It's that time of year when thoughts turn to festive treats, indulgent feasts and taking some much needed time out to enjoy a few days to relax with friends and loved ones. Let's face it, we all struggle to find the perfect pressie sometimes, so we've compiled a Dorset themed gift guide that we hope offers something fabulous for everyone.

A hamper full of Dorset treats

Based in the picturesque village of Milton Abbas, Cherry Picked Hampers combine an enticing selection of 100% Dorset sourced products, all packaged beautifully with a personalised note and speedy delivery guaranteed. With Christmas gifts starting from just £16, to magnificent show-stopping hampers with all the food and drink you could wish for at Christmas, they have an ideal gift to suit all budgets.

Christmas Hamper full of products sourced entirely from Dorset

Adopt a Primate

Contribute to the rescue and rehabilitation of primates by gifting a Monkey World primate adoption. Each adoption pack includes an adoption member's pass for free admission to the park for one year, a photograph of your chosen primate, an adoption certificate, a subscription to the 'Ape Rescue Chronicle' magazine, and the opportunity to take part in exclusive 'Adoptive Parent Only Events', such as 'The Great Big Sleepover'. A great value option and a wonderful cause to support, with 100% of the funds being used to directly help the primates.

Monkey World Rescue Centre in Dorset

© Monkey World

Taste the finest Dorset fizz

Dorset has developed an impressive reputation for producing superb quality wines in recent years. Not just an ideal option for wine loving friends and family, these wines make a wonderful addition to a festive feast and will add some luxury sparkle to see in the New Year with friends. You are truly spoilt for choice with both the Langham and Furleigh Estates producing a host of exceptional wines, so why not order both and compare tasting notes?

Adding some sparkle with Dorset sourced sparkling wine

Gift a unique experience

Dorset boasts an incredible amount of novel experiences for adventurous souls to discover our spectacular county. So why not give a loved one a day out to look forward to and enjoy a few days in Dorset at the same time? How about a blast along the scenic Jurassic Coast on board a high-powered RIB from either Lyme Regis or West Bay? Adrenaline junkies will love a day of coaststeering, kayaking or windsurfing on the Jurassic Coast. Land and Wave, Jurassic Coast Activities, or Cumulous Outdoor all offer gift vouchers for unforgettable experiences.

Or for a more relaxed experience, perhaps a day in the company of gentle Llamas in the rolling hills of Beaminster appeals?

adventure along Dorset's stunning coastline with a new experience

Give the gift of an iconic Dorset view

Dorset's abundance of breath-taking natural scenery and iconic views makes it a dream destination for photographers. Jurassic Coast Photography offer bespoke tours that combine iconic coastal locations with professional guidance to help budding photographers create spectacular images from their day.

Or how about giving an iconic Dorset landscape, shot by one of Dorset’s resident professional photographers? Regular visitors to our website will no doubt recognise the striking images by Martin Dolan, James Loveridge and Matthew Pinner that feature throughout our pages. With prints, calendars and photobooks available at very reasonable prices they make an ideal gift and will be a welcome addition to any home.

Make the most of Dorset's most spectacular views on a guided tour - Copyright James Loveridge

Colmer Hill © James Loveridge

A foodie treat in the company of Mark Hix

Revered chef Mark Hix loves nothing more than to return to his Dorset home and cook up a feast using the incredible local produce that Dorset is famous for. His regular Kitchen tables are being hosted at Beaminster’s wonderful and unique Black Cow vodka distillery for a limited time in 2018, before returning to his Charmouth home from April. A four course feast and in the company of Mark is surely the ultimate gift for a foodie friend or relative, book here for a place at the the table

Foodie's enjoying Dorset's local produce


Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre
Animal Collection
Monkey World, Dorset - Make the connection

*LATEST UDPATE* Animal adoptions and online gift shop still available. Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating day out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre.

Langham Wine Estate
Langham Estate

*LATEST UPDATE* Online shop now open for delivery to your door. World class sparkling wines from the heart of Dorset! At Langham Estate, we love to share our passion for what we do and welcome visitors to the estate throughout the year. We offer various types of tour and have a tasting room, shop and café on site. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of rural Dorset, it really is a special place to visit.

Land and Wave
Adventure Sport Centre

Climbing, Coasteering, Sea Kayaking, Bushcraft, Raft Building, Stand Up Paddle Boarding & more in Swanage and The Purbecks. Excellent instructors, top notch kit and passion for the Great Outdoors.

Cumulus Outdoor Adventure
Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre
Kayaking along the River Frome with Cumulus Outdoors

Activities include: Coasteering, Kayaking, Climbing & Abseiling and Bushcraft amongst other things, plus outdoor corporate events, fun days and team building for business plus school and youth residential programmes and activity days.

HIX Townhouse
Guest House
HIX Townhouse

Hix Townhouse is a quirky and elegant Georgian townhouse featuring eight uniquely designed rooms that take inspiration from Mark Hix’s personal interests. Designed by Mark himself, the sailing room is white and bright with a garden terrace, the hunting room features a stags head and red leather chesterfields, and the Fishing room is full of antique fishing knickknacks; rods and reels.

Jurassic Coast Photography
Kimmeridge Bay - Jurassic Coast Photography

Join Carl, an award winning local photographer, and member of the Guild of Photographers. For this season Carl is running two workshops, Landscape and Street. The Landscape Workshop runs along the Jurassic coast while the Street Workshop is based in Bournemouth. Both workshops include tuition.



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