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Through the late autumn and winter months, as nights draw in and daylight wanes, life slows to a more measured pace.  Wintry walks over hills and along deserted beaches, ending with a warm fire in a cosy inn are there to enjoy and there are events, especially around Christmas, when communities come together to celebrate the winter solstice and Yuletide.

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Snowdrops

Snowdrop Walks

Through February

February is when the first herald of spring, swathes of snowdrops, carpet gardens and parks throughout the county. Minterne, Forde Abbey, and Kingston Lacy all showing off their white carpets.

Fireworks over The Cobb in Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Firework Display

2nd November 2024

The Cobb provides a spectacular backdrop to this popular annual display. Join the crowds of people who come to watch the fireworks over Lyme Bay .

The Brew Dorch logo of a bottle top with writing

Brew Dorch

15th February - 18th February 2024

This is a multi-venue event to celebrate Dorchester’s amazing brewing and distilling history. With tastings, music, walks, art and expeiences, there's lots to do apart from drinking. You can even learn to knit your own tankard cosy!

A redshank flying over Poole Harbour

Poole Harbour Winter Safari Cruises

30th January - 5th March 2024

In winter, Poole Harbour is an important haven for over 25,000 waders and waterfowl, finding refuge during the harshest months of the year. Divers, grebes, scarce sea duck and waders congregate in the sheltered bays and estuaries, while raptors take advantage of their numbers. Regular trips from Poole Harbour go in search of the "Big Five" (White-tailed Eagle, Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Hen Harrier and Goshawk) and offer a brilliant opportunity to encounter and familiarise yourself a wide range of our winter visitors.

Wessex Morris parade through Cerne Abbas before presenting their annual mumming play

Cerne Abbas Mummers Play

26th December 2024

On Boxing Day every year, Wessex Morris come to Cerne Abbas to present their annual Mummers' Play. Expect silliness, murder and mayhem as King George vanquishes his foes and the Good Doctor resurrects the full cast for a happy ending. Follow them to the pub for a pint of local beer and a round of English folk songs.

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