Join us as we take a look through the history books at the famous village of Tyneham situated on the South Coast of Dorset. This small village was abandoned during World War II and has been stuck in a time warp since.
We will also be exploring the surrounding areas and discovering the local attractions of Poole, Swanage and Bournemouth. Find out why it is a popular holiday destination and discover some of the best accommodation spots.
With it being such a beautiful part of the country to live you may decide that you actually want to relocate here, so find out about local property market and the most popular areas that you may consider.
With a plethora of fantastic things to see and do right outside your doorstep, there is simply nowhere better than the county of Dorset for couples and families looking for that perfect, relaxing break. Dorset certainly has something to suit all tastes. From award-winning beaches to beautiful, unspoilt countryside regions to discover, we believe there is simply nowhere better!
From dramatic castles for the history buffs to seaside attractions for the watersports enthusiasts amongst you, our region boasts a diverse and exciting choice of things to do!
Previously a location for several popular TV and film productions, our iconic coastline is an area of outstanding natural beauty! As well as fabulous day time activities, there is an array of exciting nightlife to choose from too, to keep the masses entertained. Most nightlife is concentrated in the towns of Bournemouth, Weymouth and Poole, where you can find the usual bars and restaurants, nightclubs and family entertainment options such as multiplex cinemas, theatres and bowling alleys.
Even better, planning your stay in Dorset couldn’t be easier. The region offers a range of accomodation to suit individual choices – from full board to self-catering and B & B options.
Plan your Dorset break today – and prepare to be blown away!
Tyneham is a small village and parish in south Dorset on the Isle of Purbeck. It is in close proximity to Worbarrow Bay on the Jurassic Coast which was evacuated during World War II as a temporary measure by order of the War Office. To be used as a temporary firing range and training ground for troops, the village was not returned to the residents and in 1948 a compulsory purchase order was placed on the land.
Indeed, today the village remains under the control of the Army Ranges but public access is permitted during holidays at at weekends. Historical exhibitions can be viewed in the two intact buildings – the school house and Tyneham church
The areas of Poole, Swanage and Bournemouth have so many attractions that will appeal to visting tourists and local residents alike. With thousands of visitors a year, whether you enjoy spending time getting back to nature at the beach, walking along the coastal paths or taking part in many of the planned activities both on and off the water, this area has something for everyone. From family adventures to romantic weekends away, and boasting attractions and activities to suit all budgets and tastes, you will certainly find something that you will enjoy!
Of course, visting during the warm summer months, you will benefit from the mild coastal climate too.
If you haven’t yet considered Dorset as a location for a romantic weekend getaway, then you need to seriously add it to your contender list! With an abundance of quaint cottages and modern hotels, rolling countryside and breath taking coastal scenery, Dorset and its local attractions could be the ideal setting for a lovely short break. Why not treat your loved one for a special wedding anniversary, or Valentines Day perhaps? With an abundance of beautiful scenery and high quality accomodation to choose from, Dorset is THE most perfect place for a honeymoon celebration or romantic marriage proposal!
From January through to December, Dorset plays host to a multitude of festivals and family shows guaranteed to keep the hoards entertained from dawn through to dusk. With many attractions centering around the region’s key agricultural and maritime heritage, visitors to the region will never be bored.
Location: Lighthouse, Kingland Road, Poole
When: 24 – 25/02/2018 Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: £10.00 per day or £8.00 for concessions Children under 14 go FREE of charge
Kicking off the New Year in a good way and starting as we mean to go on, is the Lighthouse Holistic Festival in Poole, Dorset at the end of February. Focusing on health improvement, browse a selection of over 110 stands covering a wide selection of health related topics including activities to keep you active, complimentary therapy techniques and activities to promote positive mental wellbeing.
Throughout the day there are planned presentations, workshops and group activities to participate in.
Enquiries: [email protected]
Tel: 01736 366579
Location: Poole Quay Boat Haven
When: 08/06/2018 – 10/06/2018 Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free of charge
Now in its fourth year, The Poole Harbour Boat Show showcases in excess of 200 boats, associated watersports big and small, throughout this award winning marina. Better still, this fantastic event is FREE to enter and is a great day out for family and friends.
Activities are planned throughout the day to include live demonstrations, taster sessions and a fantastic fireworks display.
Enquiries: [email protected]
There are a number of infamous culinary fetes showcasing throughout the region during the summer months. If you are visiting in the Spring-early Summer, Christchurch Food & Wine Festival takes place in May (12th -13th May 2018) and is worthy of a visit.
The other worthy of note is the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, Weymouth Harbour in July (14th – 15th July 2018). A must for seafood lovers, browse the finest selection of local seafood on offer at this fantastic yearly event.
Location: The village of Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum
When: August Bank Holiday 2018
For the train spotter amongst you, or simply for a jolly good day out with the family, head on down to The Great Dorset Steam Fair this August. Now celebrating its 50th year, and with over 200,000 vistors from the UK and abroad each year, this is more than just a train exhibition. By all means, explore the steam engines of yesteryear, pack a picnic, grab an ice-cream and explore the steam engines of yesteryear at this fab heritage event. Just make sure you also pack time in your day to visit the many craft exhibitions on show, browse the fantastic Food Hall and take in the variety shows on offer. For real enthusiasts, there is the option to camp on site too and a popular Music Festival is also available to book. From small beginnings this annual event has become one of the favoured places for those interested in how people lived, worked and played in bygone years and is a fab way to while away the long bank holiday weekend!
