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Situated on the edge of the iconic heritage Jurrassic coast and just a short stroll from the bustling resort of Weymouth, Bowleaze Cove Holiday Park & Spa provides the ultimate location for families or couples looking for an unforgetable holiday experience.
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Chesil Beach Holiday Park is a 5* Holiday Park celebrating a breath-taking coastal location overlooking Portland and the Fleet with panoramic sea views.
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Just 15 minutes’ walk from the famous fossil beach and village of Charmouth, this family run park on the beautiful Jurassic coast, offers you the ideal base for your Dorset holiday.
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Based in one of Dorset’s finest countryside locations in the peaceful hamlet of Osmington Mills, the park is nestled within a beautiful wooded valley yet is just 200m from the seaside with a shingle beach and numerous rock pools.
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Sandford Holiday Park, situated in the picturesque county of Dorset, offers a serene yet vibrant setting for a family holiday.
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Boasting stunning views from its ideal location just a mile from Swanage town centre, this relaxing park is perfect for exploring the many delights of wonderful Dorset and East Devon.
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Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, surrounded by amazing countryside and woodland walks and cycle routes.
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Warmwell Holiday Park, situated in the picturesque county of Dorset, offers a distinctive blend of activities and facilities, making it an exceptional destination for families, adventure seekers, and those looking to relax amidst nature.
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West Bay Holiday Park, found in the county of Dorset on England’s south coast, offers a blend of coastal charm and family-friendly facilities that make it a perfect getaway for holidaymakers of all ages.
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Dorset Visitor's Guide

Embark on a journey to Dorset, where dramatic coastlines meet lush countryside, offering a perfect backdrop for any lodge break. Savour local seafood by the harbourside, or tuck into a hearty ploughman's in a quaint village pub. Get your adrenaline fix with coasteering along the Jurassic Coast, or take it easy with a scenic hike. Discover the unique Cerne Abbas Giant, a mysterious figure carved into the hillside. For couples, families, or a group of friends, a lodge stay in Dorset promises a blend of relaxation and adventure. It's the ultimate escape to create lasting memories.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Dorset?

Dorset is a gem on the English coast, offering a mix of stunning landscapes, from the iconic Jurassic Coast to the rolling hills of the hinterland. It's a place where history is etched into the coastline, with fossils and rock formations dating back millions of years. If you're looking for something new in 2024, Dorset's calendar is peppered with events, including the vibrant Dorset Seafood Festival and the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Choosing a lodge over a hotel means more privacy, space, and a sense of being at one with nature. Dorset's uniqueness lies in its blend of coastal beauty, rural charm, and the fact that it's a bit off the typical tourist trail, offering a peaceful retreat.

If you're visiting Dorset with kids

Absolutely, Dorset is a playground for children. The county's natural attractions, like Durdle Door and the fossil-rich beaches, are massive hits. Lodges offer families the flexibility to live on their own schedule, often with amenities like private kitchens and outdoor space. Plus, they're usually set in locations where the great outdoors is right on your doorstep.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Swimwear for beach days or pool access
  3. Sunscreen and hats for protection
  4. Waterproof jackets for unpredictable weather
  5. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  6. Beach toys and buckets for sandcastle building
  7. Camera or smartphone for capturing memories
  8. Backpack for day trips and snacks
  9. First aid kit for any little scrapes
  10. Bedtime storybooks for cosy evenings

Pet Friendly Dorset Adventures

Dorset is a haven for pets, with many lodges offering pet-friendly options, including enclosed gardens for your furry friends to enjoy. When it comes to dining out, The Anchor Inn at Seatown and The Greyhound Inn at Corfe Castle welcome pets with open arms. For a stress-free visit, always check the pet policy of lodges, and remember to bring your pet's bed and toys to make them feel at home.

