The slow pace of life, peaceful setting and leisurely, wholesome activities on offer in Dorset make it the ideal place for a retired couple to take a break. However, it is these same qualities that make the South West region a perfect location for young families too.
Much of the terrain in Dorset is farmland, so it is important to go with the right kit if you plan to do any country walks with the kids. Depending on what time of year you go, you may need to take walking boots and wellies as the ground can get very muddy between Autumn and early Spring. However, when Summer arrives, you’ll need to make sure you pack the sandals and flip flops for kids and yourself so that you and your family can enjoy the famous Dorset beaches.
Dorset is well connected to the rest of the country making it an easy place to get to, even if you’re with kids. Although the county does not have its own motorway, you can reach it by road via the A303, which links to the M3 when coming down from London. From the capital it is only around two and a half hours by car to Dorset, however, if you don’t fancy driving yourself then you could take the coach, with 14 services offering regular trips to the region. Other options include catching the ferry to one of the two seaports in Dorset, taking the train, with direct connections to London, or even flying in to Bournemouth Airport.
The accommodation in Dorset is perfectly suited for a young family. Much of the local population live in the South East Dorset conurbation, which is also where many visitors choose to stay. Here you have your pick from beautiful campsites, cosy holiday cottages, friendly bed and breakfasts and fun, family orientated holiday camps.
The Dorset Coastline
One of the most popular attractions in Dorset is, without doubt, its famous coastline, three quarters of which is a World Heritage Site. Familiar sights along the southern coast include Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, and Durdle Door. The region is also home to sandy beaches, such as Swanage and Wareham, as well as the shingle beach of Chesil Bank.
The beautiful coast of Dorset is complemented by a host of other family friendly fun activities and location in the area. Corfe Castle, for instance, is a 1,000-year old fortification where you can try on medieval gear and learn about its gory history. Brownsea Island, in Poole harbour, meanwhile, is perfect for a West Country adventure; arriving by boat, visitors can enjoy plenty of outdoor fun in the woods and you could even catch a glimpse of the rare red squirrel.