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Bridport is a vibrant and colourful market town, set amongst the West Dorset hills.  It is also well known for its arts and music scene with a number of festivals and regular performances at the Electric Palace. There is a twice-weekly street market and monthly farmers market.  The curiously named ‘Bucky Doo Square’ is the focal point of the town and provides a pleasant spot to sit and watch the world go by.  Historically Bridport was a key rope making centre and the Bridport Museum gives an intriguing insight to this industry.  Bridport makes a great holiday cottage base for the nearby Chesil Beach and there are a number of golf and fishing opportunities.

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The county town of Dorset is Dorchester and it has plenty of shops and lots of history.  It is closely linked to Thomas Hardy who based many of his novels on the surrounding Dorset countryside.  As well as a good range of shops, the Borough Gardens offers recreational facilities as well as a children’s play area and is home to many of the festivals during the year. There are a number of small museums in Dorchester including the Teddy Bear Museum and you can also visit the homes of Thomas Hardy and TE Lawrence.  Just outside Dorchester is Maiden Castle, an ancient hill fort which is around 4000 years old and provides magnificent views across the Dorset countryside.

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Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a beautiful town on the Jurassic coast with its historic cobb which featured in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’.  The town has plenty of holiday cottages and is packed with interesting shops, galleries and boutiques and the promenade features a number of cafes and pubs which provide a perfect place to enjoy the beautiful sandy beach.  Lyme Regis is also becoming a noted place for food and drink holiday destination with the opening of Mark Hix’s fish restaurant, the local brewery and other excellent restaurants.  Nearby the beaches at Charmouth provide  the best place on the south coast to go fossil hunting where you may well find your own fossil - especially if you join one of the many tours.

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West Bay

One mile south of Bridport is West Bay, a busy harbour village with characteristic kiosks, fishing boats, pubs and restaurants all nestled between the spectacular East and West Cliffs.  It is host to an annual Trawler Theme Parade where trawlers and their crew are decorated before setting out for a short trip along the coast.  Also in West Bay is the highly recommended seafood restaurant, the Riverside Restaurant, which is well worth a visit whilst on your holiday.

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Weymouth is a larger town and popular family holiday destination with plenty of shops, lots going on and a large sandy beach.  Old Weymouth is situated around the picturesque harbour area, with its cobbled streets and interesting warehouse buildings.  There are plenty of family attractions around Weymouth including Sea Life, Brewers Quay and the beach fairground.  Sailing is a key attraction for Weymouth being the host town for the 2012 Olympics sailing events.

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