Lyme Regis seafront

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 pressed …

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Kingston Lacy National Trust building

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 busy Bournemouth beach and pier

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 Red Arrows at Bournemouth Air Festival

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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Bournemouth beach and pier

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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River Avon, Christchurch, UK

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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Wimborne, Dorset

Day 5/6. Wimborne and Dorchester, Dorset

Day 5 It was back to sunshine so we decided to drive inland to the small market town of Wimborne Minster named after its church.  It's a delightful little place with its main square (Corn Market) bordered with fine examples of Anglo Saxon architecture.  Both in the square and along its adjacent high street are many …

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Outside the Haunch of Venison pub, Salisbury

Day 7/8. Salisbury and Hengistbury Head

We decided to drive to Salisbury, the journey taking approximately one hour.  We noticed signs for Park and Ride but carried on and found car parking in the town centre without problem even though it was a Saturday.  The city is located in south east Wiltshire on the edge of Salisbury Plain and 8 miles …

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