Dog walking ideas in Dorset

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Corfe Castle to Swanage 7 Historic ruins and coastal views BH19 3AD
Studland Bay Circular 4.5 Beaches and heathland BH19 3AQ
Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door 2 Cliffside and iconic arch BH20 5RQ
Hardy's Monument 3.5 Woodland and panoramic views DT2 9EY
Lyme Regis to Charmouth 3 Fossil beaches and marine life DT7 3JF

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to whisk your partner away for some quality time together, Dorset's lodges offer the perfect escape. Imagine sipping bubbly in a hot tub under the stars, just the two of you. Many lodges in Dorset cater to couples with pamper packs that include chocolates, wine, and sometimes even spa treatments. For a touch of luxury, check out Osmington Holiday Park, where some lodges come with their own hot tubs and stunning views. Dining out is a treat too, with local restaurants serving up fresh, regional produce in cosy, intimate settings. Try The Station Kitchen in West Bay for a romantic dinner in a converted railway carriage.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Dorset's local cuisine is a feast of seafood and farm-fresh produce. The county is famous for its Dorset Blue Vinny cheese and the Dorset Knob biscuit. For a family-friendly pub, head to The Anchor Inn at Seatown, which offers stunning sea views and a delicious menu. Couples might prefer the intimate setting of Sienna in Dorchester, Dorset's first Michelin-starred restaurant. It's small, so book ahead!

For a good night out

For a good night out, Dorset has a variety of pubs and bars to suit any mood. If you're after a lively atmosphere, The Old Firehouse in Dorchester is a hit with locals and visitors alike, known for its live music and extensive cider selection. For something more laid-back, The Blue Raddle is a quirky pub with a great selection of ales and a friendly vibe.

Fishing

Dorset is a dream for anglers, with both sea and freshwater fishing available. Here's a list of top spots:

  • Todber Manor Fisheries - DT10 1JB
  • Revels Fishery - DT2 7TW
  • Wimborne St Giles Fishing Lakes - BH21 5NA
  • Warmwell Holiday Park Fishing Lakes - DT2 8JE
  • Chesil Beach for sea fishing - DT4 9XE

Outdoor Adventures

For adrenaline junkies, Dorset doesn't disappoint. Land & Wave in Swanage offers coasteering, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Prices start around £40 per person, and they're open mostly during the warmer months. Dorset Waterpark in Corfe Castle is an inflatable obstacle course on water, great for all ages, with tickets from £15.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Brewers Quay Shopping Centre Antiques, Crafts DT4 8TR
Dorchester Curiosity Centre Antiques Centre Vintage Finds DT1 1ST
The Square Shopping Area Boutiques, Cafés BH2 5LY
St. Michael's Trading Estate Artisan Shops Art, Handmade Goods DT6 3RR
Castlepoint Shopping Park Shopping Centre High Street Brands BH8 9UZ

Dorset's shopping scene offers a mix of high street brands and unique local finds. Whether you're after souvenirs or just a day of retail therapy, these spots have you covered.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Dorset

Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat, Dorset

Driving Distance: About 14 minutes (8.90 miles) | Sleeps: up to 4 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat is a serene sanctuary offering luxurious lodges, many with outdoor hot tubs, set in a tranquil location surrounded by the picturesque Wareham Forest, perfect for a peaceful escape from daily life.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families, couples, and friends looking for a quiet retreat, this park is a haven for those who appreciate nature and relaxation. The contemporary interiors and outdoor hot tubs make it a unique and appealing getaway for those seeking comfort and tranquillity.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy woodland walks and cycle routes. For dining, the nearest eateries are a short drive away, offering local cuisine and drinks. While there's no entertainment on the site itself, the peaceful environment is perfect for those looking to unwind and enjoy the natural surroundings.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the National Trust's Purbeck Hills and the stunning Heritage coastline, both within a short driving distance. Poole, Swanage, and Bournemouth offer sandy beaches and family fun days out, with activities and attractions to suit all ages.

Accommodation options: The lodge offers a range of accommodation options including the Rowan 2 Premier and Willow 1 Premier lodges, which are perfect for couples or small families. While pets are not allowed, the lodges provide a luxurious and comfortable stay with features such as hot tubs and contemporary living spaces.


Warmwell, Dorset

Driving Distance: About 14 minutes (9.28 miles) | Sleeps: up to 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Warmwell is a lodge-only park with a focus on conservation and a plethora of activities, including a ski slope, high ropes, and an indoor pool, making it an adventure-packed destination for all ages.

Who will love these lodges? Families and adventure-seekers will adore Warmwell for its extensive range of activities and facilities. The park's conservation efforts and activities programme cater to those who enjoy nature and outdoor pursuits.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can indulge in a variety of activities such as skiing, high ropes, and swimming. Dining options include The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, the Fish & Chippery, and Street Eats for a range of meal choices. Evening entertainment is available at the Alpine Bar & Family Club Room.

