Places of interest


Museums

The Tank Museum – Bovington
The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crew to life. Supported by the world’s best collection of tanks & action packed live displays.
www.tankmuseum.org

Beaulieu National Motor Museum
Beaulieu, one of the South of England’s top day visitor attractions, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park.
www.beaulieu.co.uk

Fleet Air Arm Museum – Yeovilton
The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Somerset is Europe’s largest naval aviation collection of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, the flying arm of the Royal Navy.
www.fleetairarm.com

Haynes Motor Museum – Sparkford
The UK’s largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50s and 60s glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.
www.haynesmotormuseum.com


National Trust Properties

Stourhead
Uncover the fascinating history of the Hoare family at Stourhead house, a majestic Palladian mansion home to a unique Regency library and fabulous collections of Chippendale furniture and paintings, set amid delightful lawns and parkland.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

Corfe Castle
A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can’t fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck. Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Kingston Lacy
Home of the Bankes family for more than 300 years, this striking 17th-century house is noted for its lavish interiors. The outstanding art collection includes paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel, with the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. Visitors will be fascinated by the island’s rich history, for as well as boasting daffodil farming and pottery works, it was the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island


Beaches

Chesil Beach
It is a pebble beach 18 miles long and stretches north-west from Portland to West Bay. For much of its length it is separated from the mainland by an area of saline water called the Fleet Lagoon.
www.chesilbeach.org

Bournemouth
Buckets and spades at the ready, welcome to seven miles of award-winningbeaches! Nestled beneath a magnificent cliff line, the bay enjoys its own micro-climate, some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK and stunning views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbecks.
www.bournemouth.co.uk/things-to-do/beach

Poole
Five gently sheltered beaches, including Sandbanks – winner of more Blue Flags than any UK resort – with soft golden sands, raked and cleaned all year round.
www.pooletourism.com

Weymouth
The views from the bay are spectacular, stretching across the horizon taking in the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. There is plenty of entertainment for all the family too, with traditional Punch and Judy and donkey rides along the sands.
www.visitweymouth.co.uk

Lyme Regis
Lyme Regis boasts breathtaking scenery and a special mystique, making it a sparkling resort for all seasons. Its historic Cobb and harbour are iconic features, set against moody blue cliffs yielding fossilised evidence of life on earth millions of years ago.
www.lymeregis.org

Swanage
The beaches at Swanage and the surrounding area are said to be some of the best in the country, from the fine sandy beach that stretches continuously for 3 miles from South Haven Point to the chalk cliffs of Handfast Point and Old Harry Rocks at Studland.
www.virtual-swanage.co.uk

Lulworth Cove
The Lulworth Coastline has many fine beaches, accessible from either the land, or the sea. To the West are the beaches of Middle Beach and Durdle Door, whilst in the east are the beaches of Mupe Bay and Arish Mel.
www.lulworthonline.co.uk



Attractions

Compton Abbas Airfield
www.comptonabbasairfield.co.uk

Monkey World
www.monkeyworld.org

Sealife Adventure Park – Weymouth
www.visitsealife.com/Weymouth

Abbotsbury
www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

Athelhampton House
www.athelhampton.co.uk


Events

Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show
www.gillshaftshow.co.uk

Dorset County Show
www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

Sherborne Castle Country Fair
www.sherbornecountryfair.com

Bath & West Show
www.bathandwest.com

Cheese Festival
www.cheesefestival.co.uk

Shaftesbury Food Festival
www.shaftesburyfeastival.co.uk

Cranborne Chase Woodfair
www.woodfair.org.uk

Dorset Charity Horse & Dog Show
www.dorsetcharityhorseshow.20m.com

The Great Dorset Steam Fair
www.gdsf.co.uk

The Larmer Tree Festival
www.larmertreefestival.co.uk