Dorset Is One Of The Best UK Staycations

It’s been been a difficult period for all with a global pandemic and lockdowns and if you’re looking for a long overdue break to shake off that feeling of being stuck inside and ready to safely and responsibly get out like a snail coming out of it’s shell then read on.

It’s no surprise that Dorset has been named one of the top staycation locations for 2022 and here are many great reasons to look at Dorset for your next trip.

12 Reasons To Choose Dorset For Your Next Staycation

1. Dorset is renowned for its beautiful countryside and coastline is England’s only natural world heritage site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there’s plenty of space to get outside in the fresh air and spread out.

2. There are accommodation options from B&Bs, luxury lodges and holiday parks dotted along the coastline. You can find places to stay in Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth and in west Dorset in the heart of the Jurassic coastline in Lyme Regis. Search for availability on our hotel search page.

3. Whether you’ve joined the #Vanlife movement on social media or prefer more of a low key off-grid adventure, camping in Dorset is a popular choice. There are plenty of campsites to choose from if you like to stay in a tent, caravan or campervan (#Vanlife instagram account not essential!).

4. There are plenty of activities and attractions to keep you busy from exploring the beaches, forests and natural areas by foot or bicycle. The sea cliffs around Swanage and isle of Portland offer an array of climbing for all abilities and of course there are plenty of options for watersports like kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing to keep everyone busy.

Check out some of the watersports schools below:

Bournemouth: Surf Steps | Bournemouth Surf Academy | Shaka Surf | Sorted Surf School

Poole: The Watersports Academy | H2O Watersports | Easy Riders | Poseidon Kite School

Weymouth: Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre | Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy | OTC Watersports | One Ten Kitesurfing | Paracademy Portland

5. Dorset’s numerous beer gardens are ideal for having a pint or two without squeezing into overcrowded bars. Many of which are ready to welcome people back in a safe manner following pandemic lockdown.

6. Fish and chips always seem to taste better near the sea, and there are plenty of options in Dorset.

7. Take a bit of Dorset home with you by shopping at some of the county’s excellent independent businesses, where you’ll find delectable delicacies and one-of-a-kind finds.

8. From Old Harry’s Rocks, the historic Durdle Door to Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill (Featured in the famous Hovis advert), Chesil Beach, Fossil hunting on the Jurassic coast and even more in between, gasp in amazement at some of the monuments and sites of interest on offer.

9. A trip down the beach may definitely help to raise your spirits – take a deep breath of the sea air and lockdown will seem like a distant memory.

10. Family and dog friendly. A Dorset trip is perfect for families, with all of the great amenities, local attractions, and beaches. A staycation in the UK would be incomplete without your four-legged family members.

11. Dorset is home to a diverse range of wildlife species, from rare butterflies to deer and birds of prey, on land and at sea. On land you can visit some of the many green spaces within Dorset’s AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), woods and sites like Arne nature reserve.  Off the shore, keep an eye out for dolphins, cormorants and seals (but please give them plenty of space).

12. Dorset has more sunny days than the rest of the UK, which makes all of the above even more enjoyable! That being said it is an all year round destination with exhilarating seaside walks, starry night sky, strong winter storms, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, and crisp winter days make this place special.

In conclusion, if you’re planning a staycation this year, Dorset is the place to go.

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