Guest blog: Greenwood Grange, an exception to any rule

Recent guest Suzie Smith has written a blog on her stay with us…

There is one place in the world that breaks my first rule of travelling and holidays. Tucked in the glorious Dorset countryside that place is Greenwood Grange. A collection of stone built holiday cottages near Dorchester.

My rule is that the world is too big to return to the same spot twice, so I never return to the city I’ve visited, even if I loved it there. I look for the next adventure around the next corner. But for every rule there is an exception – and for me Greenwood Grange is exactly that.

 

The cottages

The first time I visited Greenwood Grange was with a larger group of friends, so we stayed in Durbaville. A luxurious eight berth cottage, with plenty of room for two families, but without doubt my favourite aspect had to be the large hot tub in the private, enclosed garden.

This time however, we stayed in the three-bedroom cottage, Casterbridge. As Zoe, the general manager, walked us around showing us various features of the cottage, I looked back at my partner and saw him smiling. The smile was basically saying ‘wow, this is great’.

As soon as Zoe left the cottage he said: “I absolutely love this place. It’s like going on holiday, but arriving home.”

Cookies and coffee for guests

With fresh milk and local Dorset cookies we were able to sit down and enjoy a cuppa before planning our weekend or thinking about food shopping. As we checked in another family were enquiring as to whether their food order from Sainsbury’s had arrived, which is a great way to save yourself the hassle of loading up the car with groceries for your stay. It’s something I must remember to do next time I stay.

Each of the cottages blend an ideal mix of contemporary interiors, with historic cottages. Casterbridge combines a cosy feel with the spaciousness to enable a super king size bed in the master bedroom and an extra long bath that I was able to lie out in full – which is rare!

 

Dining

Having heard about the nearby Yalbury Cottage as THE place to eat locally I was keen to book a table. When I phoned in advance a few days before I was told they were fully booked, in fact I’ve since been told that you may need to weeks, if not months, in advance. So, my advice would be if you’ve booked your holiday, book your table here asap so as not to be disappointed.

At Zoe’s recommendation we visited the local pub, the Blue Vinny, just a few miles down the road from Greenwood Grange. It is a pub, but is predominantly set up for dining, and as such not one I’d revisit simply for a drink.  The menu boasts a wide selection of local produce, but by far the not to miss on the menu is the Blue Vinny sauce. There is a tale to be told about the origins of Blue Vinny – a blue cheese – which you can read on the flyers left on the tables. Personally I don’t like blue cheese, so I was delighted and surprised by the subtle flavour of the sauce, which was a great accompaniment to the steak I had that was cooked to perfection. I perhaps would’ve preferred my vegetables cooked a little less, but that’s a personal preference.

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Entertainment

With so much to do at Greenwood Grange it would be easy to hide away and not leave the grounds for your entire stay. We used the bath-warm swimming pool and the games room, but didn’t make time for the tennis courts. We also grabbed a DVD to watch on the first night we arrived, which are available for guests to borrow.

On the Saturday evening, we took a short drive into Poole to watch Al Murray at The Lighthouse theatre. A great night and extremely funny, despite my reservations as I’d never sought him out as a comedian to watch.

We also took a drive along the property hotspot, Sandbanks, and made note of several restaurants worth visiting next time we’re in Dorset.

 

Walks

Dorset has so many amazing walks that you can explore, but as we were tight for time and heading off on the Sunday afternoon we took the easy option and explored Purbeck Woods right on the doorstep of Greenwood Grange.

Cakes at the visitor cafe

During our last visit we took similar steps to Thomas Hardy’s cottage to visit the author’s childhood home. If you’re going on any of the walks nearby, stop for a coffee in the cafe first and try out one of their amazing cakes.

 

Summary

This was my second weekend stay at Greenwood Grange and once again I left feeling I hadn’t quit stayed long enough. There’s so much to see and do in Dorset that this trip was completely different to my last visit, where I enjoyed a glass of wine at a beach cafe in Weymouth.

Dorset is a county that can cater for every and any taste or interest, and Greenwood Grange is the ideal place to base yourself to see it all.

