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What is on in Dorset - things to see and do

Dorset boasts breathtaking countryside, amazing attractions and the Jurassic Coast- a World Heritage site.

It is the perfect place to unwind and explore the wealth of attractions plus shops and markets selling fine local crafts and produce. The more energetic can discover our countryside on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.

If you are visiting Dorset, or live locally and just wish to see more of Dorset, Visit Dorset (opens in a new window) is the official Dorset tourism site.

  • 20150211 Christchurch and East Dorset events - fireworks: Link to Weymouth CarnivalWeymouth Carnival

    16 and 17 August 2016 - Weymouth Carnival 2016 will be a two day event held on the seafront and adjacent areas of Weymouth, Dorset.

  • Dorset holiday cottage: Link to Accommodation in DorsetAccommodation in Dorset

    If you're visiting Dorset and need a place to stay, Visit Dorset has an excellent choice of accommodation in the area.

  • Corfe Castle: Link to AttractionsAttractions

    The choice of attractions in Dorset is endless, whatever your age or interests, you'll never be short of interesting and exciting places to visit in Dorset.

  • Knoll beach: Link to Beaches Beaches

    Find information on walking your dogs and the locations of Dorset beaches.

  • iStock - cinema: Link to Cinemas and theatresCinemas and theatres

    You can find details of cinemas, arts centres and theatres located throughout Dorset on the Visit Dorset website.

  • Family group cycling in woodland: Link to Cycling in DorsetCycling in Dorset

    Enjoy Dorset to the full and get out on your bike with family and friends, there are cycling routes across Dorset to enjoy.

  • Milldown: Link to Exploring Dorset's countrysideExploring Dorset's countryside

    Dorset is a beautiful county to explore at any time of year. With nationally important country parks and miles of public rights of way, there is something for everyone.

  • Gardening at Leeson: Link to Outdoor education centresOutdoor education centres

    Dorset County Council's Outdoor Education Service offers a range of tailor-made learning experiences at four diverse centres.

  • Charmouth Beach (24): Link to Get involved with Dorset countrysideGet involved with Dorset countryside

    There are various ways for you to get involved with the Dorset countryside. You could join a Friends group, become a Parish Right of Way Liaison Officer, or take part in a Dorset beach clean.

  • Lizard dorset heath: Link to Heathland in DorsetHeathland in Dorset

    Dorset heaths are home to very rare specialist animals and plants, including some of our most endangered species.

  • West Bay from Thorncombe Beacon: Link to Jurassic CoastJurassic Coast

    Jurassic Coast is England's first natural World Heritage Site. It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history.

  • Direct from Dorset Vegetables: Link to Market days and farmers' marketsMarket days and farmers' markets

    There are plenty of markets to visit in Dorset. They sell a variety of fine food and drink produced in the county and an array of products ranging from hardware items to clothes and soft furnishings.

  • Kimmeridge walk: Link to Walking in DorsetWalking in Dorset

    Explore Dorset on foot with many footpaths across the County, along the Jurassic Coast and through picturesque countryside.

  • Girl painting the sun: Link to Weather informationWeather information

    Before deciding what to do on land or sea, you may want to check the local weather conditions.

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