If you’re looking for a Spring holiday in the beautiful English countryside, Dorset has everything you need for a much needed break away.
Get your walking boots on
Spring is a great time to get and about and explore the Dorset coast and countryside and glorious spring walks await you in every corner.
Step out onto some of Dorset’s walking routes and you’ll find the landscape ablaze with colour and bursting with fresh new life and activity.
Being so early in the season will mean that most of the major trails will still be quiet, creating the impression that you have the whole of Dorset to yourself - just you, the birdsong, and the path ahead…
Spring colour weekends
Visit one of Dorset’s magnificent houses and gardens when the Spring flowers begin to bloom.
Forde Abbey’s Tulip Festival in April/May is a sight to behold when over thirty thousand tulips bloom across the gardens.
The two weeks between Saturday 29th April and Sunday 14th May have been designated a Tulip Festival, when the bulbs are at their best and you can enjoy wandering around the gardens in a spectacular sea of colour.
This Spring, engage in the ultimate Dorset activity and go on the hunt for fossils or visit the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.
Take in a lungful of fresh sea air as you have fun fossiling on the beach. The beach floor is fresh with new exposed fossils after the winter storms so Spring is an excellent time of year to hunt for a real life dinosaur.
In April, Lyme Regis holds its annual Fossil Festival and is a perfect day out for the family. Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science for all ages.
Welcome the baby animals
Spring is lambing season in the countryside and visitors will delight in seeing the cute newborns leap about in the open fields.
If you have children in tow, then they will love meeting the baby animals at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park or Kingston Maurward Animal Park.
And in late Spring, visit the Abbotsbury Swannery and you may just get the chance to see a cygnet hatch before your very eyes!
Throw a Dorset knob!
The May Bank Holiday presents visitors with the chance to take part in one of Dorset’s more quirky traditions – the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival!
Teamed with the Frome Valley Food Festival, this event challenges participants to hurl a Dorset Knob biscuit as far as they can.
With games, entertainment and some of the county’s best food producers all in one place, this event always attracts the crowds!
Puff your way through the beautiful Dorset landscape at Swanage Railway’s Spring Steam Gala
What can herald the arrival of Spring more than the sights and sounds of a steam train puffing its way to the seaside?
A great stop off is Corfe Castle, where you can visit the magnificent castle ruins and admire the wonderful recreation of a 1950s railway station before you join the train again to the Victorian seaside resort of Swanage.
A nostalgic day out on this heritage railway will be sure to thrill all ages.
Discover Broadchurch filming locations
David Tennant’s gripping hit drama ‘Broadchurch’ is filmed on location in West Bay and is the spot to see the Jurassic Coast in all its glory.
Stroll to the water’s edge and witness the mighty sandstone cliffs that have become synonymous with the show.
Wander the colourful harbour and you’ll discover many more recognisable locations including the Watch House Café, Wessex Police Station and the newsagents and sea brigade hall from season one.
True ‘Broadies’ can choose to follow the whole trail, available to download here.
Have we tempted you? Start planning your Spring Break right now!
There really is no other destination in the UK quite like Dorset during springtime!
Along with the huge range of attractions, activities and events on offer for you and your family this Spring, we are also proud to have some of the friendliest B&Bs, the plushest hotels, the prettiest self catering cottages and campsites with views to take your breath away.
See for yourself what we have to offer you by browsing our excellent selection of accommodation below: