Out andabout in dorset
The Scott Arms
A pub with arguably the best view over the majestic Purbeck countryside, taking in the stately Corfe Castle ruins and following the route of the steam railway right down to the Swanage beaches.
The Bankes Arms
The Bankes Arms Hotel is a 16th century Grade 2 listed Manor House with a bar and a restaurant set in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside
The Greyhound Inn
The Greyhound Corfe is a scenic relaxed venue that serves fresh food all day throughout the year.The pub is ideally suited for small parties, patrons with their dogs, families, as well as walking groups.
The Square and Compass
The Square and Compass in the attractive old stone-built village of Worth Matravers, perched high up in the majestic green hills of the Isle of Purbeck, is a pub that has never failed to live up to expectation.
The Halfway Inn
Situated in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck at the gateway to Swanage and Studland beach, the Halfway is convenient for the historic village of Corfe Castle, and the market town of Wareham.
The Old Granary
Arguably the most beautiful pub-restaurant in Dorset, the Old Granary is situated in the lovely Dorset town of Wareham.
This internationally-acclaimed 65 acre ape rescue centre, as featured in the television programme Monkey Business, is home to over 150 primates of 15 different species.
image © Monkey World
Unique collection of over 300 vehicles, regarded as the best in the world including the world's first ever tank - Little Willie, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern Challenger 2.
The Swanage Railway is one of Britain’s most popular heritage railways, with steam trains running every day between April and October. Busy periods such as school holidays there are two steam trains a day providing a 40 minute service between Norden Park and Ride at Corfe Castle, Harmans Cross and Swanage.
Putlake Adventure farm
Putlake Adventure Farm is a family owned and run business in the small village of Langton Matravers. The farm holds an array of animals from fluffy bunnies, to pigs, goats, sheep and alpacas. Children can enjoy the outdoor play area, go-karts, and tractor rides.
Splashdown waterpark Poole
Splashdown Poole, the South's favourite all-action waterpark! Home to 13 thrilling indoor and outdoor flume rides and 3 under 5's splash zones.
Come and meet the real Farmer Palmer with your little ones! Perky pigs, loveable lambs, educational and funny Real cow milking, tractor rides, whatever the weather. www.farmerpalmers.co.uk
Corfe Castle has been a Saxon stronghold, a Norman fortress, a royal palace and a family home in ten centuries of dominating the Purbeck landscape. In that time it has seen murder and war, known kings and paupers and its rugged beauty has won the hearts of thousands.
Lulworth Cove is the prime dorset attraction for the budding geographer or simply for a leisurely walk along the Natural World Heritage Coastline and the challenging hills. Lulworth Cove was formed approximately 10,000 years ago by the awesome powers of a river and the sea.
Durdle Door is probably the most famous stone arch anywhere in the world. It was created when the sea pierced through the Portland limestone around 10,000 years ago.
Swanage is the holder of a prestigious Blue Flag for its beach cleanliness and has a well earned reputation for being a good place to soak up the sun and play in the sand and sea.
Kimmeridge Bay is a must-see for any trip to this region. From rock-pooling, walking to coasteering, photography to nature walks, or to just enjoy the stunning views. There’s plenty to do and see here.
Fort Henry Studland
Fort Henry is a concrete observation bunker with walls a metre thick. In 1944 it was used by Churchill, Eisenhower and King George VI to watch rehearsals for the D-Day Landings.
Lawrence of Arabia
T.E. Lawrence died in a motorcycle accident and was buried on May 21st 1935 in the cemetery annexe of St Nicholas Church, Moreton, just a few miles from his home at Clouds Hill in Dorset.
Although it might be expected that Lawrence should have beeen buried in Westminster Abbey, this quiet place in Dorset is not inappropiate given that Lawrence spent his last years hiding from the unwelcome fame of his wartime exploits. His funeral was attended by a multitude of soldiers, statesmen, writers and artists.
In November 1943, the government took over Tyneham Village and the surrounding area to help plan the D-Day invasion. The 225 residents were given a month to leave the Dorset village and to this day have still not been allowed to return.
Corfe Castle Model Village
Opened in 1966 to the public, the Model Village depicts the Castle and village as it was in 1646. You can compare the real castle with the Model castle from our garden, this gives a fantastic idea of how it used to look when it was home to Lady Banks.