Pre Christmas Breaks

‘Tis the Season to be jolly and we certainly are jolly at Lancombe! So I’m going to share my ‘insider’ knowledge to help you find the people and places, that you wouldn’t necessarily find on your own, just so you can join in with our Festive Spirit…..Dorset style!

We have an amazing early Christmas offer, but let me tell you why first of all…

Not only are there such wonderful Christmas events in Dorset, but there are lots of them in the lead up to the actual day itself.  Meaning it’s a perfect time to take some time away for you, before the family visits start and enjoy the wonder of Christmas in Dorset, it really is magical.  Here’s my little diary of our favourite Christmas in Dorset Events in the lead up to and over Christmas.

Saturday 23rd November & Sunday 24th November 10am – 4pm.  Dorset Food & Drink Festival at the stunning Athelhampton House, DT2 7LG .  

Speaking from personal experience, this is an amazing annual festive foodie event with over 50 amazing producers selling distinctively Dorset & seasonal produce set in the lovely grounds of Athelhampton House and Gardens. 

Just to add to the festivities they’ll have plenty of local choirs and performers throughout the weekend, making it the perfect day out! £3.50 per adult, children free and includes the Food Fair and entry to Gardens and House.  Hurry up booking your stay at Lancombe though because we only have one cottage available this weekend!  On the Sunday, you can meet Santa too!

Christmas in Swanage Saturday 30th November 12pm – 5pm. Some of you may already know that there is a big place in my heart for Swanage.  I spent many of my childhood holidays there in my Auntie’s caravan (she wasn’t my REAL Auntie 😊) and I have such wonderful memories. 

Aside from that, it is a beautiful seaside town, with lots to do, so it’s worth a visit whilst you’re staying in Dorset.  I have chosen this over an event in Dorchester, purely because you can experience the wonder and magic in Dorchester at the marvellous Christmas Cracker detailed later on. 

At this event there are Hot Chestnuts, Santa’s Grotto in a Beach Hut, emergency vehicle displays, a Christmas sing a long, Christmas Lights switch on at 5pm and the Artisans on the Beach grand opening.  For more information Swanage Information Centre (they are so lovely, so I’d probably just call for a chat! 😉) or email:

Whilst you’re in that neck of the woods, you may as well hop on to the The Santa Express! This runs on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.  At Swanage Railway, Station Road, Swanage. 

You get to meet Santa on his Special Train!  During your one hour return journey each child will receive a wrapped present from Santa, complimentary soft drink and biscuit.

Trains depart at 10.30, 12.05, 13.40 & 15.15  Call: 01929 425800 for more information.

Weymouth Christmas Fun on Sunday 1st December 11am – 4pm.  Yet another wonderful seaside town, with lots to do and see.  So come along to this event just outside of Debenhams DT4 8LY. There’s lots of Christmas Activities, with a Snow and a Bubble machine.  Live acts on stage, including the Little Mix Tribute Act Black Magic.  Find out more at:

Farmer Palmers Farm Park, Organford, BH16 6EU Running every weekend from Saturday 30th November up to and including 22nd December.  Plus Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 11am – 12pm.

We all love Farmer Palmers right?!  Even without Christmas, it’s a fabulous day out for both parents and children (up to the age of 8) or if you use me as an example up to the age of 46!!!!

No Pre booking required, turn up and pay on the day! (£7 plus admission).  Now don’t forget Lancombe’s lovely Guest’s get a 10% discount off entry and a 50% discount if you go again in the same week 😉  You’re welcome! 😉

Weymouth Pavillion the Russian Opera House and State Ballet presents the Nutcracker.  December 3rd at 7.30pm.  This is highly recommended if you want something Christmassy but a bit different from the normal panto.

Kingston Lacey  Illuminated Gardens.  BH21 4EA. Runs from 4th – 22nd December every Wednesday – Sunday from 4 – 7pm.  Then 23rd December – 5th January 2020 (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) again from 4 – 7pm.

Take this beautiful and mystical 30 minute trail through the Formal Garden at this Country House and Estate.  This year visit Blind Walk to try your hand at an interactive light experience.  For the first time this year, parts of the trail will include music to add to the Christmas magic!  It is spectacular.

Telelphone for more information on: 01202 843752.  Please do note only Assistance Dogs are allowed for this trail.

