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10 Hidden Gems to Enjoy in Dorset

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10 Hidden Gems to Enjoy in Dorset

The glorious county of Dorset offers many gems. Here are 10 of them to enjoy during your stay.

1. Catch your own supper

Take your family on a fishing boat to catch your evening supper. There are many boat trips that offer this service in Dorset. A popular choice is Harry May, in Lyme Regis. He will take you deep sea fishing, where you will have a rod each to catch whiting, dog fish, bream, mackerel and skate, amongst others. On a good day, you can enjoy beautiful calm waters with the stunning Dorset countryside on one side and the endless turquoise seas on the other. Catch your supper, let Harry wash it and prepare it for cooking, then take it home to pop on the barbeque. Pure heaven!

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2. Stay in a chocolate box cottage in a rural village

Rent a cottage with family and friends and be immersed in the beauty of Dorset. With such varied landscape, you can enjoy meandering through pretty peaceful villages in the green countryside, stopping off in a pub with a roaring fire, or strolling along the Jurassic Coastline with glorious sea views and dramatic cliff edges.

3. Sip local ale in an old Smugglers Inn

Dorset boasts some of the best pubs in the country. Old Smugglers Inns sit along the coast with their huge open fires and stories of years gone by. Read this blog for a list of 17 cosy Dorset pubs to visit.

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4. Perch on a harbour wall with some fish and chips

There is nothing more delightful than enjoying fish and chips overlooking the water from where their catch originated. Spend some time in Weymouth harbour. It is a splendidly traditional harbour bustling with fishing boats and crabbers. Sit on the harbour wall and enjoy fish and chips from the Marlboro fish and chip shop. Then, you really must pick up a bag of Billy Winters (locally caught Weymouth Bay prawns) from the fishmongers to take home.

5. Enjoy a quintessential English seaside holiday

Not so hidden, but most definitely a gem, is the elegant Georgian seaside town of Weymouth. Sticks of rock, bucket and spade frolics, Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides on the beach and a promenade with a carousel and penny drop machines. Tie a handkerchief on your head, roll your trousers up and get paddling!

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6. Visit the picture postcard village of Milton Abbas

Have a Dorset cream tea in the picture book cob and thatched village of Milton Abbas where sits, identical thatched white cottages all in a row. They look so perfect that they don’t actually look real and photographs of them are often used in Dorset postcards.

7. Watch the waves crash on the rocks of Portland

The sea around Portland is so treacherous that the Portland Lighthouse is still used today to guide vessels through the waters. This area of the sea is famously known as the Portland Race and many boats have become shipwrecked in this area over the centuries. Stand on the rocks, or even better, climb the lighthouse tower and just watch the violent seas below.

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8. Enjoy a show at the Electric Palace in Bridport 

Visit this cool vintage theatre for film, theatre, music and comedy. It’s an art deco gem, complete a bar, red velvet seating and really cool artwork. It’s a perfectly intimate setting and a must to visit.

9. Take the steam train to Corfe 

For some pure Enid Blyton nostalgia, pop on the steam train at Swanage and head through the rolling hills of Dorset to the pretty village of Corfe with old castle ruins. Corfe has some lovely pubs and is a real treat to visit and the castle is a cherry on the cake.

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10. Walk along the Jurassic Coast 

A simple walk but oh so beautiful. The Jurassic coast is steeped in dinosaur history. Walk the dog, hunt for fossils, stop at a pub, watch the turquoise seas and find some secluded beaches. Take a picnic and enjoy it facing the Durdle door. A simple but perfect day out.

Featured photo credit: Weymouth Harbour Dorset via flickr.com

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

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4. Fancy Resort

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Featured photo credit: Josue Michel via unsplash.com

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