Sunday 21 September 2014
Welcome to Hidden Dorset
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Hidden Dorset is a new way to discover the side of Dorset that local people and visitors have found for themselves and are excited enough to want to share.

Hidden Dorset relies for its content on what people tell us they consider to be the ‘hidden gems’ of Dorset, so we’re starting from small beginnings but we know with time, Hidden Dorset will grow into an enormous repository of fascinating and wonderful things to do and see.

Those things could include craft bakers, cheesemakers, and farm shops, or artists and craftspeople, pubs and cafés, unusual places to stay, events, views, walks, facts – anything which is specifically about Dorset and gives an insight into what makes the county tick- the small, the beautiful, the slightly odd, and definitely the home produced.

What you won’t find on Hidden Dorset, is mass production, imported goods or national chains. And while most people have heard of Corfe Castle and the Cerne Giant, there are herds of websites already dealing with things like that, so we won’t dwell on them. Instead they will be used to signpost hidden gems in the area.

We will be including accommodation only if it is particularly unusual or significantly different from the mainstream. If we included every hotel, B&B, guest house or campsite, the site would soon be swamped; instead there will be links to the mainstream tourism sites who have all the resources necessary to deal with accommodation.


Hidden Dorset was initially funded by Leader+ Chalk & Cheese; Arts Council England; a partnership of Dorset County Council, and the six borough/district councils in the county. It is now independent of these bodies.

It should be noted that neither this website, Jackie Donaldson or Wendy Young has any connection whatsoever with Hidden Dorset Ltd (Co Reg No 06751917).

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