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32 Things to do in Dorset in 2017 - January 6th, 2017

From Food Festivals to a Duck Race; Knob throwing and the splendour of the Melplash County Show, Dorset was a busy county in 2016 and it will be again in 2017. So if you are choosing a holiday Park break this year Dorset is a place to keep the family busy.

Some of the events are local to the Park. However, others are a further afield. Please check the location of the event before your book your break.

What’s on in 2017

Eat Dorset Food Fair
Date: TBC 2017
Location: Beaminster, Dorset
Website

Grizzly Run
Date: 12 March
Where: Branscombe
Website

Portland Fish & Chips Festival
Date: April 2017
Location: Portland, Dorset
Website

The Dorset Food and Venison Festival
Date: 29 April 2017
Location: Bournemouth, Dorset
Website

Easter Bonnet Parade
Date: 16 April
Where: Lyme Regis
Website

Lyme Regis Duck Race
Date: 17 April
Where: Lyme Regis
Website

Fossil Festival
Date: 28 & 30 April
Where: Various locations in Lyme
Website

Dorset Knob throwing
Date: 30 April
Where: Kingston Maurward College
Website

Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival
Location: Cattistock
Date: May 2017
Website

Christchurch Food & Wine Festival
Location: Christchurch
Date: 6 & 7 May 2017
Website

Spring Tide Food Festival
Location: Burton Bradstock
Date: 20 – 21 May 2017
Website

Poole Harbour Boot Show
Location: Poole
Date: 19 – 21 May 2017
Website

Jazz Festival May
Date: 26 to 29 May
Where: Marine Theatre
Website

Sherborne Castle Festival
Location: Sherborne
Date: 29 May 2017
Website

Bournemouth Vegan Fair
Location: Bournemouth
Date: June 2017 (TBC)
Website

Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival
Location: Bournemouth
Date: June 2017
Website

Evershot County Fair
Location: Evershot
Date: June 2017 (TBC)
Website

Bridport Food Festival
Location: Bridport
Date: June 2017 (TBC)
Website

Cheese and Chilli Festival
Location: Christchurch
Date: 10 & 11 June 2017
Website

Swanage Fish Festival
Location: Swanage
Date: 10 & 11 June 2017
Website

Dorset Seafood Festival
Date: 8 & 9 July 2017
Location: Weymouth, Dorset
Website

Lifeboat Week
Date: 22 to 29 July
Where: Lyme Regis
Website

Milton Abbas Street Fair
Date: 29 July
Where: Milton Abbas
Website

Great Dorset Chilli Festival
Location: Wimborne St Giles
Date: 5 & 6 August 2017
Website

Melplash Show
Date: 24th August
Where: Bridport
Website

Dorset Steam Fair
Date: 24th to 28th August
Where: Blandford Forum
Website

Lyme Regis Carnival Week
Date: August TBC
Where: Lyme Regis
Website

Mackerel Festival
Date: September TBC
Where: Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Folk Week
Date: 1-3 September
Where: Lyme Regis
Website

Dorset County Show
Location: Dorchester
Date: 2 & 3 September 2017
Website

Food Rocks
Location: Lyme Regis
Date: 3rd & 4th September 2017
Website

Wimborne Food Festival
Location: Wimborne
Date: 21 October 2016
Website

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Free things to do in Charmouth - September 23rd, 2016

You don’t need to spend money to enjoy yourself in Charmouth. There are lots of

Catch a Crab

Who doesn’t love crabbing! The rockpools around Charmouth are terrific homes for lots of different creatures. Low-tide is the best time – you will typically find hermit crabs, sea anemone and razor clams. Be careful, they’re fragile.
Get some tips on safe crabbing on the Gone Crabbing website

Fossil Hunting

Charmouth is one of the best beaches in the UK to find fossils – and that’s no exaggeration. All you need it patience and some good shoes. Typically you will find ammonites and belemnites.

Sea Swimming

Charmouth Beach is great for swimming, there’s just enough waves and shallow paddling to have lots of fun. The breach around Charmouth can be a bit stoney so beach shoes can make it easier.

