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Dorset in the News

March 2017
Dorset is Coach Driver Friendly!

Find out about coach driver incentives and coach parking facilities at just a few of Dorset's towns and attractions, including the Discover Purbeck Information Centre's 'on board welcome' service...

Read full article (Coach Drivers Club Magazine)
June 2016

Saling Today best harbours in the UK

Weymouth Harbour featured in Sailing Today's list of the 12 best harbours in the UK.

Read the full article (sailingtoday.co.uk)

May 2016
The Jurassic Coast, Camp Bestival

Festival break, or trip to the seaside? Why choose? Family Traveller Magazine shows us how to combine a coastal family holiday with a festival - and come home raving about it...

Download article (Family Traveller)
April 2016
Frank Peters visits the Jurassic Coast
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

Jurassic Coast Guide, Martin Curtis, helped this Netherlands journalist capture the Jurassic Coast experience...

Read blog (jurassiccoastguides.wordpress.com)
Jurassic Coast named second most stunning place in the UK

The World Heritage Site was named in a National Express poll to identify the most beautiful locations in the country...

Read full article (bournemouthecho.co.uk)
New video showcases the very best of Dorset
A Visit Dorset press release

The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership is excited to launch a brand new, 3 minute promotional video highlighting the very best of Dorset...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
Visit Dorset awards new website contract
A Visit Dorset press release

Following a rigourous tender process, The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership has awarded a new five year contract to NewMind|tellUs to provide a destination management system and major redesign of www.visit-dorset.com, the official tourism destination website for Dorset...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
Week of treats for Dorset residents
A Visit Dorset press release

Residents across Dorset can enjoy discount deals at over 50 of Dorset's leading attractions during this week long promotion, organised by Visit Dorset...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
March 2016
Free tourism training to get set for summer
A Visit Dorset press release

A new online training programme is available for free to all customer facing staff in Dorset. Designed to raise understanding of everything Dorset offers holidaymakers, Dorset Ambassador is packed with information about the county...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
Visit Dorset celebrates English Tourism Week 2016
A Visit Dorset press release

This week, Visit Dorset is celebrating English Tourism Week by showcasing the fantastically vibrant tourism offer we have in Dorset...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
February 2016
Weymouth named second best beach in the UK!

Four Dorset beaches make the top 25 with Weymouth claiming second place in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards for the UK's Best Beaches...

See full list (tripadvisor.co.uk)
Dorset welcomes Group Travel buyers
A Visit Dorset press release

The delights of Dorset were proudly presented to a group of global tour operators as part of a 3-day 'Showcase South West' event organised as part of the South West Growth Fund programme...

Read press release (visit-dorset.com/trade)
January 2016
Dorset Unplanned

Mette Poynton makes memories on the Jurassic Coast on a family holiday with a difference...

Read full article (huffingtonpost.co.uk)
December 2015
Chef Clodagh McKenna's Guide to Dorset

Distinguished Dublin chef, Clodagh McKenna, recently visited Dorset and writes a gastro-guide feature for Food & Wine Magazine in the USA...

Read full article (foodandwine.com)
November 2015
Camping in the cold

Forget shivering under canvas and check into a cosy container or heated hut; The Independent reviews the best alternative winter campsites featuring Crafty Camping...

Read full article (theindependent.co.uk)
September 2015
Special feature: Seasides, Weymouth, Dorset
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

A Luxury Travel blog visits Weymouth and reviews this stunning five star property, marketed by Dream Cottages...

Read blog post (aluxurytravelblog.com)
The National Trust lists its top ten best coastal walks in Britain

Dorset's Purbeck cliffs tops the bill of their recommended seaside strolls...

Read full article (dailymail.co.uk)
August 2015
The prettiest streets in the South West

Visit Dorset recommends Gold Hill and Milton Abbas for Hideaways' round up of the most attractive streets in the South West of England...

Read full article (hideaways.co.uk)
Yes, camping really can be romantic

Daily Mail writer, Clare Hall, spends her 15th wedding anniversary at Crafty Camping - and didn't regret a moment...

Read full article (dailymail.co.uk)
An adventurous drive along Dorset's Jurassic Coast
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

For a family day out on the British coast, pack the car and head to Dorset. This drive along the Jurassic Coast offers regal hideaways, dramatic architecture and family adventure aplenty...