Enquiries: [email protected]
Tel: 01258 860361
Not to be missed, this good, all-round family attraction, Camp Bestival is quickly becoming well renowned for its wholesome, value-for-money entertainment for families, young and old.
Set in the grounds of the beautiful Lulworth Castle and now boasting a multitude of awards, including Best Family Festival 2017, 2014, 2013, 2010 and 2009. Camp Bestival is both a festival and camping holiday rolled into one – the perfect activity for the long summer holidays!
For the teenagers and adults there is a cracking musical line-up – past artists such as 80’s legends such as Blondie and Madness rub shoulders with contemporary artists like Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit, and guarantee an eclectic musical mix to suit all tastes and ages.
But music is not all there is to offer. Camp Bestival is all about all-round family entertainment. Expect a dazzling array of alternative activities to keep your daily schedule full to the brim; including contemporary theatre, circus entertainment in the Big Top, a Sports Park, Soft Play area and Go-Karts arena.
And with many tasty street food stalls to choose from whilst onsite, there is no danger of anyone going hungry, whilst enjoying all the camp has to offer.
Enquiries: [email protected]
Tel: 020 3327 4810
Location: The Dorchester Showground, Nr Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1NF
When: 1st – 2nd September 2018
Cost: £17 per adult Children under 16 go FREE
An annual show spanning one weekend, with nearly 500 exhibitors and a choice of family entertainment.
The popular county show is the perfect opportunity for local farming families to showcase their very best livestock and homegrown produce, and promote what they do. Expect traditional entertainment in the form of farming competitions including sheep dog trials, sheep races, show jumping and more besides. Local produce stalls offer culinary delights including home-made jams and chutneys, homemade wines, organic vegetables and arts and crafts.
The show offers a fun-filled, action packed weekend for all ages. Tickets are available to purchase from several of Dorset’s Tourist Information Centres including Bridport, Lyme Regis, Christchurch and Swanage.
Contact: [email protected]
Tel: 01305 264249
For further up to date information on these and other annual attractions, dates and times, please visit Dorset Tourism Information Website.
Are you thinking of getting married away from home? Why not consider the beautiful areas of Dorset and the nearby New Forest? With miles upon miles of incredible coastline and lush, green forest, these two areas of natural beauty offer unrivalled locations for your UK wedding destination.
Better still, with a range of wedding venue locations and styles to choose from, you would be hard pushed to find anywhere better. From traditional country manor houses and historic castles, to luxury tipi and festival style yurts to hire overlooking the fabulous coastline or lush green countryside, wedding couples have the luxury of choosing from top notch 5 star hotels with onsite accommodation or opting for something a little more rustic and festival in style instead.
Post wedding and for the perfect honeymoon retreat, we believe you can’t beat the beautiful Dorset countryside and coast. A region of two halves, Dorset really does have something for all tastes and is the perfect setting for a wonderfully post wedding break. Once here, unwind and kick back as the pace of life slows right down. With a warm welcome from the locals guaranteed and lots of beautiful places to see and visit, Dorset will quickly feel like your home from home in no time at all.
From private rural retreats in luxuriously secluded cottages; regenerating stays in top quality spa hotels to warm and welcoming B & B’s by the sea, as well as an unrivalled selection of top eateries and bars to frequent, your choice of honeymoon holiday itinerary is sublime.
The perfect romantic getaway
Your honeymoon is hopefully a once in a lifetime occasion. Searching for the perfect location can sometimes be an arduous task. Where do you even begin?
For the last word in ultimate relaxation, why not treat yourself by booking into one of the region’s finest spa hotels for a relaxing honeymoon break in Dorset. These fab hotels offer all-inclusive spa facilities, gymnasiums and 5 star eating experiences for relaxing stays and the best that fine dining can offer.
Dorset also boasts many self-catering cottages if you prefer a more private stay and that ‘getting away from it all’ feeling. With a choice of country or coastal paths to explore, you certainly will not be stuck for what to do whilst staying in the region. The cliff tops of West Dorset are particularly impressive and memorable. Many cottages boast real and authentic wood burners too for that perfect romantic night in in front of the fire; after returning tired from a long day’s walk by the sea.
Perhaps you like to really enjoy the fresh air and get one with nature and something a little more-earthy might appeal? There are some gorgeous campsites in Dorset, many offering private beaches overlooking the Jurassic Coast or nestled within secluded woodland locations throughout the region. For luxury glamping options, there are various campsites throughout the region too offering 4 and 5 star camping facilities. Glamping offers all the benefits of regular camping – the countryside views, eating al fresco and sleeping under canvas but with the added benefit of all the home comforts we have come to know and love, including comfy beds, wooden decks and even en-suite bathroom facilities in some locations.
