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{"LocationDetails":{"Id":129,"Name":"Isle Of Purbeck","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holiday cottages on Isle of Purbeck\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Isle of Purbeck is the perfect location for a peaceful holiday, with its beautiful coastline which is part of the first World Heritage Site in England. The sandy beaches of Swanage and Studland are not only great for fossil hunting in the winter but are ideal for family beach holidays\u0026nbsp;on Purbeck in the warmer months. The striking Corfe Castle between the Purbeck Hills is a fascinating sight that shouldn\u0026rsquo;t be missed. The Isle of Purbeck is also a haven for walkers and cyclists with the South West Coast Path framed by spectacular scenery.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Isle of Purbeck\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eMoonfleet walk brings the classic novel to life. The 1898 tale of smuggling is a favourite with many in this area. This walk begins and finishes at Victoria Inn Bus Stop with Chesil Beach providing a beautiful backdrop for this relatively straightforward walk that\u0026rsquo;s perfect for all the family. Along the way, visit the church where John discovered the hidden coffins as well as the gardens where Johns love kept a lookout for his return. In summer, you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to see the stunning swans, waterbirds and wildfowl in the area. Look out for the Fleet Lagoon which boasts a luminous hue.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe quaint village of Worth Matravers is a great area for a walk along the coast. The brisk walk to St Aldhelms Head takes you over 5 miles and you\u0026rsquo;ll view the mysterious St Aldhelms Chapel along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIsle of Purbeck\u003c/strong\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eAttractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHistory and wildlife are just two things you\u0026rsquo;ll find at Durlston Country Park. This attraction will excite the whole family and if you have a furry friend, don\u0026rsquo;t forget to bring them along. As a mixture of sea cliffs, meadows and woodland, this nature park is your chance to spy 33 species of butterfly, 250 species of bird, 500 moths and 500 wildflowers. You\u0026rsquo;ll also find Durlston Castle on site. Over the 280 acres of land, park rangers will be able to answer your questions as well as give you a little insight into its history, you can walk on one of the pretty trails or take a guided walk for a small charge. You might also like to see a Napoleonic telegraph station or Anvil Point Lighthouse. If you want to keep little ones entertained, make sure you pick up an explorer\u0026rsquo;s rucksack from the castle.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAdventurers will love a coasteering experience on the edge of the Devon coastline. Take big leaps, get up close to the incredible rock formations or explore caves that can only be reached by sea. Experienced instructors are on hand to guide you and you can choose from a morning or afternoon session. Each experience takes three hours, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the Devon coast.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"isle-of-purbeck","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/james.lund/2013/10/iStock_000005144141Large.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Swanage Railway","Body":"\u003cp\u003eSteam through the history of Dorset on this nostalgic Purbeck family attraction and experience the thrill of a steam train. The Swanage Railway takes passengers on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the stunning countryside of Dorset, rolling for 6 miles.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Santa Specials trips have become legendary throughout the South West, and for many children Christmas now means meeting Santa aboard a steam train while their parents tuck into mince pies. The train routes pass through unspoilt scenery that\u0026rsquo;s unchanged from the days when steam ruled the tracks, and the majestic Corfe Castle looks all the better as you chug past it in style.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are stations at Corfe Castle, Harman\u0026rsquo;s Cross and Herston, so it\u0026rsquo;s not only a great experience but a useful connection to some of the surrounding villages and resorts. Hop on and off for a day and take the opportunity to explore some of the county\u0026rsquo;s most historic locations. There are events on the railway throughout the year, so check before you go to see what\u0026rsquo;s going on.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s good news for those of you who like to travel with your pet, dogs are welcome aboard for a small fee and bikes are carried on the trains free of charge.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6099,"LocationLongitude":-1.96009,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/02/steam train.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/swanage-railway","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/02/steam train.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Swanage Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThose on family beach holidays on the Isle of Purbeck tend to head straight for Swanage Beach, as its gently shelving sands earn it Blue Flag status year after year. The warm weather also enjoyed by Swanage only adds to the beach\u0026rsquo;s appeal, and the Victorian architecture give the resort a quaint seaside feel.