sandy beach, blue sky
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Why I Love Dorset – Part 2

Sandy beach and blue sky with people dotted around

I previously shared my love of Dorset following our first couple’s holiday there in my Part 1 post.

We returned to Dorset last Spring and this time we took our beloved dog with us. Traffic was horrendous and it took us over 6 hours to get from Suffolk to Dorset, but we didn’t mind as we knew we were going to have a great time when we eventually got there.

Where we stayed
We stayed at Park Dean’s Warmwell holiday park, the same park we stayed at 2 years previously. As soon as we pulled into the car park we were greeted by a deer. Throughout the course of the week, there were deer all around the park and often right outside our lodge, so we got lots of pics!

A deer eating grass outside a lodge, other lodges and trees surround it
A deer outside the window of our lodge

Where we went
I fell in love with Bournemouth during this trip. It was the start of April, it was sunny and warm and the beach and views from Bournemouth beach were just stunning. I would go back over and over again if I could. Now, I’m not entirely sure what part of Bournemouth we were in. It was very quiet and there was no amusements or rides, so if anyone can enlighten me, please comment below as we kind of just came across a car park by the beach and went from there, not knowing where we were. We also took a wonder through a park which was absolutely beautiful and we eventually came out on the high street where we discovered a Ben & Jerry’s shop – why didn’t I know that these existed?! I really can’t sell how beautiful it is enough, so I hope the photo I took below shows you Bournemouth in all it’s glory. 

Small waves from the sea alongside the sand, a blue sky
Bournemouth Beach

We continued to explore Weymouth just as we did the first time round. We made frequent trips to beach and ate chips and ice cream on the beach. We strolled along through the town and our dog had fun in the sand. That was the great thing about visiting in the Spring as it meant he was allowed on the beach. We also saw the Clock Tower up close for the first time.

Red clock tower surrounded by people and white bulidings
Weymouth’s Clock Tower

Where we ate
We found this beautiful pub called The Smugglers Inn that allowed dogs inside, so we headed there immediately. In our area, it’s almost unheard of for a shop or restaurant to allow dogs in, so we were thrilled to find this place. When we were walking around Weymouth, we also spotted several cafes that welcomed dogs and it was lovely to see that Dorset is such a dog friendly place.

Steps leading down to a number of buildings and seating area
The Smugglers Inn

As you can probably tell from my two Dorset posts, I absolutely loved our time in Dorset and I really can’t wait to return. When we go back, I want to holiday either in Bournemouth or just outside of it as I’d love to explore it more and see the stunning beach again. When we return, we’ll be taking our daughter and the dog with us, so our hands really will be full and we’ll definitely need bigger accommodation. Now all I need to work out is how I fit 3 suitcases, a dog pen and a travel cot into a small family car?!

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  1. Dorset is beautiful, but Devon is even better, that's because I live in Devon #familyfun@_karendennis

  2. Haha! Devon's on our list of places to go.

  3. We absolutely love dorset and are lucky enough to live less than 20 miles away! Some beautiful places there! #HoneybeeLinky

  4. I absolutely LOVE Dorset, we went to Eweleaze Farm in the summer and it was one of our favourite holidays! #honeybeelinky

  5. My sister adores holidaying in that area and her dogs go with her too. Glad you had a great trip x #HoneybeeLinky

  6. Ahh, you're so lucky to live so close.

  7. I'm glad to hear you had a great time too.

  8. I live in Poole, which is 20 minutes from Bournemouth and is just as lovely! If you come again check out Sandbanks beach, Poole Quay and Poole park. I love where I live.

  9. We went to Bournemouth this summer and were so lucky to have great weather. It has a lovely beach!

  10. It's such a beautiful place, isn't it?

  11. Will do! Thank you 🙂

  12. Aaah I have so many happy memories of Weymouth as a child. It certainly is a part of the world I need to revisit and take my children too. I bet it has hanged a fair bit though in thre 20 years it's been since I have been there. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  13. I think your children would love it! There's so much to do.

  14. I have to admit that I've not explored much of Dorset at all – we love Cornwall, so we tend to head straight down there! But we love a beach, and being outdoors, so there's so much about Dorset that I'm sure we'd love. And it's a little bit closer than Cornwall, which is very appealing! It sounds like you had a wonderful break, and it looks like gorgeous weather too! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  15. We went camping in Weymouth 3 years ago and loved it round there. And spend a holiday in Swanage too. There's lots to do there (would love to see your photos bigger)

  16. Dorset is such a beautiful part of the country. Bournemouth has such a lovely beach and Weymouth is a great place to explore too. Looks like you had a lovely time there 🙂 #sharingthebloglove

  17. Good point about the photos – I've made them bigger 🙂

  18. We did and yes, it's such a lovely place. Thanks for commenting.

  19. You should definitely check it out if you get chance, Katy 🙂

  20. Hi, its a few years since I’ve visited Bournemouth but I loved it, I want to return after reading this #sharingthebloglove

  21. I absolutely bloody love Dorset! It is my second home…have been on holiday almost every single one of my 31 years down there and am still finding new places to explore. I love taking my boys there and reliving my childhood. Everywhere is so beautiful and theres a lot of interesting history behind it all too.xx

  22. I'm so glad my post has made you want to return. I can't wait to go back!

  23. Sounds like you love it more than I do 🙂 How lovely that you've gone every year and can now share it with your kids too.

  24. […] go, into the mix, just seems like an unnecessary task. We’ve also got our dog, who very much enjoyed his holiday in Dorset last time and so he’ll be heading down there with us again this year. Have you taken your […]

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