Moving To Dorset? How To Settle In Quickly And Really Make Yourself At Home

A beautiful county in the heart of the West Country, Dorset is a great place to visit, but it’s also a phenomenal part of the UK to make your home in. If you are thinking about relocating to Dorset in 2020 and making a new start for yourself, then read on to find out more about how you can make the most of your time here and really feel at home.

Find The Town You’d Like To Live In For The Long-Term

Before you even move to Dorset you can make your relocation much easier by choosing the right town or village. There are loads of small villages and twee towns in Dorset, such as historic market town Bridport, rustic village Beaminster and county hub Dorchester, meaning you’ll have a lot to choose from when selecting your perfect new rural home.

Sample Local Delicacies

Home to a wide variety of local farms and producers, Dorset has a wide variety of delicious treats to offer the newcomer, so get stuck in and try as many as you can. There’s something to suit every palate, from rich Blue Vinney cheese to Dorset’s famed Apple Cake, so you’ll soon find yourself with plenty of favourites.

Visit Local Shops

Home to a wide variety of local, independent retailers, expansive markets and small businesses, Dorset is a unique place to shop, so immerse yourself in local life from the moment you arrive by visiting and making yourself known among the local shopkeepers. You’ll be able to pick up local foods in most stores, meaning that you can really get a taste of Dorset and make the most of rural life by getting to know the most important people in your local community.

Make The Most Of Your New Proximity To The Coast

Being based near some of the most beautiful beaches and stunning coastlines in the UK, if not the world, is a unique opportunity, so make the most of it by visiting the coast as often as you can. If you’re really enamored with the sea, then you could even take a look at these boats for sale in Dorset to find the perfect vessel to take you on extraordinary adventures now you live near the coast.

Join A Club Or Society

As well as getting to know the area that you live in, you also need to embrace local society, and this means joining organisations and making new friends. There are branches of some of the world’s most renowned clubs in Dorset, such as the Women’s Institute, as well as regional clubs and informal meetups like bird-watching groups and martial arts classes, so you’ll be sure to find something you love and that will help you to cultivate happy memories of your life in Dorset.

Learn Dorset Dialect Words So You Can Fit In With Your New Friends

Once you’ve made new friends and really gotten to know local people, you should start trying to learn local slang words. Ranging from little-used, old-fashioned terms through to modern phrases, there’s loads of Dorset dialect words for you to incorporate into your vocabulary. This will help you to feel more like a local.

Attend Local Events

From Bridport’s famed hat festival to the quirky knob throwing contest, there are loads of unique events hosted in Dorset every year, so make the most of your time living in the county by attending as many as you can. This will help you to make new friends in Dorset and really feel like a member of the neighbourhood that you now call home.

Travel As Widely As You Can

Living in Dorset puts you in the heart of the South West of England, so make the most of your new location and travel to see everything that you’ve always wanted to experience. Whether you’ve always desired to see Brownsea Island, or you want to make the most of your closeness to historically relevant cities like Exeter and Portsmouth, you’ll be able to see a lot more of the South of England when you move to Dorset, so you should make the most of the opportunity.

See The Sights From Unique Angles

Dorset is an immensely beautiful county, but it’s hard to see all of its architectural majesty and natural grace from just one angle, so try to use as many different ways to view the region as possible. From hang gliding to horseback riding, hiking up cliffs to taking a water taxi, there are so many different ways to see Dorset, so try to enjoy as many as you can while you live in the area.

Moving to Dorset is an exhilarating experience, and one that will have a lasting impact on your life, so follow these tips to ingratiate yourself in the county’s society and really enjoy your time living in this wonderous part of the world.




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