May Bank Holiday in Dorset

The second May Bank Holiday is fast approaching and we're sure you'll want to make the most of this long weekend in beautiful Dorset. 

If you’re short of ideas, don’t panic we’ve got your back. Our county is bursting with great things to see and do that will make the 3 day break one to remember!

With the sunshine returning and the weather warming nicely there really is no better time to enjoy a get-away in our amazing county. Combine this with loads of fabulous activities, attractions and events and you’re sure to have a great time.

Explore our delightful landscape

With the stunning Dorset landscape in full bloom and bursting with colour, this is a brilliant time to get out and explore. However you choose to go about it, whether on foot, pedal power or horseback you’re in for a treat.

Dorset has lots of delightful cycling and walking routes that offer some of the most awe inspiring scenery away from the more well-known paths. Or why not enjoy the breath-taking Jurassic Coast on the water with a boat ride or kayak tour? With so many fantastic watersports on offer you can’t help but have a great time.

Get out and active

Spring offers a great opportunity to get active and enjoy all Dorset has to offer. Why not try a new activity or reacquaint yourself with a forgotten passion. From fishing and golf to outdoor adventure and wonderful wildlife there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Check out the wide range of activities on offer in Dorset and make this weekend your most action packed yet.

Whitsun Bank Holiday events

Between 25 and 27 May, the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend includes some fantastic events.

Purbeck Art Weeks is once again taking place at Wareham, Swanage, Corfe Castle and lots of other villages across the Isle of Purbeck. 

Calling all foodies - head on over to the Christchurch Food Festival for 3 days of delicious food and drink in this delightful harbourside town.

At Sherborne Castle, the family-friendly Country Fair will be held on Monday 27 May. Featuring Dragon Boat racing on the lake, over 250 craft, trade and food stands, dog agility events and one of the largest Rare Breed Shows in the country, you'll not want to miss it!

Bank Holiday on a budget

For some great low-cost or no-cost days out in Dorset read our latest value-for-money blog or check out our top ten ideas for free days out. Explore castles, go on a nature trail or ride your bike for a cycling adventure in our beautiful countryside.

If you've got children under 5 years old, they get in for free at Swanage RailwayAbbotsbury SwanneryMuseum of Jurassic Marine LifeHighcliffe CastleThe Blue PoolThe KeepSandworld and Nothe Fort.

For children under 3 years old, Farmer Palmers Farm Park, Adventure Wonderland, Monkey WorldThe Tank MuseumDorset Heavy Horse Farm ParkMuseum of East DorsetThe Rex Cinema, Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne Castle and GardensWimborne Model TownTeddy Bear MuseumLyme Regis Marine AquariumLulworth CastleExbury Gardens and Railway and The Dinosaur Museum offers discounted tickets or free entry.

Accompanied by a paying adult, children under the age of 14 get free entry to Swanage Pier and children under 16 get free entry to Dorset Museum.

There are also museums, country parks, hill forts and more which offer free admission. See the full list of over 200 free things to do in our wonderful county.

And don't forget to look at our Special Offers page to see what deals and discounts are available to save some money during your break.

Sample some of Dorset’s fabulous fare

Dorset has an excellent reputation for fantastic food and drink. Sample some of the delightful local produce or purchase your own at the many farmers markets and enjoy a delicious picnic at one of Dorset's beauty spots.

Sit back, relax and enjoy a slice Dorset Apple Cake at one of our welcoming tearooms or tuck in to a well deserved pub lunch at one of our cosy country pubs. Just don’t forget to wash it down with some of our locally produced ciders and ales. Now that sounds like our kind of bank holiday weekend!

Book your bank holiday getaway now!

With all of this just waiting to be enjoyed, can you really afford not to book your break in Dorset?

We have a fantastic range of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes. Choose from cosy cottages, farm stays, welcoming B&Bs, country hotels and scenic caravan and campsites. Some will have the added bonus of hot tubs and spa facilities to really treat yourself this May.

Your break in Dorset is only a click away! See you soon…

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For travel advice over the Bank Holiday weekend in Dorset, visit Travel Dorset.

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