10 Great Reasons to Visit Dorset

by Jon

January 12, 2017 0

10 Great Reasons to Visit Dorset.

So Happy New Year a dim memory?

What’s next?

You look like you need a holiday.

Unless you’ve been in deep hibernation or haven’t yet sobered up from the Christmas break you can’t help but notice bucket loads holiday and travel adverts right now.

The choice is endless, and the lovely old world your oyster. There’s plenty of ‘confuse your money supermarket hotel.com’ style websites to help you get the best vacation ever at a cheaper price than absolutely anyone else.

At OCEANROCKS we thought we’d make it easy… this year visit Dorset.

Day trip, family, friends or couples holiday, weekender, short break, big break, lucky break or spring break.  If it’s the UK you’re after then southwest England, and Dorset is very hard to beat.

It’s a bit off the beaten track.  A bit quirky but boasting bags of charm and a gentle sprinkling of glamour. And there’s enough to keep you going for days on end.

OK, so we’re a bit biased because Dorset is OCEANROCKS’ home and an inspiration for our creations, but here’s 10 great reasons why we think you should come visit Dorset.

1- Beaches – miles and miles of amazing award winning beaches

Image of Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

You’ll regularly find Dorset’s beaches in top listings online, or Sunday Paper travel supplements. In fact Weymouth Beach is UK number one in Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards for 2017.   From traditional seaside resorts like Swanage to wild Chesil Bank and cosmopolitan Bournemouth, there’s a strip to suit all tastes.  The National Trust’s Studland Beach is one of the most popular. Nearby Sandbanks is the most glamorous, and sports some of the priciest real estate in the whole of the UK.

2- It’s beautiful, un-spoilt and inspiring

Image of the coast road looking over Abbotsbury to Portland, Jurassic Coast, Dorset.e of

Coast road near Abbotsbury.

Away from a few built up areas, Dorset is largely unspoilt and rural in nature with a healthy spread of charming market towns and villages.  Much of the landscape is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with rich and rare wildlife.  High chalk ridges, vales and coastal cliffs offer panoramic views and stunning vistas featuring prehistoric burial mounds, massive hillforts like Maiden Castle and rolling hills.  Explore and be inspired by a delightful and generous smattering of walks, trails and bridleways. Perfect for glamping.

3- Food and drink

Image of cafes and restaurants along the food mile on Portland, Dorset

Dorset is foodie heaven with a fine reputation for local produce and freshly caught seafood. Many celebrity chefs agree, and there are numerous restaurants, cafes, pubs and high-end eateries to experience. Sample or take home tasty treats from Farmer’s Markets and food festivals.

The county has a burgeoning reputation for home grown drink. Award-winning vineyards at Furleigh and Langham offer estate tours and tasters. Micro-breweries are popping up all over the county to complement local heritage brands like Palmers, Hall & Woodhouse and Piddle Valley.  And as you’d expect, there are plenty of cider producers, plus Dorset Conker and Pothecary Gins, and the world’s only pure milk Black Cow vodka.  Try it!

4- Action, adventure and adrenalin

Image of kayaks stacked up on a beach

Think Dorset’s all sedate and gentle? Think again! It’s a watersports mecca, but a world away from super-crammed beaches of Cornwall and north Devon. Try all types of surfing, paddle boarding, coasteering, kayaking, wild swimming or diving. And with some of the finest waters in the UK, the county is home to the National Sailing Academy – an Olympic 2012 venue – and Sunseeker Luxury Yachts. But there’s also rock-climbing, mountain biking, hiking, horse-riding, quad biking and loads more to get stuck into.

5- The Jurassic Coast

Image of Durdle Door with lobster pot on the beach

Durdle Door

Dorset and East Devon is home to the Jurassic Coast – a United Nations Natural World Heritage Site – boasting the same status as the Great Barrier Reef.  This 95 mile stretch of coast carves out 185 million years of the Earth’s history.  It showcases spectacular scenery sculpted by the sea, rich hunting grounds for amazing fossils and is the home of colourful coastal communities. It’s an incredible and beautiful must-see place to visit, and an inspiration for OCEANROCKS creations.

6- It’s easy to get to

Despite being one of the few counties without a motorway, Dorset is pretty easy to get to on the south coast of England with decent road, rail, coach, airport, ferry and harbour links. It’s compact too, so easy to get around and explore – no matter where you stay.

7- Charm

Image of Corfe Castle, Isle of Purbeck in Dorset

Corfe Castle

Dorset has fancy-pants charm – loads of it. It’s jammed-packed full of famous landmarks from imposing Corfe Castle to Shaftesbury’s famous Gold Hill and Lyme Regis’ romantic Cobb Harbour. It boasts 1000s of ancient sites plus art galleries, museums, stately homes, gardens and picture post card villages.

Dorset’s rich coastal heritage tells of pirates, smugglers and wreckers as well as heroes, sea monsters and horrible histories. The county has been home to many a fine artist or writer – most famously Thomas Hardy – and inspired many others like author Jane Austin, artists Joseph Turner and John Constable and writer Enid Blyton. It provides the backdrop for feature films and TV programmes like Broadchurch, The French Lieutenant’s Women and Dunkirk movies.

The people are friendly types too – generally speaking.

8- It’s a bit lively

Image of a beach barsign serving seaside cocktails

If it’s night time bars and clubs you’re after then Dorset’s got all that with a great holiday feel-good factor stacked on top. The county also hosts heaps of events and festivals including Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle and Dorset County Steam Show which welcome hundreds of thousands of people.

More rustic is Dorset’s famous World Nettle Eating Competition and quirky Knob Throwing Festival (yes, you read that right).

9- Great weather

Ah yes. Dorset has warm summers and mild winters compared to the rest of the country, and amongst the very highest sunshine hours.  But you know – it’s England so there could be a rare smattering of the wet stuff now and then too.


Image of people standing on top of a cliff


Last but by no means last, Dorset is the home of OCEANROCKS. Our creations, designs and products are inspired by living on the coast and loving it – particularly Dorset and the southwest.  Discover Our Story, and if you find us at an event this year don’t hesitate to come and say Hi!

Interested? Visit Dorset

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