Searching for a special treat in Dorset for all the family?

There's plenty to pique your interest in Dorset, from garden trails to delight the children to a refined evening at the opera. Take a look at some of the attractions on offer.

Bournemouth Echo:

The Walled Garden

The Walled Garden and Dovecote Café in Moreton is the perfect family day out in Dorset this Easter!

We are hosting one of our signature garden trails for children, along with Bug Experiences (meet our real exotic bugs!) and a special Easter ‘tea party’ event. With Our beautiful 5 acre garden space in Spring bloom, play park, animals to see (including our pygmy goats) plus the café and garden shop, there’s so many reasons to spend a few hours with us!

Free parking. Free entry to family area. Dogs on leads welcome!

The Walled Garden, Moreton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8RG 



Tel: 01929 462243 

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SandWorld showcases inspirational art created by some of the world's leading sand sculptors. During this year's festival, you'll see amazing sculptures on themes ranging from science fiction favourites through to dinosaurs and ancient Egypt.

New displays will be added throughout the season, with many guests being able to watch in wonder as sculptors create their works of art. The sculptures are so beautifully detailed, it is hard to believe that they are just sand and water.

With free daily workshops, plus plenty of tools and water available, you can enjoy hands-on family fun while turning your own ideas into 3D art. 

Cafe, Gift Shop, Wheelchair & Dog friendly.

Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth DT4 7SX



Tel: 07411 387529 

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Dorset Opera Festival

50 Years of Operatic Spectacle!

The Dorset Opera Festival, regarded as the home of Country House opera in the South West, celebrates its Golden Anniversary this July. 
Having been a finalist at the prestigious International Opera Awards held in Warsaw last November, this year’s Festival offers Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (to commemorate the composer’s death 100 years ago) and, in celebration of the company’s 50th Anniversary, they have commissioned an opera that links them to the county’s most-fêted forefather: Thomas Hardy. 

Polymath/composer, Paul Carr, has committed Hardy’s novel Under the Greenwood Tree, to music. The world première takes place at Bryanston on 23 July. Tickets go on sale online on Tuesday, 26 March. 

The summer evenings are almost guaranteed to be balmy enough for outdoor picnics and 4-course opera dinners. Champagne and Pimm’s will be flowing in the marquee bar.

Coade Hall, Bryanston, Blandford Forum DT11 0LH


Tel: 07570 366186