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Places to visit in Dorset - Sandbanks in Poole Harbour

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Dorset Attractions - Great Dorset Steam Rally

The 2014 Steam Fair will take place between
Wednesday 27th August and Sunday 31 August at

Tarrant Hinton, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8HX

The Great Dorset Steam Rally covers over 600 acres and is one of Europe's largest outdoor events. The Dorset Steam Fair offers a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment. The show has a special festival atmosphere that you can enjoy as a day visitor or camping on site for 5 days. There is something for everyone at the show and visitors arrive from all over the world.

Things to do in Dorset

Things to do in Dorset - visit Splashdown waterpark poole slides Things to do with kids in Dorset - Splashdown waterpark poole
Splashdown WaterPark is a great day out with something for everyone. They have lots of different rides and slides with exciting waterflumes such as the Screamer with its sheer vertical drop, Black Thunder where you plunge into darkness or become a human pin-ball on Spacebowl. For those who prefer it a little more relaxing there is the Mississippi Drifter lazy river. Young children have special play areas and toddler pools. Unlike some waterparks this one is open all year as they have indoor rides in the winter.

Fun things to do in Dorset - Christchurch

Things to do in Dorset - Snotrax ski centre - Christchurch
Snotrax Ski Centre has professional instructors to help with taster lessons through to advanced coaching. You can learn to ski or snowboard or just try riding the Ski Bobs or spinning down the slopes in a Ringo. Your day wont be complete without a visit to the Alpine Adventure Park, full of trampolines, swings & a huge fort.

Things to do in Dorset on a rainy day

Places to visit in Dorset - Oceanarium - Bournemouth Oceanarium Bournemouth has a number of different environments to showcase fish and creatures from different parts of the world. The Oceanarium has a shark tunnel plus other tanks with large viewing windows.

Things to do with kids in Dorset

Places to visit in Dorset - Monkeyworld rescue and rehabilitation centre Monkey World is a chimpanzee rescue and Rehabilitation centre., based in Wareham, for the Rescue of primates. The keepers have regular talks that are very informatitive and inspiring, they are also approachable and willing to answer questions.The whole experience was very thought provoking and valuable. Well worth supporting.

Theatre and Concert Tickets

Canford Park Arena - Poole
Britannia Inn - Poole
Bournemouth International Centre
O2 Academy Bournemouth
Bournemouth Pavillion

Places to visit in Dorset

Over half of Dorset is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and houses 10 nature reserves plus 200 confirmed sites of natural interest. Three Quarters of the coastline is recognised as being of outstanding natural beauty. Here are a few examples.
Places to visit, Poole harbour
Poole Harbour
Things to see in Dorset, Lulworth Cove
Lulworth cove
Dorset attractions - Chesil Beach
Chesil Beach
Things to see in Dorset, Durdle door
Durdle Door

It is not surprising that it is a popular place to walk or cycle. A few of the local routes can be found using the links below.

Walking routes in Dorset

Cycling in Dorset

New Forest National Park is an area of 220 square miles that contains villages and businesses as well as beautiful countryside. Many people expect to visit a huge forest but this is a living and working landscape with a population of approximately 35,000. The area is rich in wildlife and many rare species are found here.

Fun things to do in Dorset

Things to do in Dorset - Scenic railway trip on the Swanage railway

Swanage Railway - is a 6-mile long heritage railway that follows the route of the old Purbeck branch line from Norden, via Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Herston Halt to Swanage.

Dorset attractions - Blue Cross Pleasure cruises Blue Line Cruises Bournemouth / Poole / Swanage. Their vessels Jurassic Scene and Solent Scene cruise along the coast passing Old Harry Rocks and the cliffs of Ballard Down before crossing Swanage Bay to Peveril Ledge. They then cruise on past Durlston Head to meet the massive cliffs of the Jurassic coast. From there they sail on past the Tilly Whim Caves, the Ragged Rocks and Blacklers Hole and on to Dancing Ledge.

Dorset Belles - Bournemouth Poole harbour cruises and boat trips. Visit Brownsea Island, Old Harry rocks, Swanage, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight.

Things to do in Dorset with kids

Places to visit in Dorset - Abbotsbury Swannery Dorset attractions - Abbotsbury Swannery
Abbotsbury Swannery - This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. If your family is looking for unusual things you can help hand feed 600 swans at 12.00 noon and 4.00pm daily. The centre also has Sub-tropical gardens, a childrens farm and a giant willow maze. Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area and bottle feed the baby goats. The baby goats also race around a track twice a day.

