Family days out are always hard to choose, especially when you are visiting a county like Dorset which is is full of historical and cultural attractions. Dorset offers loads of historical, heritage sites alongside yearly events and outdoor activities. In order to help you enjoy your stay in the county we have put together a list of fantastic things to do during your stay in our glamping tents.
With a plethora of stunning beaches to choose from in Dorset, we have tried to choose the ones that definitely shouldn’t be missed:
Hive Beach is a stunning setting set along the West Dorset Heritage coast. Fantastic waves to sit and watch on windy days and amazing food on your doorstep at Hive Beach restaurant. Definitely can’t be missed.
Lyme Regis is just down the road and boasts breath-taking scenery and a special mystique. Where else can you visit the beach and experience history all in the same place? With fossils to be found everywhere, this one has to be on your list.
Bournemouth seafront and pier is a fine example of Victorian engineered seaside fun which has stood the test of time to still be enjoyed today. Weymouth Beach is vibrant with sandy shores fit for relaxing or fun and games. For a slightly quieter bucket and spade beach Swanage is a popular hangout for families. For breathtaking cliff top walks and stunning landscapes, then Durdle Door and Man ‘O’ War beach are also not to be missed.
And there are many others to find and experience – the Dorset coastline is absolutely stunning!
Museums and Art
Dorset has a huge selection of museums to choose – From the very niche Teddy Bear museum in Dorchester through to the hugely popular Tank Museum in Bovington, there is something for everyone.
The ones on our must visit list would be:
Dorset County Museum in Dorchester
The Tank Museum in Bovington
The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester
Gold Hill Museum in Shaftesbury
Russel Cotes Art Gallery in Bournemouth
Shire Hall Historic Collection in Dorchester
Nothe Fort in Weymouth
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum in Tolpuddle
For those that prefer their art there are two free galleries that are definitely worth a visit at Place Mill in Christchurch and Walford Mill in Wimborne
Castles and Religious History
Maiden Castle is one of Britain’s finest examples of an Iron Age Hill fort. It is absolutely huge and has to be visited in order to take in the magnitude and magic of the place. Covering an area roughly the area of 50 football pitches, it would have once housed over 200 families.
A similar fantastic attraction to experience is Eggardon Hill Fort. The views from here are incredible! If you prefer your history to be more stone than grass, then plan a visit to the 11th century ruins of Christchurch Castle.
Sometimes referred to as the Cathedral of Dorset, Sherborne Abbey has an impressive history that can be traced all the way back to 705 AD. Other impressive religious attractions include Christchurch Priory Church, where you can climb the tower in the summer to look out over the harbour, and Knowlton Church, which can be traced back to Neolithic times.
The Cerne Abbas Giant is a huge chalk structure that is not to be missed. It’s age and origin are unknown, and it is not understood to this day whether he is meant to be a Saxon deity, a Celtic figure of importance, or Hercules. What is certain is that he is a key part of Dorset’s history and should be experienced during your visit.
Another fascinating attraction is the ghost town of Tyneham. The 252 villagers were kicked out when the war office commandeered the land in 1943 to use as a firing range for training soldiers. One of our locations, Skippet, is actually on the land that used to be owned by the Family that owned Tyneham.
We hope you enjoy your trip to Dorset – Please let us know your favourite days out and we will add them to our list!