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Abbotsbury Swannery
For over 600 years this colony of friendly mute swans has made its home at the Abbotsbury Sanctuary.

Athelhampton House and Gardens
Athelhampton House is a fine 15th century manor house and is surrounded by one of the finest architectural gardens of England.

The Blue Pool
Dorset's unique and tranquil beauty spot close to the ancient town of Wareham.

Brownsea Island
Atmospheric island of heath and woodland with wide variety of wildlife. National Trust property.

The Children's Farm
The ancient Tithe Barn at Abbotsbury is home to a host of friendly farm animals.

Clouds Hill
The rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence. National Trust property.

Corfe Castle
A thousand year old castle in ruins rising above the Isle of Purbeck. National Trust property.

Cricket St Thomas
Wildlife Park

The Dinosaur Museum
The incredible world of dinosaurs comes alive in Dorchester.

Dorset County Museum
A independent museum, owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society.

Forde Abbey and Gardens
A fascinating house and glorious gardens.

Hardy Monument
Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy. National Trust property.

Hardy's Cottage
Birthplace of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy. National Trust property.

Highcliffe Castle
A 19th century castle built on the site previously occupied by High Cliff, a Georgian mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute (a founder of Kew Gardens), with grounds laid out by Capability Brown.

Kingston Lacy
Elegant country mansion with important collections, set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland. National trust property.

Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens
Donkeys, goats, sheep, pot bellied pigs and many other animals to see.

Lulworth Castle and Park
The estate offers many attractions and beautiful countryside to explore.

Minterne Gardens
The Minterne Valley, landscaped in the manner of Capability Brown in the 18th Century. The gardens are laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House, with a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams.

Max Gate
Home of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy. National Trust property.

Monkey World
Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates.

The Purbeck Vineyard
A new vineyard for a new century!

Royal Signals Museum
The national museum of Army communications and the exhibits and displays show the part that communications have played in the many wars and campaigns of the last 150 years. Near to the Georgian town of Blandford.

Sherborne Castle
Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, the castle is set in 40 acres of glorious 'Capability' Brown landscaped gardens and grounds around his 50 acre lake, the Castle contains a splendid collection of art, furniture and porcelain.

Sub-tropical Gardens at Abbotsbury
A mixture of formal and informal, with charming walled garden walks and spectacular woodland valley views.

Swanage Pier
A unique old Victorian Pier that lies in the Southern area of Swanage Bay.

Swanage Railway
Dorset's premier standard gauge preserved steam railway.

Tank Museum
An Independent Museum for story of armoured warfare (near Bovington).

Teddy Bear Museum
A unique family house with people sized bears.

Terracotta Warriors
A stunning exhibition of the Chinese Terracotta army from the Chin Dynasty.

The Town Mill
A working watermill and more in the heart of Lyme Regis.

The Tutankhamun Exhibition
A spectacular re-creation of Tutankhamun's tomb and treasures.

Worth Café and Craft Centre
Tucked away in the Purbeck hills at Worth Matravers, you will find a greta place to relax and enjoy delicious meals in the licensed restuarant, and An 'Aladdins's cave' shop selling local crafts.

Explore the south west coast path -South Dorset
The South Dorset has a massive variety of coastal scenery, and is probably the most photographed part of the path.

Weymouth attractions

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Abbotsbury events

Abbotsbury Music
Cinderella (la Cenerentola) by Rossini performed outdoors.

Beaminster Festival
Music and Visual Arts.

Bournemouth Folk Festival
A folk festival for 2006 on the south coast.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair
A look at the English way of life in the country in the 1800s and early 1900s when steam power was in its heyday.

Race for Life
Helping cancer research at Kingston Maurward..

Swanage Folk Festival

Swanage Jazz Festival
Great jazz on the beautiful Dorset coast.

Weymouth events

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Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is part of East Dorset.

The Dorset Coast Forum
The Dorset Coast Forum was established in 1995 to look at the long-term issues facing the Dorset Coast.

Dorset Countryside Volunteers
Provides help in keeping the Dorset countryside beautiful. DCV is a practical conservation group set up in 1972.

Butterfly Conservation Dorset Branch

This charity aims to save wild Butterflies and Moths and their Habitats.

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Genealogy and History

Blackmore Vale
Covering geneology in Gillingham, Pulham, Sherborne, Stalbridge and Sturminster Newton.

RAF Warmwell
Reflections of RAF Warmwell - a history of a Battle of Britain Airfield - a book by Anthony Cooke.

The Scadding Genealogy
Interested in Scaddens in Dorset then this is the place to visit. The site is intended to help the flow of genealogical information between those interested in the Scad/d/ans/ens/engs/ings however they spell our name.

Tolpuddle Martyrs
The story of the martyrs told on this website.
A very comprehensive informative site on Weymouth and the surrounding areas, and useful for Dorset family history and Genealogy. Forums
For those with an interest in either local history or genealogy in the county of Dorset, England. While the emphasis is on the Weymouth area, anyone is welcome to post questions and answers to the forums for anywhere in the county.

