Greenwood Grange Shortlisted for South West Tourism Awards

Celebrations are back in full swing here at Greenwood Grange after news that our acclaimed holiday village is to represent Dorset in the South West’s Tourism Awards.

The shortlist announcement comes just weeks after our collection of self-catering cottages won gold for the third time at the regional Dorset Tourism Awards.

Manager, Zoe Belcher, said:

“Winning gold again in Dorset was a fantastic achievement in itself, but we are delighted to be attending the regional South West Tourism Awards and we hope that the judges recognise the team and outstanding facilities here at Greenwood Grange.”

The South West Tourism Awards bring together the best of the best from Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.


Judging is carried out by an independent panel of past winners, industry leaders and experts in their field. They are each chosen for their impartiality, experience and suitability for each category. Entries for the awards this year have once again broken all records, with more than 600 businesses competing across 24 categories.

Zoe said:

“We know that we will be standing alongside the very best that the region has to offer by way of self-catering accommodation and we pride ourselves in beating all expectations for our guests so we hope the judges feel the same way.”

The three finalists in each category were announced earlier this week; Greenwood Grange will once again be competing in the Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year category.

Greenwood Grange is a collection of beautiful stone-built properties nestled in the Dorchester countryside, just five minutes from Thomas Hardy’s birthplace.

It’s perfect for couples, families and groups and offers a range of properties sleeping anywhere from two to 12 guests. Many of the cottages are dog friendly and there is a huge range of facilities on site including tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, badminton, a games room and a play yurt for younger visitors.


A range of renovations and upgrades to the cottages and grounds have been undertaken over the past 12-18 months. One of the key criteria for these awards is that a business can show it is constantly striving to improve.

If we’re successful and win in this category, we will then be eligible to be nominated to represent South West England at the national VisitEngland Awards next year.

Our team are now hoping to emulate our recent success at the illustrious ceremony in Bristol on February the 2nd.

Halloween Events in Dorset

There’s a whole host of Halloween events this October half-term in Dorset. We’ve prepared a list of the spookiest!

Corfe Castle 22-30 October

Hear the tales of professional storyteller Granny Cousins at 11am and 1pm everyday throughout the half-term.  Have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge at 10am to 3pm and witness the mighty Warwolf II, their castle trebuchet in action, launching at 11.30am and 2pm.


 Studland Beach 22nd October + 8 other dates

There’s going to be multiple Halloweeny events this half-term at Studland Bay, from explorations of the dunes and shoreline to seasonal crafts. In addition, there are more opportunities to get crafty on Sunday, October the 23rd with Woodland Walk and Draw. Children and adults can enjoy walking, drawing, geocaching and even charcoal making.

10:30 – 15:30. Beach-side Halloween Trail and seasonal crafts £2.00.


 Halloween week – Freaky Streets

Hunt for the Freaky Streets characters from 22nd-30th October!

Follow the trail’s clues to collect the correct answers from creepy characters on walls and buildings in Weymouth’s streets and be in with the chance of winning PRIZES!

Pick up a a trail from the Weymouth BID Office, 15 St Alban Street or download a form online from 22nd October.

Drop your completed form to the BID Office by the 31st October to be in with the change of winning!

Steven May staff members Stephen Bithell, Chloe Markin, Lynne Stokes, Elisa Summers, Claire Stokes and Emma Brookman outside their salon to promote Weymouth BID's Freaky Streets halloween event - 101014, Picture GRAHAM HUNT HG12433

Lulworth Castle

Scary, atmospheric fun this half term at Lulworth Castle.

There are a whole host of activities to keep you and your little ones entertained this Halloween…. Visit the fairytale Lulworth Castle and wander through the Spooky Basement. Be entranced by Merlin’s Magic Shows and get creative at the Craft Table.. Explore the Park and woods with your Quiz Book on their special Spooky Trails, stopping at Hansel & Gretel’s Gingerbread House on adventure.

Open Daily from Weds 26 Oct – Sat 29 Oct. From 10.30 to 5.00. Last entry one hour before closing. Free Parking.

You can buy tickets online here and use the pre-booked queue. Or you can buy tickets on the door.


Sea Life Center

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park will be turning the spotlight on scary critters of the deep this Halloween.

Meet creepy spider crabs, batfish, ghost knifefish and other appropriately named creatures!

The Park’s special package of fright-fest’ entertainment running from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October will also highlight the horrors that pollution, over-fishing and other human follies are inflicting on the marine world.

There will be lots of fishy fun too, of course…including a novel pumpkin hunt, spooky fact finding, lantern making, scary crafts and fancy dress all included in admission.

Separate tickets apply for the Enchanted Cabin Experience secure your place at the cauldron, book now.


Farmer Palmers

Halloween Spooktacular family fun from the 24th to the 28th! Let their dressed up “BOO CREW” entertain your little ones. Daily activities, fancy dress, dancing, face painting, mini monster hunt and extra spook-tacular events throughout the week!

Have fun from all the staff at Greenwood Grange!