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Why I Love Dorset – Part 1

Large open field with horse and man cut out on a hill

The first holiday the other half and I went on was to Dorset back in 2013. Neither of us had been before and we loved it. We stayed in a lovely little lodge in a little village called ‘Warmwell’. It was basic but perfect for just the two of us.
We visited in October and, although it was Autumn, the weather was perfect. It stayed dry during the day, only raining over night and the sun shone for us. Some days it was even warm enough for us to just stroll around in long sleeved tops and no coats!

Where we stayed
We stayed in a lodge at Parkdean’s, Warmwell Holiday Park. We opted for one of their basic and cheapest lodges, however we had no complaints about our accommodation and happily booked the same lodge for our second holiday a few years later to Warmwell. The views around the park were amazing and walking around the park was truly beautiful. There were deer walking around the site and we’d often find them outside our lodge. Ducks also wandered around freely and would visit the front door of our lodge frequently. The park itself had it all – on site entertainment throughout the day and night, a restaurant, indoor swimming pool, a gym, bike hire, fishing lakes, a ski slope, arcades, fish & chip shop, soft play for children, rolling skating – there really was something for all!

Dry ski slope overlooked by a lodge on a hill
The ski slope at Warmwell Holiday Park
Gravel path leading up to a lodge surrounded by trees and bushes
The views at Warmwell Holiday Park
What we did
As well as doing many of the things the park had to offer, including daily swims and making use of the roller skating rink, we visited the following places:
Weymouth – Weymouth was just a short drive away and we visited several times during the week. The beach and views were very pretty and it was a lovely walk along the seafront. From the seafront it was very easy to get to the town centre, so we were able to do a bit of shopping at the same time – which was a good thing as my other half forgot to pack his swimming trunks!
Large blue sea with a blue cloudy sky and green coastline
The view of Weymouth Beach
Monkey World – Normally, when I visit a zoo I’m not that bothered about visiting the monkeys. There’s just so many of them and I’ve always felt that when you’d seen one, you’d seen them all. However, Monkey World was enlightening and it completely opened my eyes up to where these animals have come from and how they’re treated and brought into the world in other countries. Each monkey had it’s own life story, many of them sad, but Monkey World is doing a great job of bringing these monkeys to the right place, looking after them and making them well again.
Weymouth Sea Life Centre – There was much more at the sea life centre than I anticipated. I thought it would just be a few fish and sharks, but they also had penguins, otters and seals, so there was much more to see and do than I first thought. They also do feeds and talks throughout the day, so it was nice to see these too. 
For the kids there’s an adventure playground and a splash area for them to play in too – spare clothes are a must!
The Sea Life Centre is situated next to Sandworld, Pirate Adventure Mini Golf and there’s a family friendly pub restaurant a few metres away too, so you can have a lovely family day out all in the same place without the need for traveling once you get there.
Penguins in and around a large pool of water
The penguins at Weymouth Sea Life Centre
Weymouth Sea Life Tower – A trip on the tower is free when you visit the Sea Life Centre and it allows you to view Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline at 53m high. Due to us visiting in term time, it was very quiet – in fact it was just me and my other half on the tower! The tower ascends upwards and slowly descends, all the time slowly spinning around, allowing you to get a full 360 degree view of the gorgeous coastline.
Tall white tower, blue slightly cloudy sky
Weymouth Sea Life Tower
There was so much else to see and do, but we just didn’t have time to fit it all in. We were really lucky with the weather and got to experience lots of the outdoor sights and activities due to this. Dorset and, in particular, Weymouth and Warmwell will always remain one of our happy places and one of the places we love the most in this country as it’s where we took our first holiday together. Three years after our first holiday in Dorset we returned, this time taking our pet dog with us.
Read Part 2 here.
Why I Love Dorset - Part 1 (1)

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  1. I haven't been to Dorset for many years, since I was a child! Sounds fantastic though! #familyfun

  2. I absolutely love Dorset, we went camping at Eweleaze Farm earlier this year and it was one of the best holidays we've had. Thanks for sharing your highlights #familyfun

  3. It is! We love it there, just wish it was a bit closer so we didn't have to travel so far.

  4. Glad you had a great holiday in Dorset too, Emma 🙂

  5. Dorset is such a beautiful part of the world and your pictures really do sell it X #familyfunlinky

  6. It really is stunning. Glad you like the pictures 🙂

  7. Ah I haven't been to Dorset in a long time! I went a lot as a kid and remember going to Weymouth loads. I'd love to take my kids there and too the sea life centre, I've heard so many good things about it. Glad you enjoyed your time and look forward to hearing part 2. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  8. We love Dorset too,a nd I always remember my grandparents taking us to Weymouth as kids. Total treasured memories #stayclassymama

  9. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment 🙂 I can't wait for us to go back and take the little one with us this time.

  10. Weymouth is just so lovely. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  11. I love Dorset too. Such a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing with #StayClassyMama

  12. It really is! 🙂

  13. […] partner and I haven’t been away since 2015. We had an amazing holiday in Dorset and we’re now looking forward to our next holiday there next month. But, for parents looking […]

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