Impulsive getaway: family weekend in Dorset

Dorset's Jurassic Coast | Growing Spaces

It was the Tuesday after the bank holiday. Ben had worked all weekend, and I was on my way into London for a day in the office. The sun was shining, the weather forecast was looking amazing, and I had that restless feeling. I get it when we haven’t been out exploring for a while. When everyday life has taken over, and our focus has been firmly on things at home – DIY, tidying, resting. Don’t get me wrong, I love a weekend spent pottering around at home, but the balance suddenly felt off, and I realised we hadn’t been out adventuring as a family for too long. We loved Dorset when we visited last summer, so I hopped online to check out cheap hotel deals, and by the end of the day we had a family room booked for Saturday night in a Premier Inn on the seafront in Weymouth.

It was a busy week, so we had little time for planning, but my bucket list was pretty simple: hanging out on the beach, fish and chips, and fossil hunting. We rocked up to a slightly grey and blustery Lulworth Cove at lunchtime on Saturday, but after a couple of hours of cloud, the skies cleared and it was beautiful for the rest of the weekend. Here are some of our highlights…

Dorset's Jurassic Coast | Growing Spaces

– Scrambling up the rocks at Lulworth Cove to take in the breathtaking views from the top –

Dorset's Jurassic Coast | Growing Spaces– Discovering Ringstead Beach and basking in the sunshine (whilst sheltering from the wind behind a very large rock) –
– Lighting up the Kelly kettle and enjoying a near-perfect mug of steaming hot coffee –

Dorset's Jurassic Coast | Growing Spaces

– Being early birds on Charmouth beach –
– Finding an ammonite, even though we totally missed the memo about the fossil-hunting tools that everyone else on the beach seemed to have –
– Discovering Lyme Regis was way prettier and lovelier than I ever knew, and winding our way through its gorgeous narrow streets –
– Being given a tour of the town’s working water mill by the super-passionate miller – we were totally entralled –



  1. May 10, 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Beautiful pictures, coastal sunshine happiness all round 🙂

  2. Geri
    May 10, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Would love to visit Dorset 🙂

  3. May 11, 2016 / 11:34 am

    I grew up about half an hour away from the Dorset coast, and I love it. So so beautiful. Lyme Regis is maybe my favourite beach town, except possibly for Rock in Cornwall! Oh, and Benllech in Anglesey because we have a holiday home there. It has had a huge surge in visitors thanks to the Broadchurch TV series, especially at West Bay, though people are disappointed as the main street of ‘Broadchurch’ isn’t there, but in Bridport! Another little gem nobody knows about is Seaton (not Seatown, further down the coast) – it has the most stunning sunsets and a lovely little pub on the beach called the Anchor Inn. Highly recommend it!
    Love your photos, they are making me so nostalgic for my childhood, thanks for sharing! x

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