packed full of fossils!

Monkey World
Visit the world famous ape rescue centre home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys. See up close Orangutans, Monkeys and Chimpanzees and children can make up feeders of treats to give to the primates!

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door 
The two geological features on the Jurassic Coast is the perfect horse-shoe shaped Lulworth Cove and the beautiful arch of Durdle Door. A must see for any visitor to Dorset.

Sherborne Abbey
Travel to Sherborne to see the elegant 15th Century Sherborne Abbey which boasts a beautiful stone, fan vaulted ceiling and the heaviest ring of eight bells in the world! Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon in Sherborne and stroll around the town.

Christchurch's Highcliffe Castle and Priory Church
Dorset is packed full with history and heritage and you can visit some of the best historical attractions at Christchurch. See the romantic seaside Highcliffe Castle built in the 1830's or visit Priory Church in Christchurch dating back to 1094.

Gold Hill
Gold Hill in Shaftesbury is a picture postcard of Dorset and quintessentially English. Make your way to the top of the hill and you'll see stunning views of the surrounding Dorset countryside. Made famous by Hovis for a much loved advert.

Wimborne
Explore quaint streets and hidden courtyards in Wimborne. There are a variety of small shops and lively weekly markets as well as the medieval church, Wimborne Minster.

Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis is a narrow maze of streets and shops winding their way down to the harbour with its famous Cobb and breath-taking views of the surrounding Jurassic coastline.

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  1. Add The Lyric Theatre to your Itinerary

    The Lyric Theatre

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    Theatre

    Bridport

    Having moved in to the building in September 2010, we’re running it as an artist-led space for all types of artists to visit, create and showcase their work.

    We also have our own Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company based in the building. Our productions are made here and there is a puppet...

  2. Add St Catherine's Chapel to your Itinerary

    St Catherine's Chapel

    Type

    Church/Chapel

    ABBOTSBURY

    Set high on a hilltop overlooking Abbotsbury Abbey, this sturdily buttressed and barrel-vaulted 14th-century chapel was built by the monks as a place of pilgrimage and retreat.

  3. Add Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre to your Itinerary

    Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre

    Type

    Leisure/Swimming Pool

    Christchurch, CHRISTCHURCH

    Indoor leisure centre with excellent facilities including: fitness suite, swimming pool, badminton, golf, two 3G Synthetic Turf Outdoor Floodlit Football Pitches and a newly revamped Arena Wheel Park and BMX Track.

    Facilities include:
    25m Swimming pool (for public swimming sessions, clubs,...

  4. Add Upton Wood to your Itinerary

    Upton Wood

    Type

    Forest

    Poole

    Small woodland on the edge of Upton (opposite Upton Country Park). Various events and volunteer events take place throughout the year.

    The Wood includes footpaths, cyclepaths and Woodland Trail, also running streams, open glades and seats to sit and rest a while.

    Map and leaflet available...

  5. Add Wareham Walls to your Itinerary

    Wareham Walls

    Type

    Historic Site

    Wareham

    The Walls are Saxon ramparts which surround the historic town of Wareham. Paths on the walls give good views of the river Piddle and town, and link into the ‘Bowling Green’ open space. Different grass cutting times encourage a variety of flowers. The Walls surround Wareham on three sides and are...

  6. Add Wareham Forest to your Itinerary

    Wareham Forest

    Type

    Forest

    Wareham

    Walk or cycle through heathland and forest by Morden Bog National Nature Reserve, one of the largest valley mire habitats in England.

    There are picnic benches and a signposted walk. Cyclists are welcome on 2 metre or wider tracks. Horse riders by permit only. The Sika Cycle Trail, a 7 mile...

  7. Add Durdle Door to your Itinerary

    Durdle Door

    Type

    Beach

    WEST LULWORTH

    Durdle Door and Man ‘O’ War beaches are part of the Lulworth Estate. Shingle beaches which are only accessible on foot via a steep path and steps over the hill from Lulworth Cove or down from Durdle Door Car Park (located on the cliff top at the end of Durdle Door Holiday Park.). Parking is...

  8. Add Kimmeridge Bay to your Itinerary

    Kimmeridge Bay

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Kimmeridge, WAREHAM

    Kimmeridge Bay lies within the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and boasts the best rockpooling and safest snorkelling site in Dorset! Check tide times to gain the most reward.

    The Fine Foundation Marine Centre at the end of the bay encourages all ages to explore the bay, its ledges and rockpools...

  9. Add Swanage Beach to your Itinerary

    Swanage Beach

    Type

    Beach

    Swanage

    The beach is one of the main attractions of the town with thousands flocking to Swanage every summer to relax on the sand. The waters are clean, and the beach has won many European Blue Flag Awards, as well as the Encams Quality Coast Award. Swanage beach has a well earned reputation for being a...

  10. Add Wareham Town Museum to your Itinerary

    Wareham Town Museum

    Type

    Museum

    WAREHAM

    Archaeology, pictorial collection of Lawrence of Arabia. Also display of many artefacts relating to the town itself. Agricultural, industrial and domestic implements from the past. Contained in 1 exhibition area.