I’m looking forward to going back there in September, when I plan to visit the breath-taking Durdle Door and have a day out in Bournemouth!

Greenwood Grange – A perfect base to explore Dorset

Whether you’re looking for a coastal or countryside walk with breath taking views, dinner in a fantastic restaurant or a fun day out for the whole family, Greenwood Grange is ideally placed in the heart of Dorset as a great base to try it all.

We’ve put together some ideas of things to do and see whilst staying with us…

Walks

Perhaps one of the best ways to explore England’s only natural world heritage site is to take a walk around Dorset.

Explore Corfe Castle, which dates back to the 11th century, and take in the village surrounding it of the same name. The National Trust puts on a series of events and activities during the summer months, which are worth taking time out to visit.

Managed by the National Trust are two chalk sea stacks located at Handfast Point, known as Old Harry Rocks. Walkers can expect to see a range of flowers, falcons and butterflies in warmer months.

Here’s a list of the top 10 walks in Dorset.

Days Out

Whether you’re looking for family fun or interested in understanding more about Dorset’s history, there are literally dozens of ways to enjoy a day out locally. Here’s a few of our favourites…

Farmer Palmers – Animals, a fun barn, a bouncy castle, pedal go-karts and so much more. There are literally hours of fun to be had at this family attraction near Poole.

The Tank Museum – Located in Bovington, the museum of the Roya. Tank Regiment and Royal Armoured Corps is a collection of tanks and armoured fighting vehicles. You’ll be able to see around 300 vehicles up close in this fantastic exhibition.

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park will take you on an adventure above and below the ocean.

And here’s a few more ideas from Trip Advisor.

National Trust

There are literally dozens of places to see and things to do in Dorset that are lovingly cared for by the National Trust. From literary gems to the great outdoors you’ll never be stuck for something to do!

Of course, our first recommendation would be to visit Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, which is right on our doorstep. The cottage is open seven days a week until October and takes you inside the modest home where Thomas Hardy grew up and wrote some of his finest works. Directly behind the cottage is Thorncombe Woods and there are great walking trails to explore.

Kingston Lacy is a lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside. It has a treasure trove of art work and stunning gardens to amble around. There are around 8,500 acres of unspoilt estate, including the Holt Heath National Nature Reserve, which ensure there’s something to see all year round.

Beaches

What would a trip to the coast be without a visit to the beach? Greenwood Grange is ideally placed close to many of the county’s glorious stretches of sand, pebbles and ocean.

Lulworth Cove is one of the UK’s natural wonders and has been documented as such. It attracts around 500,000 visitors each year and is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s a short walk from Durdle Door, famed for its impressive rock arch formation, which is also great for snorkelling and bathing.

Weymouth Beach has miles of family friendly golden sandy beaches and was recently voted the best in the UK and the ninth best in Europe! A little further away, but still close enough for a day trip is the ever-popular Bournemouth beach.

Check out this list of the top 10 beaches in Dorset for more information.

Restaurants

Yalbury Cottage is ranked the number one restaurant in Dorset on Trip Advisor. It’s lounge and restaurant are full of character with oak beamed ceilings and inglenook fireplaces. Enjoy fresh ingredients and seasonal local produce.

No 6 in Dorchester is a contemporary restaurant offering a range of locally sourced produce. It’s hugely popular with locals, which is testament in itself. The menu is on the website, but changes several times a week in line with ingredients.

If a fantastic beach café is more your cup of tea, try The Cabin at Swanage. Delicious cream teas and breath taking views await.

Weddings at Greenwood Grange

Every bride hopes their wedding will be exactly the way they’ve always pictured it. But imagine if you could have your wedding entirely your way, in your own secluded village-style location…

At Greenwood Grange you can have exactly that – set up a marquee in our glorious open spaces, invite your own caterers to prepare the food on-site, stay in the beautiful stone built cottages, relax in your own private hot tub and enjoy our indoor pool before or after the your big day. You can ensure your wedding is a private, intimate celebration with loved ones here at Greenwood Grange.

