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FREE taster session with the Poole Rock Choir

FREE taster session with the Poole Rock Choir Do you want to find a local choir to join near you? The Poole Rock Choir is led by local vocal coach Chris..... See more >
Poole High School, Wimborne Road, Poole BH15 2BP
Thu 14 Mar, Thu 25 Apr, Thu 2 May, Thu 9 May

Knitson Old Farmhouse - Open Garden for NGS

Knitson Old Farmhouse - Open Garden for NGS Mature cottage garden nestled under chalk downland. Herbaceous borders, rockeries, climbers and shrubs, evolved and..... See more >
Knitson Old Farmhouse, Wareham BH20 5JB
Sat 30 Mar to Mon 1 Apr, Sat 25 May to Mon 27 May

Treasures: Scavenged Finds from Back Ven by Christine Allison

This up-coming exhibition at the Lyme Regis Museum’s Rotunda Gallery runs from 2 April to 23 May, is entitled... See more >
The Rotunda Gallery, Lyme Regis Museum, Bridge St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA
Tue 2 Apr to Thu 23 May

Early bird morning walk and breakfast

Dorset Wildlife Trust and the National Trust have partnered to offer you an opportunity to enjoy the island and its... See more >
Brownsea Island Poole Harbour Poole BH13 7EE
Sat 20 Apr, Sat 18 May, Sat 15 Jun

The Old Vicarage - Open Garden for NGS

The Old Vicarage - Open Garden for NGS 1.7 acre well established garden with new additional wildlife garden with hundreds of different snowdrops, crocus and..... See more >
The Old Vicarage, Shaftesbury SP7 0BA
Fri 26 Apr, Sun 28 Apr, Sun 26 May

The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney - Open Garden for NGS

The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney - Open Garden for NGS Steep paths lead to beguiling 4 acres of natural woodland with many springs, streams, 2 pools one a natural swimming... See more >
The Old Rectory, Litton Cheney, Dorchester DT2 9AH
Sun 28 Apr, Wed 1 May

Museum of East Dorset - Open Garden for NGS

Museum of East Dorset - Open Garden for NGS Tranquil walled garden tucked away in the centre of Wimborne. Colourful herbaceous borders and heritage orchard trees..... See more >
Museum of East Dorset, Wimborne Minster BH21 1HR
Fri 3 May

Watersports Open Day

Event details: • Date: Saturday May 4th • Time: 10:00-15:30 • Location: Andrew Simpson Centre Portland, WPNSA,... See more >
Andrew Simpson Centre Portland, Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, Osprey Quays, Portland, DT51SA DT5 1SA
Sat 4 May

Go NUTS at Monkey World!

Every child who brings an unopened bag of nuts for the primates receives a free Monkey World badge over the bank... See more >
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Longthorns, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH
Sat 4 May to Mon 6 May, Sat 25 May to Mon 27 May

22 Avon Avenue - Open Garden for NGS

22 Avon Avenue - Open Garden for NGS Japanese themed water garden featuring granite sculptures, ponds, waterfalls, azaleas, rhododendrons, cloud topiary and... See more >
22 Avon Avenue, Ringwood BH24 2BH
Sun 5 May, Sun 16 Jun

Early morning yoga & breakfast on Brownsea Island

Early morning on Brownsea Island is the perfect time to gather your thoughts and find inner calm. Enjoy the peace and..... See more >
Brownsea Island Poole Harbour Poole BH13 7EE
Wed 8 May, Wed 15 May, and more dates until Wed 26 Jun

24 Carlton Road North - Open Garden for NGS

24 Carlton Road North - Open Garden for NGS Town garden near the sea. Long garden on several levels. Steps and narrow sloping paths lead to beds and borders filled..... See more >
24 Carlton Road North, Weymouth DT4 7PY
Fri 10 May to Mon 13 May

Knowle Cottage - Open Garden for NGS

Knowle Cottage - Open Garden for NGS Knowle Cottage is a large 1½ acre garden with 35 metre long south facing herbaceous border with year-round colour... See more >
Knowle Cottage, Beaminster DT8 3BD
Sat 11 May and Sun 12 May

Falconers - Open Garden for NGS

Falconers - Open Garden for NGS Behind the gate of 150yr old Falconers Cottage lies a ¼ acre mature garden with some interesting plants... See more >
Falconers, Poole BH16 6BJ
Sat 11 May and Sun 12 May

27A Forest Road - Open Garden for NGS

27A Forest Road - Open Garden for NGS This unusual plantsman's garden comprises of a courtyard style front garden and jungle themed back packed full... See more >
27A Forest Road, Poole BH13 6DQ
Sat 11 May, Sun 12 May, Sat 15 Jun, Sun 16 Jun
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Things to do around Dorset

Here's an extended summary of delightful activities for a day out in Dorset:

1. Eat Around Shaftesbury:
- Shaftesbury, a historic working town with roots dating back to Saxon times, offers a charming day out. Don't miss the iconic Gold Hill, made famous by an advertisement for 'Hovis' bread. Enjoy spectacular views over Blackmore Vale. Explore the town's markets – Thursdays for the charter market, regular farmer's markets, flea markets, and book fairs. Take a leisurely stroll along Park Walk for panoramic vistas. For wine enthusiasts, visit Melbury Vine Vineyard, where you can learn about English wines and their growing prominence¹.

2. Visit Castles & Coast on the Isle of Purbeck:
- Hop on the steam train to Corfe Castle, an iconic defensive fortress with a rich history. Explore the castle ruins and the historic village below. Guided walks and story trails are perfect for families. Venture further into the Isle of Purbeck, where cycling allows you to appreciate the stunning landscape sustainably. Don't forget to take the scenic Breezer Bus¹.

3. Learn the History of Dorchester:
- Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, is steeped in history. Visit the Dorset County Museum to delve into local heritage, including the famous Dorset Giant, Thomas Hardy, and Roman artifacts. Explore the charming streets, perhaps stopping for a traditional cream tea or browsing independent shops¹.

4. Hive Beach to Lyme Regis Coastal Walk:
- Embark on a coastal adventure from Hive Beach to Lyme Regis. The scenic walk offers breathtaking views of the Jurassic Coast, fossil-rich cliffs, and the dramatic coastline. Explore the charming town of Lyme Regis, known for its beaches, fossils, and literary connections (think Jane Austen and Mary Anning)³.

5. Sherborne Castles & Abbey:
- Discover the historic town of Sherborne. Visit the magnificent Sherborne Castle, built by Sir Walter Raleigh, and explore its beautiful gardens. Don't miss Sherborne Abbey, a stunning medieval church with intricate architecture. Wander through the town's quaint streets and enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local eatery¹.

6. Relax at a Day Spa in Dorset:
- Treat yourself to relaxation and rejuvenation at one of Dorset's day spas. Unwind with massages, facials, and soothing treatments amidst tranquil surroundings. Whether it's a coastal spa or a countryside retreat, pamper yourself and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life¹.

Remember, Dorset offers a blend of natural beauty, history, and coastal charm – perfect for a memorable day out! 🌿🏰🌊¹³.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 30/01/2024
(1) Discover 6 Most Awesome Days Out in Dorset | Day Out in England. https://dayoutinengland.com/days-out-in-dorset/.
(2) Top 10 Free Days Out in Dorset - Visit Dorset. https://www.visit-dorset.com/ideas-inspiration/top-10-ideas/top-10-free-days-out/.
(3) Best Things To Do & Days Out In Dorset - Day Out With The Kids. https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/south-west/dorset.