We know you may not be able to visit right now, but there are still ways for you to support Dorset’s much loved attractions, eateries and accommodation during this extremely challenging time.

Although some businesses have had to temporarily close, you can keep them going with the gift of giving.

Why not purchase a gift voucher to buy now and use later, or give as a Father’s Day or birthday present? Some are even adding extra value onto the vouchers as an added incentive.

Our farm parks and animal rescue centres have set up fundraising schemes where you can donate towards the upkeep of the animals, or you might like to adopt an animal instead.

For a memorable gift as well as fundraising to maintain a Victorian piece of history, you could also sponsor a plaque on Swanage Pier.

A little help goes a long way and will give Dorset’s tourist economy a much needed boost.

Food & Drink Gift Vouchers

Knoll House Hotel Afternoon Tea

Purchase an online voucher and receive an extra 10% discount to be used at either Hive Beach Café, Watch House Café or The Club House in West Dorset. Vouchers are valid for 2 years and are either £5, £10 or £20 in value.

There are various options on offer at the Knoll House Hotel, Studland. Choose from Afternoon Tea for 2 or 4, Champagne Afternoon Tea for 2 or a Three Course Dinner for 2. Voucher prices start at £36.

Choose from Sunday Roast for 2 or Three Course Dinner for 2 gift vouchers at Eypes Mouth Country Hotel near Bridport. Vouchers start at £21.

At The Eastbury Hotel in Sherborne, purchase a gift voucher for Afternoon Tea for two or an indulgent Tasting Menu with Wine Flight for two. Prices start at £42.

You can buy gift vouchers for either £10 or £25 from The Station Kitchen in Bridport. Or why not purchase a gift box of Afternoon Tea, Gentleman's Afternoon Tea or 6 personalised cupcakes to be collected from the restaurant.

Days Out gift vouchers

Swanage Railway Gift Cards can be bought for any amount between £10 and £500, and can be redeemed against train tickets, dining trains and train driver experiences. Call 01929 475207 to purchase. Alternatively you can buy vouchers online in values of £15, £25 or £50.

You can purchase gift vouchers for Monart Spa in Poundbury for just £20. This brand new luxury day spa includes hydrotherapy pool and state-of-the-art thermal spaces including sanarium, caldarium, sauna, salt grotto, infrared pro cabin, aroma steam room and unique experience showers. 

Take a cruise on the Tallship Moonfleet. Gift vouchers start at just £35 for a 2 hour cruise, but other options and day cruises are also available.

ForeAdventure at Studland have vouchers from £25. They offer many outdoor experiences from foraging to fishing, kayaking to paddle boarding and bushcraft to wild food.

Kayakng at Old Harry Rocks with ForeAdventure

Adventure Activity gift vouchers from Cumulus Outdoor Adventure in Purbeck can be purchased in £25, £50 or £100 amounts or multiples of either. The vouchers currently have a 12 month expiry but this is being extended due to the coronavirus situation. You can purchase them via their website or Paypal.

At Langham Wine Estate near Dorchester you can either buy a gift voucher from £25, redeemable against wine purchases, tours, tastings or the vineyard café, or a Guided Tour gift voucher for £30.

AA Shooting School are selling activity gift vouchers for clay pigeon shooting. And for every voucher purchased, they will donate £5 to NHS Charities. The vouchers have no expiry date and can be used against the following activities: 50 Clay Shooting Experience for one person at £50 or two people at £60, One to One Lesson including 50 clays and cartridges for £65 or 6 One Hour Lessons for £250. To purchase call 07914 918395 or email: zapnorm@gmail.com

Farmer Palmers Moo Money gift vouchers can be purchased in amounts between £15 and £100 and can be redeemed against entry ticket prices.

Accommodation gift vouchers

Highlands End Holiday Park, Dorset

West Dorset Leisure Holidays gift vouchers can be redeemed against a holiday at any of their 5 Holiday Parks or towards food & drink at Martin’s Bar & Restaurant at Highlands End Holiday Park or towards a membership at Highlands End Leisure Club. Vouchers are available in £10 and £25 denominations and are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

The Priory Hotel in Wareham is offering 3 nights for the price of 2 when purchasing one of their gift vouchers. They also sell vouchers in denominations of £10, £20, £50 and £100. If you purchase a minimum £100, they will add an extra 20% to the value of the voucher. They are redeemable against Priory Hotel overnight stays or dining and are valid for 18months from the date of purchase.

At Knoll House Hotel in Studland you can either purchase a gift voucher for a 1 Night B&B Stay for 2 Adults or a monetary voucher for a specific value. Minimum purchase is £20 with £10 increments thereafter.

Gift vouchers at Eypes Mouth Country Hotel can be purchased for as little as £10 up to £250. They are valid for 12 months and may be used in full or part payment for dining or overnight stays.

The Eastbury Hotel & Spa in Sherborne has lots of choice for overnight stay gift vouchers. Choose from Sunday Sleepovers, a Dorset Tasting Getaway or a 2 night Gourmet Lovers stay.

Near Dorchester, Upton Grange Holiday Cottages are offering flexible vouchers where you can choose any amount you'd like to gift and are valid for 2 years.

Fundraising

Swanage Pier, Dorset

A donation of £125 will provide a brass plaque fixed to a plank on Swanage Pier. Each plaque can be engraved with a message up to 30 letters. Your plaque may just be an individual's name and date, a group, club, society or company or it may be a message in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a new birth or anniversary. A colour certificate complements each plaque. Find out more on the Swanage Pier Trust website. You can also donate any amount towards their fundraising efforts via their website.

Swanage Railway have signalled an SOS – Save Our Service appeal – to raise funds for this much loved visitor attraction. Find out more on the Swanage Railway Trust website.

Animal adoptions

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Dorset

At Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre you can adopt many of their primates including Gordon the orangutan, Hananya the chimpanzee or Peanut the golden-cheeked gibbon. You can also purchase something from their online gift shop or help with their fundraising efforts.

Become a Heavy Horse Hero or adopt one of the horses at Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park. You can also purchase gift vouchers to use at a later date.

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Swanage Railway - photo taken by Andrew P.M. Wright

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