The Christmas Blog

Well, it’s nearly here again and where better to spend Christmas than in Dorset?!

As ever, I have compiled a list of some of my favourites, so you can make the most of all the fun, arts and pantos, beautiful Dorset has to offer:


Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair
When: 24th & 25th November.
Where: Athelhampton House
About: This is a wonderful event to get you in the Christmas spirit, showcasing Dorset’s produce


Stir up Sunday
When: 25th November, *10am – 3pm.
Entry Price: £5 for course and additional charge for ingredients, depending on size of pudding
Where: Bakehouse Attic, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU
About: Make your very own Christmas Puddings and Biscuits.
Contact: Call Jane on: 01460 221698


Christmas Time at Brewery Square
When: 24th November 2018 from 5pm
About: A host of events lined up including Skating in the Square, live music, performances, lights, illuminations and more.

Meet Santa and Santa’s Reindeer at Brewery Square
When: 24th December 2018 from 12noon until 2pm
About: Rudolph and Blitzen are coming back to Brewery Square. They will also be joined by the man himself

Dorchester Christmas Cracker    

When:  Thursday 6th December 2018
About: A magical Christmas treat for all the family. For the full Dorchester Christmas Cracker event details, please head to >

Brewery Square Presents…
When: Thursday 20th December 2018 From 5pm
About: Christmas Movies and Christmas songs, there is a host of exciting events lined up!

Skating In The Square
When: From November 2018 until early January 2019
Where: Brewery Square, Dorchester
About: Visitors can get their skates on and enjoy the rink in the Square.
Contact: Tickets can be booked at from November 2018.
This year, families can also write letters to Father Christmas at Brewery Square.
Forms will be available from Skating In The Square for Children to write a personalised letter to Father Christmas. Simply write your letter, and post this back through our Brewery Square Mail post box, also located at Skating In The Square*.
Closes: Sunday 23rd December 2018
* Available during Skating In The Square open hours only. Please see their website for opening hours.

Santa Specials: Swanage Railway
When: 1st – 24th December
Where: Swanage Railway, Swanage Station

About: Enjoy a steam train ride and meet Father Christmas on board his special train. All- inclusive tickets with a present for every child and seasonal refreshments for adults. Advance booking essential. Our programme of Christmas festivities includes Carol Trains, Christmas luncheons and a special Christmas Belle in our luxurious Pullman Observation Car.
Contact: or call: 01929 425800

Christmas at Haynes        
When: 1st – 23rd December
Where: Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil
About: Whilst getting ready for Christmas Santa’s reindeer have gone missing and rumour has it that they are hiding in the Museum. Help Santa by finding the missing reindeer and win a present from Father Christmas’ festive lucky-dip-bin

Vintage Christmas at the Tank Museum
When: 1st – 2nd December
Where: The Tank Museum, Bovington
About: ‘Vintage Christmas’ brings fantastic entertainment, an incredible festive market and historical education in a unique setting. Learn more about what life was like at Christmas time from the 1920’s to the Post War era, with themed crafts and activities. There will also be living history reenactors around the Museum to help take you back in time. Don’t miss… See Father Christmas arrive by tank on both days

Twelve Days of Christmas Castle Quest
When: From 1st December 2018 – 6th January 2019
Where: Corfe Castle

About: Search for the shields hidden in the castle ruins and have fun with the activities to complete the Christmas-themed family castle quest.


Chase the Pudding Santa Run
When: 16th December 11am
Where: Weymouth Beach
About: Get yourself ready for this years 5k Santa. Hundreds of Santas chasing the lonely Christmas pudding down the beach in what can only be described as ”The best thing YULE see this Christmas”

Magical Father Christmas at Farmer Palmer’s
When: 1st – 23rd December
Where: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park, Poole
About: Make magical memories with your little ones meeting Father Christmas in his wonderful winter cabin at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park. Extra charge for Santa tickets in addition to normal admission. See website for dates and details. Please let us know you saw us on What’s On in Dorset!

Great Reindeer Hunt
When: 18th November 2018 – 6th January 2019
Where: The Teddy Bear Museum, Dorchester
About: Help Santa find his missing Reindeer in Edward Bear’s house this Christmas and receive a free Bear worth £5.99

The Little Match Girl                                                            
When: 20th December
Where: Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester
About: A family show for Christmas inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s traditional tale.

‘Walking in the air’ and Buble performance
When: 20th December from 5pm
Where: Brewery Square, Dorchester
About:  Free screenings of The Snowman & The Snowman and Snow Dog plus Michael Buble Act with Freddie Jenkins.