We’ve put together some thoughts on how we can help make your wedding wonderful…

Our glorious grounds

Nestled in the beautiful Dorset countryside Greenwood Grange is a collection of stone built cottages set amongst gorgeous greenery and flora.

Our spacious grounds can accommodate large marquees to welcome up to 150 guests and will also provide varied and picturesque surroundings for your wedding-day photos. It is a unique venue that will allow you to not only start your day with us but also enjoy the celebrations late into the evening.

A grand entrance

Whether you’re arriving and leaving by car through our grand gates, or stepping into a horse-drawn carriage you can be assured of the grandeur of the occasion – we can happily recommend the perfect transportation.

Here’s a photo of one of our recent brides leaving to take her vows in a stunning carriage…

Accommodation

Finding one place for all your guests to stay can be tricky, but at Greenwood Grange we can accommodate up to 78 of your friends and family.

Whether it’s two people looking to stay in a cottage, to friends and family wanting a touch a luxury with a hot tub in their garden, or even a larger group hoping to stay together in our grand Henchard property, there’s something to suit everyone.

All of our properties are self-catering at Greenwood Grange, so why not stay for a few days and enjoy a break away from home.

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Catering

Our larger properties have fantastic kitchen facilities, so if you’re looking to prepare your own wedding food you’ll have ample room to do so.

If you’d like to bring in an outside caterer then we can recommend a range suppliers – from gourmet chefs, to silver service caterers and even a supplier who will prepare a hog roast on site.

Bridal hair and makeup

Enjoy a relaxed morning on the day of your wedding by stepping into the hot tub, sipping champagne and waiting for your own personal hairdresser and make up specialist to come direct to your door.

Greenwood Grange works with several highly-recommended and award winning make-up artists and professionals who use only the very best products to ensure you look as beautiful as you deserve to on your special day.

Photography

Capturing every moment, every laugh, tear and smile throughout your gorgeous day is the art of a fantastic photographer. We have some of the best of best who will encapsulate your perfect day for you to keep forever.

Younger guests

If younger guests are invited to the wedding then what better way to keep them entertained in our play yurt. Filled with toys to keep the little ones busy – whatever the weather.

If the sun is shining then they can make the most of our outdoor play area and there’s even a giant trampoline to use up their boundless energy!

At the end of a long day why not let the adults enjoy their evening by booking a DBS registered childminder. Just let us know in advance and we can take care of the booking for you.

Concierge

We offer a concierge service to look after the details that make the difference. From flowers to champagne and everything in between, just tell us what you need and we’ll do all we can to make it happen.

For more information on all of the above call us on 01305 268874.

The Wonder of Awards

It’s been a truly fantastic awards season for us here at Greenwood Grange as we’ve added two major industry accolades to our trophy cabinet in the last few months.

In November we were crowned gold winners at the Dorset Tourism Awards in the Self Catering Accommodation Provider of the Year category.

Just last month at the South West Tourism Awards we won gold in Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year category, beating stiff competition from across the entire region including entries from Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

In previous years we’ve also won gold at the Dorset Tourism Awards in 2013 and 2014, not forgetting scooping bronze at the South West Tourism Awards in the 2013/14 season.

So what does Greenwood Grange winning these awards actually mean for our guests? We thought we’d explain in a little more detail…

Fantastic staff

Award winning tourism businesses not only attract more visitors, but they also attract the best of the best in terms of staff.

At Greenwood Grange winning awards highlights how much pride we take in what we do and in turn that attracts individuals who want to work for us.

We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have a fantastic team at Greenwood Grange, from our housekeepers to our general manager Zoe, every member of staff feels passionately about working here.

For our guests that means we go above and beyond, so we’re more than happy to arrange flowers and champagne on arrival, organise babysitters or dog sitters, advise on places to visit in Dorset, including attractions and restaurants, arrange for your horse to stay on site. If you can think of something you’d like to make your stay extra special, we can help!