Walk part of the South Coast Path

The South Coast path stretches from Poole in Dorset all the way round to Minehead – that’s 630 miles. The path passes through Charmouth so you can walk to Lyme Regis or climb Golden Cap.

Climb Golden Cap

Golden Cap offers the highest Cliffs in the South of England. It offers some of the best views along the Jurassic coast. Depending on your energy levels and abilities there are several walks you can enjoy. Here’s just one – Google Maps

Walk the dog

Charmouth is surrounded by lots of green countryside. Head to the beach and walk along the many paths and walk ways around the town. The Town has its restrictions throughout the year. Check out the details below.

Dog walking in Charmouth

For the latest events in and around Charmouth – look at the Newlands Events page.

Alternatively kick back and relax and enjoy the sun.

Making memories by the sea is fun and will last a life time.  Keep and watchful eye on the tides and swim safe this summer.

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The very best that Dorset has to offer 2016 - July 1st, 2016

Food, drink and farming awardsI have always said that Dorset punches above it weight in terms of Food and Drink. We have so much great local produce to choose in the wonderful county. From Tea and Coffee, Cereals, chocolate, wine meats.

If you feel the same then, this is your opportunity to vote for your favourite.

Whether it’s a restaurant, coffee shop, food event or Butcher or producer. This is your chance to have a say in the 2016 Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards.

The categories are listed below.

• Best Seafood Restaurant of the Year
• Best Hotel Restaurant of the Year
• Best Dorset Roast of the Year
• Best Restaurant/Dining Experience of the Year
• Best Gastro Pub of the Year
• Best Chef of the Year
• Newcomer of the Year
• Best Butcher/Meat Producer of the Year
• Independent Food Shop of the Year
• Best Tearoom/Coffee Shop of the Year
• Best Drinks Product of the Year
• Best Food Event of the Year
• Best Food Product/Producer of the Year
• 2016 Food & Farming Hero

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Checkout last years winners.  2015 Dorset Food and Farming Awards

 

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Dorset Food Festivals - May 31st, 2016

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Dorset really does punch above it weight in producing great local produce. Her is a list of some of the local Food Festivals in this wonderful county.

Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival

Location: Bournemouth
Date: 17 to 26 June 2016
Distance from the Park: 1hr 25 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.bournemouthfoodanddrink.co.uk

Bridport Food Festival

Location: Bridport
Date: 12 to 18 June 2016
Distance from the Park: 16 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.bridportfoodfestival.co.uk

Cheese and Chilli Festival

Location: Christchurch
Date: 11 & 12 June 2016
Distance from the Park: 1hr 39 minutes – [get directions]
Website: cheeseandchillifestival.com

Evershot County Fair

Location: Evershot
Date: 19 June 2016
Distance from the Park: 37 minutes – [get directions]
Website: evershot.org/ecf

Swanage Fish Festival

Location: Swanage
Date: 19 June 2016
Distance from the Park: 1hr 23 minutes – [get directions]
Website: http://swanagefishfest.org/

Bournemouth Vegan Fair

Location: Bournemouth
Date: 25 & 26 June 2016
Distance from the Park: 1hr 27 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.dorsetveganevents.co.uk

Dorset Seafood Festival

Location: Weymouth
Date: 9 & 10 July 2016
Distance from the Park: 48 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.dorsetseafood.co.uk

Great Dorset Chilli Festival

Location: Wimborne St Giles
Date: 30 July 2016
Distance from the Park: 1hr 22 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.thefestivalcalendar.co.uk

Melplash Show

Location: Bridport
Date: 25 August 2016
Distance from the Park: 16 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.melplashshow.co.uk

Food Rocks

Location: Lyme Regis
Date: 3rd & 4th September 2016
Distance from the Park: 11 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.hixrestaurants.co.uk/event/mark-hixs-food-rocks-festival

Dorset County Show

Location: Dorchester
Date: 3 & 4 September 2016
Distance from the Park: 39 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.dorsetcountyshow.co.uk

