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The Best Beaches in Dorset

Best Beaches in Dorset
Written by Lottie

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Dorset is well known for it’s variety of beautiful beaches and coastal heritage sites. Here’s a selection of some of my own favourite family friendly beaches for that perfect southern seaside escape… with lots of fun things to do for all of the family!

Studland Bay


This National Trust owned beach, located a short five minute chain ferry journey from Poole Harbour, is a lovely family day out! This beautiful beach has four miles of protected golden sands and a stunning view of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. It’s perfect for a variety of watersports and for exploring lots of exciting wildlife, including deer, insects and birds! For rumbling tums, pay a visit to the nearby Knoll Beach cafe. Find out more.



Often referred to as the ‘Monte Carlo’ of the UK, this stretch of golden sands has been awarded a Blue Flag award and offers a variety of water sports activities for all of the family to enjoy, including paddle boarding, windsurfing and more! There’s even a Crazy Golf course on site. Pay a visit to the nearby Shore Cafe, or if you’re feeling fancy stop by the exclusive Rick Stein restaurant! Find out more.

Bournemouth Beach

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This famous activity and events packed beach offers something for all of the family… even a zip wire from the pier to the stretch of seven glorious miles of sand. Hosting events such as the Bournemouth Air Festival, Arts by the Sea and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Head to one of the many cafes and restaurants nearby, including West Beach and Harry Ramsden’s for traditional fish and chips by the sea! Find out more.

Durdle Door


This stunning beach, which is part part of the Lulworth Estate and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, is a popular site for snorkeling, cave exploring and swimming. Bring along a picnic to take in the amazing views of the famous rock arch and beautiful coastline! Find out more.



This Victorian seaside beach is a popular one for families due to its calm and sheltered waters. Take a stroll along the Victorian pier, visit the amusement centre or hire deck chairs, boats and pedalos for a real vintage seaside experience! Find out more.

Let us know if we’ve missed your favourite! Don’t forget to send us your seaside snaps to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 😀 



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