Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island provides an unblemished, car-free sanctuary and a vantage point to watch the harbour’s abundant wildlife. A car-free haven for wildlife as well as the starting point of the Boy Scout movement, Brownsea is the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour and one of Dorset’s treasures. The journey to the island gives the…

Sherborne

This ancient town marking the boundary of the Blackmore Vale has much to offer the visitor, including two castles, a splendid abbey and a charming town centre. Allow at least one full day to explore. Sherborne has an impressive aristocratic pedigree spanning hundreds of years and exudes a refined sense of style. In most towns…

6 days out along the Dorset coast

From fossil hunting to fantastic walking trails, the Dorset coast has something for everyone. 

Getting outdoors in Dorset

Dorset’s diverse countryside and coastline provide excellent activities and opportunities for exploration on foot, horseback or bike.

Five reasons to visit Dorset

From a dramatic coastline to rural villages, there’s plenty to see and do in one of England’s most diverse counties. 

Britain’s best beaches

Whether you want to find the freshest fish, go rockpooling with the kids, or simply want to escape the crowds – we’ve picked some of our favourite beaches in England.

England’s most unusual events

From cheese rolling to worm charming and just about everything in between, England has its fair share of unusual events.

Flipping weird – Britain’s Pancake Day traditions

Shrove Tuesday is about so much more than tossing pancakes. Discover England’s weird and wonderful Pancake Day traditions.

Islands of England

From birdwatching to five-star accommodation in a time warp, here are five of our favourite islands in England.

Best destination farm shops in Britain

The Guardian described Darts Farm as ‘finding Selfridges’ food store dumped in the middle of a field’.