Wimborne Food Festival

Location: Wimborne
Date: 22 October 2016
Distance from the Park: 1hr 8 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.foodevents4u.co.uk

Eat Dorset Food Fair

Location: Beaminster
Date: 18 & 19 October 2016
Distance from the Park: 29 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.eatdorsetfoodfair.co.uk

Portland Fish & Chips Festival

Location: Portland, Weymouth
Date: April 2017
Distance from the Park: 46 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.deanreddyhoff.co.uk

The Dorset Food and Venison Festival

Location: Bournemouth
Date: 15 April 2017
Distance from the Park: 1hr 1 minute – [get directions]
Website: dorsetvenisonfestival.org

Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival

Location: Cattistock
Date: May 2017
Distance from the Park: 40 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.dorsetknobthrowing.com

Christchurch Food & Wine Festival

Location: Christchurch
Date: 6 & 7 May 2017
Distance from the Park: 1hr 37 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.christchurchfoodfest.co.uk

Lyme Regis Food Festival

Location: Lyme Regis
Date: May 2017
Distance from the Park: 1 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.lymeregisfoodfestival.co.uk

Spring Tide Food Festival

Location: Burton Bradstock
Date: May 2017
Distance from the Park: 17 minutes – [get directions]
Website: www.spring-tide.org.uk

Sherborne Castle Festival

Location: Sherborne
Date: May 2017
Distance from the Park: 1hr 1 minute – [get directions]
Website: www.sherbornecountryfair.com

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Dog walking Beaches in Dorset - May 12th, 2016

Dorset has many wonderful beaches and depending on the time of year they make great locations for your daily dog walk. Here is our infographic on the best Dog walking Beaches in Dorset.

Best Dog walking beaches in Dorset

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10 Things to do across Dorset in May - April 28th, 2016

[Dorset] Spring is here! The Bluebells and daffodils are in full bloom and mercury is beginning to rise. There’s no better way to experience this glorious season than with a family day out in Dorset

Whether you visit a historic venue, head off to the beach or take in the local culture, Dorset really has it all.

Here are the things you can get up to this May!

Dorset Knob Throwing and Food Festival

Location: Cattistock, Dorchester
Date: 1 May – 10.00am til 4.00pm
Website: www.dorsetknobthrowing.com/

Sherborne Abbey Music Festival

Location: Sherborne Abbey
Date: 29 May til 3 May
Website: www.sherborneabbeyfestival.org

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

Location: Various Venues in Lyme Regis
Date: 29 April to 1 May
Website: www.fossilfestival.co.uk/

Shaftesbury Festival

Location: Various Venues in Shaftesbury
Date: 15 May – 1.00pm til 3.00pm
Website: www.shaftesburyfestival.co.uk/

Flying 15 Southern Sailing Championships

Location: Various Venues in Shaftesbury
Date: 15 May – 1.00pm til 3.00pm
Website: www.shaftesburyfestival.co.uk

Baby Swans Hatching

Location: Abbotsbury
Date: May til June
Website: abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/swannery/events/

Spring Tide Food Festival

Location: Burton Bradstock
Date: 21st to 22nd May
Website: www.spring-tide.org.uk/

Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Weekend

Location: Various Venues in Lyme Regis
Date: 27 to 30 May
Website: www.lymeregisjazzfestival.co.uk

Dorset ArtsWeek

Location: Various Venues in Dorset
Date: 27 May to 12 June
Website: www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk/

Quayside Music Festival

Location: Quayside Weymouth
Date: 29 to 30 May
Website: www.weareweymouth.co.uk/event/quayside-music-festival

B Sharp Busking Festival 28th May 2016

Location: Marine Parade, Lyme Regis
Date: 28 May
Website: http://www.bsharp.uk.com/featured-posts/busking-festival-play-me-piano-drums/

Fossil Hunting Walk 

Location: Charmouth
Date: Throughout May
Website: www.charmouth.org/chcc/

 

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Walk of the Month: Seatown to Golden Cap - March 10th, 2016

Once every month on the blog this year, we’ll be doing a ‘walk of the month’ feature, which will shine a spotlight on a different walking route in West Dorset or East Devon. For this first edition, we’re focusing on Golden Cap, one of the most recognisable landmarks on the Jurassic Coast.