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe beach is conveniently close to a range of cafes and shops, and it has a long association with SCUBA diving. You\u0026rsquo;ll find plenty of diving outlets nearby, and a range of other watersports on offer too. The clear waters of Swanage make its beach just the spot for sailing, wind surfing and waterskiing, so whether you\u0026#39;re a seasoned adrenalin seeker or fancy learning something new this holiday we\u0026#39;d recommend this sandy beach with two thumbs up.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6134,"LocationLongitude":-1.95789,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/heart-sand.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/swanage-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/heart-sand.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Kimmeridge Bay","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s hard to imagine the shiny rocks of Kimmerdige Bay as the floor of a deep and tropical sea that teemed with prehistoric creatures, but that\u0026rsquo;s how it started out an impressive 155 million years ago. Look up to the cliffs and you\u0026rsquo;ll see layers of rock that tell so much with their fossils that the term \u0026lsquo;Kimmeridgian\u0026rsquo; has been adopted to describe rocks from the same period all over the globe.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt may not be the beach you\u0026rsquo;ll come to for sunbathing and games on the sand, but Kimmerdige Bay has historic status and belongs to the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve owned by Dorset Wildlife Trust. Don some sturdy shoes as the rocks can be slippery and enjoy searching for some of the many reptile fossils to be found along this rugged little bay, but please note that there\u0026rsquo;s strictly no hammering and visitors can only take loose fossils home with them from the beach.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe shingle along the shore is the best area for fossils, but please check the tide times carefully as there is a risk of being cut off along the bay. If you\u0026rsquo;re adept at exploring life under the water then this is a great spot to snorkel, look out for the rich marine life that still calls this area home.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6102,"LocationLongitude":-2.13502,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/2013/04/1364808754.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/kimmeridge-bay","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/2013/04/1364808754.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Studland Beach","Body":"\u003cp\u003eNow we have to be a bit careful here, as although a beautiful place to enjoy during a Purbeck beach holiday, Studland Beach is also home to a nudist section! It\u0026rsquo;s well sign posted before the actual area, so keep your eyes peeled (in the right direction) and you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to enjoy this picturesque beach in Dorset.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s plenty of space for families to enjoy the sand and the views of Old Harry\u0026rsquo;s Rocks and the Isle of Wight in the distance add to the scenery. This is a friendly beach with plenty to do and it\u0026rsquo;s also a good one for water sports. The heathland found to the back of the beach may look unassuming but it\u0026rsquo;s a popular habitat for wildlife.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;Studland Beach is a four mile stretch of sand, with a seasonal dog ban and welcoming sand dunes\u0026ndash; so it\u0026rsquo;s great for those on beach holidays on the Isle of Purbeck. The South West Coast Path starts here too, so why not pick it up for a stroll? In fcat, there are handy designated walks and trails that take in the dunes, and you might even spot a deer as you go.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6464,"LocationLongitude":-1.95001,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/STUDLAND BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/studland-beach","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/STUDLAND BEACH.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Durlston Country Park","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWildlife, history, events, paths and trails are just a handful of the activities that you can enjoy at the beautiful Durlston Country Park. \u0026nbsp;Just a mile from Swanage this is a gorgeous location for the whole family, and four legged friends to explore.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe landscape is an inspiring blend of sea-cliffs, meadows, woodland and downs. Such a mixture of landscapes creates some truly incredible wildlife stat\u0026rsquo;s; 33 species of breeding butterfly, over 250 species of bird, 500 wildflowers and 500 moths are just some of the medley of wildlife that the Country Park boasts.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eDurlston Castle, restored in 2011 sits amongst the beauty of the 280 acre park, and provides a hub for the busy activities, and information provided by the team of dedicated rangers that lovingly manage the Country Park. From here you can enjoy a guided walk for a small charge, or take to one of the four clearly waymarked Trails or mirage of public footpaths that criss-cross the site, and enjoy the fabulous scenery at your own leisurely pace. For history seekers plan your walks carefully and you can take in the footings of a Napoleonic telegraph station, or Anvil Point Lighthouse.