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Artists etc.

Marilyn Allis

A wonderful water colour artist who works in Dorset.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
The orchestra has been giving concerts since its beginnings in 1893.

Bridport Arts Centre
The historic venue has a 200-seat theatre, three gallery spaces plus a café and bar.

Dorchester Arts Centre
Acts, workshops, poetry and much more.

Dorchester Camera Club

Dorset Arts and Crafts Association
DACA hosts an annual exhibition of art and craft work, beginning on the first Friday in August.

Dorset Blues Society

Howling at the Moon
A local Dorset band. "The great white hope of British folk" -BBC Radio 2.

Since 2003 Moontown have been pioneering the "Flip-Pop" sound, with a smooth mix of Toby's feel good tunes and Emma's soulful vocals they have already entertained thousands

Mowlem Theatre
A seafront theatre in Swanage which opened in 1967 and replaced the smaller original Victorian building which had stood for over 100 years.

RAFT Dorset
A group of Dorset-based artists and craftworkers who have joined together to bring their work into the public domain and contribute together to the development and promotion of visual and contemporary arts.

Royal Manor Workshops
Supporting Arts and Crafts in Portland

Stories of Ged
The site of writer Ged Duncan who tells tales of smuggling. You can download a free storytelling e-book from the site and listen to free audio samples.

The Thomas Hardy Society
The Thomas Hardy Society was established in 1968, the fortieth anniversary of Thomas Hardy’s death. Its aim was to make his work better known and to bring together those who enjoy his books.

Wellbeloved Gallery (Portland)
Here you will find some of the finest ceramics in the country and paintings by Dorset artists.

Wessex Barn
A 16th century building which offers 21st century creativity.

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Community pages

Buckland Newton
A village in Dorset located between Sherborne to the north and the County town of Dorchester to the south.

Burton Bradstock
A village effort to put together all that is important to the people who live, work and spend their leisure in the village.

This site is sponsored by the Affpuddle and Turnerspuddle Parish Council for the benefit of all who live within the combined parish. It is called "Briantspuddle" only for ease of use.

A village resource for locals and visitors.

Cerne Abbas
The official website of Cerne Valley Parish Council. Cerne Abbas is in the centre of Dorset. (Christchurch)
A community portal for Christchurch in the east of the county.

This is Dorchester On-Line
A virtual community for Dorchester.

Frampton is a very small village in West Dorset that still maintains its rural aspect and character.

Maiden Newton
It is an information resource for the inhabitants and friends of the Parishes of Maiden Newton and Frome Vauchurch.

A village between Dorchester and Wareham bext known for its connection with Lawrence of Arabia.

Poundbury is a mixed urban development of Town Houses, Cottages, Shops & Light Industry, designed for the Prince of Wales.

Sherborne is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful towns in England. With its abundance of medieval buildings, superb Abbey, picturesque Almshouse and two Castles, Sherborne has much to offer visitors.

Worth Matravers
Some four miles to the west of Swanage, nestling in a fold in the Purbeck Hills, lies the picturesque stone village of Worth Matravers.

Sydling St Nicholas
The parish is extremely rich in wildlife and has many picturesque landscapes.

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Bournemouth & Poole College
Serving the community through world class, high quality education and training, and the pursuit of excellence.

Canford School
Set in over 300 acres of beautiful parkland in Wimborne. The school enjoys an enviable location as well as an impressive academic record.

Castle Court School
Christian education of high academic standards, in a happy, caring and purposeful environment. Surrounded by the lovely grounds of the Knoll House

Cheselbourne Village School
Situated in an attractive rural setting in Dorset, close to Dorchester.

Information and support service for 13 to 19 year olds, intended to make sure young people get the help they need to make the most of their lives.

Dorchester Preparatory/Independent School
A small and caring co-educational school set in the heart of the county town of Dorchester.

Jump Start
Fun Activity Classes for Children in Weymouth and Dorchester. A fun activity environment to encourage concentration and confidence, develop language, music and numbers.

Loders Primary School
A small village primary school near Bridport with a very informative history section.

The Old Malthouse School
The Old Malthouse is proud to be a small school. With around one-hundred pupils, everyone gets to know everyone else, which makes going to school a lot less daunting. Located at Langton Matravers.

Sherborne Preparatory School
Founded in 1885, the school is set in twelve acres of attractive grounds and gardens in the historic town of Sherborne

St Anthony's Leweston Schools
A school that stands in forty acres of beautiful parkland near Sherborne, with views that are stunning any time of the year. Rejoice and Do Well.

The Thomas Hardye School
A Dorchester based school.

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Animal sanctuary
The Margaret Green Foundation Trust was founded in 1965 by the late Mr Jerry Green in order to care and provide sanctuary for unwanted, abandoned and cruelly treated animals.

Dorset Animal Workers Group
Looking to re-home or foster a dog in need of love in Dorset?

