It’s always hard to decide what to do over a bank holiday weekend but here are a couple of suggestions that we like the thought of. If you’ve any more, just add them in the comments box below!
1. Visit Brownsea Island near Poole
This beautiful and peaceful island is perfect for a day out or a one-night sleepover if you’re a bit further away.
It lies in Poole Harbour and offers wildlife, woodlands, lagoon, daffodil farming, pottery works, scouting, sailing, canoeing, archery, conservation work and more!
Make sure you:
- Visit the outdoor centre and scout stone
- Look out for pottery remains
- Enjoy the stunning views
- Watch the birds on the lagoon
- Have a picnic
- Go to the visitor centre
- Take home some of the delicious goods from the shop
You get to the island from Poole Quay where a boat service runs from 10 am every half hour!
2. Go camping in the Seven Sisters Country Park
This country park has 280 hectares for you to explore from cliffs, river valleys and open ground so whether you’re walking, cycling, canoeing or just chilling, there’s something for everyone.
The park is in the South Downs National Park in Sussex and was named after the chalk cliffs on the Heritage Coast.
It’s stunningly beautiful and the air is as fresh as you’d ever want. The campsites are clean and with good facilities and the trails range from easy to difficult! It’s a great way to explore Britain’s finest coastline.
3. Walk 16 miles in two days
Now, this sounds quite hectic but it really isn’t. It’s an easy two-day walk from Charmouth to Abbotsbury and gives newcomers a taste of the Jurassic Coast of England.
Our Jurassic coastline covers 95 miles of breathtaking coast from Dorset to Devon and covers around 180 million years of the Earth’s history.
It’s a great fossil-finding expedition as rapid erosion has ensured many fossils were deposited on the beach!
You’ll start at Charmouth and trek through National Trust farmlands up Stonebarrow Hill and then on up to the Golden Cap or summit which is the highest point on the South coast so you can take in the amazing views and catch a breather. Then you’ll amble on to Seatown to end your first day and head to the nearest pub for a pint.
After a full fry-up, you can continue about three miles to the cliffs of West Bay where you’ll see Chesil beach which is a weird ridge of pebbles that stretches for 17 miles to Portland.
Towards the end of the walk, you’ll come across the mute swans of Abbotsbury Swannery and you can stop here and enjoy the sights like the great Tithe barn and the Abbey Ruins!