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you\u0026rsquo;re heading to the Country Park with children in tow be sure to check the events calendar before you leave, or pick up a Family Explorers Rucksack available from the Castle. This clever idea will keep little ones entertained with fun activities to enjoy along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5951,"LocationLongitude":-1.95338,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/Dog 4.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/durlston-country-park","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/Dog 4.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Walking Corfe Castle to Swanage","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe hike between Corfe Castle and Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck is a fair old distance at twelve miles, but the route is packed with history and passes some of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most recognisable scenery. This\u0026rsquo;ll take you back to your childhood - Corfe Castle was the inspiration for Kirrin Castle which featured in Enid Blyton\u0026rsquo;s Famous Five books. The ruin makes a dramatic sight against the skyline, and the castle once protected the only way to pass between the Purbeck Hills.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThat\u0026rsquo;s enough about the castle for now (we won\u0026rsquo;t give away all its secrets) let\u0026rsquo;s focus on this stretch of the South West Coast Path. The walk starts at Corfe Castle Square (where you\u0026rsquo;ll find a shop dedicated to Enid Blyton souvenirs by the way), and takes you to Swanage station where you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to get a train back to the village. You\u0026rsquo;ll walk an area where the footprints of dinosaurs have been discovered, the terrain has been quarried until there was nothing left and that includes rutted tracks from ancient times.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBetter yet, if you keep one eye on the sea when you can you may even spot the odd dolphin or porpoise. Look out for Corfe Common as you go too, as this is a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to its trackways that date back to prehistoric times. Objects including an axe found on this common have been dated back more than an impressive then thousand years.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6401,"LocationLongitude":-2.05879,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/corfe castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/walking-corfe-castle-to-swanage","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/corfe castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Moonfleet Walk","Body":"\u003cp\u003eBring the classic novel to life with this Dorset walk dedicated to Moonfleet, an 1898 tale of smuggling on the English coast. The circular walk starts and finishes at Victoria Inn Bus Stop and it\u0026rsquo;s a relatively easy one with few hills or climbs. Chesil Beach provides the perfect backdrop to a walk that\u0026rsquo;s all about smugglers, love and adventure and there are a few surprises along the way too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eVisit the very church where John discovered the brand casks hidden with the coffins in the eerie vault, and explore what remains of the village that was actually destroyed in the great storm of 1824. You\u0026rsquo;ll even be able to peer into the gardens where John\u0026rsquo;s love kept a lookout for his return every day until their happy ever after. The timeless book will come alive with every corner of this walk, and it\u0026rsquo;s a great way to bring the South West Coast Path alive for children.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWe\u0026rsquo;d recommend completing this walk during spring if you get the chance, as the Fleet Lagoon takes on a luminous hue under a hazy sky and the area is filled with spring migrants including water birds and wildfowl. You\u0026rsquo;ll see the stunning Abbotsbury swans nesting as you pass at this time of year too, so don\u0026rsquo;t forget to take a camera. There is an option to shorten this walk with a shortcut if you\u0026rsquo;d like to along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6258,"LocationLongitude":-2.54213,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/Stormy Little Fistral.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/moonfleet-walk","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/Stormy Little Fistral.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Spyway Car Park to Swanage","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a clifftop stretch of South West Coast Path between Spyway car park and Swanage where nature provides the entertainment. This is a fairly easy walk at 5.4 miles, and one of its biggest draws is the view of the limestone formations on the way into Swanage. You\u0026rsquo;ll also pass Durlston Head, which proudly showcases looming ornaments left there by a businessman of the Victorian era called George.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026rsquo;s a lot going on along this section of the coast path at any time of year, but during spring you\u0026rsquo;ll be treated to a view of hundreds of sea birds thanks to the Durlston County Park webcam. In fact, you may even get lucky and hear dolphins as they go about their business underwater thanks to the hydrophone so this walk is a great one for those of you who love to see the local wildlife. Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve is a mile outside of Swanage and it sprawls for a gorgeous 280 acres.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis area of coastline has been extensively quarried over the centuries, and together with the gradual erosion from the crashing waves it\u0026rsquo;s left the cliffs in this area ever-changing and simply stunning.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5956,"LocationLongitude":-1.95492,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/JosephG/2013/05/jurassic-beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/spyway-car-park-to-swanage","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/JosephG/2013/05/jurassic-beach.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Dorset Coasteering","Body":"\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s always worth following the crowds when it comes to choosing an activity operator (the moment when you\u0026rsquo;re dangling from a cliff face is not the time to realise you\u0026rsquo;ve picked the wrong one!) and Dorset Coasteering have been voted \u0026lsquo;excellent\u0026rsquo; on Tripadvisor time and again. They take groups of all sizes out onto the very edge of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s coastline for thrills and leaps, and they can handle groups of 6 or as many as 80.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eBrave leaps that will take your breath away, navigate waves with a spot of adventure swimming and explore caves that can only be reached from the sea...coasteering is a thrill a minute that will leave you wanting to do it all over again.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThey\u0026rsquo;ll provide all the equipment, so all you need to take is a pair of trainers you don\u0026rsquo;t mind getting wet, swimwear and a towel \u0026ndash; oh, and you\u0026rsquo;re spirit of adventure. Tailor your experience by choosing the best time for you, so take your pick from a morning or afternoon session of the extra special sunset slot. Each session takes around three hours to complete, and it\u0026rsquo;s a fantastic way to get up close to the rugged scenery of the county during your Dorset holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt\u0026rsquo;s possible to combine coasteering with another activity in the same day, so if you really feel like getting stuck in then book your group in for two experiences. Dorset Coasteering also operate stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and many other courses.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6083,"LocationLongitude":-1.96093,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/durdle.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/dorset-coasteering","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/durdle.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Halloween at Corfe Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eDorset is full of historic locations that make suitably creepy settings to celebrate Halloween, and none more so than Corfe Castle. It may be the hilltop ruin that inspired the sunny stories of the Famous Five, but as night falls and the staff work their magic it can look pretty sinister for Halloween.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eHalloween at Corfe Castle usually lasts for a whole week, with a fun family trail that uses pumpkins, ghostly characters and a whole range of spooky activities. The National Trust pulls out all the stops to make the castle spark young imaginations, and following the trail is a great way for youngsters and adults alike to learn about the castle\u0026rsquo;s thousand year history.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eCorfe Castle towers high above Purbeck, making a formidable sight and affording spectacular views for its visitors. Better still, the castle is packed with toe-curling tales of treason and treachery, and the atmosphere comes into its own as families look for a unique way to spend the spookiest of seasons.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are special events held at the castle throughout the year, including medieval falconry, open air theatre and summer festivals celebrating local produce, food and drink. The castle is still very much a part of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s events calendar, so check what\u0026rsquo;s on before visiting during a Dorset holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6401,"LocationLongitude":-2.05879,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2015/04/Corfe Castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/halloween-at-corfe-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2015/04/Corfe Castle.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Boilerhouse Gallery","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWith the quirky setting of a former milk factory, the Boilerhouse Gallery in Purbeck is an informal, friendly gallery run by local artists. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing the work of the artists from the area, so if you want an insight into life and art in Dorset then drop in and say hello. Many of the textiles and paintings on display reflect the artists\u0026rsquo; experiences of Purbeck, and the photography captures coastal life.