Pursuing excellence

Ensuring our guests enjoy their stay with us is hugely important to all the staff at Greenwood Grange. We think Robin Barker, from Services for Tourism, sums up how we strive for excellence…

Robin said:

“Excellence is elusive. It takes creativity, commitment, investment, and persistence to achieve. Standards have to be maintained for every guest, in all situations, at all hours of every day. Achieving excellence is one thing, maintaining it in a world of ever-rising expectations is an even greater challenge.  So well done to all of this year’s (South West Tourism Awards) winners – you are at the cutting edge of this region’s top industry and are genuine business icons.”

 

Constantly improving

One of the key criteria for awards ceremonies is that a business must show it is constantly striving to improve.

At Greenwood Grange we have been carrying out a range of renovations and upgrades to the cottages and grounds over the past 12-18 months. This includes beautiful new bathrooms and kitchens, improving our fantastic outside spaces. We’ve installed a new hot tub outside our gorgeous Durbaville property and added lovely new outdoor furniture to our cottages.

All of our properties have been redecorated inside and upgraded with new soft furnishings.

Judging

We think Greenwood Grange is an amazing place to stay and visit, when the judges agree you know you’re not just taking our word for it, but the word of the most respected individuals in the tourism industry.

Judging for awards ceremonies is a serious business; a team of independent panellists including previous winners, industry leaders and experts in their field are brought together to assess which tourism providers provide outstanding quality and service to their guests.

Judges are chosen for their impartiality, experience and suitability for each category.

Greenwood Grange will soon discover if we’re eligible to enter the national VisitEngland awards this year, where our fantastic properties will compete against businesses from across the UK. We’ll keep you updated!

Reasons to Book Your Dorset Break NOW!

Busy lives, demanding careers and family commitments means making the most of your holiday is an absolute must. With so many options to consider, both at home and abroad, it can be a time consuming task looking for the perfect place to unwind. So we’ve put together a definitive list of reasons to book your break to Dorset and stay with us at Greenwood Grange…

Avoid disappointment

Greenwood Grange is extremely popular during the summer months and at this time of year we’re already looking quite full. Winning Self Catering Provider of Year at both the Dorset Tourism Awards and the South West Tourism Awards has been a great boost for us making us more popular than ever.

The earlier you book your holiday, the better, as you’ve more chance of getting the dates that you want.

Save money on travel

Once your holiday home is booked, you can save even more money by booking your travel early too. Great Western Railway operates an advance booking fares system so the earlier you book, the cheaper it is.

Stay-cation

With mile upon mile of Jurassic Coast to explore, amazing walks, stunning views, great food, fantastic accommodation and so much more, Dorset is a real-life holiday utopia.

You’ll be sure to make your friends and family jealous when they see your holiday photos. Dorset is continually growing in popularity and has been voted one of the ten best places to go on holiday in the UK. More and more of us are choosing to spend their precious family holiday time in the UK and as Dorset is such a favourite, we are seeing an increase in the number of visitors each year. Staycation isn’t just a trend anymore; it’s here to stay.

Have something to look forward to!

Booking a holiday early in the year also gives you something to look forward to. Not everyone suffers from the winter blues but at this time of year, most people long for warm sunny days. Knowing a holiday is on the horizon is a great way to stay positive about the things coming up.

Don’t miss those sell out events

To really build the anticipation, you could also book some things to do while you’re here

What’s On in Dorset http://www.whatsonindorset.co.uk/events.aspx?m=1 lists events in the county month by month so you’ll never be stuck for something to do while you’re visiting Greenwood Grange.

Visit Dorset’s gems

Dorset is definitely a destination holiday, with so many places to visit while you’re here. For fans of the Jurassic Coast make sure you visit Durdle Door for one of the most breath taking views. The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crews to life in nearby Weymouth, while children will be hugely entertained at Monkey World and Farmer Palmer’s. We’ve miles of sandy beaches in Weymouth and Bournemouth and if you’re a fan of beautiful gardens you shouldn’t miss Athelhampton House and Gardens in Dorchester.

The best restaurants require advanced booking

Finding places that serve fabulous food can always make your holiday extra special. Food lovers will enjoy the wealth of local pubs and nearby restaurants including Restaurant 43, rated number one on Trip Advisor, the Dorset Burger Company and Yalbury Cottage, which boasts creative French menus. Avoid disappointment by booking early at these popular restaurants.

