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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

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

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

1 Pine Walk - Open Garden for NGS

1 Pine Walk - Open Garden for NGS Unconventional ½ acre, multi level garden above Lyme Bay, adjoining NTs Ware Cliffs. Abundantly planted with an exotic..... See more >
1 Pine Walk, Lyme Regis DT7 3LA
Thu 5 Sep, Sun 8 Sep

Bennetts Water Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Bennetts Water Gardens - Open Garden for NGS Bennetts Water Gardens is a main visitor attraction in Dorset. Set over 8 acres the gardens hold the National Plant..... See more >
Bennetts Water Gardens, Weymouth DT3 4AF
Fri 6 Sep

Sheepwash Barn - Open Garden for NGS

Sheepwash Barn - Open Garden for NGS Set in heavenly Dorset countryside, the half acre garden is composed of an intricate web of gravel paths weaving... See more >
Sheepwash Barn, Bridport DT6 6HH
Sun 8 Sep

Wagtails - Open Garden for NGS

Wagtails - Open Garden for NGS Contemporary Arne Maynard inspired garden of almost 3 acres, with wildflower meadows, orchards, kitchen garden and... See more >
Wagtails, Sturminster Newton DT10 2JW
Sun 8 Sep

Manor Farm, Stourton Caundle - Open Garden for NGS

Manor Farm, Stourton Caundle - Open Garden for NGS C17 farmhouse and barns with walled garden in middle of village. Mature trees, shrubberies, herbaceous borders, lakes..... See more >
Manor Farm, Stourton Caundle, Stourton Caundle DT10 2JW
Sun 8 Sep

Holme for Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Holme for Gardens - Open Garden for NGS Extensive formal and informal gardens strongly influenced by Hidcote Manor and The Laskett. The garden is made up of..... See more >
Holme for Gardens, Wareham BH20 6AQ
Tue 10 Sep

The Potting Shed - Open Garden for NGS

The Potting Shed - Open Garden for NGS The Potting Shed opened its doors in April 2023. This new 2 acre Wellbeing Nursery, Therapy Garden has been created..... See more >
The Potting Shed, Sherborne DT9 5QN
Sat 14 Sep

Dinomania Live Weymouth

Come and join Ranger Chris and his dinosaurs as seen on BGT 2022! Come and see the award winning Youtube Rangers..... See more >
Weymouth College Sports Centre, Weymouth College, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7LQ
Sat 14 Sep and Sun 15 Sep

Donhead Hall - Open Garden for NGS

Donhead Hall - Open Garden for NGS Walled garden overlooking deer park. The house and garden are built into the side of a hill with uninterrupted views to..... See more >
Donhead Hall, Shaftesbury SP7 9DS
Sun 15 Sep

Dorset Dahlias - Open Garden for NGS

Dorset Dahlias - Open Garden for NGS Dorset Dahlias started 8 yrs ago at Befferlands Farm and has since overtaken the kitchen garden and a large patch in... See more >
Dorset Dahlias, Bridport DT6 6RD
Sun 15 Sep

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 17 Sep, Tue 15 Oct

Knoll Gardens - Open Garden for NGS

Knoll Gardens - Open Garden for NGS A unique, naturalistic and calming garden, renowned for its whispering ornamental grasses, it also surprises and... See more >
Knoll Gardens, Wimborne BH21 7ND
Fri 20 Sep
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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.