Things to Do

 Cookery Schools, Attractions & Experiences

There are loads of things to do during your visit to Dorset to keep you entertained between sampling all the amazing food!

So much to see and do…

Experience for yourself the great taste of Dorset at the cookery schools being held by award-winning and celebrity chefs and establishments or work up an appetite by using our cycle routes.


The variety of attractions on offer in Dorset will amaze you, whether you’re looking for something suitable for the whole family or something for a group or a couple, you’ll find a wide range of things to suit your tastes and budgets. From museums, historic houses, stunning gardens, animal attractions and more you’ll be sure to have a great day out.

Explore the great ourdoors

Dorset is the perfect location for anyone who loves being outside, not only are there a whole host of cycling and walking trails to be explored, but there is also the coast with its miles of rock pools and spots perfect for sunbathing or having a picnic.
The more energetic members of your party will love the number of adrenalin pumping activities on offer. Race cars, fire guns, climb rocks, go sailing… The world is your oyster. If you prefer to exercise your wallet to your body, there are a huge range of shopping experiences, not only are there a whole host of delis, farmers’ markets, farm shops and small independent retailers selling a whole host of locally produced items, but there are plenty of high street shopping areas too. If you’re looking for big brands, charming independents or something in between, you’ll be sure to find the right gifts and goods here. So, whether you want some new items for your wardrobe, some art for your walls or some tasty food, make sure to visit the shopping malls, retail parks and high streets. You’ll also find a range of charming cafes and tea rooms, as well as restaurants and pubs nearby, perfect for those of you who want to take a little rest and have some refreshments.

Events and What’s On

Perhaps you want a specific kind of entertainment? Be sure to take a look at our events to see what is going on in the region while you’re here. Dorset is lucky enough to have a number of theatres, plus an active music scene, so you’re never too far from an entertaining live performance. This is in addition to the pubs, inns and bars offering a great night-life. The towns and villages in Dorset also regularly host a variety of events, where you can sort through the amazing local produce at Farmers’ Markets and food festivals with everything on offer from seafood to ice cream to special foods. Visit during the summer or towards the end of the year to join in with seasonal festivals and events, such as the famous knob throwing events, Christmas festivals and fares to celebrate various holidays throughout the year.

Learn a new skill

If you’re someone who loves learning, be sure to take a look at the range of workshops and training sessions that you can join in with here in Dorset. Learn from the best at one of the award-winning cookery schools or join in with a workshop to learn a new skill. Many of the workshops and training sessions in the region offer you the chance to make your own creations and take them home with you. It’s a great way to learn something new, keep the whole family entertained and even take home some unique gifts for those at home.

If you want something to keep you entertained while you’re in the county, browse the various attractions, cookery schools, events and more that can be found in Dorset below.


Cookery Schools, Courses and Workshops