Christmas by the sea in Dorset

Christmas by the sea in Dorset

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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.

 

Christmas by the sea in dorset

Photo credit Evenangelsfall

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Dorset at Christmas

Photo credit Dear bear and beany

 

Paulton park

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?

 

Disclosure – This post is collaborative post, find out more here. All opinions are my own.

16 Comments

  1. November 23, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    I come from Dorset, so this is all very close to my heart. How incredible does Durdle Door look with the snow?!

    • Claire
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      November 24, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      Stunning!

  2. November 24, 2018 / 8:31 am

    As someone who lives in Dorset I can totally recommend. We sometimes hire a house for the whole family to stay in over Xmas in Dorset

    • Claire
      Author
      November 24, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      We will definitely be visiting Dorset. I loved Bournemouth as a child but I bet it has changed a lot since.

  3. November 24, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Oh how I wish I lived closer to here- so beautiful!

    • Claire
      Author
      November 24, 2018 / 8:11 pm

      oh me too. The snow really enhances Durdle door

  4. November 24, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    That’s an incredible photo of the snow on the coast!! I often think we’d love to go away as a big family group for Christmas. Somewhere a little wild and rural would be perfect for us

    • Claire
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      November 24, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      Sounds like my ideal Christmas too.

  5. November 24, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Durdle Door!

    • Claire
      Author
      November 24, 2018 / 8:16 pm

      me too

  6. November 24, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I’d love to visit Bournemouth at Christmas, it looks so lovely

    • Claire
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:26 pm

      Doesn’t it. The markets sound amazing

  7. November 25, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    Gosh Durdle Door looks amazing with snow doesn’t it

    • Claire
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:27 pm

      Stunning!

  8. November 25, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    I’ve never been to Dorset but looks like lots to do there at Christmas x

    • Claire
      Author
      November 25, 2018 / 10:27 pm

      Whenever I research anywhere, I’m always amazed by how many amazing things there are to do at Christmas

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