The Big Dorset Christmas Quiz

PUBLISHED: 11:11 04 December 2013 | UPDATED: 11:32 04 December 2013




What does ‘dumpsey’ mean and which word is never uttered on Portland? Where is Dorset’s highest hill and which is its longest river? Put your county knowledge to the test with our brain teasing family Christmas quiz and you could win 12 fabulous prizes

As a Christmas treat Dorset Magazine is offering readers the chance to take part in a fantastic festive competition. One lucky winner will enjoy a host of delights including: a cookery class for two at The Dining Room, Weymouth; a ‘have a go’ green wood craft course in Guy Mallinson’s woodland workshop in West Dorset; £100 voucher to spend at Cookes Furniture in Christchurch; a family photo session for four with KW Photography in Broadstone; lunch for two at Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis; an electric bike tour for two in West Dorset with Marshwood Trails Electric Bike Adventures; a case of wine from Gallo; a cocktail master class for four in The Venner Bar at The Bull Hotel, Bridport; ‘A Taste of Christmas’ Hamper from The Rural Farm Shop Company; family passes to Farmer Palmer’s; a pair of Virgin Balloon Flights and a pair of tickets to next year’s Asahi British Beach Polo Championships at Sandbanks.

How to enter:

For your chance to win all these special prizes to mark each of the 12 days of Christmas, simply answer all 24 questions correctly in this quiz compiled by Visit Dorset ( Send your answers together with your name and full contact details to The Big Dorset Quiz – DOR13FQ, c/o Katie Tait, Archant House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1BB. Alternatively you can email your answers along with your full contact details, quoting code DOR13FQ to


1. What is the highest point in Dorset?

A) Golden Cap

B) Lewesdon Hill

C) Pilsdon Pen

2. In what year did Bournemouth and Christchurch become part of Dorset?

A) 1974

B) 1980

C) 1994

3. Which is the longest river in Dorset?

A) Frome

B) Piddle

C) Stour

4. Brownsea Island is famous for being home to the world’s first ever...

A) Red Squirrel

B) Scout Camp

C) Rhododendron

5. How long is Chesil Beach?

A) 18 miles

B) 21 miles

C) 23 miles

6. Weymouth was famously a popular holiday spot for which royal?

A) King George III

B) King Charles I

C) Queen Elizabeth I

7. What is the largest hill fort in Dorset?

A) Hambledon Hill

B) Eggardon Hill

C) Maiden Castle

8. Dorset was the first place in England to grow which vegetable?

A) Parsnip

B) Carrot

C) Cabbage

9. Who lived at Clouds Hill?

A) Thomas Hardy

B) T.E. Lawrence

C) Mary Anning

10. What was Corfe Castle known as in Enid Blyton’s Famous Five novels?

A) Whispering Castle

B) Smugglers Castle

C) Kirrin Castle

11. What is Thomas Hardy’s fictional name for Dorchester?

A) Durnovaria

B) Casterbridge

C) Poundbury

12. What deadly disease arrived in Weymouth in the 14th Century?

A) The Black Death

B) Smallpox

C) Yellow Fever

13. In which village is Thomas Hardy’s heart buried?

A) Stinsford

B) Piddlehinton

C) Whitchurch Canonicorum

14. What is rumoured to be the most haunted house in Dorset?

A) Kingston Lacy

B) Birkin House

C) Athelhampton House

15. What year was the village of Tyneham evacuated?

A) 1943

B) 1940

C) 1915

16. Where in Dorset was ITV’s hit series Broadchurch filmed?

A) West Bay

B) Shaftesbury

C) Swanage

17. On Portland, it is unlucky to say which word?

A) Shark

B) Seagull

C) Rabbit

18. What does the term ‘stabbed by a Bridport dagger’ mean?

A) Stabbed by a dagger made in Bridport

B) To be hung at the gallows

C) To be deceived

19. England’s oldest post box still in use is in which Dorset village?

A) Bishop’s Caundle

B) Melbury Osmund

C) Plush

20. What does the word Magna mean?

A) Gap

B) River

C) Great

21. What does the Dorset word ‘dumpsey’ mean?

A) Scarecrow

B) dusk

C) bumble bee

22. How many species of butterfly does Dorset have?

A) 36

B) 48

C) 55

23. What does the term ‘Vinney’ mean from Dorset Blue Vinney?

A) Mould

B) Wine

C) Cheese

24. What is Dorset’s motto?

A) Boldly and Rightly

B) Who’s Afear’d

C) Strength in Unity

12 Gifts for Christmas:

PRIZE 1: ‘A Taste of Christmas’ Hamper from The Rural Farm Shop Company

The Rural Farm Shop Company specialise in a range of handmade luxury hampers of Dorset and West Country food and drink including a selected range of gluten-free and organic products. Presented in a quality wicker hamper, each one provides a unique experience of luxuriously local food; a perfect gift for any occasion.

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Tel: 01929 498382

PRIZE 2: A Cookery Class for two at The Dining Room including lunch

Spend a day with local Michelin-trained chef Taher Jibet. “Taher is the perfect teacher, in that he patiently, good humouredly and expertly demonstrated, instructed and supervised every aspect of the preparation and cooking….. This is such an informal, relaxed, and friendly way in which to learn a new skill.” Fran Rolls Trip Advisor.

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Tel: 01305 783008

PRIZE 3: Family photo session for four with KW Photography

KW Photography is an award-winning professional photographer offering fantastic photographs to cherish from her studio in Broadstone, Poole. Your prize is for a family photo session for four and a disc of 10 images. KW Photography look forward to helping you create those special memories that last a lifetime.

