For those of you who like more strenuous activity than walking, tennis and swimming we have listed below some of the activities available locally. Further information/leaflets on any of the listed activities and special events can be obtained from the Dorchester Tourist Office by calling 01305 267 992.
If you are after specific activities for certain ages then please feel free to ask, we will be happy to help as there are too many to list here!
The sandy beaches of West Bay, Charmouth and Lyme Regis, as well as, the small coves at Eype and Seatown are all within easy reach, offering breath-taking coastal walks, fossil hunting, fishing/angling trips, scuba diving, paragliding, river boating, power boat trips, golf and much more.
There are several golf clubs in the area for all players. Below are some to look for:
Bridport Golf Club
Tel: 01308 421 095
Halstock Golf Club (Nr. Yeovil)
18 holes, no visitor restrictions, ring first.
Tel: 01935 891 689
Charminster Golf Club
18 holes, no visitor restrictions, nearest to us.
Tel: 01305 260 186
Came Down Dorchester
Tel: 01305 812 670
Situated at the same place as the Shooting school, Jenson Button and Louis Hamilton have both driven here! Only available during the weekdays for public use.
Telephone: 01935 83713
Henley Hillbillies offer quad biking along with mini mavriks, hovercraft and archery and crossbows and clay shooting.
Telephone: 07860 759 996
High Ropes - Go Ape
Described as 3 hrs of adrenalin fuelled fun, laughter and adventure, it is a high wire forest adventure course of ropes, bridges, swings and zip slides. Hugely popular. Based at Moors Valley Country Park where anyone not taking part will be easily amused for the duration. Min age 10 (10-18yr old must be accompanied). This must be booked in advance.
Telephone: 0870 458 9063
Sail Laser based at National Sailing Academy at Portland, where the Olympic sailing events will take place. Sail Laser run a variety of courses on a selection of boats, you can make up your own group and book an instructor or join in on their sessions. Not between October half-term and Easter.
Telephone: 08453 373 214
Deep Sea Fishing
The Tourist Office can give you the names of recommended people from Weymouth, Lyme Regis or West Bay should you wish to arrange a trip.
Dorchester Tourist Information Centre
Telephone: 01305 267 992
Wessex Chalk Streams; The Slocock family have fly fishing on the River Frome at both Maiden Newton (20mins from Court Close) and near Moreton. This is a catch and release system. For prices, season dates etc go to: www.goflyfishing.co.uk or Tel: 01305 848 460.
Bidlake Riding Stables: A highly spoken off family run business near Bridport. Catering for all ages from 5yrs, hacks, lessons, groups etc. www.bidlakeridingstables.co.uk Tel: 07796517888 email: [email protected]
Studland Stables: Situated a little further away in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck offer gentle family hacking (no under fives) or for the more experienced rider wonderful beach rides, coastal, heath and forest rides and pub rides! Covering a really fabulous area, with little or no road work. Please talk to the owner to discuss individual needs and abilities.
Tel: 01929 450 273
Jurassic Electric Bike Tours
Tel: 07796135256 (Martin)
This wonderful company has been running for a few years now and goes from strength to strength. Offering electric bike tours for half or full days giving you the opportunity to get out into some of Dorset's most beautiful hidden areas. Prices from £30 per person to include bike, helmet and pannier hire. Child seats and tag alongs available.
If you do not bring your own conventional bikes they can be hired from Tilleys Cycles in Weymouth. They will also deliver to Court Close.
Tilleys Cycles Tel: 01305 785 672