Read full article (telegraph.co.uk)
June 2015
The 20 best hidden beaches in the UK

Eype and Worbarrow Bay make The Telegraph's top 20 beautiful secret beaches in the UK...

Read full article (telegraph.co.uk)
May 2015
Mad for Dorset
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

Its dramatic scenery and pretty villages have long made Dorset a classic destination. Now a host of hotels, foodie hotspots and the latest adaptation of Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd have boosted its appeal further...

Download article (CSMA Magazine)
Film fans' chance to win a break in Hardy's Dorset
A Visit Dorset press release

Fans of the latest movie adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 'Far From the Madding Crowd' are being offered a chance to experience first hand the stunning backdrop of the film..

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
On England's coast, Thomas Hardy made his world

The New York Times explores Hardy's affinity with Dorset...

Read full article (nytimes.com)
Take a trip to Thomas Hardy country
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

Far From the Madding Crowd was set in Dorset. Ruth Elkins visits Bathsheba's farm and Hardy's Cottage...

Download article (The Times)
Dorset is the star of Far From the Madding Crowd - here's how to explore Hardy Country

The movie's cinematographer, Charlotte Bruus Christensen, reveals where to visit the beautifully English backdrop of the movie...

Read full article (radiotimes.com)
April 2015
Revisiting Hardy's classic tale of love

As the latest version of 'Far From the Madding Crowd' hits the big screen, Brian Jackman explores the county where it was shot...

Download article (Sunday Telegraph)
DORSET Magazine - Thomas Hardy special

The May issue of DORSET Magazine looks at the wild beauty of Wessex, goes on location at Mapperton and Sherborne and meets a local film extra...

Download article (DORSET Magazine)
Thomas Hardy's Dorset

Maggie O' Sullivan writes for Eat, Sleep and Simply Be on getting to better know Hardy country...

Read full article (thetravelwrapcompany.com) 
A weekend away...Dorset

The tiny town of Sherborne may have appeared in two recent Hollywood films, but the area's fine food is the real star of the show...

Download article (Woman Magazine)
Dorset: the locations that inspired Thomas Hardy

With a new film adaptation of Far From the Madding Crowd opening in cinemas next week, Jonathan Lorie visits the world that inspired the author...

Read full article (independent.co.uk)
Dorset's literary landscapes from Broadchurch to Far From the Madding Crowd

With a new Hollywood take on Thomas Hardy about to show the world its charms, now is the time to escape the madding crowd in this stunning coastal county...

Read full article (independent.co.uk)
Standing out from the crowd

A new film of Far from the Madding Crowd provides a fresh take on a Hardy perennial. Georgia Dehn met the cast and crew...

Download article (Telegraph Magazine)
Week of treats for Dorset residents
A Visit Dorset press release 

People living across Dorset can enjoy discount deals at many of the county's top attactions during Dorset Residents' Week from 20 - 26 April.

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
March 2015
Dorset holidays - what's new for 2015?
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

What's new for holidaymakers in Dorset? BreakFree holidays asks Visit Dorset...

Read blog (breakfreeholidays.co.uk)
February 2015
Dorset promoted in final year of major national campaign
A Visit Dorset press release

The Visit Dorset Tourism partnership is promoting Dorset as part of a multi-channel marketing campaign...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
Broadchurch soundtrack strikes a chord in West Bay
A Visit Dorset press release

All fans of Broadchurch are being encouraged to enter Visit Dorset's competition to win an exclusive Broadchurch themed prize...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
Weymouth Beach named among Europe's top ten beaches in Traveller's Choice Award

Weymouth Beach has been rated one of the top rated beaches in Europe and the UK...

Read full article (dorsetecho.co.uk)
January 2015
The Eastbury Hotel - Radio Times review
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

An award winning, boutique, town house hotel in Sherborne,the heart of Hardy's Dorset.

Read full article (radiotimes.com)
The Bull Hotel - Radio Times review
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

Bed up in this Bridport based coaching inn, which housed the cast of ITV's Broadchurch, and explore the Jurassic Coast...

Read full article (radiotimes.com)
Great Escapes

Get away to four fabulous television beaches...

Download article (Radio Times)
A day in Bournemouth and the Isle of Purbeck

Anna Maria Espsater explores the delights of the Purbeck region in the winter...

Read blog (justabouttravel.net)
Return of Broadchurch brings tourism benefits
A Visit Dorset press release

The return of ITV's award winning drama, Broadchurch, has put Dorset back in the media spotlight...