The Brexit effect

Exchange rates for the pound against the dollar and euro are at some of their lowest ever levels. Make your money go further by staying in the UK!

Now all that’s left for you to do is the easy part – book your break at Greenwood Grange for 2017. Don’t forget to sign up to our emails on our website as our regular mailers will give you inspiration for things to do and places you’ve seen once you’ve booked your stay.


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Myths and Oddities of Dorset

What do you do when you accidentally dig up a cadaver that, by some divine sin, hasn’t decomposed and has a rosy, somewhat jovial complexion? You assert that it is, of course, a vampire and deal with it in traditional manner, as the proper doctrine of dealing with surprisingly healthy cadavers dictates! It was not the first time that poor William Doggett, vampire or not, disturbed in the midst of his eternal slumber and hastily staked and burned to make sure he does, in fact, stay dead, was likened to some kind of spiritual entity of the night.

He is Dorset’s very own Vampyr, Nosferatu, archfiend rascal and malignant spirit! Lacking a cape, he sported knee breeches with a fastened yellow ribbon – and is known to appear in both ghost, and material form. There are many characters of myth and legend in Dorset. From the giant Mer-Chicken of Portland to the Shapwick monster (literally just a crab that a fisherman accidentally left behind in a village), Dorset has her fair share of myths and oddities, we’ve prepared a few for you below!

The Mer-Chicken

Half chicken, half salacious bearded manwoman with legs ‘halfe a yard long’. The Mer-Chicken, giant poultry – possibly the imaginings of hungry, lonely sailors, is said by Raphael Holnshed, chronicler of England, Scotland, and Ireland to have risen from the seas of Portland, ‘Hauin a great crest vpon his head, and a great red beard, and legs halfe a yard long.’ The creature is said to have stood ON the water, crowed four times and then beckoned like a pheasant frantically bobbing its head at each point of the compass before retreating back into the sea. This story was met with skepticism. We cant imagine why.

Next time you’re crossing the road that borders the sea from Weymouth to Portland, you keep an eye out.

Location: Portland Coastline – Dorset

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The Shapwick Monster (a crab)

In 1705 in the Parish of Shapwick a live crab being transported by a fishmonger from Poole to Bere Regis fell off of the cart and was found not far from East Farm. The villagers, upon finding the creature, and not having seen anything like it before deduced it was, in fact, Satan incarnate, and with the guidance of the village elder armed themselves with pitchforks to drive the beast away. Eventually the fishmonger realised he had lost a crab and returned to the village to find everything in a state of commotion. With great amusement he picked up the crustacean-satan and casually popped it back in his basket. From then on the word was spread that the villagers of Shapwick were a bit dim-witted.

Location: Shapwick – Dorset – or your local Sainsburys.

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The Moigne Down UFO

On a dark October night in 1967 two policemen in Dorset chased a huge, illuminate object that flew through the skies in the resemblance of a cross, they said that UFO was made ‘of a translucent material’ with shadows spread along the bottoms of the fuselages and center chamber. This encounter was itself the beginning of a huge range of sightings in the area, an event that would later be compared to the 1561 ‘celestial Nuremberg battle’. The official statement was that the initial sighting was just a ‘floater’ – those floaty things you see in the corner of your vision every now and then. When Brooks went to his optician who decidedly declared that such an idea was poppycock The London official, in quick riposte, stated that the floater and the recent UFO publicity simply triggered a ‘dream state’ while Brooks was asleep.

You were just dreaming, essentially.

Location: Moigne Downs, near Holworth

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The Cerne Abbas Giant

You might be familiar with the famous chalk visage lying on the a hill in Cerne Abbas, the giant measures a whopping 180 feet high, and carries a huge knobbled club, which measures 120 feet in length. Theories regarding the giant vary, from views that he is a representation of Hercules, to a prank on an Abbott by the name of Thomas Corton. Local folklore suggests that the figure is actually a representation of a great Danish giant leader, who raided the English coast before falling asleep on the hill. Local villagers immediately went to action and cut off his head, drawing a line in chalk to present where he was finally defeated. Legend has it that some nights he rises from the dead to quench his thirst in the local stream. Not in blood – just water. Quite a peaceful viking giant ghost.

