Have you ever thought about going away for Christmas? Perhaps even spending Christmas by the sea? I’d love to go away one Christmas with all my family, hire a big cottage somewhere and spend Christmas together. It would be lovely to be able to enjoy a Christmas day walk on the beach either before or after Christmas lunch. I’d love to spend Christmas by the sea in Dorset and here’s why.
Where to visit in Dorset at Christmas
Bournemouth Christmas markets
I still remember visiting Bournemouth lower gardens as a child. They always had fantastic events on like fireworks and festivals of lights. Bournemouth Christmas markets sound amazing. As well as an alpine market with lots of stalls selling local artisan good and street food, there is also a two storey alpine bar. Not only that there is an ice rink, Santa’s grotto and a Christmas tree wonderland. The Christmas tree trail sounds spectacular with over 100 glittering trees and illuminations. Children will be enchanted by following this trail. Not only are the lights and glittering trees in the gardens but also through the town centre and nearby towns such as Boscombe.
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Santa specials at Swanage railway
I love the idea of taking my family on a traditional train journey, especially at Christmas. At Swanage railway, you can enjoy a one hour return journey on a steam train with a visit from Father Christmas, gifts, biscuits and soft drinks for the kids and mince pies and seasonal drinks for the adults.
Exploring the Jurassic coast
Doesn’t the Jurassic coastline look stunning? It’s a world heritage site that I’d love to explore. Wouldn’t it be lovely to find a fossil? or just to walk around some of the beaches. I’d love to see Durdle door in West Lulworth and the crumbling golden cliffs at West Bay. It would also be amazing to view it from the Jurrasic skyline, a 360-degree viewing pod which gently rises up to 174 ft offering views of the coast.
Winter lights at Corfe castle
The National Trust always put on fantastic festive events. Corfe Castle in Dorset, for example, has Winter lights where they stay open until 7 pm so you can experience the castle after dark. They also have children’s activities on such as craft sessions like making Christmas decorations with nature.
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This one won’t be for everyone but as a parent of two Peppa pig fans, no visit to Dorset would be complete without a trip to Peppa Pig world. This Christmas Peppa pig world has been changed into a festive world with Christmas tree, illuminations and festive music. Of course, there is also Santa’s grotto where your children can meet the big man and get a present from him.
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If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be?
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