Read press relase (dorsetforyou.com)
Tourism booms in towns where popular TV dramas are set

It may be the setting for tormented detectives to track down the perpetrators of grisly killings, but hugely popular ITV series Boadchurch has certainly enlivened the profile of Dorset's Jurassic Coast...

Read full article (express.co.uk)
'Broadchurch effect' sees tourist interest in Dorset soar

Fans of Broadchurch are behind a sudden surge in bookings to Dorset and Somerset according to a hotel booking website...

Read full article (telegraph.co.uk)
Broadchurch - the travel guide to Dorset's West Bay
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

How to follow in David Tennant and Olivia Colman's footsteps around beautiful Dorset...

Read full article (radiotimes.com)
Holiday hotspots: where to go in 2015

Dorset makes the Guardian's 40 hot destinations to visit this year...

Read full article (theguardian.com)
December 2014
Movie star Paddington starts tour of Dorset
A Visit Dorset press release

Paddington Bear has arrved in Dorset and has embarked on what will be the start of many adventures around the county over the next couple of months...

Download press release
Discover Dorset's literary landscapes

With authors across the centuries finding inspiration around the Dorset coast and countryside, discover the areas they called home and the locations that inspired their work...

Read full article (discoverbritainmag.com)
Chinese asked to name British attractions

VisitBritain asks Chinese to name British landmarks in a campaign to generate publicity. Read on to find out what they named the Cerne Abbas Giant...

Read full article (telegraph.co.uk)
Are these Britain's prettiest market towns?

Sherborne makes the Telegraph's list of prettiest market towns...

View picture gallery (telegraph.co.uk)
10 Sensational Destinations for New Year's Eve
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

Weymouth features in this worldwide list of brilliant New Year's Eve destinations that'll make for unforgettable countdowns and truly unique celebrations...

Read full article (blog.goeuro.co.uk)
November 2014
The Jurassic Coast is quite possibly the most beautiful place in England...with a prehistoric secret

By jove! We do declare we've just stumbled upon the most beautiful spot in all of England!

Read full article (huffingtonpost.com)
Channel surfing (by bike) on the Tour de Manche

Andy Lulham from sportive.com cycles through Dorset with Signpost Cycling on the Tour de Manche...

Read full article (sportive.com)
October 2014
South West Dorset: Walk of the Month

It takes a while for Mark Rowe to find Powerstock, but he's rewarded with a revelatory walk amid sublime scenery.

Read full article (independent.co.uk)
Visit-Dorset.com wins top website award
A Visit Dorset press release

The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership has scooped and award for 'Best Website Content' at the recent New Mind|tellUs Knowledge Exchange...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
West Dorset Tourist Information Centres are the best in Dorset
A Visit Dorset press release

West Dorset District Council's Visitor Services Team has won Gold at this year's Dorset Tourism Awards...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com) 
Reader's walks: Weymouth Bay

Take in the breathtaking views on this walk along the Jurassic coastline from Weymouth to Durdle Door....

Read full article (theguardian.com)
County set to hit headlines as journalists take cycle tour

The delights of Weymouth, Portland and the Jurassic Coast are to make headlines abroad after visitors got in gear for a Dorset tour...

Read full article (dorsetecho.co.uk)
September 2014
Ghost Villages

Britain has over 3,000 deserted settlements - silent, empty, and waiting for our return. David Bramwell visits the Dorset village of Tyneham...

Download article (Ernest Journal)
Visit Dorset Facebook campaign exceeds expectations
A Visit Dorset press release

The Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership has capitalised on the growing surge in users of social media with its first major Facebook campaign promoting Dorset...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
Autumn's subtle charm is greatly enhanced by this Indian Summer

It might have been too late to hear any birdsongs, but my trip to Dorset was ripe with natural beauty...

Read full article (independent.co.uk)
August 2014
Visit-dorset.com goes mobile
A Visit Dorset press release

People can now look at visit-dorset.com wherever and whenever they like using the new mobile site...

Read press release (dorsetforyou.com)
June 2014
Experience something fantastic with the Visit Dorset Facebook competition

Win lots of great prizes each week throughout June and July with our Dorset Summer giveaway...

