Ten Good Reasons to Get Out & About…

…and visit our local Dorset attractions!

We are fortunate here at Gorwell farm we have a huge range of opportunities to visit our local Dorset attractions for great days out on the doorstep and something for almost everyone.

Abbotsbury as a village offers the Sub tropical gardens, the Swannery and the tithe barn children’s farm, as well as many interesting craft shops, tea rooms, and the famous St Catherines Chapel situated on the hill overlooking the sea. St Catherine is the patron saint of spinsters and a prayer in the chapel on the wall must be said to ask the for help finding a husband!! Abbotsbury is such an interesting village with history dating back over 6000 years but which is today a vibrant places to visit. www.abbotsbury.co.uk

Our top ten places to visit this year.

Abbotsbury Gardens

Subtropical gardens situated next to the beach filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens

Abbotsbury Swannery

This unique nature reserve is the only place in the world where you can walk through a colony of nesting Mute Swans. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/swannery

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm

This tithe barn which was built in the 1390’s now houses a great Children’s Farm for young families where they can meet animals and play in open and covered areas. www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/childrens_farm

The Tank Museum Bovington

This is a museum is the home of the Royal Tank Regiment and Royal Armoured Corps. There are four powerful exhibitions and a chance of hands on experience with the army and The Rifles. www.tankmuseum.org

Monkey World Wareham

If the tank museum is not your interest then you may like Monlkey World, an ape rescue centre situated very close by. This centre is not just an attraction but plays an important role as a rescue centre and Monkey World assists around the world in the rescue of primates. www.monkeyworld.org

Swanage Steam Railway

This family friendly premier heritage steam railway is a great way to visit our local Dorset attractions taking travellers through 6 miles of beautiful scenery from Corfe Castle to Swanage where you can enjoy a walk along the sea front before the journey back to your original departure point. www.swanagerailway.co.uk and www.virtual-swanage.co.uk

Lyme Regis Fossil Hunting

Lyme Regis is famous for a number of attractions, especially fossil hunting and the fossil museum. If you are interested in exploring this with a guided walk then these are available on a regular basis www.lymeregis.org/explore/fossil_hunting

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park

These gardens and animal park are situated at Dorchester’s college. The gardens are Grade 11 listed and the animal park offer a facility for learning and is a place where children can experience a range of friendly animals. www.kmc.ac.uk/kc/gardens_animal_park

Brownsea Island

This National Trust Property is the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour. Famous for its red squirrels and wildlife and has spectacular views over Poole Harbour to the Purbeck coastline and hills. There is a half hourly ferry from Poole Quay to the island daily www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island/

Honeybrook Farm and Country Park

This working farm aims to make the countryside accessible to everyone with its country walks, playgrounds farm animals pony rides tractor rides picnic sites and lots more www.honeybrook.org

We hope you enjoy your visit our local Dorset attractions!