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Lulworth Cove
Lyme Regis
Milton Abbas
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Sturminster Newton
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County Town: Dorchester
Population: 664,200
Area: 1024 Sq miles 2653 Sq k
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Food Legends:Dorset Horn Sheep
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Haunted Britain:
Halstock’s Headless Saint
Lillie Langtry Hasn’t Left Home
Romans Remain at Lulworth
Sixpenny Handley and Britain’s Oldest Ghost
The Ghostly Bike of T.E. Lawrence
The Macabre Monkey of Athelhampton Hall
The Several Spooks of Sandford Orcas
Cultural Britain:
Thomas Hardy Country
Lore & legend:
The Giant of Cerne Abbas
Natural Britain:
Blackmore Vale
Brownsea Island
Chesil Beach
Cranborne Chase
Durdle Door
Golden Cap
Jurassic Coast
Lulworth Cove
Lyme Bay
Lyme Bay
Marshwood Vale
Melbury Beacon and Melbury Down
Old Harry Rocks
Poole Harbour
Portland Bill
Purbeck Hills
River Axe


Blandford Potato Day
Bridport Potato Day

Drimpton Potato Day
Maiden Newton Potato Day
Snowdrop Sundays at Mapperton

Easter Egg Hunts
Shaftesbury Book Fair
Sherborne Castles 10k ‘multi-terrain’ Running Race
Spring Bulbs & Daffodils Weekend

Animal Handling Day
Classic Cars on the Prom
Easter By The Beach
Spring Craft Fair
Wyld Easter Family Week

Beach Kite Festival
Blandford Georgian Fayre
Charity Ride for Lewis-Manning Hospice
Eastreet Art & Craft Fairs
Food & Wine Festival
Garland Day
Grand Shaftesbury Run
Minterne Gardens Family Open Day
Open Access between the Old and New Castle grounds
Pine Walk Open Air Art Exhibition
Shaftesbury Local Food Festival
Sherborne Castle Country Fair
Sherborne Castle Country Fair, Retriever Event & Rare Breeds Show
Swanage Walking Festival

Beaminster Arts Festival
Bournemouth Live! Music Festival
Bridport Food Festival
Chettle Village Fete
Dorchester Festival
Fathers Day at Farmer Palmers
Gillingham Festival
Shaftesbury Book Fair
Southern Lights Festival
Wimborne Folk Festival

5th Annual Motorcycle Ride Out
Bourne Free Pride Festival
Country Fayre @ the Barley Mow
Dorset Opera Festival
Evolve Festival
Illyria Outdoor Theatre “Robin Hood
Kids Fun Festival
Mosterton Summer Show
Shakespeare at Brownsea Theatre
Steamed up @ the Barley Mow
Summer Ball
Swanage Regatta and Carnival
Tolpuddle Martyrs Procession
Viking Open Weekend
‘Classics at the Castle’ Classic Car Show

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Fireworks Proms
Divinemoon Festival
Flowers by Candlelight
Gaunts House Summer Gathering
Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show
Great Dorset Chilli Festival
Great Dorset Steam Fair
Illyria Outdoor Theatre
IRONMAN UK Triathlon
Kids Fun Festival
Melplash Agricultural Society Show
Open Air Cinema
Shakespeare at Brownsea Theatre
Stock Gaylard Oak Fair
Weymouth Carnival

Antique Fair
Autumn Flower Show
Dorchester County Show
Feast of Dorset Food Festival
Harley Davison Rally
Heritage Open Days
Shaftesbury Book Fair
Steam Gala weekend & Vintage Vehicle Rally
Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival
The Classical Prom Company Open Air Classical Concert
Wessex Heavy Horse Show and Country Fayre

Adrenaline Coast Festival
Autumn Colours Weekend
Farmer Palmer's Halloween Fun
Pack Monday Fair
Poole Literary Festival
Purbeck Film Festival
Swanage Blues Festival
Wedding Fair

Autumn Colours Weekend
Bournemouth Christmas Festival
Bournemouth Fireworks
Bridport Literary Festival
Christmas Craft & Gourmet Food Fair
Christmas Lights Switch on
Farmer Palmer's Halloween Fun
Firework Extravaganza
The Bournemouth Natural Science Society BARN DANCE
Winter Willow Weaving

Bournemouth Christmas Festival
Christmas Carol Concert
Farmer Palmers Carol Service
Santa visits Farmer Palmers
Save the Children Christmas Parade
Shaftesbury Book Fair

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Principal Towns: Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wareham

Dorset is a county of outstanding natural beauty and a land of great contrast and breathtaking scenery. On the south coast of England, tucked between Devon and Hampshire lies the stunning, unexplored county of Dorset. It boasts rolling hills, breathtaking countryside, beautiful villages, sandy beaches and a coastline so unequalled it has recently received World Heritage status, the first time England has ever been given this prestigious award for a natural site.

But the Jurassic Coast , with its amazing fossil finds, is not the only rich, historical pride of this lovely place. The county is littered with stone circles, earth barrows and ancient hillforts (Maiden Castle near Dorchester is the finest and largest Iron Age hillfort in Europe). There is an excavated Roman house at Dorchester and the remains of a Saxon abbey at Shaftesbury , founded by one the most famous kings of all, Alfred the Great . And then there is the famous naked Giant, the huge, ancient figure hewn into the chalk hill of Cerne Abbas, looming over the village, wielding his club.

Along the coast there are the lovely resorts of Bournemouth and Poole and the beautiful, Victorian Swanage, all with their award-winning beaches as well as the picturesque harbours of Lyme Regis and Weymouth , where small fishing boats bob on the waters once prowled by pirates and smugglers.

A journey inland through the winding country lanes reveals much more than the numerous pretty chocolate-box villages. There are carnivals, village fairs and maypole dancing and traditional thatched pubs and tearooms offer locally brewed ales and homemade fare. There is also the historic market town of Sherborne boasting a stunning Gothic abbey, a medieval high street, antique shops and two castles, one of which was the home of Sir Walter Raleigh.

Dorset is also the home of one of the greatest writers of all time - Thomas Hardy . In fact, Dorset is 'Wessex', the county where Hardy based the majority of his books. His birthplace at Higher Bockhampton and his final home at Max Gate, now both owned by the National Trust, can still be visited today. Dorset was also the home of the enigmatic T.E. Lawrence , better known as Lawrence of Arabia. His house at Cloud's Hill (also owned by the National Trust) is situated just north of Bovington and he is buried in the churchyard at Moreton.

Dorset amazes and delights at any time of the year. There is something for everyone in this rich and varied county: numerous boat rides, the steam railway at Swanage, tank rides at the Tank Museum at Bovington, long distance walks, cycleways, horseriding, llama-trekking, windsurfing, rock-climbing, fishing and a choice of 45 golf courses.

We hope you will visit our beautiful county and we look forward to welcoming you.

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