Weymouth Breaks & Jurassic Coastal Cruise
Dorchester Market (half day)
We spend the morning in the charming county town of Dorchester, browsing the stalls of its traditional and charming market which was founded in 1860. There is a range of products on offer from 200 market traders. If the weather is clement, a stroll around Borough Gardens is lovely, with their iconic, colourful clock and beautiful flower beds.
Swanage Railway & Jurassic Coastal Cruise (full day)
We begin the day in Norden where we board our train for a trip on the heritage Swanage Railway, transporting us back to a bygone era. Our memorable journey takes us through six miles of beautiful scenery, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, to the popular seaside resort of Swanage.
Afterwards, we take to the water from Swanage Pier for a two hour round cruise along the Jurassic coastline and through Europe’s largest natural harbour to Poole and back. We enjoy glorious views of local beaches and sights such as the National Trust’s Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and the imposing landmark of Old Harry Rocks.
Jurassic Coast: Lyme Regis, West Bay & Abbotsbury – £12pp (full day)
Join our optional excursion along the Jurassic Coast. Often referred to as the ‘Pearl of Dorset’, Lyme Regis is an unspoilt seaside resort and fishing port, also noted for the fossils found on its beaches and surrounding cliffs. An interesting landmark is The Cobb, a curved stone harbour wall that featured in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman.
We continue on to West Bay, part of the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast and situated at the western end of Chesil Beach. The dramatic sandstone cliffs, beach and harbour were the backdrop for the smash-hit TV series Broadchurch and are instantly recognisable.
We end the day in Abbotsbury, a charming village located in sheltered valley, famous for its subtropical gardens. Thomas Hardy wrote about this lovely area, with the recent adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd using Abbotsbury as a filming location.