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PUBLISHED: 10:57 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:25 22 February 2018

Take your canine chum for a walk at Studland

Take your canine chum for a walk at Studland

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Visit Dorset share some of their favourite things to do around the county at this magical time of year

1. Enjoy the great Dorset outdoors

Nothing beats a bracing coast or country walk on a crisp winter’s day. This is a great time of year to explore Dorset’s stunning natural beauty and escape from the madding crowds doing their Christmas shopping.

Dorset walks are internationally renowned with over 4,700 well-signed and waymarked footpaths, bridleways and byways to explore. These walking routes meander across the county, linking photogenic villages and cosy pubs with rolling countryside and world class coastline. There really is no better time to wrap up and set off on your own adventure – or better still introduce Christmas visitors to the county you call home.


2. Beach days with your dog

With mile upon mile of glorious beaches, why not head to the coast with your four-legged friend? They will truly enjoy sharing some time with you in this lovely setting. It’s a chance for you and your faithful chum to enjoy a stroll on the beach. Pack a picnic (and some dog biscuits) and a flask of soup or hot chocolate and channel your inner ‘Famous Fiver’. Don’t forget to take a bucket and spade in case you get the chance to build a sandcastle or two – whatever your age! 


3. A bit of Dorset hygge

Dorset boasts some fabulous village pubs where you can tuck into some scrumptious homemade food, using the freshest local ingredients, in front of a roaring log fire and enbrace the hygge spirit. Relax with friends whilst sampling some traditional local ale or toast the season with a glass of local fizz from Furleigh or Langham Estates.

Seek out one of the many farmers’ markets held across the county, where you can sample a wide variety of award-winning Dorset food and drink that reflect the diversity of the county. You’re bound to find a delicious Christmas gift or two. 


4. Unearth your own dinosaur

The winter storms along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, which stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth to Old Harry Rocks in Swanage, are incredibly dramatic. These rough seas can also unearth some fascinating fossils, so this is a good time of year for a spot of fossil hunting. Gather the family together and join an organised guided fossil wall. Under the guidance of an expert who knows what exciting treasures you will discover?


5. Enjoy Dorset’s Christmas spirit

Dorset has a wealth of independent boutiques and shops, not to mention seasonal markets, selling quality gifts, confectionary and much more, making your Christmas shopping experience a real pleasure. Add in twinkling lights, carol singers, lantern parades, Christmas Tree Festivals and even a visit from Santa and you’ll soon see why Christmas in Dorset is truly magical! For more information on how to enjoy this fantastic season head over to visit-dorset.com. 


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