Golden Cap is the highest sea cliff in the South of England, at a height of 191 metres – 30 metres taller than Beachy Head in Sussex. Don’t be put off by its daunting size though – the summit of the cliff is easily reached by following the gently sloping pathway that leads up to it.

Starting Point: Seatown

Our walk begins in picturesque Seatown, a lovely seaside village 5 miles from Newlands holiday park. A car park is located just behind the seafront, which means you an opportunity to take in the pretty pebble beach and surrounding cliffs when you park up.

From the beach, we recommend you take the South West Coast Path and follow it west in the direction of Golden Cap. As the path steadily climbs, you will be treated to outstanding views of the Dorset coastline running down towards Portland.

Golden Cap

The path gets progressively steeper the nearer you get to the top, so if you’re not a seasoned hiker it’s a good idea to stop and take a breather if you need to, while taking in the fabulous scenery all around you.

You’ll have no trouble finding your way to the summit of Golden Cap, and once there you’ll want to take in the views from both sides, with the distant Isle of Portland to the east, and Lyme Regis and beyond to the west.

When you decide to move on, continue walking west in the direction of Charmouth, picking up the South West Coast Path again and descending from the summit past the Earl of Antrim memorial. Once you have come some way down the hill, you will come to a junction in the path, at which point you go right, bringing you past St. Gabriel’s, a lovely little ruined church nestled against trees and shrubs.

Back to Seatown

Continuing on past the church, you will come to a lane, which you can follow until you reach a T junction. Take a right onto Muddyford Lane, and then follow the access road to Filcombe Farm. With Filcombe Wood on your right, carry on through the farm until you reach a gate at a fork in the road. The left fork will take you to Pettycrate Lane, which leads you on a gentle descent back down to Seatown. Turn right when you come to the main lane that runs through the village, and you will come to the car park where you began your journey.

If you’re not ready to leave just yet, Seatown has a great little pub called The Anchor Inn, where you can rest your legs after all that walking and enjoy a bite to eat or a nice refreshing pint!

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Getting outdoors this Easter - March 10th, 2016

Abbotsbury – Giant Easter Egg Hunt

For such a small town Abbotsbury packs in 3 fantastic days out for the children. The Swannery, the Farm and the Tropical Gardens.
All are worth a visit with any age group of children.

Dates: 25 March to 28th March
Time: 10am to 5 pm
WebsiteAbbotsbury Tropical Gardens
Cost: £2.

Charmouth Visitor Centre – Fossil Walks

You can easily while-away several hours on the beach at Charmouth looking for Fossils. Bring along a packed lunch or eat at the Visitor Centre café. This is a dog friendly beach too.

Dates: 25 March to 28th March
Time: 11am to 1 pm
WebsiteCharmouth Fossil Walks
Cost: £7.50.

Lorton Meadows Eggsplorers Trail

Hunt for clues around the Lorton Meadows Conservation reserve at Upwey near Weymouth. Solve a mystery and claim your ‘edible’ prize.
Cost £2; 10.30am – 4pm

Dates: 25 March to 28th March
Time: 10.30am to 4 pm
WebsiteLorton Meadows Eggsplorers Trail
Cost: £2.00.

 

Just walking the dog

Dorset has the most amazing coastline. 90 miles of wonderful Jurassic coast Also, at this time of year most beaches have no restrictions on allowing dogs onto the beach.

Dates: All
Time: Any Time
Cost: FREE

Here is a maps of all the amazing dog walks available.

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Julia Bradbury’s Walks with a View in Dorset - March 4th, 2016

Back in October ITV descended on Dorset to film Julia Bradbury’s Walks with a View.

The lovely Julia Bradbury is very familiar to use through her time on BBC’s Countryfile. In this new series Julia choose some of very favourite locations that are accessible and most importantly with a wonderful view

In this episode she scales Golden Cap.

