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5 great ways to enjoy North Dorset

PUBLISHED: 15:52 05 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:58 16 January 2017

The hilltop street of Gold Hill in the town of Shaftesbury (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The hilltop street of Gold Hill in the town of Shaftesbury (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Julian Elliott

Are you planning taking a trip to North Dorset? Ranging from the relaxing to the extreme, we’ve rounded up 5 great ways to enjoy the area

1. Folk Festival

The North Dorset Folk Festival will be enjoying its sixth year in October 2017 and offers the finest display of folk, roots and acoustic music. Due to the small size of the festival in contrast to others in the area, it is a unique experience for the audience. Starting at 12.30pm and ending around 10.30pm on the same day, it really is an intimate event. The festival has free parking on site, as well as a bar with food available all day, making it very accessible for locals as well as tourists visiting.


2. AA Shooting Schools

The AA Shooting School provides a fantastic day out for everyone. Situated on a working farm in Manston, it’s surrounded by the beautiful countryside and offers one-to-one lessons with a professional shooting instructor in addition to shooting classes for group fun days. There are a variety of shooting drills to engage in such as clay pigeon shooting or simply learning the basics of shooting and aiming. 


3. Gorcombe Extreme Sports

If you’re only in the North of Dorset for a limited time and you’re interested in physical activity, then the Gorcombe extreme sports centre is the ideal destination for you. They offer a range of activities such as quad biking, paintballing, clay shooting, swimming and archery. Gorcombe also has team building workshops and activities, making it beneficial for work colleagues or sports teams. Gorcombe is open seven days a week and all activities are reasonably priced with a full day of paintballing at £20.


4. Shaftesbury

The Shaftesbury market is the place to be every 3rd Sunday of the month with more than 60 stalls, stretching the entire High Street, showcasing the best food and drink from North Dorset and beyond as well as various international cuisine. Away from those foodie items, you’ll also find a host of jewellery, art and household items. During the summer months, up and coming local musicians will perform on market days outside the Town Hall.


5. Safari Glamping at Uxbridge Lodge

Get amongst the North Dorset wild flowers and woodland at this glamping location perfect for a weekend escape with the family and friends. For the adventurous glampers, Uxbridge Lodge offers the opportunity to try shooting, horse riding, bushcraft and archery. For lovers of the great outdoors, this campsite really is a must visit.

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