Read full article (dorsetforyou.com)
Coasting it in Dorset!
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

Bored of Bournemouth, that gay mecca of Dorset's East? Instead, Bent's Adrian Gillan hugs the lovely coast, and blokes, of West Dorset - from Lyme Regis to Weymouth!

Read full article (bent.com)
Cycling Dorset: clear of congestion from Axminster to Bridport
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

Pedalling in peace along a scenic segment of the Tour de Manche cycle route...

Read full article (theguardian.com)
Dorset cycle routes updated for summer
A Visit Dorset press release

Leaflets promoting the National Cycle Network (NCN) Routes 2 and 26 through West Dorset have been reproduced and updated and now include route details all the way to Weymouth and Portland...

Read full press release (dorsetforyou.com)
Road Trip: Mudeford, Dorset
A Visit Dorset hosted press trip

Kirsti Banyard from Homeaway.co.uk blogs about what brings so many to Mudeford...

Read blog (homeaway.co.uk)
April 2014
Magical Seaside
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

Everyone loves a seaside break, and you're sure to find one here that will be just perfect for you and your family.

Read the full article (Woman  &Home magazine)
Seaside special
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

One of the wonderful things about England is that you're never far from the feel of sand between your toes and the glorious smell of the sea.

Read the full article (Essentials magazine)
Get out there!
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

With a huge choice of fun activities and experiences, all set in the great outdoors, keeping the whole family happy on holiday has never been easier. And, best of all, it's all on your doorstep...

Read full article (Essentials magazine)
Choose the perfect English holiday
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

Whether you want family friendly and active or sophisticated and indulgent, Woman & Home's guide will help you find your ideal break...

Read full article (Woman & Home magazine)
Fabulous Beaches
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

Buckets, spades, body boards and ice cream - seaside days are here again!

Read full article (Pick Me Up magazine)
Seaside Special
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

We all love to be beside the sea and Chat magazine's four-page special will take you to the finest seaside places around England...

Read full article (Chat magazine) 
March 2014
Enjoy the Outdoors
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

From ancient forests to beautiful rivers, England has so much to offer. Woman magazine includes Dorset as one of the best places to visit in 2014...

Read full article (Woman magazine)
Come Rain or Shine
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

There are more than 6,000 miles of beautiful seaside to enjoy in England. Here's Woman Magazine's pick of the best destinations...

Read full article (Woman magazine)
Time to Explore
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

Grab your family and get them outside fro a countryside adventure...

Read full article (Pick Me Up magazine)
Best of England Outdoor Escapes
Content supplied by Visit Dorset

Love the great outdoors? Chat magazine's four-page special takes you to all the best places to visit around the country, including Dorset...

Read full article (Chat Magazine)
Tourism boost as Lyme Regis voted second in the world for beach activities

Fossil hunting on the beaches of Lyme Regis came second in a poll by renowned travel website, virtualtourist.com

Read article (bridportnews.co.uk)
Britain's best beaches, according to TripAdvisor

3 Dorset beaches feature in TripAdvisor poll of Britain's top ten beaches...

Read article (telegraph.co.uk)
Scenic beauty that inspired literary giants
(A Visit Dorset hosted press trip)

Beverley Glick discovers that Dorset is full of fascinating stories on a tour of the county's coastal delights...

Read full article (The Daily Telegraph)
February 2014
Lights, camera, move in

Our scenic beaches, towns and countryside are stealing the show in big films and TV series. Where are the best locations to invest?

Read article (Sunday Times)
5 free things to do in Weymouth
(content supplied by Visit Dorset)

Golden sands, views of the Jurassic Coastline and buckets of seaside charm make Weymouth a popular UK tourist destination. We find out 5 free things to do and see in this traditional English seaside resort...

Read full article (groupleisure.com)
A Trip through Time
(A Visit Dorset hosted press trip)

Natalie Mason writes for LandLove magazine and takes a look at the footprints left behind by dinosaurs among the rich history and warm hospitality Dorset has to offer...

Read summarised article (landlove.com) 
January 2014
Dorset celebrates at the annual South West Tourism Awards

Tourism businesses from across Dorset, including Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre, celebrated after winning numerous accolades at the annual South West Tourism Awards.

View article (viewfrompublishing.co.uk)
West Bay features in the Radio Times Top 10 TV Locations of 2013.

The coastal village provided the backdrop to ITV's Broadchurch.

Read full article (radiotimes.com)
Brownsea Island has been named the UK's favourite nature reserve.

