The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of a family of protected landscapes in the UK, working to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of almost half of Dorset's countryside.
Rather than just one beautiful landscape to shout about, the Dorset AONB is a collection of beautiful landscapes - each with different histories, ways of working and stories to tell. Have a look in our Explore section for ideas on where and what to see.
The Food Festival season has well and truly started ... a great chance to try some tastes of the AONB while you are out and about!
Against the backdrop of increasing energy prices and declining biodiversity, a groundbreaking woodland project is about to get underway. Partnering three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the Wyre Forest Community Land Trust, Silverdale Woodbank and Prime Coppice Dorset woodland; the mentoring programme is working to understand and develop new community woodfuel activities – with the help of woodland owners, policy makers and all those with an interest in getting out in the woods.
Join a free Summer Sound Walk on the South Dorset Ridgeway on Saturday 2 August leaving from Portesham........
Join DIVAcontemporary for a free Summer Sound Walk on Saturday 2 August, with the option of joining an editing workshop on Sunday 3 August 2014. On Saturday you will receive tuition from course leaders as you go on a circular walk between Portesham and Abbotsbury recording sounds in the field using professional equipment. On Sunday you have the option of learning to edit your recordings in the DIVAcontemporary studio in Bridport and uploading them to the global soundmap Aporee.
On the 2nd of August the Dorset Food & Arts Festival will take place in Poundbury's Queen Mother Square.
The event, now in its third year, is being organised by Dorset Food and Drink, Dorset Farmers' Markets and the Duchy of Cornwall. The event coincides with the monthly Dorset Farmers Market, but in addition to this there will be a host of other local food and drink producers. Among them will be a number of the county's leading chefs giving demonstrations. There is a programme of musicians, bands and singers who will perform throughout the day.
Vikings Go Wild - Children's Workshop - Monday 4 August - near Hardy Monument - live the life of a Viking Raider around a campfire on the South Dorset Ridgeway. Click on the link for more info: Artsreach - Vikings Go Wild
Woolly Tiles - Children's Workshop - Tuesday 5 August - Toller Porcorum - Make a Roman mosaic out of felt using fleece from sheep local to the South Dorset Ridgeway. Click on the link for more info: Artsreach - Woolly Tiles
Archaeology guided walk on the South Dorset Ridgeway - Wednesday 6 August at 10am
Join a guided walk exploring the fabulous prehistoric landscape of the South Dorset Ridgeway with John Gale of Bournemouth University. Weds 6 August at 10am, meeting point & route to be confirmed (3-4 hours, some slopes). Booking essential (Adults £3 in advance or £5 on day, £1 for children). For more details please contact Jill Hearing: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 01305 228273
Raiders of the Ridgeway - a stop-motion animation workshop for children recreating the story of the Viking raiders and the Weymouth 'Pit of Doom' - Fontmell Magna - Thursday 7 August. Click on the link for more details: Artsreach - Raiders of the Ridgeway
Really Wild Wool - Children's Workshop - Thursday 14 August - Toller Porcorum - Collect and use plants that grow on the South Dorset Ridgeway and dye a skein of wool to take home. Click on the link for more info:Artsreach - Really Wild Wool
Sun Aug 17 @ 2:00PM -
Guided Walk at Long Bredy - Sunday 17 August Join a guided walk exploring the manorial history of Long Bredy with Peter Northover from Oxford University - Sunday 17 August at 2pm (2-3 hours, some slopes.) Booking essential (Adults £3 in advance or £5 on day, £1 children.) For more information please contact Jill Hearing email@example.com or tel 01305 228273.