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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

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

Black Shed - Open Garden for NGS

Black Shed - Open Garden for NGS Over 200 colourful and productive flower beds growing a sophisticated selection of cut flowers and foliage to supply... See more >
Black Shed, Sherborne DT9 4JX
Sun 28 Jul, Sun 25 Aug

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 28 Jul, Sun 25 Aug

Annalal's Gallery - Open Garden for NGS

Annalal’s Gallery - Open Garden for NGS Enchanting 180 yr old cottage, home of two Royal Academy artists. 32ft x 12½ft garden on 3 patio levels... See more >
Annalal’s Gallery, Christchurch BH23 1DN
Sun 28 Jul, Sun 25 Aug, Sun 15 Sep

Gin & Rum Festival Bournemouth

Join the fun and discover a unique experience that celebrates the best of Gin and Rum and promises the party of the... See more >
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre BH1 2BU
Sat 3 Aug

The Old Rectory, Pulham - Open Garden for NGS

The Old Rectory, Pulham - Open Garden for NGS 4 acres of formal and informal gardens surrounding C18 rectory with splendid views. Yew pyramid alles and hedges,..... See more >
The Old Rectory, Pulham, Dorchester DT2 7EA
Sun 4 Aug, Thu 8 Aug

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 4 Aug, Sun 1 Sep

Glenholme Herbs - Open Garden for NGS

Glenholme Herbs - Open Garden for NGS Paths meander through large, colourful beds inspired by Piet Oudolf. Featuring a wide selection of herbs and salvias..... See more >
Glenholme Herbs, Sherborne DT9 4SE
Sat 10 Aug and Sun 11 Aug

105 Woolsbridge Road - Open Garden for NGS

105 Woolsbridge Road - Open Garden for NGS Plantsman's garden with paths meandering through different areas inc architectural jungle exotics, bamboos and... See more >
105 Woolsbridge Road, Ringwood BH24 2LZ
Sat 17 Aug and Sun 18 Aug

Brook View Care Home - Open Garden for NGS

Brook View Care Home - Open Garden for NGS Our colourful and vibrant garden is spread over two main areas, one warm and sunny, the other cooler and shadier... See more >
Brook View Care Home, Ferndown BH22 0LQ
Sat 17 Aug and Sun 18 Aug

Chantry Farm - Open Garden for NGS

Chantry Farm - Open Garden for NGS Chantry Farm is a new opening and offers a series of gardens surrounding the 16C Farm House and three renovated barns... See more >
Chantry Farm, Sturminster Newton DT10 1NU
Sun 18 Aug

1C Rectory Road - Open Garden for NGS

1C Rectory Road - Open Garden for NGS An unusual character house and garden. With a passion for maximalist design the house and garden has been designed and..... See more >
1C Rectory Road, Poole BH15 3BH
Sun 18 Aug, Sun 8 Sep

International Orang-utan Day

Celebrate our orange cousins at Monkey World and learn about their tragic plight in the wild, with talks, stalls and... See more >
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Longthorns, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH
Mon 19 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.