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Holidaying in East Dorset


Bournemouth is a large beach resort and offers a mix of traditional seaside resort combined with a lively city centre making it an ideal destination for your self catering holiday.  The shopping area is mostly pedestrianised and lined with a wide range of boutiques, stores, jewellers and other shops. There are also shopping malls and a large selection of bars, clubs and cafés.  During the summer, Bournemouth hosts its International Air Festival.  More recently Bournemouth has become a centre for surfing with its artificial reef providing a year around swell whatever the conditions.

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Christchurch is situated on the confluence of the River Avon and Stour, both of which flow into Christchurch Harbour, and is a perfect place to enjoy a holiday in East Dorset.  The harbour is a stunning area containing large areas of salt marshes as well as the Mudeford Spit with its picture perfect beach huts.  The town centre has a mixture of public houses, restaurants and cafes as well as a number of historic buildings.  Nearby the Norman Christchurch Castle and the 11th century Priory provide interesting glimpses of its past history and provides a stunning backdrop for a number of musical events.  Highcliffe Castle is also nearby which is open throughout the year and is used for a number of events and festivals.

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Poole is Europe’s largest natural harbour and provides a mecca for boating activities, watersports and other holiday activities.  There are also a number of sandy blue flag beaches to enjoy during your self catering holiday.  Poole has a large town centre full of shops, public houses, cafes and restaurants as well as the centre for boat trips.  The quay area also provides a wide variety of shops and restaurants.  An unmissable trip is to take the boat across to the National Trust’s Brownsea Island with its tranquil woods and amazing flora and fauna.  On the opposite side of the harbour is the exclusive Sandbanks area where you can mix it with the rich and famous and see some of the world's most expensive properties.

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Swanage is a small coastal town on the Isle of Purbeck with its architectural predominately influenced by the Victorian era.  Swanage is a popular seaside resort with a lovely sandy bay and is great destination for a family holiday.  Around the beach are a number of attractions and restaurants and the Victorian pier affords amazing views along the coast line.  Other local attractions include the Swanage Steam Railway and nearby are a number of areas of interest including Studland Bay, Corfe Castle and Wareham which are all within a short distance from your holiday cottage in Swanage.

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Wimborne Minster

Wimborne is a market town in the east of Dorset and boasts an impressive collection of architecture from the 15th, 16th and 17th century.  Within the town is the Saxon Church which has Norman and Gothic influences - it is famous for its unique chained library and the tomb of King Ethelred.  The town offers an array of shopping and leisure facilities as well as a variety of one off shops and cafes.  There is a regular market and a thriving arts scene including the annual Folk and Dance Festival.

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