Places to go and things to see in our Local South Dorset Coastal area

 Bridport & West Bay
Set amongst the spectacular rolling Dorset hills, Bridport is a lively town with a friendly and vibrant character. As well as being a Gateway Town to the Jurassic Coast, Bridport has also been named a Beacon Town for the quality and variety of its locally produced food. Bridport's culinary delights...
Swanage
This small town surrounds a beautiful curved bay and offers a seaside experience with a difference. Enjoy the soft sand and the award winning beach front whilst being surrounded by Purbeck's natural beauty and wildlife. Make your first port of call the Tourist Information Centre on Shore Road...
Wareham
Wareham is a curious and fascinating town. It has a history that goes back nearly 2000 years; flourishing in Saxon times and was a strategic stronghold for King Alfred the Great. After seeing action in both Civil Wars, Wareham's importance slowly diminished as the nearby town of Poole grew in...
Wimborne Minster
The historic market town of Wimborne Minster is an enticing blend of old and new; a 'Fairtrade' town where high quality modern stores and charming independent boutiques sit side by side in hidden courtyards and pedestrianised squares. 
Dorset and the Purbecks
The spectacular area of the Dorset coastline has been classed as a World Heritage site and fondly known as the Jurassic Coastline. 
It can be reached by car, bus, boat, bike or steam train. Guided tours are also available to explore the stunning scenery of the Jurassic Coast and the Isle of  Purbeck.
Wareham
 is the second largest town in Purbeck, after Swanage.Upton Country Park offers good walking and cycling around Poole Harbour includes an education centre, the Peacock Art Gallery, a walled garden, plant centre and tea rooms.
Verwood
A modern town near the New Forest border surrounded by forest and heathland. There are a number of shops and community and leisure facilities and a selection of pubs and restaurants.
Verwood, originally known as 'Fayrewood' was first recorded in 1329. 
Lyme Regis
Dorset's most westerly town, sitting on the Dorset-Devon border is a picturesque seaside settlement where the narrow maze of steep streets wind their way down to the 13th century Cobb (landing place of the Monmouth rebellion), family friendly beach and dramatic sea views. The area is world famous.
Blandford Forum
West Street, Blandford Forum
Located on the banks of the River Stour, Blandford Forum is the most complete, small Georgian town in England. Following an extensive fire in 1731 Blandford Forum "rose like the phoenix from its ashes, to its present beautiful and flourishing state" as the Fire Monument in the Market place states...
Christchurch
Christchurch, rich in heritage and culture, boasts two rivers, a castle, a beautiful 11th Century Priory and a mill of Saxon origin. Christchurch Quay overlooks the pretty Harbour, great for riverside walks. Christchurch is uniquely situated on the shores of its own harbour, close to the...