Dorchester Christmas Cracker – 4 – 7pm Thursday 5th December and at 6.30 watch the Snow Sisters and a very cheeky Snowman turn the lights on outside St. Peter’s Church in High West Street – DT1 1UJ.

This is a fabulous event and a fun way to celebrate Christmas, so it’s really not to be missed! I mean what better way to get into the spirit of Christmas in a beautiful County town in Dorset?! With live music, santa on his sleigh, lantern parade and lots, lots, more!  There’s also 30% off Skating in the Square too!  Brewery Square in Dorchester. 

Buttermarket Christmas Market, Poundbury, DT1 3AZ.  Saturday 7th December 10am -4pm.  For those that don’t know, Poundbury is an extension to Dorchester, is built according to the principles of Prince Charles, on land owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. 

There is some lovely modern architecture there with a brilliant Garden Centre offering fab food and the most amazing Christmas displays (two ladies staying visited three times in their week’s stay this winter).  At the Buttermarket, there will be Crafts, Gifts, Food and a Santas Grotto.  Postcode is: DT1 3AZ

Saturday 7th December – Christmas Dog parade. Well it wouldn’t be Lancombe if we didn’t include the doglets now would it?!  Prizes up for grabs and running from 2-3pm in Brewery Square.  DT1 1GH.  Fleur will see you there…she’s quite competitive!

December 12th 7-9pm Christmas in Brewery Square another fabulous event, a Carol Evening with late night shopping and much more back in the wonderful County town of Dorchester.

Saturday 14th December – 12pm – 4pm Christmas at The Walled Gardens, Moreton, DT2 8RG. 

The Walled Garden is a beautiful five-acre landscaped formal garden situated in Moreton, Dorset.  The village is close to the historic market town of Dorchester and situated on the River Frome.  Moreton has become well-known because of its association with T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia.  T. E. Lawrence lived near to Moreton when he served at Bovington Camp and was later buried in Moreton Church Yard.  Every year thousands of visitors are drawn to Moreton to visit his grave, which backs onto The Walled Garden.  

Many people also visit the village to see the Church’s unique engraved glass windows by poet and artist Sir Laurence Whistler.

On this day, there is a Santa’s Grotto, live music, food & drink, crafts, Carol Singers and much more.  Best of all, it’s FREE entry and Moreton is Dog Friendly too!!!!

Want a thrill?  Well you need to go to the Christmas Fire Cracker on Saturday 14 December, 11am – 2pm
Weymouth Fire Station with SafeWise, Radipole Lane, DT4 0QF
It’s free entry again…we’re so generous in Dorset 😉!

Join the festive fun as crews from Weymouth Fire Station will focus on Christmas safety with live fire demonstrations.

You will also be able to experience the thrill of the popular Blue Light Run, a Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service driving simulator that gives children the excitement of being in a real fire engine under blue light conditions.

Santa will arrive in style and dish out gifts in his grotto whilst visitors explore a range of stalls and refreshments. Choirs will create a special Christmas atmosphere and majorettes perform amazing routines.

December 15th Chase the Pudding at Weymouth Pavillion, The Esplanade, DT4 8ED.  Here at 11am you can chase the Christmas pudding!  The winner receives a cash prize! 😊.  There is an entrance fee of £15 but this does go to charity.  It is a hilarious annual event in Weymouth. Children under 14 can chase an Elf.

Between Monday 16th – Fri 20th December Christmas at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Tout Hill, Longthorns, Wareham, BH20 6HH

Here you can take a fairy-lit buggy ride deep into the park and visit Santa in his grotto! Mulled wine, mince pies and a gift for each child will make it a truly magical experience for the whole family.

December 22nd is the Local Producers Market in Brewery Square from 11am – 4pm.  Didn’t order one of our Christmas Hampers?  There’s still time, but you can always stock up if you just want ‘this and that’, or just have a look around and a sniff.

so the Lancombe offer? I hear you ask!  Well, it would be rude not to start Christmas early with you, particularly as our December dates are filling up fast.  So, all our Cottages and Lodges will be festively decorated with their own Christmas Trees early too!  

That’s not all though, for any bookings for 4 nights or more (subject to availability and our Terms & Conditions) where you join us between 1st December – 20th December, you can sit in your own Christmas wonderland with no interruptions, but also and enjoy the Complimentary Mince Pies and Mulled Wine we have left in your cottage for you.  So click on: to see if we have your availability. 

With love and Seasons Greetings

Caroline 😊 x