What's nearby? Explore the Jurassic Coast, or visit the nearby towns of Weymouth and Dorchester for a mix of historical sites and seaside fun. The park's location makes it an excellent base for discovering the local area.

Accommodation options: Warmwell offers a selection of lodges, including the Charminster 3 Bed Lodge and the Osmington 2 Bed Lodge, suitable for larger families or groups. Some lodges are pet-friendly, and select accommodations feature hot tubs for an added touch of luxury.


Sandford, Dorset

Driving Distance: About 16 minutes (9.44 miles) | Sleeps: up to 14 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Sandford is a family-friendly park set in the Dorset countryside, offering a range of activities and facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, high ropes, and entertainment, all within a conservation-award-winning setting.

Who will love these lodges? Perfect for families and groups, Sandford provides an action-packed holiday with a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained. The park's natural setting also appeals to those who enjoy the outdoors and wildlife.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park boasts both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a high ropes course, crazy golf, and an adventure park. Dining options include The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant, as well as takeaway options like the Fish and Chippery and Street Eats.

What's nearby? The park is close to the Jurassic Coastline, sandy beaches, the New Forest, and the towns of Poole and Bournemouth, offering a mix of natural beauty and seaside attractions.

Accommodation options: Sandford offers a variety of lodges, such as the Amberwood House and Sandbanks Lodge, catering to large groups and families. Some accommodations are pet-friendly, and there are options with hot tubs for a relaxing experience.


Osmington Mills Lodge Park, Dorset

Driving Distance: About 23 minutes (13.94 miles) | Sleeps: up to 8 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: Osmington Mills Lodge Park is a picturesque retreat set in a wooded valley close to the sea, offering facilities such as a bar, restaurant, heated outdoor pool, and play area, perfect for a coastal countryside escape.

Who will love these lodges? Those seeking a peaceful coastal getaway will find Osmington Mills ideal. Its proximity to the sea and countryside makes it perfect for nature lovers and families looking for a quiet holiday spot.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool, children's play area, and dining at the park's restaurant. The beach is just a short walk away, offering opportunities for seaside activities and exploration.

What's nearby? The park is conveniently located for visiting the shingle beach and rock pools of Osmington Mills, as well as the scenic walking trails and the historic Jurassic Coast.

Accommodation options: The park provides a selection of lodges, including Cedar Lodge 7 and The Oaks 18, which are suitable for larger families or groups. While pets are not allowed, the lodges offer comfort and style with modern amenities and some featuring private hot tubs.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Dorset

Jurassic Coast

  • Opening Times: Accessible at all times
  • Prices: Free (charges for car parks may apply)
  • Postcode: Varies along the coast
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: Varies by location

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site famed for its stunning cliffs, picturesque beaches, and fossil hunting opportunities. It's a paradise for nature lovers and families keen on outdoor adventures. Keep an eye out for the latest guided walks and fossil hunting tours to enhance your experience. The best time to visit is during the spring or early autumn to avoid the summer crowds. Pack a good pair of walking shoes and don't forget your camera for those breathtaking coastal shots.

Web: jurassiccoast.org


The Tank Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £14, Children £9
  • Postcode: BH20 6JG
  • Est. time required: 3-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

The Tank Museum in Bovington is a must-visit for anyone interested in military history or engineering. It houses the world's best collection of tanks and live displays. Check out the new WWI exhibition for an immersive experience. It's especially engaging for kids who can climb aboard some of the exhibits. To beat the queues, aim to visit on a weekday. Also, buying tickets online in advance can save you some cash.

Phone number: 01929 405096 | Web: tankmuseum.org


Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £12, Children £8.50
  • Postcode: BH20 6HH
  • Est. time required: 4-5 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Monkey World is not just a day out; it's an education in primate conservation. Ideal for animal lovers and families, the centre offers close-up encounters with rescued monkeys and apes. The play areas are fantastic for kids to let off steam. To make the most of your visit, check the feeding times schedule online and plan your visit around them. It’s a heartwarming experience to see these animals being cared for so passionately.

