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but you can select "Enclosed Gardens" if you specifically need one. We have two categories of dog-friendliness:
Does exactly what it says on the tin! A charge may apply in some cottages (please check individual cottage for details). This filter will automatically include the "Dogs Welcome" cottages, which offer a higher level of service.
In these cottages, the owners go the extra mile to make sure your dog has a great holiday. These properties all provide a doggy welcome pack including poo bins, poo bags, water bowls, dog towels and sofa throws. They will also provide some extras such as dog crates blankets, kennels, holiday collar tags, toys, treats, etc. These
may vary from property to property. Charges for dogs may apply, so please check individual properties for details.
With its temperate climate, blissful countryside and rugged, fossil-strewn coastline, Dorset is a superb place to visit at any time of year. You’ll find it in the South West, bordered by Wiltshire, Hampshire, Somerset and Devon. It’s not just the scenery and the attractions that bring people back year after year; pay a visit and you’ll see just how the pace of life can slow down to a thoroughly relaxing tempo.
Monkey Around in Dorset
Dorset is an ideal location for those with families looking for an interesting and exciting holiday in the UK with some more unusual attractions thrown in. There’s plenty for younger visitors to enjoy, such as Monkey World, where you can meet rescued monkeys and apes and even adopt one! Alternatively, if you want to really unwind, you can pay a visit to one of Dorset’s clean and spectacular beaches.
From Fossils to Tanks
History buffs will be in their element, with relics from virtually every era in man’s past. The beach at Charmouth is always dotted with fossil hunters, cracking rocks and hoping for that next, big find. If you prefer your history a little more recent, be sure to explore the Tank Museum. However, there are plenty of castles spanning the centuries in between; the ruins of Corfe Castle have seen many kings come and go, such as King Henry I.
Eating Out in Dorset
Food is an integral part of life in Dorset and with the fertile soil and bountiful sea on the doorstep, many chefs and restaurateurs have settled here. The Crab House Café in Wyke Regis is a must for seafood fans, while Wild Garlic was set up by the 2009 winner of Masterchef and offers superb, fine dining.
Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Grand Firework Display, this firework display is the Curtain Raiser to Bridgwater's biggest night of the year. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester/Tony Hickey)
Be wowed by the explosive and dynamic fireworks display. (photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester/Tony Hickey)
For lovers of good books and creative expression.
An annual festival in the town of Sherborne including a variety of author talks, writing workshops, and children’s events. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)
Writers of fiction and non fiction will intrigue, enlighten and entertain audiences who are encouraged to engage in discussion on subjects of all kinds in venues all around the town. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)
Christmas at Beaulieu is a time of magic with fun, activities and entertainment for all the family
A huge selection of bikes old and new. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)
An exhibition of fine real ales from across the country on your doorstep. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)
2 unplugged stages, a greater selection of beers, extra ciders, kids’ circus skills workshops and even a fire-eater, the Lyme Regis Easter Season definitely starts here. Everything involved in this show is locally sourced. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)
Beaulieu Boatjumble has over 1000 stands of boating bits, new trailerable boats, dinghies, equipment and craft from classics to nearly new. With thousands of new and used boating bargains, it makes for an unmissable event for all sailors. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)
The UK’s only film festival dedicated to the adaptation of books into films. (photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)
As the largest sport and music festival in the world, Bournemouth 7s Festival is a must attend event in 2014. With over 320 rugby, netball, cross fit and dodgeball teams competing in a range of competitive and social competitions, the festival is an action packed weekend of sport, music and more
The world-famous Dorset Knob Throwing competition returns as part of the Frome Valley Food Festival. (photo - VisitEngland)
Dorset's very own wedding festival. It's like a wedding fair only way bigger!
Featuring live music, entertainment, exhibitors, vintage wedding fair, food, wedding bazaar, makeovers, groom's tent. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)
All the best local finds from collectors and local traders. Talks about the fossils found on the Jurassic coast. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)
Lyme Regis Jazz and blues Festival featuring live music at various venues around the town. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)
Music and arts events, a celebration of life in Sherbourne. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)
Includes a brilliant programme of music, both classical and jazz, literature and an art exhibition of the work of local artists, potters, sculptors and furniture makers. (photo- VisitEngland/VisitDerby/Matthew Jones Photography)
The finest live acts and biggest names attend this huge festival.
(photo - VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)
Taking place at the majestic Lulworth Castle, set against the backdrop of England’s dramatic Jurassic coastline in Dorset. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)
The Royal Navy’s premier airshow
See the red arrows in full display
Europe's largest annual hot air balloon festival. (photo - VisitEngland/Destination Bristol /
Nine days of action packed activities for the whole family.
Carnival programmes are available from the Carnival Kiosk on the Marine Parade, the T.I.C on Church Street and in various shops around the town.
Beaulieu’s most famous motoring event, the International Autojumble is the biggest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival).
Meet artists in their studios and find out about them and their work.
Follow the art trail through the town, enjoying a great variety of work displayed in over 100 shops and businesses.(photo - VisitEngland/NewcastleGateshead Initiative)
There are new and exciting range of walks for all ages and abilities. The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is a walker's paradise. (photo - VisitEngland Visit Hull and East Yorkshire)
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