Inspiration for your Holiday in Dorset

There are so many places to visit and things to do when you’re on a holiday, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why we’ve gathered together a list of interesting and helpful resources get you excited and help make the most of your time here. We could all use some inspiration sometimes!

Winter Breaks

We have accommodation and pitches available all year round, including Christmas and New Year! Winter is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a relaxing break, with Dorset at its most peaceful and tranquil.

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The Three Peaks Challenge

We’ve put together a challenge that everyone is talking about – the West Dorset ‘Three Peaks’ challenge! Scale the great heights of 3 of Dorset’s most prominent landmarks – Thorncombe Beacon, Golden Cap and Colmer’s Hill all in one 9.3 mile walk.

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Fossil Hunting

Fossil hunting in Dorset is an essential experience when enjoying a holiday on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The coastline here is of international geological importance and if you ‘dig a little deeper’, you can reveal 185 million years of the earth’s history!

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Film and TV Locations in Dorset

We all know that Dorset is a beautiful county, so it’s no surprise at all that there have been lots of TV, film and even music video appearances over the years. We’ve gathered some of the county’s most memorable on-screen appearances.

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Park Nature Trails

At each of our 5 Holiday Parks, we have nature trails that are a great free activity for the whole family! These vary in length from 1.5 miles (approx 30 mins) to 3.75 miles (approx 1h 15 mins) long.

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Dorset is one of the best areas in the UK for stargazing, with clear night skies and little light pollution. With the Milky Way visible on clear nights from March to October, what could be more perfect than sitting outside your accommodation viewing the amazing night sky?

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Bridport Walking Guide

The Jurassic Coast is undeniably a beautiful part of the world, so it’s no surprise that people love to get outside and walk over the cliffs and through the countryside to take in the fantastic views.

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Aerial view of Maiden Castle, Dorchester

History & Heritage

The Jurassic Coast is well known, with the coastline acting as a timeline of geological history and a window back to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. What is perhaps lesser known is the role the county has played over the centuries in other areas of history and heritage.

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The South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path passes close to our holiday parks and spans 630 miles around the Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset coastline. Read more about our favourite section of it here - the Jurassic Coast.

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Bluebell Walks

For just a few weeks of the year, between mid-April and mid-May, many areas of Dorset woodland undergo a dramatic transformation with the emergence of bluebells. The carpet of colour is a breath-taking sight to see and makes for some fantastic photo opportunities and springtime walks.

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand up paddle boarding is one of the best ways to explore the Jurassic Coast during your holiday in Dorset - great fun and a fantastic way to keep fit and take in the magnificent views from a unique perspective.

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Things to do with babies and toddlers

A helpful list of activities perfect for young children

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Scenic Drives

Dorset is one of the most beautiful counties in the country. Its idyllic location close to the countryside and coast provides a number of spectacular views. All are waiting to be enjoyed as you explore some of the scenic drives in the area. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely Sunday drive or planning a number of road trips there’s a number of view points to discover.

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Kimmeridge Bay - things to do in Dorset

Sandyholme area Walking Guide

A guide to the best walks around central / south Dorset and The Purbecks including Durdle Door and Portland

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The Best Fishing Spots

Dorset is one of the most popular places for a fishing holiday in the UK. There are a wealth of fishing venues across the county, with something for everyone, whether you’re a beach, boat or fresh water angler.

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Things to do with Teenagers

Teenagers are notoriously difficult to please during a family holiday. Spending time away from home means more time with mum and dad and leaving friends and games consoles behind! But, fear not, there are a wide selection of attractions suitable for older children nearby.

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Boat Trips

Explore the waters around West Bay and Lyme Regis on one of West Dorset’s best boat trips. Whether your an avid angler wanting to catch plenty of fish or prefer a gentle ride down the river there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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portland bill lighthouse The view from the Jurassic Coast Road over Chesil Beach

Incredible Viewpoints

Dorset is renowned for its beauty with the perfect mix of countryside and coast. You don’t have to wander far from any of our holiday parks to find yourself surrounded by stunning views in every direction, from rolling hills and patchwork fields to dramatic coastline and cliffs.

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Dog Friendly Beaches

The Dorset coastline is a superb place to enjoy the scenery and walks, so why shouldn’t the whole family get involved and visit the dog friendly beaches in Dorset?

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Rainy Day Activities

Whilst Dorset is known for its warm and sunny weather, the great British weather can be unpredictable and rain can sometimes make an unwelcome appearance. Not to worry though, rain doesn’t have to stop play, as there are so many attractions and activities for a wet and windy day.

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Lesser-known places to visit

Escape the crowds and visit some fantastic places that most tourists don't know about, perfect if you are looking to enjoy a slower pace of life and some hidden gems during your holiday in Dorset

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