This very old village, settled amongst the hills behind the great Chesil Bank, is world famous for its swannery.
The bird sanctuary is 600 years old, home to over 600 flying swans and is the only place in the world where you can literally walk among the breeding, nesting and hatching swans.
The picturesque medieval village of stone and thatch is steeped in history going back some 6,000 years. It has been influenced by early man from the Neolithic Age and is overlooked by an Iron Age hill fort. High above the village on a hill is the 14th century St Catherine's Chapel, with fantastic views over Dorset and the English Channel. Abbotsbury also has the world's largest thatched Tithe Barn, which is now home to a host of friendly farm animals and the smuggler's barn, an interactive adventure for children.
The village also offers interesting shops, cafes, various accommodation and the famous sub-tropical gardens. Abbotsbury is most definitely a village to explore.
Axminster, is a pleasant market town with charm and character. Its famous carpet industry was started in 1755, by Thomas Whitty whose factory produced high quality, custom made carpets for stately homes and mansions.
The picturesque village of Branscombe is said to be the longest in the country, sweeping down a spectacular valley, past colourful thatched cottages with hanging baskets and climbing roses, down to the sea and a shingle beach.
Dorchester is a historic market town with its roots in Roman times; however it is most famously associated with Thomas Hardy. With its elegant 18th century houses, broad Walks and bustling shopping streets, Dorchester has much to offer the visitor.
Ottery St Mary is a little town with a long history. Ottery's roots run deeper than Doomsday Book. In 1061, Edward the Confessor ceded the already established wealthy manor of Oterie to the Cathedral Chapter of Rouen.
Poole Harbour is the second largest harbour in the world after Sydney, Australia. The Quay is a hive of activity all year round with a huge array of fishing boats, yachts, powerboats and pleasure cruisers.
Sidmouth still has a unique charm, which has captivated thousands. Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency history, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops - it's all here in this lovely seaside town.
Following wide spread media coverage of a crack that has opened up on the South West Coast path, Dorset County Council is reminding visitors and residents that it is still safe to enjoy the coastline and beaches as long as the ever present natural hazards are treated with respect.
Dorset County Museum has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new Collections Discovery Centre project. The main aims of the project are to provide a new state of the art learning centre, better archive and storage facilities and better public access to displays of the Museum’s vast collection.
The birthday of world-famous palaeontologist Mary Anning on 21st May is celebrated with the launch of the Special Edition ‘Fossil Hunter’ Lottie doll; a collaboration between award-winning toy company Arklu, TrowelBlazers, an international, not-for-profit group celebrating women in palaeontology, geology and archaeology, and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
This two hour session starts up at the Centre with a 20 minute talk from the Centre Warden about the rocks and fossils of Charmouth and how to find fossils on the beach. The group then heads out onto the beach with the wardens and spend the rest of the session looking for fossils.
£7.50 adult, £3 child. Click here for more details.
See the landmarks of Lyme Regis's most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of 'the greatest fossil hunter ever known'. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils.
Adults £10, children and students £3. Click here for more information.
Join the Marine Warden on a Rockpool Ramble to explore the fascinating creatures of the seashore and how they live, love and do lunch! Suitable for any age, this event is run at Broad Ledge in Lyme Regis and lasts for one hour 30 minutes.
Explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon. Use your detective skills to hunt for tracks and signs of marine wildlife along the shore. Spy anemones, sea squirts and scurrying crabs with our underwater seascopes.
Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre. Wellies advised. Adults £2, Children £2.
Explore the amazing underwater world of the Fleet Lagoon.Use your detective skills to hunt for tracks and signs of marine wildlife along the shore. Spy anemones, sea squirts and scurrying crabs with our underwater seascopes.Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre. Wellies advised. Adults £2, Children £2.Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Road, Weymouth,DT4 9XE