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Things to do - Dorset Dorset County Museum High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XA 01305 756827 Discover 200 million years of Dorset’s past in this award-winning museum. Housing six galleries, a wide variety of fascinating treasures, exhibitions and plenty of children’s activities, there is something here for all the family. New for 2016 Ancient Dorset Gallery: a journey through the lives of the Britons, Romans, Saxons and Vikings who lived on the South Dorset Ridgeway. Open: Museum, Tearoom & Gift Shop, Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm April to October, plus Sundays 24 July to 11 September 2016. Closes 4pm November to March.

Purbeck Cycle Hire Cyclexperience at Norden Park & Ride, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5DS 01929 481606 Traffic-Free CYCLE HIRE on the southern headland of Poole Harbour. Cycle to beautiful Studland Bay for a day at the beach or head to the hills for the best views in the area! Find our NEW centre in the large car park at the Swanage Steam Railway station near Corfe Castle. Our retail shop nearby in Wareham is open seven days.

Durlston Castle Country Park and National Nature Reserve Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2JL 01929 424443 Durlston Castle is a must-see, whatever the weather attraction and was voted Best Heritage Project in the 2012 National Lottery Awards. Durlston offers a great free day out on the Jurassic Coast: fun displays for the family, rooftop views, a gallery for art, science and performance, seventhwave café and shop. With sea-views, trails, the Great Globe, wildflowers, bird-life and 34 butterfly species, there’s always something new to see. A varied events programme runs all year. Castle open daily from 10am. Free entry.

West Bay, Dorset

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Bournemouth Destination Guide 2016