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Dorset Walks
Five Great Walks for Children in Dorset

Walking is the best way to make the most of Dorset's stunning landscape and these family friendly routes are suitable for all ages.

19th April 2018

Melbury House
The Story Behind Melbury House in Dorset

High on the heritage list is Melbury House,  a magnificent property a stone's throw from Summer Lodge Country House Hotel.

18th April 2018

Chesil Beach Film
Dorset On Screen: On Chesil Beach, The Film

Within easy reach of Summer Lodge and The Acorn Inn, Dorset’s beautiful Chesil Beach has inspired literary and cinematic works.

27th March 2018

Horse Racing Facts
Everything You Need to Know About Horse Racing

From 'the going' to national hunt, master the rules of horse racing before enjoying a day at Dorset's finest racecourse.

16th March 2018

Dippy trustee of the National History Museum
Dippy Comes to the Jurassic Coast

In 2018, Dippy, the life-sized Diplodocus cast, is touring the UK.

29th January 2018

Travelling With Children
Interview with Cass Chapman of Kodomo.com on Travelling with Children

Travel expert, Cass Chapman, founder and director of luxury family travel website kodomo.com, shares her tips on how to make travelling with the kids as stress free and smooth as possible.

29th December 2017

 The Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir
How to Spend Christmas in Dorset

Dorset winters are clear and crisp, the perfect time to wrap up warm and explore the county’s spectacular countryside. Here’s our round up of Dorset’s best offerings this Christmas.

25th November 2017

durdle door beach
Five of the Best Films and TV Series Shot in Dorset

With its rolling countryside, prehistoric coastline and charming historic towns and villages, Dorset’s cinematic appeal is irrefutable. As a result, the region has been used as a backdrop to several major films and TV shows. From the elegant period mansion that played a part in a Jane Austen adaptation to a ship that had a starring role in a Richard Curtis comedy, here are five of the best films and TV series shot in Dorset.

10th November 2017

Dorset Literature
A Reading List of Dorset Literature

Dorset's glorious landscape has provided writers with inspiration for centuries. Celebrated Victorian writer Thomas Hardy, born and bred in Dorset, used his home county as the backdrop for his wll known and famous novels and poetry. Discover our selection of the best Dorset literature to read ahead of your next trip.

23rd October 2017

Dorset Farm Shops
Five of Dorset’s Finest Farm Shops

get a taste of the region’s bounty at Dorset’s finest farm shops, which offer everything from vegetables picked from the ground that morning to cheese made on site. Discover our pick the best farm shops in Dorset.

09th October 2017

Family Days Out Dorset
The Best Family Days Out in Dorset

Discover why Dorset is the perfect destination for a family day out with prehistoric Jurassic coastline, wildlife filled countryside, historic sites and child-friendly attractions.

29th September 2017

Perfect Picnic
Where to Have the Perfect Picnic in Dorset

Whether throwing a rug down by a centuries-old castle, or on a tiny island nature reserve, here is our pick of the best places for a picnic in Dorset.

13th September 2017

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