Corfe Castle, Dorset

Corfe Castle is a small village on the Isle of Purbeck located midway between Wareham to the north and Swanage to the south in the picturesque county of Dorset.  Wandering around the village with its charming buildings constructed from the local Purbeck stone we soon arrived in the village square.  Here we found a cluster …

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Wareham, Dorset

On arrival in the town we were following car park signs but managed to park on the road which was fortunate.  Leaving the car, we walked past the Town Hall and popped into the Town Museum for a little look.  Admission is free and its small galleries depict the town's history and display historic artefacts. …

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Blandford Forum, Dorset

Blandford Forum is a market town in Dorset, 15 miles north of Poole.  I'd read the town was noted for its Georgian architecture so I was keen to take a look.   Approaching Blandford Forum we passed through pretty villages with quaint names such as Sturminster Marshall and Charlton Marshall.  Arriving in the town, we …

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Lovely Lyme Regis

It was a sunny day, so we prepared a picnic and drove along the south coast to Lyme Regis which is located on the West Dorset / East Devon border.  Being a popular seaside town finding a parking place wasn't easy.  Just outside town there were signposts for Park and Ride but ignoring these, we …

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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is an elegant country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland.  The former home of the Bankes family, Sir John bought the estate in the 1630's, Sir Ralph then built the house in the 1660's and it was then updated and transformed by William in the 1830's until 1981 when Ralph …

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A day in Bournemouth 

What better way to spend a hot, sunny day than at the seaside.  Bournemouth is one of England's premier seaside resorts being located on Dorset's south coast.  Leaving our car on the East Cliff we walked down the steep incline towards the pier. Overlooking the English Channel we stepped into the gardens of the Russell Cotes …

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Poundbury – a new town with a difference!

As we were visiting the Dorset stretch of the Jurasssic Coast, we decided to take a short detour to Poundbury to see what it looks like for ourselves.  Poundbury is a thriving new urban development on the outskirts of Dorchester, West Dorset.  The town was commissioned  by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales who outlined …

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The Bournemouth Air Festival

The Bournemouth Air Festival takes place in August each year featuring air displays over four days.  There is no admittance charge to the festival and thousands of plane lovers flock to this Dorset resort on the south coast of England to watch the extravaganza, so this year we decided to join them and take a …

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Day 1/2. A short break in Dorset

Day 1 On a cold but bright February morning we packed up the car and left our home in northern England at 9.00 am for a half term break on the south coast of England.  Our destination was Bournemouth in Dorset, 290 miles away. We stopped for lunch at  Bicester Village, an outlet shopping centre …

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Day 3/4. Christchurch and Lymington

Day 3 Another bright sunny morning so we started the day with a walk along the seafront to Boscombe.  Walking along to the end of the pier we had far reaching views to the Isle of Wight and along the coast.  Boscombe Pier first opened in 1889, but the boomerang shaped Art Deco  entrance wasn't …

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