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Manor Farm, Hampreston - Open Garden for NGS

Manor Farm, Hampreston - Open Garden for NGS Traditional farmhouse garden designed and cared for by 3 generations of the Trehane family through over 100 yrs of... See more >
Manor Farm, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7LX
Sun 19 May, Sun 14 Jul

Historical tour and cream tea in Brownsea Castle

Discover the intriguing history of Brownsea Island with one of our knowledgeable guides, who will take you on a journey... See more >
Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour BH13 7EE
Tue 21 May, Tue 18 Jun, Tue 16 Jul

Farrs - Open Garden for NGS

Farrs - Open Garden for NGS Enjoy several distinctive walled gardens, rolling lawns, sculpture and giant topiary around one of Beaminster's... See more >
Farrs, Beaminster DT8 3NB
Thu 13 Jun, Thu 25 Jul

Autism Friendly Day at Monkey World

Monkey World opens an hour early at 9am, exclusively for visitors with autism and their families. Sensory trails, a..... See more >
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Longthorns, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH
Fri 14 Jun, Fri 5 Jul

Bembury Farm - Open Garden for NGS

Bembury Farm - Open Garden for NGS Created and developed since 1996 this peaceful garden has lawns and large herbaceous borders informally planted with... See more >
Bembury Farm, Sherborne DT9 6QF
Sun 30 Jun, Wed 3 Jul

Summer at Monkey World!

Celebrate summer at Monkey World with activities, themed weeks & the Children’s Activity Centre open daily for crafts... See more >
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Longthorns, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH
Mon 1 Jul to Thu 29 Aug

Horn Park - Open Garden for NGS

Horn Park - Open Garden for NGS Large plantsman's garden with magnificent views over Dorset countryside towards the sea. Many rare and mature..... See more >
Horn Park, Beaminster DT8 3HB
Wed 3 Jul

Stafford House - Open Garden for NGS

Stafford House - Open Garden for NGS The gardens at Stafford House include a river walk and tree planting in the style of early C19 Picturesque... See more >
Stafford House, Dorchester DT2 8AD
Fri 5 Jul

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 5 Jul

Cranborne Manor Garden - Open Garden for NGS

Cranborne Manor Garden - Open Garden for NGS Beautiful and historic garden laid out in C17 by John Tradescant and enlarged in C20, featuring several gardens... See more >
Cranborne Manor Garden, Cranborne BH21 5PP
Sat 6 Jul

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 7 Jul

Lulworth Castle House - Open Garden for NGS

Lulworth Castle House - Open Garden for NGS Large coastal garden next to Lulworth Castle with views to the sea. Pleasure grounds surround a walled garden filled..... See more >
Lulworth Castle House, Wareham BH20 5QS
Wed 10 Jul

Hogchester Farm - Open Garden for NGS

Hogchester Farm - Open Garden for NGS Hogchester Farm is a collaboration between those seeking connection with nature and themselves through conservation... See more >
Hogchester Farm, Bridport DT6 6BY
Sun 14 Jul

Broomhill - Open Garden for NGS

Broomhill - Open Garden for NGS A former farmyard transformed into a delightful, tranquil garden set in 2 acres. Clipped box, island beds and borders..... See more >
Broomhill, Dorchester DT2 0PT
Sun 14 Jul, Thu 8 Aug

Hilltop - Open Garden for NGS

Hilltop - Open Garden for NGS Summer at Hilltop is a gorgeous riot of colour and scent, the old thatched cottage barely visible amongst the flowers... See more >
Hilltop, Gillingham SP8 5LY
Sat 20 Jul, Sun 21 Jul, Sat 27 Jul, Sun 28 Jul, Sun 11 Aug, Sun 18 Aug
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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.