The coastal scenes in the compelling tv crime drama series Broadchurch were filmed on fabulous West Bay, Bridport in Dorset.
If you are planning on glamping, Dorset has a fine selection of quirky Shepherd’s Huts, Wagons and Safari Tents to choose from all within easy reach of the spectacular Jurassic Coast. Enjoy a unique holiday and follow in the footsteps of detectives Miller and Hardy (actors Olivia Colman and David Tennant), as you explore.
Bustling Bridport is a lively market town and a good place to start. Book a break in May or June and you will be able to join in the first ever fun packed Bridport Season of Heritage. Take a tour of the local net factories, discover hidden places and learn the history of the town. Join in the spectacular Spirit of Bridport Walking Parade, browse an exhibition or listen to an inspirational heritage talk. Relish the Ropewalk Fair and witness the tug of war, local music, food and drink.
The whole town will join the festive fun. Look out for the Cape Farewell Exhibition at the Arts Centre, creative and crazy shop window displays using Bridport net, the Hat World Heritage Exhibition at Snooks Hat Shop in West Street, Market Stall Mania in the Lyric Theatre, Open Afternoon at the Community Orchard, the powerful theatre production ‘No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish’ at Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport Heritage Forum Exhibition at the Bridport Town Hall, Guided Tours of Hucks Nets and Amsafe at The Court in West Street, Historic Rope and Net Industry Guided Walks, Charter Fair in the town centre, A living Tree Art Exhibition in the historic Salt House once used as a salt store for the local and Newfoundland fishing trade, a Walk in the Millennium Wood, a Ukelele Opera ‘Flea!’ at the Electric Palace in Bridport, Palmers Brewery Tours, the grand opening of the new Bridport Museum in one of the town’s oldest buildings, West Bay Pirates Day, Bridport Food Festival, Woodland Crafts, Traditional Land Work and Horses dispayed by Allington Hillbillies at Coppers Wood and so much more.
While in Dorset do also visit the ancient market town of Ringwood on the edge of the New Forest National Park close to cycling, fishing, golf, horse riding, sailing and water skiing opportunities. The Beaulieu National Motor Museum is fascinating. Historic Salisbury Cathedral and Hurst Castle will please history buffs. Exbury Gardens and Moors Valley Country Park will ‘fill up your senses’ and the Liberty Raptor and Reptile Centre is not for the faint hearted.
Enjoy warm hospitality and wonderful views across the river meadow and town in the atmospheric surroundings of Dorset’s oldest inn The Crown in Blanford Forum. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the bar and the beautiful garden.
Picturesque and characterful Beaminster surrounded by streams and rivers is a favourite with artists. The annual Beaminster Festival celebrates music, theatre, art and literature getting off to a splendid start with a lively Street Party in the Square (24 June-2 July 2017).
The sprawling ancient village of Hooke nestles in the river valley of the Hooke River, a tributary of the Frome, surrounded by the chalk hills of the Dorset Downs. Hooke Park Wood is renowned for its bluebells, spring flowers, elusive fairies and the Architectural Association’s School of Architecture campus for timber construction.
The town of Axminster enjoys worldwide fame for its fine carpets made here since 1755. TV celebrity chef Hugh Fernley Whitingstall’s restaurant River Cottage is nearby. Enjoy shopping, market days, eating out and the Axminster Arts Cafe.
The seaside towns of Lyme Regis, Seaton and the fossil beach of Charnmouth on the Jurassic coast are packed with attractions, shops, galleries and places to eat out as well as boasting glorious beaches and coastal walking.
Sarah and Dave were bowled over by their glamping holiday in Dorset and said “Thanks for a wonderful stay – exceeded our expectations. Will be sure to recommend to everyone we meet”.
Robin and Charlotte chose a glamping break in Dorset too. They declared
“We loved it. It was the best holiday we’ve ever had. Especially the surrounding area”.