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What to do in Dorchester over Easter (Even if it’s Raining!)

Friday, April 15th, 2011
Dorchester Dinosaur Museum
Dorchester Dinosaur Museum

Okay, so it was too good to last. We had a fleeting glimpse of the sunshine last week, and our previous blog was full of ideas to make the most of this welcome bout of early summer.

Sadly the sun has faded away as quickly as it came, and a generous assessment of this week’s weather would be muggy with occasional spells of dreary.

Thankfully we live in a town which is full of life and variety come rain or shine, so we decided to put together another blog on the all-weather activities and attractions on offer in Dorchester over the Easter half term. Hopefully you will find it useful!


The Plaza has long been the get out of jail free card for Dorchester parents on rainy half term days. The prices are among the cheapest in the area, with tickets just £2.50 on weekdays, and £3.50 on weekends. The Plaza also now show 3D films (at a small extra charge), including the latest family-friendly animated blockbuster Rio. You can see full film listings for the coming week here.


It’s hard to pick one museum to visit in Dorchester over the half term, there are just so many good ones! From the Teddy Bear Museum to the Tutankhamun Exhibition, there’s something to suit all interests and age groups.

If you have small children, then you can’t go wrong with the Dinosaur Museum. It’s the UK’s only museum dedicated solely to the prehistoric beasts, and includes life-size dinosaur replicas, dinosaur skeletons, and genuine fossilized remains from millions of years ago.

Dorset County Museum also never fails to serve up interesting exhibitions and activities, and is usually high on the list of priorities for visitors to Dorchester. On Wednesday next week the museum is hosting a Tudor-themed family activity day, and giving you the opportunity to make a pomander and learn about the Tudors’ bizarre herbal remedies.

Family Dining

It’s always nice during the holidays to give mum a rest from the kitchen and go out somewhere nice for a family meal. The town is full of special little places to take the family, with a nice mix of national restaurant chains and family-run local eateries.

A big favourite at the moment is the Town Mill Bakery. They do great lunches including soups and Danish pastries, and suppers with fresh home-baked pizzas made with local ingredients.

And that’s not the only place to go for great pizza – folk have been enjoying Prezzo’s fantastic menu and delicious dough recipe for a while now, but with so many choices, the biggest problem is still deciding which topping to go for!

These are just a few suggestions of things to do in Dorchester over the half term break. Happy Easter everyone!

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