Dorset is renowned for its varied landscape, so you won’t be surprised to hear it’s also suitable for a variety of different holidays. The long coastline is a paradise for pets and explorers looking for an active break. The region’s beaches are perfect for those looking to unwind or partake in some water sports, with surfing and sailing readily available – along with expert tuition for those who fancy getting their feet wet! The Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases breathtaking cliffs, hidden coves, and fossils dating back millions of years. Our Dorset lodges and parks have everything you would need for a perfect break, a home away from home. Why not add a little wow factor by booking one of our Dorset luxury lodges, complete with hot tubs? With all-weather facilities such as indoor pools, children's entertainment and ski slopes, you can enjoy a break whatever the British weather has in store. From peaceful woodland settings, ideal for a romantic break to larger lodges perfect for celebrating with family or friends, including dog-friendly parks, now there is no reason why all members of the family can't have a break from the ordinary.
The longest waymarked footpath in England, the 630-mile South West Coast Path, runs from Minehead in Somerset, along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall before reaching Poole Harbour in Dorset. The section within South Dorset is well worth a visit and includes a stunning variety of coastal scenery, making it the most photographed part of the path.
Taking you through the popular resorts of Swanage, Weymouth and Lyme Regis, the walk passes some of Dorset’s most famous landmarks including the flat sands at Studland, Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. It’s no wonder this section of the path has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dorset's countryside is a haven for nature lovers, with rolling hills, scenic walks, and picturesque villages like Shaftesbury and Abbotsbury. Visit the enchanting Corfe Castle, an ancient ruin perched atop a hill, and discover its fascinating history.
Take a walk on the wild side with a day out for all the family at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham. With 65 acres to explore, you’ll be able to find over 20 different species of monkeys and apes who have been rescued from all over the world to be given a safe home. On-site care staff are there not just to look after the inhabitants, but also to teach you all about their behaviour and habits. With regular events throughout the year, including Easter Egg hunts and Halloween surprises, Monkey World is the perfect place for children and adults alike to learn more about our primate brethren.