Wandering around Wareham 

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 s 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 at the seaside 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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Flying high in Bournemouth

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. Exploring Dorset

A February half term break on the south coast of England

Day 3/4. Christchurch and Lymington

Continuing our stay in Dorset, visits to Christchurch and Lymington.

Day 5/6. Wimborne and Dorchester

Visits to Wimborne, Bournemouth and Dorchester in Dorset