Places to visit in Dorset

Brownsea Island National Trust - Brownsea Island is located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a haven for wildlife.

NB/ The island is closed for winter.
Places to visit in Dorset - Brownsea Island National Trust

Dorset attractions

Fun things to do in Dorset - The tank museum outdoor arena display
The Tank Museum is the best collection of tanks in the world with over 200 tanks on display. The tank museum also has an outdoor arena and in April, May, Summer, October School holidays visitors can watch Tank Action displays. The museum has a behind the scenes tour and an experience day were you learn to drive an FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier and sit in the commanders seat and take charge of a 30 tonne war machine as you thunder around our tank arena.

You may also be interested in:
The Bournemouth Aviation Museum
The Keep Military Museum - Dorchester
Royal Signals Museum - Blandford Forum

Things to do with kids in Dorset

Things to do with kids in Dorset - Family rides at Adventure wonderland tourist attraction Christchurch Adventure Wonderland has over 30 family rides and attractions. Some of the popular favourites that can be found here are: The Ghostly Galleon, Wild Bills Runaway Train, Turbo Teacups , Flying Elephants and lots more. New attractions such as The Pollydrop Ride are regularly added. Adventure Wonderland also has a magnificent beech hedge maze with over one and half miles of pathways. The theme park has a large indoor play centre for rainy days that includes Python Drop, Rollerball Alley and the spectacular Montyzoomers Ball Firing Thunderdome!

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Farmer Palmer's Farm Park - Poole
Sharky's - Weymouth

The Dinosaur Museum

Places to visit in Dorset on a rainy day - The Dinosaur museum, Dorset The Dinosaur Museum combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and dinosaur skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Dorset is well known as the Fossil country and many visitors come to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site or visit Dinosaur themed exhibitions such as this in Dorchester.

Interesting things to do in Dorset

Cerne Abbas Giant Things to see in Dorset - Historic monument, Cerne Abbas Giant
Badbury Rings Dorset attractions - Historic monument, Badbury rings
Lulworth Castle Places to visit in Dorset - Medieval castle, Lulworth castle
Sherborne Abbey Historic building to visit in Dorset, Sherborne Abbey
Kingston Lacy Places to visit in Dorset, Kingston Lacy
Sherborne Castle Dorset tourist attractions - Medieval Castle, Serborne castle
Highcliffe Castle Dorset attractions - Highcliffe Castle

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Dorset ― The Sherborne Hotel, 1 Night For Two With Breakfast and Wine for £45; 2 or 3 Nights Plus Dinner from £85 (Up to 64% Off)

Nestled in the market town bearing the same name, The Sherborne Hotel sits in 6 acres of parkland offering scenic views over the serene surroundings. Travellers may admire attractions reminding of the local history and heritage, such as Sherborne Abbey or Sherborne Castle, both placed a 5-minute drive away.

Boasting views over the hotel's private grounds, spacious rooms offer en suite facilities, TVs and hot drink-making facilities.

The restaurant provides a diversified menu incorporating locally grown ingredients, in an elegant dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and yellow tones.

Light snacks and a wide range of beverages may be savoured at the bar, while outdoors the wooden tables and chairs allure tourists to enjoy an alfresco meal.

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Dorset ― The Richmoor Hotel 2 Nights For Two With Breakfast for £99; Plus Faulty Towers Themed Evening Dinner for £119 (Up to 55% Off)

Living up to the standards of English seaside traditions, the Richmoor Hotel surveys the blue swathes of Weymouth Bay and its sandy beaches. Retaining much of its Georgian style charm, this abode sits a stone's throw from the seafront promenade and within a 10-minute walk to the town centre. Visitors may enjoy views of the clear blue waters complemented by the colourful, award-winning Greenhill Gardens, or get into a bit of action on the tennis courts peppered along the way.

Guests may stay in spacious en suite rooms with rich decor and warm furnishings, some featuring balconies and views over the seafront of Weymouth.

Hearty meals may be savoured in Shelley's Restaurant, which provides an extensive menu featuring tempting home-cooked dishes.

For a more informal setting lightened by regular evening entertainment, travellers may choose to enjoy a light snack and a refreshing drink in the well-stocked hotel bar.