Location: Cerne Abbas

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William Doggett – The Ghost and the Vampire

William Doggett, before he had a stake hastily driven through his heart, was the steward of Eastbury House in Tarrant Gunville in 1786. The tales go that he took a great deal of the house apart after his master moved abroad, then sold the building materials and shot himself upon hearing that his master was returning to England – he really hated his master. Apparently the blood stain that remained could not be removed, and soon stories were whispered that a ghostly visage had begun to stalk the village – an entity with a blood-covered face at dark, who liked opening and closing doors. Repeatedly.

A man by the name of Charles Harper wrote in In 1907 that: “Generally at the stroke of midnight, a coach with headless coachman and headless horses drives out and picks up Doggett, down the road.”

“If you see an old-world figure at such a time, stepping into that horrid conveyance, you will recognise him as Doggett by his knee-breeches, tied with yellow silk ribbon. The headless coachman asks (out of his neck ?), “Where to, sir ?” and the ghost says, “Home”; whereupon the horses are whipped up, and they drive back to the house. The shade of Doggett, entering, proceeds to the panelled room where he shot himself a century and a half ago – and shoots himself again !”

Location: Eastbury House Park Gates, Tarrant Gunville

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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!
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Have fun from all the staff at Greenwood Grange!

Greenwood Grange Wins GOLD at the Dorset Tourism Awards

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We are absolutely over the moon to announce that we have won gold at the Dorset Tourism Awards in the self-catering category!

We have won ‘Dorset’ gold 3 times; 2013, 2014  and this year, plus Bronze in the South West awards in 2013/14

Successful businesses in the Dorset Awards will now be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2017 and then possibly on to the National Visit England Awards later in 2017! Wish us luck!

A big thank you to you; our wonderful guests!

 

Sport & Leisure

Bike Hire – Weymouth Bike Hire will deliver bikes for all of the family to your cottage, including all safety equipment. Tel 07973 751393 or via the website www.weymouthbikehire.co.uk – you are welcome to bring your own bikes and we have some wall mounted bike hoops to which they can be secured (please bring your own locks).

Electric bike hire and half day guided tours – www.jurassic-electric.co.uk Tel; 07796 135256 From £30 per person for a half day.

Max Events – run activity days and outdoor pursuits and are just 10 minutes down the road www.maxevents.co.uk

Treasure Trails are a great way of exploring the local area while solving a murder mystery ! Visit www.treasuretrails.co.uk or call 07867 800897 for further details of the local trails to Greenwood.

Horse riding – Pound Cottage Riding School, Milton Abbas 01258 880057

Fishing – Higher Kingcombe Lodge, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester www.higherkingcombelodge.co.uk/fishing 01300 320537

Clay pigeon shooting and go karting is available nearby – Tel 01935 83625 or www.southerncountiesleisure.com

Bowling in Weymouth – Lakeside Superbowl, St Nicholas Street, Weymouth, DT4 8AD Tel; 01305 871444

Dorset Wildlife Trust run Kayak Safaris in the clear, shallow waters of Kimmeridge Bay. Led by qualified BCU kayak instructors the trip will use clear bottomed kayaks and purpose made goggle viewers to open a window into the secret underwater world. Booking is essential, contact 01929 481044 or email kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

When the weather isn’t so good why not take the family to Monkey Bizness in Poole,Soft indoor play areas for children aged up to 12. www.monkey-bizness.co.uk has all of the details.

Award winning Farmer Palmers Farm Park in Organford is one of the most popular day out for families with children upto the age of 8. www.farmerpalmers.co.uk has a full list of the events throughout the year, opening times and prices.

Plaza cinema Dorchester ; independantly run cinema in the centre of town. www.plazadorchester.com Tel 01305 262488

Odeon Cinema – Brewery Square, Dorchester. www.odeon.co.uk