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Searching for arty things to in Dorset?
If you love to absorb a bit of culture whilst away, or like to get stuck in with local crafts, this page will tell you all you need to know!
These are our hidden gems; places of pure beauty and tranquillity where you can sit and contemplate some astounding works of art, all positioned cleverly to be entwined with their natural surroundings.
Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester is an oasis for all art lovers.
Set in 26 acres of countryside, the park is a restorative, sensuous experience that will leave you feeling both in awe and at peace.
Tout Quarry Sculpture Park is situated in a disused quarry upon the Isle of Portland.
Local artists adopted the site in 1983 with the notion of giving back to the site in response to what had been taken away.
If you’re out on a ramble along the Wessex Ridgeway, make sure you take some time to ponder over some of the thought-provoking art installations along the trail.
Sprinkled across Dorset’s towns and villages you’ll find some wonderful little art shops and galleries, showcasing some outstanding pieces from local painters.
Do wander in and have a browse, although be careful not to lose track of time as you revere the exceptional talent on display.
If you’ve found you’ve fallen in love with a place in Dorset, what better than to take a painting home with you to be a perpetual reminder of your fond memories here.
There are lots of opportunities to try your hand at a new skill in Dorset, from woodwork to stone carving to basket making.
The Courtyard Craft Centre offer pottery classes and popular ‘pop in’ events where you can paint a plate, vase or tile.
The Walford Mill Craft Centre also run a wide range of workshops for adults and children, providing a great outlet for your creativity.
Crafty Camping’s green woodworking courses are very sought after, the Woodland Workshop is a beautiful private woodland area that many visitors have described as magical - something akin to Avatar in summer and Narnia in winter.
And if you feel you’d be au fait with a hammer and chisel, book yourself on to one of Burngate Stone Carving courses, suitable for all the family.
Many of our B&Bs and self catering accommodation offer themed packages and courses for their residents.
Enjoy warm Dorset hospitality combined with local expert tuition at Highway Farm who offer you the chance to hone a new skill, be it willow weaving, stained glass or even metalcraft.
Symondsbury Estate Holidays run bread-making and art courses, located in The Manor Yard, a lively and developing farmyard scene with a lovely cafe, a beautiful tithe barn and an interesting mix of shops and craftspeople, well worth a browse.
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The Town Mill is a unique mix of working watermill, art galleries and creative artisanal businesses. Centred around a beautiful mediaeval cobbled courtyard and featuring a landscaped ‘Miller’s Garden’, the Town Mill is one of Lyme Regis’ leading...
Christchurch and District Arts Council (CADArts) hosts various exhibitions and events in locations around Christchurch, and every three years it hosts a celebration of local creativity – Living Crafts.
Highcliffe Castle is a magnificent Grade 1 Listed 1830s mansion built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay and is situated just four miles east of Christchurch. The cliff-top grounds, with wonderful views of the Dorset coastline and the Isle of Wight, provide...
Dorchester Arts is the year-round provider of arts performances and entertainment in Dorset’s County Town.
A converted mill building by the river with a gallery and shop showing the best in contemporary British design, workshops, a craftschool and a cafe.
Country Park/Nature Reserve
An abandoned stone quarry which has now been turned into a stone sculpture park.