Are you searching for somewhere new to explore this autumn? A chance to get out and about, avoiding being cooped up now that the colder weather is firmly upon us? If you're looking for somewhere different, why not try these fantastic places to visit and eat in Dorset; we know you won't regret it. 

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Bournemouth Echo:

Experience the magic of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum at Christmas time. In the heart of Bournemouth, moments from the Pier, this beautiful Historic House is decorated in all its’ festive Victorian glory.

With Christmas events running throughout the Winter season from Candlelight Evenings, A Victorian Christmas Weekend to meeting Father Christmas, there really isn’t a better place to spend a day with your family and loved ones. Throughout November and December, you can enjoy music, tours, talks and events alongside the opportunity to book a festive-themed Afternoon tea in the Café.

Step back in time and explore the traditions of Christmas from the past and delve into the collections of objects and artworks from around the world. Stop by the shop for an array of gifts for culture and art lovers and stocking fillers. With something for everyone, the Russell-Cotes is a truly unique and magical house, gallery and museum.

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum,

East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA

01202 128000

The Station Kitchen

Bournemouth Echo:

Set in the heart of West Bay, Dorset, just a few steps from the famous cliffs that were featured in Broadchurch. The Station Kitchen offers a unique dining experience in a WW1 railway carriage, built in 1911, making her older than The Titanic.

The restaurant currently holds 2AA rosettes and was recently featured on Escape To The Country. Over the years has been and still is a firm favourite with many celebrities.  Where their seasonal menu meets crafted cocktails this really is a special place. Table reservations can be made via the website or telephone.

The Station Kitchen

Station Road, West Bay, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 4EW

01308 422845


Sculpture by the Lakes

Bournemouth Echo:

Sculpture by the Lakes is a unique outdoor art venue, showcasing internationally acclaimed artwork and nature conservation working seamlessly together. Featuring more than 120 sculptures, the park offers visitors a tranquil, retreat-like experience across its entire site through its carefully curated collection of exclusive artwork, landscaped gardens, and high-quality facilities. The park is internationally acclaimed as one of only eight accredited botanic gardens in the UK, and the only sculpture park in the world to be recognised as a botanic garden.

A staycation to Sculpture by the Lakes can be enjoyed whatever the weather, and the Park’s gallery, pantry, kitchen, and gift shop are open to visitors free of charge all year round. Enjoy fresh, seasonal dishes at the Maker’s Yard Kitchen using ingredients sourced on-site. With an array of delicious homemade cakes, hot beverages, exquisite wines, beers and ciders, the all-day mouth-watering menus offer breakfast, lunch, afternoon and cream tea with homemade scones and jam.

Sculpture by the Lakes, Pallington Lakes, Dorchester, DT2 8QU

07720 637808