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Top 10 things to do in Dorset

There are so many things to do in Dorset, but here are the top 10. 


Try stand-up paddle boarding

Yes it is the new craze, but it is actually great fun and even if you’ve never mastered surfing it is worth a try. There are outlets to hire the board and have lessons all over the coast.

There's plenty of opportunities to try stand-up paddle boarding in the region

There’s plenty of opportunities to try stand-up paddle boarding in the region

Hire a beach hut

You can hire gorgeous huts for the day or week and it can be your base for your holiday. You’ll be guaranteed the best beachside views and a shelter to dash to if the British weather plays up. Book in advance and you get the best locations along the beaches in Bournemouth and Poole, Weymouth or Lyme Regis. Fashion designer Cath Kidston has even given five huts in Bournemouth a makeover complete with stylish pattern.

Take an open-top bus

Now, this is weather dependent but on the south coast it is sunnier than the rest of the country so just hope for the best.

Walk the South West Coast Path

It’s a beautiful way to see the coastline and walk off those holiday excesses at the same time. There are various pubs along the way and a bus if you can’t make it as far as you’d hoped.

Watch the sunset over the beach

Find the right spot and this is truly magical. Aruba in Bournemouth is a great location to sit with a cocktail and watch the sun set.

Enjoy a glorious sunset on Bournemouth Beach

Enjoy a glorious sunset on Bournemouth Beach

Enjoy a cream tea

Don’t miss the opportunity to have a good old fashioned cream tea. With a wealth of choices, make sure you take time out and enjoy this luxury.

Visit a market

Dorset is full of markets – fruit and veg, farmers’ markets, fish markets and food festivals. Support the local suppliers by seeking one out during your stay.

Try the zipwire on Bournemouth pier

Zip from the pier to the shore right over the waves. Even better, it is a dual line so you can race your partner to the shore.

The PierZip is the world’s first pier to shore zip wire, boasting a 250-metre dual zip wire

The PierZip is the world’s first pier to shore zip wire, boasting a 250-metre dual zip wire

Visit a quaint village pub

One of the most relaxing afternoons is in a good pub, preferably in the garden with your favourite tipple. There are so many to choose from or go on a tour to discover for yourself.

Try seafood straight from the boat

There are few places where you can buy fish that has come straight off the boats. Get to Christchurch Harbour around 1pm and you’ll see the fishermen coming in. You can buy fish and shellfish from the small counter next to the pub. Also head to Weymouth where on the harbourside is a fishmonger called Weyfish, or Samways in West Bay or the Wet Fish shop in Lyme Regis.

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