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You should head to the beach and explore the famous Jurassic coastline which earned its name through the sheer number of fossils discovered there. You can try your hand at hunting for fossils, Charmouth is the best place to explore. Though finding fossils takes a bit of time and a streak of good luck so if you’d rather skip the leg work: head to Lyme Regis where you’ll find the fossil museum and you can learn all about these amazing little chunks of history.

If you love animals then Dorset has some great places for you to visit. Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre is a fascinating day out for the whole family and the centre has over 250 rescued monkeys and apes for you to meet. If you still want to see more animals then look no further than Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park where you can see penguins, crocodiles and seals, to name just a few. To learn even more about the sea go on a RNLI College Discovery Tour where you’ll learn what it takes to work on a lifeboat and see all the high tech training facilities they have available.

Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and Dorchester: what do they all have in common? Excellent shopping. You can find little vintage stores as well as big name brands on the high streets. Don’t overlook Dorchester or Wimborne markets either, there are all sort of bargains to be found for those with a keen eye.

Dorset has a lot of unspoilt countryside for you to explore and one of the best ways to do that is on your bike. Bike rental is available throughout Dorset and there are plenty of trails to try, whether you want a nice smooth journey or some rough and ready dirt trails, Dorset has got you covered. Sometimes it’s easier to enjoy things at a slower pace, you can hike some really lovely routes and get back to nature by enjoying rolling hills, quiet woodland and dramatic cliffs. There are companies that offer walking tours but it’s just as easy to grab a map and get moving.

These are just a few suggestions for an exciting holiday, whatever you choose Dorset will inspire you to do more.

Merley Court Park, Wimborne
• Lodges sleep 4/6 • Hot tub • Wifi • Pet Friendly  
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Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat, Poole
Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat is tucked away in the stunning Dorset countryside. Relax in the gorgeous woodland surroundings that make
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Swandown Lodges, Chard
The Swandown lodges in Dorset are set within the Cricket St. Thomas Estate which has 1000 glorious acres for you
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Peckmoor Farm Lodges Crewkerne
Peckmoor Farm lodges in Dorset are nestled among idyllic farmland and offer stunning views of the countryside. The lodges are
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