The island near Poole which hosted Lord Baden Powell's first scout camp in 1907 came top of a vote by readers of BBC Countryfile Magazine.

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Bridport takes 3rd place in BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards

The town was voted third in the Britain's Best Market Town category.

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Where to go in 2014 - UK travel hotlist

Dorset features in the Guardian's top destinations for tourists in 2014...

Read full article (guardian.com)
December 2013
Location, location!

Broadchurch had us all gripped as we tried to guess who killed Danny Latimer. And now we’re over the moon to hear that there’s going to be a second series. So we headed down to Dorset to check out the location of one of the most talked-about British dramas.

Read full article (New! Magazine)
August 2013
Lyme Regis & Weymouth make top 6 coolest British seaside towns

Want to escape to the coast this weekend? Cool Places recommends their favourite stops, featuring donkey rides, fresh seafood and breezy walks...

Read full article (wanderlust.co.uk)
Top ten family restaurants in the South West

The Hive, The Stable and the Town Mill Bakery all feature in Country Calling's selection...

Read full article (countrycalling.co.uk)
July 2013
British travellers are staying home to visit TV and movie sets this summer

The British staycation has recieved a revival this summer, boosted by better weather and interest in UK heritage sites, a phenomenon dubbed 'set-jetting'...

Read full article (guardian.com)
Right on your Dor-step

Dorset is a great alternative to expensive trips abroad. Veronica Lorraine from The Sun tells us why local is lovely...

Read full article (thesun.co.uk)
Petit Tour de Manche

The Petit Tour de Manche is an epic cycle journey showcasing two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the historic D-Day landing sites. Discover how a group of German journalists from 'Adventure' Magazine enjoyed their experience in Dorset.

Read full article (please note this article is in German) 
June 2013
Moonfleet Manor Review

Why go? For luxurious yet family friendly accommodation on Dorset's glorious Chesil Beach...

Read review (redonline.co.uk)
Corfe Castle Britain's best picnic spots

See how Dorset features in the Telegraph Travel top 15 picnic spots in Britain.

Read full article (telegraph.co.uk)
The sound of a thousand maracas

How Seatown beach restored Chris Moody's soul...

Read blog (theproseandthepassion.wordpress.com)
May 2013
Lashings of family fun in delightful Dorset: A heavenly holiday in Famous Five Country

No wonder Enid Blyton set so many of her Famous Five adventures around these rugged coves and dozing villages...

Read full article (dailymail.co.uk)
The 10 best food festivals

The Dorset Seafood Festival makes the pick of the bunch in the Independent's latest foodie recommendations...

Read full article (independent.co.uk)
Corfe mixture: Dorset coastline offers family fun in perfect isolation

Escape to the beautiful Dorset coast for an adventure in the footsteps of the Famous Five - with lashings and lashings of fun...

Read full article (mirror.co.uk)
West Dorset: An insider's guide

Sleepy Thomas Hardy country has had a wake up call, and now there's enough fun stuff to keep you happy 'til the cows come home...

Read full article (cntraveller.com)
April 2013
Broadchurch: murder most lovely

Last week's finale of Broadchurch pulled in 9.3m viewers but it wasn't just the plot twists that kept us hooked. Dorset was the real star.

Read full article (thesundaytimes.co.uk)
6 of the best West Country thatched holiday cottages

Eagles Nest of Symondsbury Estate Holidays features in Female First's shortlist of the most idyllic cottages in which to live the dream this summer...

Read full article (femalefirst.co.uk)
Dorset's Jurassic Coast sees tourism surge as Broadchurch fans flock to West Bay

The idyllic coastal resort where the ITV drama was filmed has seen a huge increase in visitors thanks to the Broadchurch effect...

Read full article (Yahoo News)
Enjoy the best of Dorset for less during Residents' Week

Residents across Dorset can enjoy discount deals at many of the county's top attractions from 22nd - 28th April, using the special offers featured in the Spring edition of Dorset County Council's community newspaper, 'Your Dorset'.

Download press release
March 2013
Bay watched: Town behind hit TV show Broadchurch

Smash TV crime drama Broadchurch is pulling in nine million viewers with its nerve-shredding whodunnit plotline. But the series' success is also being put down to the stunning scenery, swooping clifftop views and picturesque harbour of the show's location...

