Fun on a Budget - Five Low Cost Things to Do in Dorset by Liz Turner |

The summer holidays can be an expensive time all round. From the holiday itself to those extra little treats (who doesn’t love an ice cream) the costs can soon mount up, even for the most frugal of families. Summer holidays in Dorset though don’t have to be expensive thanks to these handy tips on places to visit in Dorset. So if you’re looking for fun on a budget and lots of low-cost things to do in Dorset then here are our top suggestions.

Marvel at our marvellous arch

There’s only one arch in Dorset and that’s the iconic Durdle Door. One of the most photographed sites in Dorset this beautiful limestone arch extends into the sea off the south coast of Dorset. It has featured in several music videos, including Tears for Fears ‘Shout’ and feature films including 1997’s ‘Nanny McPhee’.  The arch is free to visit and costs nothing extra once you get there. So why not pop down to Durdle Door, have a swim in the sea and marvel at Dorset’s marvelous arch.

Chesil Beach

If you’ve not seen the film yet, make sure that you do before you before you visit Dorset and the iconic Chesil Beach. If you’re looking for things to do in Dorset this summer then what better than walking along this lengthy beach, admiring the sea and maybe even reenacting scenes from the film.

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Go fossil hunting

If you’re looking for things to do in Dorset this summer holiday then why not try and find a dinosaur? Okay, we might be exaggerating a little bit but you can’t beat Lyme Regis for a spot of fossil hunting. In fact, the first complete ichthyosaur to be found in England, was found by Mary Anning (1799-1847), she was just 12-years-old at the time. The beach is free to visit, so pop on down this summer holiday, have a stroll about and you never know what you might find.

Walk the South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path is the longest national trail in the UK at 630 miles long. You don’t have to walk the whole thing but you can jump on and off the path wherever you like. Bring your own sandwiches and drinks and it is a wonderful way to spend the summer holiday in Dorset without spending a single penny.

Dorset Mud Trail

Of course, we couldn’t talk about amazing, inexpensive things to do in Dorset without mentioning Dorset Mud Trail, could we? This muddy, 1.5km trail set in the grounds of Dorset Waterpark is filled with obstacles, from monkey bars to rope swings, to scrabble over, under and across. Read on to find out more about our amazing Mud Trail.

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Amazing facilities

Dorset Mud Trail has changing rooms, lockers, and beach style to wash off all the mud before enjoying food in our picnic area. We have a Snack Shack serving hot and cold drinks and burgers - perfect for refreshments after a busy session on the trail .

Very affordable

Dorset Mud Trail only costs £5 for those aged under 6, £7 for ages 7 -15 and £8 for everyone aged over 16.  What is more, if you’re doing a session at Dorset Waterpark on the same day, you get £1 off your entrance to Dorset Mud Trail.

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