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Tel: 07749270431

PRIZE 4: 12 bottles of Gallo Moscato Wine

Perfect for seasonal parties or quiet nights in with friends, Gallo Family Vineyards’ Moscato is a light to medium-bodied wine with notes of luscious fruit and florals including juicy peach, citrus, pineapple and orange blossom. Pair with elegant canapés of smoked salmon, pigs in blankets and mini mince pies this Christmas.

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Tel: 01895 813444

PRIZE 5: ‘Have a Go’ green wood course at Guy Mallinson’s woodland workshop in West Dorset

Learn whittling, shrink pot making or how to make a spatula using a drawknife in this hands-on two-hour green wood course. The prize is for two participants on any available weekday. As seen on the BBC Mastercrafts series. Guy Mallinson also offers Crafty Camping - luxury adult-only glamping in the woods.

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Tel: 01460 221102

PRIZE 6: £100 Cookes Furniture voucher

Cookes Furniture is offering a £100 voucher which can be spent on anything in their Christchurch store, where it not only sells quality furniture but home accessories such as pictures, vases and photo frames. With brands such as G Plan, Ercol, Ekornes, Tempur and Vi Spring there will be plenty to choose from.

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Tel: 01202 488388

PRIZE 7: Three Family Passes to Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Whatever the weather, Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park at Organford near Poole is an ideal family day out. You’ll get close to all sorts of farm animals, learn all about them and have a lot of fun doing it. The new biomass boiler is heating the park with eco-warmth, making it “The Hottest Farm Park in Dorset!”

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Tel: 01202 622022

PRIZE 8: A pair of Virgin Balloon Flights National Weekday Morning Vouchers

Virgin Balloon Flights launch from over 100 locations across the UK. Whichever site you choose you’ll marvel at the beautiful British landscape and wildlife hundreds of feet below. Then, as you relax sipping champagne after landing, you’ll want to do itall over again!

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Tel: 0844 844 8080

PRIZE 9: Hospitality tickets to the Asahi British Beach Polo Championships 2014

Sandpolo are delighted to offer two full Hospitality Tickets for a day at the Asahi British Beach Polo Championships 2014 to be held at Sandbanks, Poole on 11th& 12th July. The experience includes a champagne reception with the players and celebrities followed by an exquisite lunch, afternoon tea and polo after-party in the hospitality lounge.

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PRIZE 10: Cocktail Master Class for four in The Venner Bar at The Bull Hotel, Bridport

Learn how to mix, muddle and mash the perfect cocktail in this private master class for you and your friends. Hosted by Lloyd Brown in The Bull Hotel’s famous Venner Bar you’ll hear about the history of cocktails, taste the ingredients and learn to shake and create the perfect one for you.

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Tel: 01308 422878

PRIZE 11: Exclusive electric bike tour for two with Marshwood Trails Electric Bike Adventures

Marshwood Trails offer guided tours, rentals and ‘try before you buy’ taster sessions on their state-of-the-art electric bikes in breathtaking West Dorset countryside. Power assisted bikes make cycling up the steepest hills an absolute breeze. Destinations include Marshwood Vale, Bride Valley, Hardy Country and Portland.

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Tel: 07796 135256

PRIZE 12: Lunch for Two at Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis

Hix Oyster and Fish House overlooks the harbour in Lyme Regis and boasts the most stunning panoramic views across the Jurassic coast. The prize is to be taken Tuesday – Friday and offers a three-course set lunch for two and a ‘Quick Fix’ cocktail on arrival.

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Tel: 01297 446910

Terms & Conditions: Competition closes at midday on Friday, January 3, 2014. The winner will be the first entry selected at random from all correct entries received. In the event of no fully correct entries being received, the winner will be the first entry selected at random from all highest scoring entries received. The winner will be notified within 14 days of the competition closing. Entrants must be 18 years or older. Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. No cash alternatives. Employees and relatives of Archant, the prize providing companies and associated companies are not eligible to enter. Entries that are illegible, received after the closing date or that are not in accordance with all terms and conditions will be disqualified. The winner’s contact details will be passed to companies providing the prizes in order for the prize to be organised direct. The decision of the editor is final and no correspondence will be entered into. In the event of any advertised prize being unavailable for whatever reason, Archant is not responsible and is not required to offer a prize of equal or greater value. UK entries only. Full Archant terms and conditions can be viewed on the Dorset magazine website. All terms and conditions of individual prizes must be adhered to: Prize 1: picture is for illustrative purposes only and contents may differ. Prize 2: includes lunch and drinks, must be taken in conjunction with The Dining Room in Weymouth and can be a beginners or advanced cookery class. Prize 3: must be taken in accordance with KW photography before 30th September 2014. Prize 4: to be in accordance with Gallo Family Vineyards’. Prize 5: the prize is for two participants on any available weekday. Prize 6: the voucher is to be spent in the Christchurch Store. Prize 7: prize is valid for either two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Prize 8: to be taken in conjunction with Virgin Balloon Flights. Prize 9: tickets are valid on either 11 or 12 July 2014. Prize 10: to be taken in conjunction with The Bull Hotel. Prize 11: to be taken in conjunction with Marshwood Trails. Prize 12: to be taken in 2014 between Tuesday – Friday. Prize excludes other beverages and service.

Disclaimer: The questions for the Big Dorset Christmas Quiz have been compiled by Visit Dorset using available sources to corroborate the answers. Visit Dorset or Dorset Magazine cannot be held responsible for any errors or inaccuracies.

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