Dorset is a beautiful county in the South West that makes up a part of the Jurassic coast. The historical stories and fantastic attractions mean that it is a perfect place to take a trip for education, beauty and excitement, no matter whether you’re going for a long weekend or a full week. There is so much to explore, from the fossil ridden beaches of Lyme Regis to the winding streets that take you to some hidden gems and the varied landscapes that the county offers. If you’re thinking of heading off glamping in Dorset, here are 10 facts that you might like to know:
1. The Jurassic coast was the first-ever natural site to make the UNESCO World Heritage list in December 2001. This is partly due to the rich fossil findings in the area, where perfectly preserved fossils can be found in the rock formations.
2. The bendiest road in Britain is situated in Dorset, and that’s a claim to fame you don’t hear everyday!
3. Many authors have been inspired by the hidden gems and beauty that can be found within Dorset, one of them being Enid Blyton. Supposedly she loved to spend time here as a child, and those fond childhood memories were the source of inspiration for her famous book “Five”.
4. If you’re a fan of hot and spicy foods then you’ll certainly want to try one of the Dorset Naga chillis. Known as one of the world’s hottest chillis, the Naga rates 923,000 on the Scoville heat scale, which is incredibly hot!
5. Many of the questions and answers from the well-loved family game of trivial pursuit were researched in the Weymouth Public Library, so why not take a trip and learn about the world knowledge for yourself?
6. The oldest post box in England can be found on the streets of Holwell, a quaint village in Dorset and is still in use today. Having been first put into action back in 1853, this is a treasured piece of history where Queen Victoria’s initials can still be seen inscribed into the casing!
7. The first ever fossil shop in Britain was opened in Lyme Regis in 1826; it was run by a woman named Mary Anning who is often mentioned in many stories as a well-respected fossil historian. Primarily known as the first female fossil expert, her legacy has lived on for many, many years!
8. It is this fossil lover Mary Anning’s whose life and work was also the inspiration behind the well-known tongue-twister “she sells sea shells on the sea shore”. Can you recite the full phrase?
“She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I’m sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I’m sure she sells sea-shore shells.”
9. There are only 5 counties in England that don’t have a motorway, and Dorset is one of them! This means that the environment is peaceful and perfect. But don’t worry, that doesn’t mean it’s any less accessible!
10. Maybe these facts will inspire you to visit some of the historical destinations that can be found in Dorset whilst on your family glamping trip!