As part of the National Trust estate Golden Cap hugs the Jurassic Coast, Britain’s only natural World Heritage Site.  This part of the coast covers 95 miles and tracks  185 million years of the Earth’s history.  From a distance this wonderful walk is identifiable by it’s flat like top and on a clear day you can see across Lyme Bay to Dartmoor.

You can walk up Golden cap from different direction depending on how energetic you feel.  Seatown is an obvious choice and will take you 30 minutes or so to cover the 1 and a bit miles.

However, if you have a few more hours you could stay and start your walk at Newlands Holiday Park.  There are a few more hills to climb but the scenery along the South Coast Path is quite breath-taking.

The wider estate is a rich with wildlife meadows, hedges and streams.  The shady woodland of Langdon Hill,  is carpeted in bluebells in spring.

The programme was aired on Friday 4 MArch on ITV.

You can follow Julia’s walks on Twitter by following the #juliaswalks

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Easter 2016 – Days out in Dorset - January 18th, 2016

Easter falls between Good Friday 25 March to Easter Monday 29 March.

Easter is a busy time here in Dorset.  It’s a great time to visit.  As usual there is lots to do to keep families busy.  Here is our 2016 list;

National Trust has a terrific new website and is filled with activities for Easter. Here is a selection of a few of our favourites

National Trust Kingston Lacy

Cost: £2.50 per person
Website: Kingston Lacy Easter Egg Hunt

National Trust Corfe Castle

One of the UK’s oldest ruined Castle, sitting high above the town of Corfe. Regular events keeps this iconic castle current in the minds of youngsters.

Cost: £2.50 per person
Website: Corfe Castle Lacy Easter Egg Hunt

National Trust Brownsea Island

Arguably the home of scouting in the UK. Discover red squirrels, wildlife and flooded woodland, lakes.

Cost: £2.50 per person
Website: Brownsea Island Easter Egg Hunt

Easter trail at Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head is a dramatic headland in Bournemouth near Christchurch Harbour. An outstanding site for wildlife, archaeology and long sweeping beaches.

Cost: £2.00 per person
Website: Easter trail at Hengistbury Head

 

The Great Easter Dinosaur Egg Hunt

Real fossils, dinosaur skeletons, and life-size dinosaur reconstructions combine with hands on displays to excite, enthrall, and entertain the visitor.

Cost: £6.49 for adults £5.49 for children
Website: Dorchester Dinosaur Museum

 

Abbostbury Subtropical Gardens Giant Egg Hunt

Initailly a kitchen garden this 30 acre garden is now filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Abbotsbury Swannry and Activity Barn also work a visit.

Cost: £12 for adults £9 for children
Website: Abbotsbury Gardens

 

Easter in Charmouth Fossils Hunting

Popular all the year round. You can easily while-away several hours hunting for fossils on Charmouth Beach. Guided tours are available but not necessary.

Cost: £7.50 Adult £3 Child
Website: Charmouth Heritage Centre

 

Weymouth Farmers Market

Cost: Free
Website:
Weymouth Town Centre

 

Swanage Spring Steam Gala 2016

Our award-winning standard gauge preserved steam railway is located in Dorset with easy access from neighbouring Hampshire and the South of England. Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.

Cost: Various (check the website for details)
Website:
Swanage Railway

 

Dorchester Farmers Market

Cost: Free
Website
Weymouth Town Centre

 

Palmers

This is for the Dads. If you have older children and would like to learn about the art of Brewing ale we recommend a visit to Palmers Brewery. At the end of the tour you get to sample some Ales.

Cost: £8.50 for adults £8.00 for children
Website: Palmers Brewery
If you need a place to rest your head. Newlands Holiday Park in Charmouth

Nestled in the lovely World Heritage village of Charmouth, Newlands Holiday Park is the perfect spot for camping and caravan touring on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
A friendly, family-run park offers comfortable accommodation set in 23 acres of landscaped grounds, surrounded by the beautiful Dorset countryside.
Website: www.newlandsholidays.co.uk/

Twitter: twitter.com/newlandsholiday

Facebook: www.facebook.com/newlandsholiday

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