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Easter in Dorchester – Things to Do

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Easter is fast approaching, and there will be plenty for both adults and children to do over the long weekend and the school holidays here in Dorchester. Unfortunately we can’t rely on the weather (although we’ve got our fingers crossed for some long-overdue sunshine!), so here are a mix of outdoor and indoor activities to keep you occupied over the Easter period in Dorchester in 2013.


The County Museum are running all sorts of different family fun days over the Easter break, from Dino Club (designed for under 7s who love dinosaurs!) to bonnet making club (where you learn how to make a traditional Dorset bonnet). Many of the sessions are free, and you can get details of them all on the Museum’s website.

And if your kids enjoy the County Museum’s Dino Club, why not take them along to the Dinosaur Museum on Icen Way? It’s the only museum in the country entirely dedicated to dinosaurs, and if you print off a voucher from their website you get 50p off each ticket you purchase for the museum (valid both for adults and children).

Local Walks

Often Easter is the first holiday after a long, cold winter, where you can actually put away the big winter coats and enjoy the outdoors a bit more. There are lots of great places to go for a walk or a picnic around Dorchester, whether it is a hike to the top of Maiden Castle or a leisurely stroll along the River Frome. Check out our local area page for more information on walks in the area.


Of course the Easter break is a great time to get a bit of shopping done, and you’ll find just about anything you want to buy right here in Dorchester – clothes, gifts, furniture, books, crafts and much, much more. The BID’s town ambassadors will be out and about over the Easter period, so if you’re visiting Dorchester on a shopping trip don’t hesitate to ask them if you have any questions or would like any recommendations for places to shop.


We’ve now got two great cinemas for you to choose from in the town – the Plaza on Trinity Street and the new Odeon in the Brewery Square development. You parents out there all know that the cinema is an ideal option to have in your back pocket in case of a rainy day (which is probably quite likely based on recent form!).  The big family film of Easter is the Wizard of Oz sequel ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ – it’s going to be on in 3D at both of our town’s cinemas, so check their websites for showing times.

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