Phone number: 01929 462537 | Web: monkeyworld.org


Corfe Castle

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Prices: Adults £10, Children £5
  • Postcode: BH20 5EZ
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Village car park

Corfe Castle offers a trip back in time with its dramatic ruins and panoramic views of the Purbeck countryside. It's a hit with families and history enthusiasts. The castle often hosts medieval re-enactments and living history days. Try to visit on a clear day to fully appreciate the stunning vistas. If you're up for a little adventure, take the steam train from Swanage for a charming journey to the castle.

Phone number: 01929 481294 | Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle


Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

  • Opening Times: Accessible at all times
  • Prices: Free (charges for car parks may apply)
  • Postcode: BH20 5RQ
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: Lulworth Cove or Durdle Door car parks

Lulworth Cove and the iconic Durdle Door arch are two of Dorset's most famous natural landmarks. Perfect for photographers, hikers, and beach-goers. The area is also great for water sports like kayaking and coasteering. Visit early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds and find easier parking. Remember to wear comfortable shoes for the walk between the cove and Durdle Door.

Web: lulworth.com


Adventure Wonderland

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 (seasonal variations apply)
  • Prices: Adults £12, Children £14
  • Postcode: BH23 6BA
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Adventure Wonderland is a family theme park with rides and attractions tailored for younger children. From the thrilling 'Battle Boats' to the enchanting 'Alice in Wonderland' maze, there's something for everyone. They've recently added the 'Wild Thing!' indoor play centre, perfect for rainy days. To save some money, look out for online deals before you visit. If you're planning to stay longer, consider lodges in Dorset nearby for a comfortable and convenient base.

Phone number: 01202 483444 | Web: adventurewonderland.co.uk


Remember, when you're planning your trip to Dorset, consider staying in one of the many cosy lodges dotted around the county. They offer a unique experience, often with stunning views and the comforts of home, making them the perfect retreat after a day of exploring.

FAQs

This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Many lodges in Dorset offer spacious living areas, modern kitchens, and outdoor spaces, sometimes with a private hot tub. It's like having your own slice of Dorset countryside, with the added bonus of facilities like on-site swimming pools or restaurants at some parks.

What should I pack when visiting Dorset?

Pack for the outdoors – walking boots and rain gear for exploring the Jurassic Coast. Don't forget swimwear for beach days or hot tub lounging. Essentials include toiletries, as some lodges provide only starter packs. For self-catering lodges, bring your favourite condiments and a few kitchen basics to get started.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Dorset have adjacent parking, making it super convenient to unload your gear. Some sites might have a central car park, but they'll usually offer trolleys or staff assistance to help with your luggage. Always check with your specific lodge for their parking arrangements.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Dorset's got you covered with indoor attractions like the Aquarium or Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester. Many lodges come with board games, and some parks have indoor pools or entertainment. It's a chance to cosy up with a good book or binge-watch a series in your snug retreat.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Absolutely, many local takeaways and restaurants in Dorset offer delivery services to lodges. Plus, with apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo, you can have a variety of cuisines brought straight to your door. Some lodge parks even have their own on-site eateries that can deliver to your accommodation.

Is Dorset a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Dorset is a year-round destination. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often lower prices. Enjoy brisk walks along the coast, cosy pub lunches, and the chance to see local wildlife. Many lodges are equipped with heating and fireplaces, making them perfect for a winter escape.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, hot tubs are thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before new guests arrive. You can look forward to a sparkling clean and inviting hot tub for that first relaxing soak. Some lodges even offer daily hot tub checks to ensure everything stays pristine during your stay.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in Dorset?

For sure, many lodges welcome furry friends, so your pooch won't miss out on the fun. Look for pet-friendly options when booking, and you'll find plenty of walks and dog-friendly beaches nearby. Just remember to bring their bed and bowls to make them feel at home.

How accessible are lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges are designed with accessibility in mind, offering ramp access, walk-in showers, and spacious layouts. It's best to discuss your specific needs when booking to ensure the lodge meets your requirements. Parks like Waterside Holiday Park & Spa often have dedicated accessible accommodation.

What local attractions should we not miss?

Don't skip the iconic Durdle Door arch or the charming cobbled streets of Lyme Regis. For families, Monkey World and The Tank Museum are must-visits. Foodies should hit up the farmers' markets or book a table at a seaside restaurant like The Hive Beach Café for fresh local seafood.

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