What comes to mind when someone asks you to picture your ideal beach holiday? You might just be thinking of Ibiza or the French Riviera. In truth, you don’t need to go that far to enjoy the sunny weather, the sea, and the sandy beaches. You could even stay at home, in Britain and still get a lot of your favourite summer things. Too many British holidaymakers forget about the beautiful South West of England along the English Channel. Think about John le Carré, Douglas Adams, and Thomas Hardy. While nothing unites their different writing styles, they all have one thing in common: They were all born in Dorset. And this is the place to be this summer!
If you are heading down to Dorset for the summer holiday, you will need to find somewhere exciting and sunny to stay. Most holidaymakers choose an accommodation along the coastline, from Bridport to Christchurch, such as self catering Bournemouth homes or an exciting beach spa hotel in Weymouth. If you want to tour the region and see more of its historical monuments and its cultural marvels, you might want to look for B&B or self catering cottages in small villages inside the land, which will give you the possibility to enjoy your holiday away from the crowd of tourists. Do make sure to pick a large town, such as Bournemouth, Poole or Dorchester if you want to rely on public transport.
If you are wondering what you could do in Dorset during the summer, the most obvious answer is: Enjoy the water! Indeed, with plenty of stunning sandy beaches. There’s even a prized location which won the Blue Flag award, and it’s Durley Chine Beach in Bournemouth. It has a vast Kidzone, which helps parents to enjoy a relatively stress-free holiday, and despite its small size, it’s one of the safest beaches around. For a more scenic experience, you simply need to find Middle Chine Beach which is only a few meter further west. If you’re not a beach enthusiast, check the Splashdown in Poole. It’s a water park with some of the best water fumes, spins and tumbles in the UK. They also have a play zone for young children and toddlers, so there’s something for everyone.
If you want to relax during your holiday and disconnect from the stress of the modern world, take a ride through nostalgia with the Swanage Railway, a steam train - but they do diesel too - that runs through Dorset and offers even evening dining experience if you are up for a ride. You will find the station in Swanage, which is not too far from Poole for a day out. You can then sit back on a vintage train and enjoy a perfect cream team as you visit Dorset. If you are up for a drive, try to stop in Dorchester to visit the Teddy Bear Museum, with toys that are over 100-year-old. This is a blast from the past and a peaceful way to reconnect with your inner child.