Read full article (thesun.co.uk)
Dorset cider tour: a taste of core values

Dorset is rediscovering its taste for artisan cider, with local producers and brewers keen to keep up traditional methods...

Read full article (guardian.co.uk)
Broadchurch: discover the Dorset behind David Tennant's hit drama

ITV's new crime thriller stars David Tennant, Olivia Colman - and the breathtaking coastal scenery of Dorset...

Read full article (radiotimes.com) 
Dorset - a locals' travel guide

There's no substitute for local knowledge, so take holiday advice from the people who know Dorset best...

Read full article (guardian.co.uk)
Dorset to benefit from nationwide tourism campaign

The Visit Dorset tourism partnership is working with VisitEngland, the national tourist board, to promote Dorset and encourage more people to holiday at home and discover the best that England has to offer...

Read full article (dorsetforyou.com)
Tourism in Dorset reaps the benefits of Broadchurch

Visit Dorset's tourism team have been working hard to maximise the benefits that ITV1's new drama, Broadchurch, can bring to tourism in Dorset...

Read full article (dorsetforyou.com)
February 2013
Dorset Delight: walking the Rodwell Trail

It starts in Weymouth with a whelk and ends in Portland with a panini but the Rodwell Trail also serves up a slice of Dorset life that's rich in history...

Read full article (guardian.co.uk)
Sunseekers vote Weymouth Beach as one of the best in the country

The town's golden sands came seventh nationally in the 2013 Travellers' Choice Beaches Awards by website, TripAdvisor...

Read full article (dorsetecho.co.uk)
Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre Wins Tourism Award

Staff at Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre are celebrating after winning Bronze in the 'Tourist Information Centre of the Year' category at the South West Tourism Awards...

Read full press release (dorsetforyou.com)
Wonderful Weymouth: Family holidays on Dorset's Jurassic Coast

Anna Brown enjoys a family break at a Dorset holiday park...just don't ask about losing at Yahtzee...

Read full article (mirror.co.uk)
Country Life Hotel Review - The Bull Hotel, Bridport

Hetty Chidwick reviews The Bull Hotel in Bridport, West Dorset, a market town steeped in history a stone's throw from the famous Jurassic coastline...

Read full article (countrylife.co.uk)
Burton Bradstock holiday park voted UK's finest by AA

Freshwater Holiday Park in Burton Bradstock has won a top AA award for being the country's best holiday centre of the year...

Read full article (bridportnews.co.uk)
January 2013
On the path of Jane Austen

On the bi centenary of the publication of the classic story Pride and Prejudice, Tina Ediss traces the novelist's life...

Read full article (express.co.uk) 
World garlic-eating contest announced in Dorset

A garlic-eating contest in Dorset is expected to attract visitors from around the globe...

Read full article (bbc.co.uk)
Purbeck listed as one of Guardian readers' favourite Spring cycling destinations

The days are getting longer, so get out into the fresh air with our reader's tips on two feet or on two wheels.

Read full article (guardian.co.uk)
Jurassic Coast featured in Guardian's top 10 destinations for a staycation

With its wonderful countryside and coast, abundant wildlife, and rich history and culture, the UK provides some of the most attractive holiday destinations in Europe. Why venture anywhere else?

Read full article (guardian.co.uk)
November 2012
Awards success for Dorset's Furleigh Estate

Furleigh Estate has won the UK's first ever gold medal in the Effervescents du Monde Competition. Earlier in the year, winemaker Ian Edwards was awarded Winemaker of the Year by the UKVA, the UK's wine industry body. Congratulations!
Competition winner announced!

Congratulations to Mr Wibberley of Cheshire who has won a fabulous seven night family holiday at Haven's Littlesea Holiday Park in Weymouth. The competition was featured in 300,000 Weymouth & Portland Visitor Information guides that were handed out during the Olympic & Paralympic Games this summer.
Everyone dreams of a secret hotel bar...

Lizzie Hoggard from the Evening Standard reviews the Bull Hotel in Bridport...

Read full article (standard.co.uk)
October 2012
Majority of Weymouth tourists will visit again after 'unprecedented' Olympic coverage

New study shows that 96% of those that visited the Dorset borough during the Olympics said they were likely to visit again...
 
Read full article (thisisdorset.co.uk)
CYCLE WEST aims to boost Dorset tourism

Cycle West is a cross-channel network of three routes through South West England, Brittany and Normandy that will open up massive opportunities for tourism and visitor based businesses in Dorset...