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIt can be tricky choosing gifts to take to those back home during a holiday, and the Boilerhouse Gallery sells beautiful pieces that are straight from the heart of Purbeck. Items include driftwood, paintings, sculptures, cards, glass gifts and prints. You\u0026rsquo;ll find the gallery and workshop opposite just opposite the Corfe Caste railway station, so if you travel to Corfe by train for a look around make sure you have a look around before you leave incase you want to pick up some momentos from your visit.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere are several working studios on the same site, and the artists who use them vary from ceramics experts to photographers and stone sculptors. You never quite know what you\u0026rsquo;re going to discover at this unassuming gallery, but you can always expect a warm welcome.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6382,"LocationLongitude":-2.05439,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/07/art.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/boilerhouse-gallery","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/07/art.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Corfe Castle","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWith more than a thousand years of history Corfe Castle has more secrets to discover than you can shake a knight\u0026rsquo;s sword at, and this hilltop ruin is one of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most iconic sights. Find out how it survived the English Civil War and narrowly escaped ruin by the Parliamentarians of 1646. The ruins sit surrounded by some of the county\u0026rsquo;s most unspoilt scenery, and the views across the Isle of Purbeck are nearly as captivating as the castle itself.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAs you peer around collapsed walls and stumble upon concealed parts of the ruin you\u0026rsquo;ll find more secrets and tales with every turn. Like all good castle, Corfe Castle is packed with stories of treason, treachery and weapons so it\u0026rsquo;s good fun for visitors of all ages. Children can find out what it felt like to wear armour, and there are regular family events held at the ruin.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDon\u0026rsquo;t forget to count the arrow loops as you make your way around, and if you\u0026rsquo;re feeling brave you can find out exactly what the murder holes were once used for...on a less gruesome note, the castle has become home to all kinds of wildlife these days so keep your eyes open for some of the ruin\u0026rsquo;s cuter residents.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDogs are welcome throughout the ruin but they must stay on a short lead. The National Trust welcomes visitors to bring their own picnics, after all, the castle was the inspiration behind Kirrin Castle which appeared in Enid Blyton\u0026rsquo;s Famous Five books. You\u0026rsquo;ll feel like you really are on a traditional Dorset holiday once you\u0026rsquo;re enjoying ginger beer in the shadow of a castle. You\u0026rsquo;ll find a tea room with a garden at the castle too, and the car park is 800 yards from the ruin (please bear in mind that it\u0026rsquo;s uphill).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6401,"LocationLongitude":-2.05887,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/06/corfe-castle-sunset.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/poole-sandbanks/corfe-castle","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/06/corfe-castle-sunset.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Worth Matravers","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe pretty village of Worth Matravers is a great spot to start a walk along the coast, and this is a nice easy walk for those of you who are happy to take in the scenery with an amble. The walk to St Aldhelm\u0026rsquo;s Head is a 5 mile, circular walk and passes the windswept and mysterious St Aldhelm\u0026rsquo;s Chapel.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis tranquil chapel sits on the headland, and it\u0026#39;s claimed that it was built by a grieving father in memory of his daughter who drowned at sea in a storm. Its roots have been traced to as early as the thirteenth century, and it was reopened in 1874, and whatever the real history behind the area it\u0026#39;s a beautiful corner of the county to discover on foot.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.5975,"LocationLongitude":-2.03737,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/06/Worth Matravers.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/isle-of-purbeck/worth-matravers","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/06/Worth Matravers.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Durdle Door","Body":"\u003cp\u003eLet\u0026rsquo;s start with one of the Jurassic Coast\u0026rsquo;s most known and photographed landmarks, Durdle Door. 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Corfe Castle Model Village sits right in the centre of Corfe Castle Village, and it\u0026rsquo;s not only an interesting attraction but also a quiet spot to spend some time on a warm day. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the model village embraces everything we love about the English countryside, and the model depictions of the area impress visitors of all ages.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis is one of those model villages where the attention to detail is painstaking. The miniature houses have tiny Purbeck stone roofs, and each one has been carefully created by hand. The castle is almost as impressive as the real one too, and with the king\u0026rsquo;s tower looming 20 feet above the moat it\u0026rsquo;s something to be seen. 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