Planning your Summer Holiday in Dorset?

If you’re looking forward to a holiday in Dorset this year, think about experiencing something new along the fantastic Jurassic coastline. Swanage and Purbeck lie along the south coast of Dorset, the area is the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Dorset is brimming with things to do with a fantastic playground of beaches and miles of unspoilt countryside and coastline to explore. A county of contrasts, Dorset offers the very best of countryside, coastline, events and attractions, perfect for families, groups and couples alike. There is a high demand for experience-led breaks that allow families to spend quality time together while exploring new places, learning new skills, playing sports or enjoying some well-earned relaxation.

Dorset adventure activities

Dorset boasts an excellent selection of unique events and attractions, including fantastic adventure activities such as Coasteering, BushcraftClimbing & Abseiling and Kayaking. The Jurassic Coast is a natural haven for adventure and exploration, so plan accordingly and make sure you make the most of your holiday in 2019.

Dog friendly pubs and cafes in Dorset

If you’re bringing your 4-legged friend along, check out some of the dog friendly eating places to be found in the Isle of Purbeck:

The Half Way Inn

The Halfway Inn can be found half way between Corfe Castle and Wareham and so is a perfect stop-off for a hearty lunch after a long dog walk or a delicious evening meal. It is a quaint pub with that chocolate box image including a thatched roof. Offering ample inside and outside space for larger parties, a large car park and a children’s play area, this is a hostelry not to be missed.

Blue Pool Tea Rooms

Found in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck and nestling perfectly next to the idillic Blue Pool, the Blue Pool Tea Rooms serves morning coffee, cream teas with freshly baked scones, hot light lunches, Purbeck ice creams and a range of organic drinks. Everyone has a warm welcome here and you can enjoy the atmosphere on the terrace or inside the bright tearooms. Dogs on a lead are also welcomed with plenty of water bowls for their refreshment too!

Corfe Castle Model Village Tea Rooms

A great attraction in Corfe Castle – apart from the obvious Castle! The Corfe Castle Model Village is a wonderful place for children to enjoy the miniature village, hunt the fairy doors and admire the gardens.  The Model Village Tea Rooms serve the famous Dorset cream teas, breakfasts and light lunches, all good quality local food at reasonable prices in a relaxed atmosphere. A perfect to sit and rest after a visit to the historic village of Corfe.

The Silent Woman Inn

The Silent Woman Inn can be found on the Bere Road in Cold Harbour, Wareham Forest. A traditional Inn with traditional values serving traditional meals freshly cooked to order food. The Inn has an interesting history involving smugglers and women who talked too much – say no more! There are beautiful, award winning gardens to enjoy and dogs are welcomed here.

Clavell’s Restaurant, Kimmeridge

Clavell’s Restaurant can found in the pretty village of Kimmeridge opposite the Etches Museum on the Isle of Purbeck. All served food is sourced locally from the family farm and sea food from the local fishermen who fish the Jurassic Coast. A pleasant and welcoming restaurant to enjoy at any time of the day, after a morning fossil hunting in Kimmeridge Bay or an afternoon enjoying the exhibits at the museum. A busy and popular place – you may need to book!

The Bankes Arms, Studland

For more smugglers stories you could visit The Bankes Arms at Studland  nestled in the Purbeck Hills, with fine views of the sea. The pub has a large indoors dining area and some outside space to enjoy the glorious sunshine. Found close to the beach at Studland, this pub is a great place to relax after a long walk on Studland Beach, taking in Old Harry Rocks and the WW2 history at Fort Henry on the SW Coastpath. There is a large car park close by and the pub welcomes dogs.



Steve with a flatcoat retriever