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Awesome Autumn Colours in Dorset

With the green leaves of summer starting to turn golden yellow, rusty orange and ruby red, it can mean only one thing - autumn is on its way. Dorset’s amazing autumn colours easily rival America’s famous ‘Fall’ - in fact we think they are even better! Stroll through beautiful vistas, breathe in…

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Places to Stay with Outdoor Pools in Dorset

Are you looking to avoid the hassle of travelling abroad but still want to relax poolside? We’ve got exactly what you’re looking for. There are some great places to stay in Dorset with outdoor swimming pools, so grab your beach towel and get ready to enjoy some of the south coast’s best weather…

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Top 10 Things to Do in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a fabulous place to visit with so much going on and things to do aplenty so we thought we’d help you plan your time by giving you our top 10 things to do in Lyme Regis! 1. Beach Days Lyme Regis boasts some fantastic family beaches so pack up your bucket and spade and get ready for some…

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The Top Things to See and Do in Swanage

Swanage is the perfect getaway destination for all seasons. Swanage is located on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset and is the Eastern Gateway for exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Visit the award winning and family friendly Swanage beach Popular with all generations and evoking…

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Discover Dorset's Countryside on a Family Bike Ride

I’m Cheryl, a member of the Visit Dorset tourism team and I love a cycling adventure, getting out, visiting new places and making lovely memories with my family. Amazingly, there’s still so much on my Dorset ‘to do’ list, so as the sun was shining and we (my husband and 2 children aged 15 and 9)…

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10 Places to Eat Al-fresco in Dorset

Looking for the perfect place to enjoy a spot of al-fresco dining in Dorset? Check out our 10 places to lunch, fine dine, sip cocktails or simply enjoy a delicious cream tea sat amongst Dorset’s finest scenery. Watch House Café, West Bay This easy-going beachside café in the heart of West Bay offers…

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Dorset's Jurassic Coast and the Sea Dragon

In January 2016 a local fossil hunter, Chris Moore, discovered a brand new species of Ichthyosaur in Lyme Regis and Sir David Attenborough helped uncover the story behind the Sea Dragon! Discovery of The Sea Dragon Chris first discovered the new species of fish lizard following a storm in January…

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Discover the Jurassic Coast on a Guided Tour

A great way to discover Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast is on a guided tour. Martin runs Jurassic Coast Guides and his enthusiasm for his work is infectious and his knowledge captivates and inspires everyone, learn more about his story and guiding services here... Where it all began, my story As an…

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Tot-Tastic Days Out in Dorset

As any parent of young children will know, days out with 1 - 3 year olds can take quite a bit of planning! That's why Jess from the Visit Dorset team has listed her top picks for a fun, toddler-friendly day out in Dorset. Whilst we can't guarantee they'll be completely tantrum free, we hope it will…

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