Dorchester Carnival Band
The band is the premier Dorset carnival band, raising money for all sorts of charities and provide excellent entertainment for everyone.

Dorset Residential Homes

Provides specialist care, support and accommodation for adults with a moderate to severe learning disability, and additional complex needs. Our services also provide for people with a serious and enduring mental illness.

Dorset And Somerset Air Ambulance
Launched in 2000 to provide a dedicated, fast and flexible service.

Age Concern Dorchester
Helps promote the well-being of all older people.

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Places to stay

Breach House
Breach House offers bed and breakfast accomodation with a difference in a contemporary but traditionally thatched house in West Lulworth .

Castle Inn
16th century thatched inn with accommodation and flambe a'la carte restaurant. Close to Lulworth Cove.

The Casterbridge Hotel
A Georgian residence and concealed courtyard annex combine to provide a peaceful haven behind the bustling street scene of this pleasant and historic county town.

Church Farm Stables
The Stables are adjacent to Church Farm and set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Dorset.

Eype’s Mouth Country Hotel
Set in the small Dorset village of Eype, Eype’s Mouth Country Hotel, is a family run 18 bedroom hotel.

Gorwell Farm
Gorwell is a family-run farm, ideally positioned in its own secret wooded valley.

Highfield Bed & Breakfast
A family home backing onto open fields, set among thatched cottages in the peaceful hamlet of Coombe Keynes near Lulworth Cove.

The Ilchester Arms Hotel
The stone built Inn nestles in an idyllic setting at the centre of Abbotsbury Village (dates back to 1734).

Linton Cottage
Bee and Bee with a difference! Has been nominated for the BBC Food Programme's "Best Bed & Breakfast in Britain". Based in Abbotsbury.

Marquis of Lorne
A 16th century inn situated at Nettlecombe in West Dorset.

The Priory Country House Hotel
Steeped in history, The Priory dates from the early sixteenth century and stands in over four acres of beautifully landscaped gardens nestled on the banks of the River Frome.

Puncknowle Manor Cottages
Two high quality self-catering holiday properties set in a traditional farming village near the coast in Dorset countryside.

The Sherborne Hotel
This modern hotel stands in eight acres of grounds near Sherborne. A 3 star hotel, ideal for families at weekends or a business stay during the week.

Worgret Manor Hotel
A hotel deep in the heart of Thomas Hardy country (near Wareham).

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Businesses -non national
Please note I have no affiliation with the commercial websites listed below.

Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens
Online catalogue detailing the special range of plants that can be supplied to bring a touch of the exotic to any garden.

Alter Ego
Fancy dress and accessories. Shops in Dorchester and Bournemouth.

Charlie's Drumstore
A very different kind of drum store, based in Dorchester.

Dorset Cereals Ltd
An independent company based in Dorchester who produce a range of extremely high quality, delicious tasting,healthy eating Muesli products.

Express Glass
Window repairs, shopfront replacements, frame repairs and carpentry. Based in Weymouth and Dorchester.

The Firestation
Based in Dorchesters old Firestation this two floor bar and club is a lively and exciting place to spend your nights out.

Forest Friends Photography
A freelance photographer based near Hengistbury Head in Dorset.

House of Dorchester
Manufacturer of a range of fine chocolate producst for a variety of market places.

Jeff Morland Balloon Decorator
Balloons are a perfect ingredient for beautiful, memorable wedding decor. From eye catching entrances to magnificent sculptures to captivating canopies.

Main Event Balloons
A professional balloon decoration company, serving Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester and West Dorset

Marquis of Lorne
A 16th century inn situated at Nettlecombe in West Dorset.

Purbeck Ice Cream
A company passionate about its unique farm made ice creams. Made with only the finest natural ingredients, no artificial or added colours.Tempt yourself with innovative and distinctly different Purbeck Ice Cream.

Red Plum Gallery
Established in April 2005 as the retail outlet for artist owners Ray Goodey and Yvonne Edwards. Based in Bridport.

Suppliers of High Quality Shoes, Boots, Sandals, Clogs, Sunglasses, Goggles and Watches.


think!clothing was set up to address the dearth of attractive fairly traded womenswear available in the UK and to provide India's rural and urban poor with a means of income earned through traditional handloom weaving and garment production. Although not a Dorset company, the inspiration behind the company is from Dorset.

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The Dorset Big Cats Register
Report sighting of any unusual, large, apparently non-native, feline animal in the wild in Dorset

John Crocker's Pictures of Dorset
Writing and pictures covering Dorset's history, literature, geology and beautiful landscapes.

Dorset Bird Club
A non-profit making club run by people, both keen birdwatchers and conservation professionals, who care about Dorset's birds, its habitats and other wildlife.

Visit Dorset
The Visit-Dorset website provides you with travel and tourist information for Dorset. So whether you are planning to holiday in Dorset or come for a short break or business trip, Visit-Dorset has all the information you need:

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