Summer holidays are almost upon us but you don’t have to travel far from Bournemouth to enjoy some of the finest sites, attractions and events in the UK.
So save with a staycation and focus on Dorset for your days out.
Our favourite five day-trips are:
From its medieval roots, Christchurch town still bustles with life like it first did many moons ago. Christchurch Priory and Christchurch Castle offer a fascinating step back to another time and stunning view of the harbour where the Avon and Stour rivers meet.
The ancient New Forest, created as the hunting ground of William the Conqueror, is ideal for cyclists, walkers
and horse riders. Ponies, donkeys and cattle all roam freely through the area’s picturesque villages, to include Burley and Brockenhurst.
The seaport town of Poole is home to the second largest natural harbour in the world. The historic quay aoffers boat trips along this magnificent stretch of coastline and ferry rides to National Trust gem, Brownsea Island – renowned birthplace of Baden-Powell’s scout movement and famous for its red squirrel population.
Weymouth, located to the west of Dorset, is a busy harbour town and host venue of the London 2012 Olympic
and Paralympic sailing events. Weymouth Bay offers spectacular views across the Jurassic Coast and its sandy
beaches set against the backdrop of a distinctive Georgian seafront.
Wimborne is a quaint market town with a colourful town square overlooked by the impressive church towers of 12th century Wimborne Minster. The town has a very lively three-day folk festival in early June.
Other adventures include hopping on a ferry to the Isle of Wight, walking from Portland to West Bay along 18 miles of shingle at Chesil Beach, visiting T. E. Lawrence’s (Lawrence of Arabia) cottage at Clouds Hill near Wareham, and seeing Shaftesbury’s iconic Gold Hill – the steep, cobbled street from the memorable Hovis advert.
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