Sandwiched between Devon to the west and Hampshire to the east, Dorset is a small county with big character. Some of the nation’s most unspoilt coastline and traditional seaside resorts lie along this section of quintessentially English coastline.
From bustling seaside towns such as Weymouth, Poole and Bournemouth to the quiet stretches of Jurassic Coast near West Bay Holiday Park, the coastline is positively picturesque - and you’re sure to find a quiet spot to relax with your loved ones.
Heading inland, Sandford Holiday Park is ideally located near the lush Wareham Forest - while the genteel lodges of Warmwell Holiday Park sit amongst some of the most flawless countryside in the UK. Be sure to listen out for Roe deer wandering through the trees!
Dorset offers countryside breaks matched with full-blown beach holidays, and quiet coastline alongside bustling resorts, so you’re sure to find your niche in this small county.
Ready to start planning your break in Dorset? Read on to find out more.
Reasons to Visit Dorset
Stunning shingle and golden sands all along the coast
Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a fossil hunter’s paradise
Freshly caught seafood and local apple cake - delicious!
Three diverse holiday parks in Dorset to choose from
Beachside fun, exciting attractions and much more
There’s a reason over half of Dorset is designated as an area of natural beauty, as it’s a simply stunning part of the world - especially when it comes to the coastline.
The Jurassic Coast, officially classed a World Heritage Site, includes such gems as the Durdle Door - a naturally occuring limestone arch jutting out of the crumbling cliffs, next to a secluded beach. Other coastal gems include the Old Harry Rocks - a chalk formation just outside of Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck - and the panoramic views from the top of Colmer’s Hill, near Bridport.
Dorset isn’t without its fair share of sandy and shingly shores, either. Some of the most unique beaches in the country are along this stretch of coast - including Chesil Beach, an 18-mile long stretch of pebble that bisects the English Channel, and two lakes known as West and East Fleet (and, of course, the setting for the recent film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel On Chesil Beach).
For a more classic sandy beach experience, West Bay is a great choice for long, uninterrupted bucket and spade days, near to the pretty town of Bridport.
An amazing, high octane attraction that will definitely thrill little ones and entertain military history buffs alike, the Tank Museum in Bovington is a must visit during any Dorset holiday.
The museum features a huge variety of iconic materiel from the First World War onwards, and you can see many of these in action every weekday. If you’re looking for a more laidback day out, why not visit the Abbotsford Swannery, a blissful sanctuary for 600 mute swans featuring a subtropical garden?
History & Culture
Although it might technically be prehistory, Dorset’s fossil heritage is well worth exploring as part of your Jurassic Coast holiday. The beaches around Charmouth and Lyme Regis are the best for coastal fossil hunting - although you’ll need to know what you’re doing, so guided walks are available and, indeed, recommended.
In terms of history that occured in the last million years, Dorset has options galore - such as Sherborne Abbey and the 19th-century Nothe Fort in Weymouth.
When all the sightseeing and hard-earned beach relaxing is done, you’ll want some hearty food to help you refuel, and Dorset doesn’t disappoint.
For food lovers, the second Saturday of each month sees the Bridport Farmers' Market come to town - where you can sample a huge range of locally-sourced produce.
Whether you’re sampling the local Dorset apple cake at a village tearoom or eating the fresh seafood available at the Hive Beach Café at Burton Bradstock, you’ll be beyond satisfied with the range of cuisine available for hungry tourists such as yourself.
Family holidays in Dorset are not complete without a trip to Monkey World. Over 250 primates can be found on the site at Longthorns Farm, in between Warmwell and Sandford holiday parks - an activity sure to thrill your own little monkeys. From chimps to gibbons to orangutans, there’s enough to see for a full day out.
For little ones, Peppa Pig World is guaranteed to be a hit - with theme park rides providing plenty of family fun.
The excitement doesn’t stop once you’re back at your accommodation, either, as all our holiday parks in Dorset are constantly buzzing with activities and entertainment for the whole family.
There’s an almost endless list of small boutique events happening up and down the county all through the year.
Food festivals, like the Christchurch Cheese and Chili Festival or the Swanage Fish Festival, are certain to whet your appetite - while the Lulworth Estate plays host to the annual Camp Bestival, a nationally renowned music and arts festival that offers fun for all the family.
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