Winter in Dorset - photography, things to do and walks to enjoy

Victorian carousel in Bournemouth Sqaure

Victorian carousel in Bournemouth Sqaure - Credit: Archant

A collection of walks, places to visit, things to do, events and photography for you to enjoy this winter in Dorset

This article will be updated regularly throughout the winter months



Bournemouth Natural Science Society open day - The Bournemouth Natural Science Society would like to invite you through its doors on Wednesday 18 February between 10am-1pm for ‘Adventurcation’ - a family drop in day to entertain young children during mid term break!

Rugby clubs in Dorset - where to watch - With the 2015 Rugby World Cup just around the corner, you might be tempted to get in the mood for the big tournament. Here’s where you can do that right here in Dorset with our list of rugby clubs to visit in the county.

Events and things to do in Dorset - January 2015 - We’ve scoured the county for some of the best events to enjoy this month

Best things about moving to Weymouth - Enhanced both in terms of its infrastructure and property since hosting the 2012 Olympic sailing, Weymouth is an affordable option for those seeking a coastal location

7 reasons to visit Westbourne - things to do and places to visit - With its wealth of independent shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants it’s no wonder that this stylish suburb of Bournemouth is renowned for its fabulous retail therapy

3 places to eat out in Wimborne - 3 places for you to enjoy a meal in Wimborne. From our 24 Hours in Wimborne feature in the November 2014 issue.

10 of the best things to do in Southbourne - As one of Bournemouth’s most lively suburbs, Southbourne offers independent shops, a knitting café and its own eponymous local beer with a dash of coastal inspiration.

Brad Pitt’s co-star from ‘Fury’ at the Tank Museum - The movie casts, alongside Brad Pitt, two of museum’s exhibits: the world’s only working Tiger 131 tank and the eponymous Fury Sherman M4 tank.

6 of the best cocktail bars in Dorset - Do you like your martini dirty, salty, twisted or filthy or would you prefer a Mince Pie daiquiri? Helen Stiles heads for the county’s best cocktail bars to browse their menus.

Best places for international cuisine in Dorset - Taste authentic fare from a huge range of nations without ever stepping foot on a plane…Alice Cooke brings you her pick of the best.

Eating out in Dorset - best restaurants - Whether you’re looking for fine dining, pub food, a romantic meal for 2 or a taste of something from further afield, eating out in Dorset really has something for everyone. Here’s our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs.

Brownsea Island - Winter Wonderland - Brownsea Island is closed to visitors until February but life - and hard work - continues for the island’s 29 residents, as National Trust Head Ranger Reuben Hawkwood explains.

Things to do in Dorset this weekend - Great things to do in Dorset this weekend: art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.



5 ways to keep fit in Dorset this New Year - From boot camps to kick start your new fitness regime to yoga on the beach or Nordic walking in the woods, there are plenty of ways to get fit in Dorset this year. Abigail Butcher gives us the low down.

Making wildlife welcome in the garden this winter - From feeding a charm of goldfinches to providing a cosy home for a hedgehog, if you make your garden a winter haven for wildlife you will reap the benefits in the spring.

Top tips for growing vegetables in winter - After a fruitful summer the garden and greenhouse can still provide a wealth of vegetables, even in the depths of winter, with a little forward planning and careful storage.

Best ways to light a room and create a warm ambience - Nothing sets the mood of a room more than the way it is lit. Interior designer Charlotte Starling shows you how clever lighting can create a warm and welcoming ambience.


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Dorset walk - Woolgarston and Brenscombe Hill - Fancy a bracing Christmas walk with impressive views? Edward Griffiths explores the quieter paths around Corfe Castle

Dorset walk - Hermitage and Middlemarsh - Edward Griffiths admires some ancient trees on this winter walk which also offers superb views over the Blackmore Vale

6 festive walks in Dorset - Have you overindulged a bit over the Christmas period? Are you stuck for something to do when the relatives have left? Are you considering a New Year’s resolution to get fitter or exercise more?

Kingston Lacy Avenue and White Mill - Edward Griffiths strolls down the famous beech avenue then follows the River Stour to Dorset’s most beautiful bridge

Milton Park and Oatclose Woods - Edward Griffiths enjoys some superb colours on this woodland walk near the picturesque village of Milton Abbas

Bere Down and Elderton Clump - A crisp winter’s day during the Christmas holidays is perfect for savouring the high downs and superb views of this ancient landscape, says Edward Griffiths.

Two Winterbornes and Charity Wood - Edward Griffiths explores the Winterborne valleys and three of its villages.



Durdle Door

The Ledges Sunrise

Into the light with Clavell’s

Knowlton Church

Hengistbury Head


Baby Robin

Shades of Light and Dark

A Nutty Winter Carpet

Great Expectations

River Stour

I love snow

Sledging weather

Haw Frost

Winter sunrise