We can think of hundreds of reasons to come to Dorset, but if you’re considering coming to the county this winter, here are five top reasons to help you make up your mind.
5 – loads of great seasonal events
Dorset is a county full of people who know how to have fun and at this time of year, you’ll find everything from steam train rides with Santa to pantomimes, fairs and markets as well as the annual New Year Fancy Dress party that takes place in Weymouth.
4 – clear night skies
In Dorset, the winter nights are often crisp and clear making it a great place to star gaze. In the winter you can often catch sight of Orion’s Belt and the Plough as well as planets depending on the time of year. You might not want to be camping under canvas at this time of year, but spending a few hours wrapped up with a thermos and gazing up at the sky is a wonderful experience.
3 – Bracing winter walks
The UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, the South West Coast Path and the various other walking trails around Dorset are perfect for a bracing winter walk, plus there are lots of wonderful cafes, pubs and restaurants dotted around so you have plenty of reasons to pop in, warm up and grab some incredible local produce.
2 – fossil hunting opportunities
In the winter when the beaches are less crowded, you have a bigger chance of uncovering the region’s past. The Lyme Bay area is renowned for its abundance of fossils and when its quieter, the beaches of Charmouth and Lyme Regis are a great place to search for fossils that have been washed up by the storms and rougher weather of the winter. Just make sure to check the tide before going out and be careful when exploring.
1 – the food
Dorset has some of the most amazing food and drink producers in the UK and there is nothing better than sampling food that has been made locally and with care. There are several world famous brands that originated in the region including Dorset Tea, Clipper, Blue Vinney Cheese and Palmers Ales among others. At this time of year, you’ll find lots of Christmas Markets and fairs full of amazing locally sourced food and drink.