Dorset Guide to...

As  a girl born and bred in this beautiful county -I thought it would be a good plan to point out the best of the places to go, eat, shop, drink, and basically save you time and money by highlighting all the good things Dorset has to offer!


The Horse With the Red Umbrella

10 High West StreetDorchester, Dorset01305 262019

I have been going to this restaurant and enjoying the takeaway option since I was a little girl, the name always fascinated me and I never thought to ask why it was called this. It wasn't until I went on the Ghost Walk around Dorchester a few years ago and asked the tour guide and local historian, Alistair Chisholm, what the story was and the building used to be a theatre and the last production there was called 'The Horse With the Red Umbrella' how utterly brilliant! I loved it even more after finding out!

The owners, John and Franca , are super nice and so are all the staff, you'll get A1 customer service, top notch food and a relaxing lovely setting. Absolutely recommended for anyone visiting Dorchester for the day.

Try: the bread pudding and apple danish ;)

Harry's Bar

South Street 

I have been going to Harry's bar for over a year to usually read, use the free wifi or just relax with a latte on my morning off from caring for my Mum.

The staff are lovely and if you are really lucky you might get to meet 'Harry' himself an elderly West Highland White terrier and sandwich connoisseur!

The food is really nice and well priced. Close to the Quay, take the kiddies too feed the ducks (you can buy feed for 20p a bag or so) in the fishing shop a couple of doors down. Boats for hourly rent and benches to relax on!

Try: Cheesy potato skins :)

Places to Visit

Dorset County Museum

Always a favourite of mine and now my sons, a beautiful building with thousands of artifacts and exhibits. 

Adult Gift Aid Admission: £6.50 (up to 2 free children aged 5 to 15 years)
Children under 5 years: free
Children 5 to 15 years: 2 accompanied children free (additional children £2.00 each)

Lots of events are planned throughout the summer - many Olympic and sport related, have a look HERE 

A brilliant and interesting day out for the whole family!

You can't visit Dorset without going over to Monkey World - Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild.
At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.
I go as often as I possibly can, and I hope to fund raise for them later in the year (going to do my parachute jump at last) as I really liked the late founder Jim Cronin - met him lots of times whilst working in local animal welfare and casually in the local shop. He was such a nice man and so very dedicated.

Tank Museum

The tank was a British invention that changed warfare for ever when it was introduced in the First World War and Bovington has been the home of the tank ever since.

The exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War One to the present day. As you explore the Museum's six large halls you will come face to face with vehicles that have seen action in all the major wars of the 20th Century and hear first-hand accounts from those who fought in them.

This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world's first ever tank - Little Willie, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern Challenger 2.


Moors Valley - All you pay for is the parking! Loads to do and you can also buy Go Ape days here.

The Purbecks! Incorporating the famous Jurassic Coastline Purbeck Tourist Info

Great Companies!

We have a huge industry in Dorset ranging from the home of Lush cosmetics to Dorset Cereals and Clipper Teas!

If you need anything whilst you are staying here then here is a list of my favourites!

Car Valeting - Why not treat yourself (or rather your 4 wheeled friend) to a great clean and tidy over at MDV Detailing & Valeting amazing rates and top notch service!