In Dorset, you will discover fantastic food, jazz and folk festivals, art shows, agricultural and steam fairs, regattas and carnivals held
throughout the year and right across the region.
Dorset is quite a unique county full of lush rolling green hills and spectacular
coastlines, plus where else could you find a 55 metre Neolithic, ahem, earthwork - the Cerne Abbas Giant?
Dorchester's mesuems are well worth a visit. Have a look around the Curiosity Centre for antiques and second hand chic before heading to some great restaurants. HRH Prince Charles has a village style
development of houses, offices and factories at Poundbury close by.
When the castle falls down, build another, which is what Sir Walter Raleigh did in Sherborne. Visit the Sherborne Abbey when shopping and
look out for the farmers' markets held on the third Friday of each month. My adopted home town of Sturminster Newton maybe small but hosts an annual Cheese festival in September and a Boogie Woogie festival in July.
Take a walk from Studland along the cliffs to see the Old Harry Rocks which give a great view of Purbeck and to the Isle of Wight, the
Needles should be visible on a clear day. The Cobb in Lyme Regis is featured in Jane Austen's Persuasion and John Fowles' French Lieutenant's Woman (cloak optional).
The main throughfares of Weymouth are dotted with pavement cafes and provide a handy escape from street entertainers. Dorset's Seafood
festival is held in July - I need only three words. Lyme. Bay.
An App of the Jurassic Coast is free to download from iTunes.
Durlston Country Park is one of the gateways to the Jurassic World Heritage Site, or if you prefer, take a boat ride out of Lulworth Cove
and view the coastline from the sea.
Bridport is home to a renowned Arts Centre, hosts a literary festival in November, and nearby, West Bay hosted the filming of TV drama 'Broadchurch'.