Even though Lyde Hill Holidays offers the perfect getaway from it all, there are still plenty of things to explore and discover in the local area. The campsite is situated in North Dorset, close to the Somerset and Wiltshire borders. Having lived in the area all our lives, we would be happy to offer any advice on things to do in this beautiful area. Whether you are looking to explore the countryside, do a spot of fishing, play golf, enjoy some delicious food or find somewhere to entertain the children, Here are a selection of our favourite nearby attractions. 

Duncliffe Wood

Stour Row

Just a short walk away, this magnificent ancient woodland sits on the twin summits of Duncliffe Hill and offers a fantastic view from the house and pods.

Explore its mix of open glades, rides and trees, including the old coppice stools of small-leaved limes.

It’s a delightful place to discover wildlife and is a site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI). Look out for butterflies, bats, birds and wonderful wild flowers, such as moschatel, yellow archangel, wood speedwell and early-purple orchid.


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The Udder Farm Shop

East Stour

The Kings Arms

East Stour Common

The Ship Inn

West Stour

The award-winning Udder Farm Shop is just under 2 miles away by road and can also be accessed in under a mile via the footpaths. It incorporates a butchery, deli, fishmongers, coffee shop, restaurant, takeaway and farm shop offering local food, products, gifts and meats. 

Their team of talented chefs produce hearty breakfasts, seasonal specials, afternoon teas, Sunday roasts and homemade desserts from local produce, all freshly cooked. Outside is a children's play area and seating.


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Also within 2 miles is The Kings Arms, a traditional country pub with contemporary interior. Pop in for a drink or be tempted by their delicious menu, featuring traditional pub favourites, à la carte options, baguettes & lighter lunch, a Sunday carvery, children's menu and seasonal specials. 

Outside they have a beautiful enclosed beer garden and a pétanque (French boules) pitch for you to try.

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3 miles away is another country pub, The Ship Inn.

In 2016 The Ship was awarded "Heart of Wessex CAMRA Pub of the Year" and they are currently featured in both The Good Pub Guide and The Good Beer Guide; The Ship’s unique ambience and warm décor, offers ample opportunity to relax away from it all, whether you’re simply dropping in for a drink, something to eat, or staying for business or pleasure.


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Gillingham & Shaftesbury

Just 10 minutes drive away are the nearby towns of Gillingham and Shaftesbury.

Shaftesbury is home to the famous cobbled Gold Hill, a glorious setting made famous in the much loved "Hovis" advert. It has an array of independent shops and cafés and offers stunning views over the Blackmore Vale.

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Gillingham has a train station which runs from London to Exeter and is home to several supermarkets including Waitrose, Lidl, Aldi, Iceland and Asda.

Both Gillingham and Shaftesbury have a great selection of pubs and restaurants, some of which offer takeaway and delivery including British, Italian, Indian, Chinese and Thai. They both have museums where you can discover their fascinating histories.

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Haynes International Motor Museum

Around 40 minutes away nestled within the Wiltshire countryside is a realm waiting to be explored. Discover various species of animal from around the world including lions, tigers, wolves, koalas, porcupines and sea lions as you travel by road, rail, waterway and foot. Longleat is the UK's number 1 safari park. You can travel back in time when you explore the large Elizabethan home. There is also a large adventure playground for the kids and one of the biggest hedge mazes in the world.

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Also around 40 minutes away, Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC. 

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Just under half an hour away, Haynes International Motor Museum offers an excellent day out for everyone. More than 400 cars and bikes are displayed in stunning style, dating from 1885 to the present day. There is plenty to keep the children entertained with an autogame experience, motoring themed play area and soft play area.

Throughout the year the museum also hosts exciting events including Rare Breeds Motor Show.


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