The best destination farm shops in England

Ideal for picking up some produce for a picnic or a family day out.

Worldly Appetites: Dorset apple cake

Savour the tastes of Dorset with this recipe for the county’s world-famous apple cake.

Dorset away from the coast: exploring the Blackmore Vale

This unspoilt region is dotted with charming, quintessentially English villages, many of which are built from warm, golden stone.

The dos and don’ts of wild plants: an expert guide to foraging

Some helpful tips for foraging in the wild in Dorset from expert John Wright.


It is certainly worth visiting for its attractive riparian scenery and historic buildings, the most notable of which is its medieval church, Christchurch Priory.…

Chesil Beach

If you saw such a thing in Dubai you might assume it was the zany creation of a capricious sheikh, but this is Dorset…

Lyme Regis

An ancient seaside town at the heart of the Jurassic Coast and prime fossil-hunting territory. Lyme is one of the UK’s most popular beach…

Cerne Abbas

Known as the Rude Man, this chalk carving of a naked, club-wielding, 180-foot giant dominates the landscape no matter which direction you approach from.…

Food and drink in Dorset

Dorset is ideally suited to the growing and savouring of seasonal, traditional and local food; its fertile soils, long farming history and food heritage…


This ancient town marking the boundary of the Blackmore Vale has much to offer the visitor, including two castles, a splendid abbey and a…


Dorchester as you see it today has been forged over a long and fascinating history. One of the great pleasures of wandering around the…

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…

6 days out along the Dorset coast

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

England’s most beautiful gardens

These are some of our favourite green spaces to wander in England.

Getting outdoors in Dorset

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