Bridport market

West Dorset markets and more

Visit the historic towns of West Dorset and discover the various markets and street markets where you can browse the various stallholders selling all types and varieties of produce, crafts and wares.

Explore a variety of stall holders at the West Dorset markets!

Dorset has many events, exhibitions, festivals throughout the year, all varying in size, such as the Weymouth Seafood Festival and the Dorset County Show.

Enjoy Arts & Crafts? West Dorset is renowned for its many fine artists and craft makers who participating in the local Studio & Garden Open Days and traditional Dorset Village Festivals.

“Explore what’s going on in Dorset”

Take a look what’s happening in Dorset on at the “What’s On’‘ page HERE

lunch at the new inn by the village award

Enjoy great locally produced Dorset food

Discover West Dorset’s wonderful traditional old inns with log fires, the various pubs & bars, fine restaurants and eateries.

It’s always best to Shop Local in West Dorset and discover the wonderful and various locally produced produce and freshly caught Dorset seafood.

Locally sourced food

Seek out the delightful West Dorset village tea rooms and enjoy freshly prepared Dorset Cream Teas and local specialities such as the amazing Dorset Apple Cake.

Shop Local and Support the Local Area!

Check out the offers and ideas at  Jurassic Coast Card  and the get great deals on food, drink, days out and more!

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Support local busines displaying  Just A Card  windows stickers!

Supporting local artists, designers & makers and the local economy making our towns and villages great places to visit and enjoy!

Dorset’s well-known and famous people

the hardy monument

Climb up the Captain Thomas Hardy monument and enjoy outstanding views!
⇒ Dorset’s links to famous people
  • Dorset is renowned for its links to many well-known or famous people including the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), the poet William Barnes, the writers Jane Austen, Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter
  • Not to be confused with the novelist, is also Captain Thomas Hardy, who was born at Kingston Russell House, Long Bredy in 1769 and was captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, and close friend of Lord Nelson
  • Other well-known people include Sir Walter Raleigh, ‘hanging judge’ Judge Jeffreys plus the Tolpuddle Martyrs who were sentenced to transportation in 1834.

Thomas Hardy birthplace

Novelist and Poet Thomas Hardy’s Cottage and birthplace!

 

“Visit West Dorset recommends visiting Tourist Information Centres (TIC) for local information during your Dorset holiday visit”

Visit West Dorset is featured in the article on 15 of the UK’s most charming towns on FlightNetwork – one of the world’s largest online travel agencies!