With miles and miles of award-winning sandy beaches, half of the area boasting outstanding natural beauty and the longest life expectancy in Britain, Dorset is undoubtedly a great place to live and a fantastic place to visit. Plus, the town of Bournemouth was recently voted the country’s Best UK Coastal Resort at the British Travel Awards! Whether you’re visiting for the day, staying for weeks or you’re fortunate enough to live in this world-class resort, Dorset is packed with a huge variety of fun things to do this summer.
Working alongside a whole host of Dorset’s tourist attractions, CuCo are at the forefront of tourism in the area and with so much on offer, we’ve put together a list of our Top 10 attractions to help you discover your next Dorset adventure!
1: Athelhampton House and Gardens
If you had picnics, ice creams and beautiful landscaped gardens in mind then Athelhampton House is the place to go for a wonderful day out. With plenty of outdoor space and a grand Tudor manor house to explore, a unique and enjoyable day with something for all the family awaits you.
2: Adventure Wonderland
Featuring Alice, Mad Hatter and friends, Adventure Wonderland is a full days fun for all of the family. Don’t forget to visit cuddle corner farm, take a voyage on the ghostly galleon and brave the 3rd largest maze in the UK!
3: Bournemouth Oceanarium
This seafront aquarium gives you the chance to make new marine friends! Come and watch the newest members of the park, 10 playful Humboldt penguins, dip and dive in their brand new custom-built exhibit ‘Penguin Beach Encounter’! With large viewing windows and regular feeding times there are plenty of opportunities for you to get up close and experience the Penguin way of life. Don’t forget you can also take part in feeding time with the Turtles and shake in fear when watching the Sharks swim over your head.
4: Pavilion Dance South West
Are you feeling active, energised and ready to get your groove on? PDSW offer a range of dance performances, live screenings, art house films, exhibitions and more than 40 dance classes every week suitable for all ages and abilities. Theres no place better to get your dancing moves on other than Bournemouth’s iconic seafront. CuCo’s top dance tip is: remember to always dance like nobody’s watching…
5: Lulworth Cove
With 96 miles of golden beaches and cliff tops boasting beautiful sea views, the 185 million year old Jurassic Coast offers all the family a number of different walks and trails through time. With crystal clear sea and stunning scenery Lulworth Cove will leave you feeling tranquil and relaxed. Plus the famous Durdle Door is only a short ramble away. Needless to say there are many walks and adventures waiting for you off the beaten tracks!
6: Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park
With beautifully landscaped grade two gardens and a diverse range of friendly animals to meet, Kingston Maurward is the perfect green escape. Don’t forget to visit the walled garden for a peaceful and chilled five minutes!
7: Bridport Art Centre
As you guessed this creative art centre is situated in the heart of Bridport. They host a vibrant array of productions in theatre, music, comedy, dance and film alongside exciting exhibitions suited to all age groups. If you’re looking for top entertainment be sure to take a visit – you’ll be blown away!
8. Brownsea Island
A local treasure, just a stones throw away across the pond from Poole Harbour was once upon a time home to pirates and pillaged by Vikings. However more recently it has been adopted by the famous friendly red squirrels and various other wildlife. With a natural play area, beautiful coastal views and decades of history to explore and learn be sure to bring your camera and binoculars. For those of you who want to explore in more depth why not hire a electric buggy tour along with your own guide? Go on we know you want to…
9: New Forest National Park
Why not escape to the rural countryside where you will undoubtedly find friendly horses, foals and donkeys waiting for your arrival. With an endless amount of activities available such as cycling, sharing an ice cream or two, pony riding and many more why not make the most out of your visit and make a long weekend of it? The New Forest Hotel group offer excellent family and characteristic accommodation assured for a good nights sleep, even for your furry friends, along with some of the best mouth watering restaurants in the area!
10: English Oak Vineyard
What better way to take in the traditional Dorset countryside than to tour an English Sparkling Wine vineyard, conveniently only 10 minutes north of Poole? English Oak Vineyard offers tours throughout the summer conducted by the vineyard owners themselves, covering the unique delights and challenges of producing Sparkling Wine and ending in a delicious wine tasting. Previously featured on Ben Fogle’s ITV series ‘Harbour Lives’ the vineyard is the perfect day out if you’re interested in learning more about the process of growing grapes in the UK’s challenging climate or even the process of bringing wine to market. Definitely worth a visit!
Whatever adventure you decide to choose we know you have a great day ahead of you, so what are you waiting for…!