IT IS fair to say there is plenty to see and do in Dorset.

There's countless beaches, coastal walks, hikes and plenty of attractions that offer awe-inspiring views of Dorset as well as great driving roads.

There is also a rich history to explore with the millions old Jurassic Coast, museums to visit and learn more about the county's past.

With so much to see and do, you can be spoiled for choice over what to do.

7) Wimborne Model Town

Famous for its gardens and miniature buildings, Wimborne Model Town, in King Street, Wimborne Minster, opened in 1951, is a 1:10 scale of the centre of Wimborne as it was in the early 1950s.

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6) Monkey World

Monkey World, Tout Hill, Longthorns, Wareham tourist attraction houses over 250 rescued and endangered primates

The tourist attraction is home to 250 rescued and endangered primates as well as the largest group of chimpanzees outside of Africa, living in four different social groups.

Many have been rescued from the black market pet trade, laboratories, and from abuse as tourist photographer props.

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5) The Rocky Horror Picture Show Drive-In Cinema showing

Venue: Old Holmsley Run Way, Forest Road, Thorney Hill, Bransgore, Christchurch BH23 8EB

The classic 70s cult classic is playing at a drive-in cinema in East Dorset. The sound is transmitted through to your vehicle radio. The sound can also be picked up on a portable radio, please bring a portable radio if you do not have a working radio in your vehicle.

Date and time: 8pm on Sunday.

Price: £32 per car.

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4) Purbeck Valley folk festival

This weekend you can catch the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival between Friday and Sunday offering plenty to do for all varieties of ages. The festival features a range of folk acts playing music across five stages as well as workshops, craft areas and plenty of other stalls. Held at the Purbeck Valley Farm, gates open at 10am with music starting at midday and ending at midnight.

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3) Bournemouth Pride Festival

Taking place over the course of Friday and Saturday Bournemouth’s pride festival is back, despite cancellations elsewhere. On Friday there will be a family fun event in the Triangle between 5pm and 9pm, which has already sold out. On Saturday a walking parade will depart Meyrick Park at around midday heading to the Triangle. Once it arrives there will be a variety of live entertainment until 10pm at this over 18’s ticketed event.

2) Pirates of the Pavilion in Weymouth

Venue: Weymouth Pavilion, The Esplanade

Summer 2021 marks the eighth annual production of Pirates of the Pavilion in Weymouth.

The famous pirate crew set sail for the South Pole on a mission to defeat the evil Snow Queen who is determined to cast an icy spell across the world, freezing the planet and ruining summer.

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1) Haynes International Motor Museum

Venue: Sparkford, near Sherborne BA22 7LH

This multi-award winning Museum is home to the UK’s largest Collection of cars and motorbikes and is truly a must-see attraction for the whole family.

Situated in Sparkford, close to the A303, the Museum takes you on a journey through time following one of the most significant and successful inventions, the motorcar.

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