Read full article (bbc.co.uk)
Great British Escape - Dorset Coast
(A Visit Dorset hosted press trip)

Walking the entire South West Coast Path will see you clocking up nearly four times the ascent of Everest. Sarah Baxter shows us a smaller section that's still big on views...

Download full article (Wanderlust Magazine)
Weymouth recognised as great holiday resort

Weymouth has been voted as one of the UK's top holiday destinations by readers of leading travel magazine, 'Group Leisure'

Read full article here (dorsetforyou.com)
September 2012
The Guardian Travel Series: A Holiday Guide to Dorset

Everything you need to plan your holiday in Dorset, with expert reviews on where to stay, the best places to eat seafood, coastal and country walks, family days out and Cool Camping's favourite sites.

Read full articles (guardian.co.uk)
August 2012
Garden Stardom

Bennetts Water Gardens found stardom for the day when BBC's Gardener's World came to Weymouth...

Read full article (dorsetecho.co.uk)
Old fashioned fun: 10 traditional UK seaside breaks

Not all British seaside resorts have to go the way of Brighton and Whitstable. Here are 10 of the most gloriously traditional, with all the fun of the fair...

Read full article (guardian.co.uk)
Visit Dorset competition winner announced!

Congratulations to Mrs Longson of Manchester who won a fantastic two night break at the exclusive Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa in Evershot. The competition was featured in the Mail on Sunday's You Magazine in January and The Sunday Times Magazine in June.
Stroll through the gardens of Dorset

Great Britain possesses the most beautiful gardens in the world. Towards the South West, beyond hills and heathland, stretches the Dorset coast bordered by cliffs and pebble beaches, rich in fossils and marvellous gardens... 

Download PDF of article (Please note that this article is in French)
July 2012
Naturally Wonderful

Journalist Richard Holmes writes about the Jurassic Coast in South African magazine, 'Garden and Home'...

Download PDF of article
Hidden seaside gem hosts Olympic sailing

Jacqui Gisborne, Tourism & Promotions Officer for the London 2012 Operations Team gives Julie Levin a taste of Britain's world class sailing venue...

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England's Dorset is great for Olympic sailing, and family fun too (think carousels and donkey rides)

Amy Laughinghouse captures the essence ofWeymouth in the lead up to the sailing events...

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A postcard from Lyme Regis

'Country Homes & Interiors' magazine reviews their favourite Dorset destination...

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Dorset sails into a summer of fun and Games
(Visit Dorset hosted press trip)

As host of the Olympic sailing events, Weymouth will soon be the focus of the South Coast. But there's lots to tempt visitors beyond the shore, says Jonathan Lorie...

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June 2012
The Jurassic Coast, England's Riviera

Tilly Lavenas describes her enchantment with this unique area of England...

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Can the Olympics factor transform Weymouth?

It worked for Barcelona, so can it work for the quiet Dorset town? With new attractions and a thriving food scene change is well underway...

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Weymouth, Dorset: the jewel of the South for the 2012 Olympics

Visitors to Weymouth for the sailing will be won over by its wonderful beaches, wild coastal walks and rich history, says Brian Jackman...

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(Visit Dorset hosted press trip)

Caroline Baum encounters refugee apes, literary history and a dash of eccentricity in Dorset...

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May 2012
New Dorset Food Marketing Group

In this year of celebrationg everything great about Britain, seven of Dorset's most exciting and innovative food producers are collaborating to showcase some of the best of Dorset's great food and drink heritage and wealth...

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Lovely Dorset has Gold Medal Charm

It's not often you’ll get chance to combine a traditional British seaside break with the greatest sports show on earth.This summer you can do just that as the charming coastal county of Dorset hosts the Olympic sailing and windsurfing events in Weymouth and Portland...

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April 2012 
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Wins the HHA/Christie’s Award

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens has been awarded the coveted Historic Houses Association/Christie’s Garden of the Year award for 2012.This is the first time the prize has been given to a subtropical garden, so it is a coup for a site that has been steadily building a reputation for years, and was runner-up to Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, last year....

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Dorset: The Glories of the West

Tilly Ware explains why she’s still in love with the landscape of her childhood – and you should be, too...

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The Hive is Top Five - in the World!

The Hive Beach Cafe in Burton Bradstock has been listed as one of the World's top five best fish restaurants by an article in the Telegraph...

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