Tea for Two
If choosing the self-catering option for your break away, it is good to know that there are a good choice of eateries to choose from, both for mid-afternoon munchies and for a more formal affair in the evening too. In addition to an array of fabulous seafood restaurants to choose from for your evening meal, Dorset is home to a wonderful collection of cafes and bars, where you can stop awhile in between exploring, recharge the batteries and have a bite to eat.
If you are a fan of a spot of cream tea, then Dorset offers some of the finest cream teas the country has to offer. With giant homemade scones, baked sweet treats and the region’s finest jams and locally produced clotted cream, what is there not to like? How very British of you!
Perhaps you are yet to pop the question but would love to do so in one of the most romantic spots in the country. No problem! We have it covered!
Our Top Five Most Romantic Places to Propose in Dorset are:
Picture the scene. Walking hand in hand stroll along the beach; preferably as the sun begins to go down right? From secluded coves, to action packed seasides, you can take your pick from a range of award winning beaches along this stunning coastline too.
Pack a flask of soup and a picnic blanket too for al-fresco dining by the sea. Don’t forget the champers too and you have the most romantic setting for the perfect proposal!
Aboard your very own Boat
The perfect way to explore this dramatic coastline, jetty out from your local port and discover many of the picture perfect shorelines and harbours on offer such as Mudeford, Weymouth and Christchurch. With such a picture perfect backdrop, and plenty of beautiful seaside towns to choose from, the luxury of chartering your own boat for the day means you can pick the most picturesque spot to get down one knee.
In the Beautiful Forest
Although not officially a part of Dorset, the New Forest is too beautiful to ignore and is a must visit. Playing host to the National Park, you will be delighted to be up close and personal to a variety of wonderful wildlife too; including the local ponies, forest deer and indigenous birds. At one with nature, and with no interruption from the madding crowds, all you have to do is choose your most perfect moment to pop the question.
Flying High on Romance
We can’t think of a better way to ask for their hand in marriage than this most romantic of proposals! Take to the sky and enjoy a once in a lifetime experience as you enjoy your very own hot-air champagne balloon ride over the South West England skyline. Available on a daily basis, this option is best booked in advance.
Choose from sunrise or sunset flights and remember to take your video recorder; you are going to want to record this one!
Whilst watching the sunset
Of course, no list of the top most romantic proposals would be complete without this one! With some of the most iconic landmarks in the country, this really would be a memorable sight to behold and something they will treasure forever.
So, you’ve popped the question and they even said YES! Now the hardwork really begins! With so much to plan and prepare, the start of wedding planning can feel very bewildering. Never fear! Read on for our ultimate wedding planning check list and take the stress out of planning your big day:
The Ultimate Wedding Planning Check List
12 to 18 months before
During the process of wedding planning you will create lots of lists, pin tons of image ideas, supplier details and cost breakdowns. Get organized ahead of time and have your own wedding folder with relevant planning sections for wedding attire, possible venues, wedding décor and the such.
Tie down the costs
First and foremost create your wedding day budget spreadsheet. This will determine how much you can afford to budget and help you stick to this throughout the planning process,
With budget in mind, now is the time to think of guests to invite and who to leave off the list. It may sound harsh, but remember, the more people you invite, the higher the overall cost.
Reserve your date and venues.
Particularly important if you are thinking of hosting a wedding away from your home town, book your date and venue early to avoid disappointment and to ensure sufficient time is given to family and guests to allow them to take part in your special day, and to allow them to book local accommodation ahead of time. Don’t forget to book your officiant too.
Research local photographers, wedding transport, bands, florists, caterers and suppliers.
Keep their contact information in your binder and book early to avoid disappointment. Many reputable suppliers get booked up to a year or more in advance, especially during the popular summer months.
Nine to 12 Months Before
Hire the photographer and the videographer.
No need to talk specifics yet, but be sure that the people you hire are open to doing the shots that you want.
Purchase your wedding attire.
You’ll need to schedule time for at least three fittings.
Six Months Before
Purchase invitations and post.
Start planning a honeymoon.
Make sure you leave room in the wedding budget for this all important item.
Work out the running schedule for the big day.
Talk to your wedding venue and they can help with this. With tons of experience of when to schedule in the key wedding day traditions such as wedding day speeches, cutting of the cake and your first dance, your venue Event Coordinator will offer some much need words of wisdom.
Five to Four Months Before
Book the wedding rehearsal.
If you are planning on getting married away from home, book your travel and hotel stays now for this.
Arrange the finer details
Purchase the last minute items – wedding shoes, jewellery, make up etcetera. Book your hair and beauty appointments for the day itself. Attend your final dress fittings and make any last minute alterations needed.
Plan out the seating for your wedding reception.
Two Months Before
Finalise the readings.
Determine what you would like to have read at the ceremony—and whom you wish to do the readings.
Purchase the wedding rings.
One month Before
Check in with all your suppliers.
Make sure they are all aware of any last minute changes to the wedding day schedule – when each supplier should arrive to set up and any individual requirements stipulated. Meet with the photographer and run through the key photographs you would like them to capture on the day.
Get your marriage license.