Nature events in Dorset

When you visit Dorset, you are transported into an unspoilt world of outstanding natural beauty, a place where sea, coastline, hills, streams, meadows and woods stretch out as far as the eye can see.

One of the great draws of this beautiful county is the chance to unplug from the daily rush and indulge in the simple pleasures of country life.

Get even closer to the natural world in Dorset by taking part in these nature-based events.

Lend nature a helping hand

Whether you want to get stuck in helping with practical management of a reserve, or your children want to join in with face-painting, nestbox making and pond-dipping, you’ll love taking part in the hands-on activities here in Dorset.

There’s plenty going on throughout the year at Moors Valley Country ParkDurlston Country Park and the National Trust's Brownsea Island. The RSPB and Dorset Wildlife Trust also run a range of exciting events where you can get involved.

You could be building a den one day to embarking on a mini-beast safari the next!

Get to know Dorset better

Guided walks help you get better acquainted with the wildlife of an area, whether you are local or on holiday, plus it really helps to enrich your experience of the countryside. 

Expert guides lead these group walks, and will be able to answer all your burning questions along the way.

So, if you’ve always wanted to know how to recognise what bird is making that beautiful melody, or what species of butterfly has those striking markings, then book on to a walk at your nearest nature reserve and you can find out…

Mindful Dorset

The Dorset countryside is a place to stir the senses and calm the mind, a place where you can feel Mother Nature’s spirit all around you!

There is a fantastic selection of heath and wellbeing events on in Dorset that take advantage of our glorious surroundings.

From practicing yoga on the beach and relaxation walks to stargazing workshops and dancing at ancient sites, you’ll find a deeper connection with the landscape here.   

Environmentally conscious accommodation

You’ll find lots of accommodation here in Dorset that adopts a sustainable approach, so rest assured you’ll be doing every bit to protect this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Look out for accommodation that takes part in the Green Tourism Scheme or has a David Bellamy Conservation Award.

Or, what better way to feel at one with nature than to camp outdoors? 

Nature eventscoming soon!

Daily Red Squirrel Walks Sep 24

Daily Red Squirrel Walks

Autumn is the best time of the year to catch a glimpse of our shy red squirrels as they come down from the tree canopy to store food for the colder months ahead. Our free guided walks will not only...

Into The Wild Sculpture Exhibition Sep 24

Into The Wild Sculpture Exhibition

From 3rd July to 1st October, 2023, visitors from near and far are invited to experience the charm of the "Into The Wild" sculptures at Compton Acres. The exhibition seamlessly integrates...

Paws 4 Fort Sep 24

Paws 4 Fort

Nothe Fort is teaming up once again with Dog Friendly Social to bring you another dog-tastic Paws 4 Fort, right here at Weymouth's number one heritage site! And this year we are delighted to...

Wessex Heavy Horse Show and Country Fayre Sep 24

Wessex Heavy Horse Show and Country Fayre

One of the largest Heavy Horse events in the South West, the annual Wessex Heavy Horse Show and Country Fayre is a spectacle of Heavy Horse breeds. The show will include classes for ridden and...

Wildfires Feast Sep 24

Wildfires Feast

This September, to celebrate the last of the summer sun you are invited to join us for our next evening of fire and feasting in another spectacular Dorset location. We are hosting 3 ticketed events...

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Sep 24

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world-famous exhibition from the Natural History Museum, is coming to Dorset Museum this summer. Over 100 powerful photographs capture fascinating animal...

ARBOR A Month of Trees Sep 27

ARBOR A Month of Trees

This newly-accredited Botanic Garden hosts a special exhibition dedicated to trees with exclusive artwork, workshops and talks from world famous nature specialists and artists from 27th September-28th...

Iolo Williams Life Before The Lens Sep 29

Iolo Williams Life Before The Lens

Iolo Williams (Springwatch, Countryfile) recounts his fascinating experiences as a Species Officer for the RSPB. From the farmer who held an egg collector over a 40-foot cliff, to a colleague who kept...

Kayak, Fish, Forage, Feast Sep 30

Kayak, Fish, Forage, Feast

Dorset's coastline is the perfect place to enjoy sea kayaking and kayak fishing, exploring the beautiful cliffs along the Jurassic coast from our base on Middle Beach in Studland out to Old Harry...

THRIVE Food for the Body Mind and Soul Sep 30

THRIVE Food for the Body Mind and Soul

Two day immersive course at Happy River Retreat with renowned Nutritionist, Chef & Author, Daphne Lambert. Lunch each day included. In this wonderful, immersive two-day workshop which is a true...

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