It’s A Wonderful Life
When: 22nd December from 6pm
Where: Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
About: A free screening! A classic Christmas film. Warning: A chance of tears!
Contact: 01297 442138


Dick Whittington Christmas Pantomime
When: From 15th December 2018 – 5th January 2019
Where: Weymouth Pavilion, Weymouth

…and last, but by no means the least…


Santa Paws
When: Sunday 9th and Sunday 16th December at 10am
Where: Groves Nursery, Bridport
About: Santa will be returning to see your four legged friends. Tickets are £2.50, of which all goes to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Each lucky doggie will get a doggie bag to take home

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The Dog Blog

Dog Friendly Holidays at Lancombe

Do we love dogs at Lancombe? You betcha!

It’s the Chinese year of the Dog, so we are celebrating all those furry, four legged, panting, wet nosed friends of ours. We have two resident pooches of our own. You may remember Barnaby (who blogged last year as part of our meet the team series) and Fleur, my little shadow….until she sees someone more interesting! So, because we have family that consists of loyal, happy (well with Barnaby it’s always debatable) canines that show unconditional love, we know exactly what it’s like to be responsible for such an important member of the family.

Have a nose on our website

We want your stay to be both relaxing for you and your best friends. So much so, Dogs even have their own page on our website, which can be found here: Our four legged guests have a welcome pack on arrival, so they can truly relax and know they are welcome. There are details of dog friendly beaches, pubs and attractions.

Strangely, some places that you visit ask you not to bring your best friend (unbelievable I know) but this may be due to livestock or simply it may be in the best interests of your dog/s. So, we have also listed details of dog sitters, so both you and your dog can have a different type of adventure on a certain day.

We say that we welcome two dogs on our website…that’s not entirely true! The highest number of dogs we have had to stay in one family is 7! We just ask that you get in touch if you have more than two dogs, so we can make sure the accommodation you have chosen doesn’t leave you feeling cramped. Again, we just want all of you to enjoy yourselves and this helps us to ensure you are all comfortable.

What we’ve done lately

This year, the cottages were fenced, so they have their own individual enclosed gardens. So now all our cottages and lodges are perfect for your furry friends. This has proved so successful.

Forgotten your lead? Don’t worry we have spares in the office for you to use free of charge. We also sell dog food, special, local treats and doggy shampoo, just in case!
As with humans, we also understand that dogs have different fears and personalities. We accommodate these and as long as we know beforehand, will ensure our other guests are aware. We all have different experiences in life, and sometimes they are not pleasant and make us unsociable, which is the same for dogs.

We don’t discriminate against breeds. So if I ask you on the phone what breed of dog you have, it’s not because I’m thinking ‘um that’s not great’, it’s because I’m nosey and truly interested.

In your welcome pack on arrival is more comprehensive information for your dogs and includes local vets if needed.


Lancombe is set in 3 acres of beautiful grounds, which consists of approximately 1 acre of meadow for your doglets to have a run around in and woodland for a good sniff. We don’t advertise it, as it’s not ours, but next door to Lancombe is a very large enclosed field. But we’re so lucky that the Farmer who does own it, lets our doggy guests have a good run around if there is no livestock in there. What a treat! As we are also situated on the Wessex Ridgeway, we offer countryside walks from the doorstep too. Don’t forget we are also only a short drive from the South West Coastal Path.

So if you want your best mate to give your holiday the paws up, then choose Lancombe, for a truly dog loving holiday.

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Christmas Events in Dorset

Here’s our Top 10 of everything Christmassy, from Christmas Markets to wonderful Christmas Events.  With one special extra for four legged  family members.

The Great Reindeer Hunt
From: 17/11/2017 To: 04/01/2018
Venue: The Teddy Bear Museum
Help Edward Bear and family search for Santa’s Reindeer in Edward’s festively decorated house. You may win a bear!

Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair
On: 25th & 26th November
Venue: Athelhampton House – Free park & ride from the County Hall, Dorchester.
Locally produced food and drink from a range of your favourite Dorset producers! Start your Christmas shopping! ❄️ ?? Meet Santa on Sunday 26th, proceeds go to Weldmar Hospicecare.

Christmas Time in Brewery Square
On the 25th why not stay in Dorchester a bit later and hop on over to Christmas Time in Brewery Square?!
Venue: Brewery Square, Dorchester
Something for all your family to enjoy to kick off the festive season; from mulled wine to festive treats, displays, live music and activities, and skating rink.

Santa Specials: Swanage Railway
From: 02/12/2017 To: 24/12/2017  Booking Essential.
Venue: Swanage Railway
Enjoy a steam train ride and meet Father Christmas on board his special train. Tickets include a present for each child and seasonal refreshments for adults (we all know what that means).

Father Christmas visits Farmer Palmers
From: 02/12/2017 To: 03/12/2017
The title says it all.  There’s an additional charge to see Santa on top of the entry fee, but you get 10% off entry if staying at Lancombe!

The Fairy Godmother’s Christmas Tree
On: 03/12/17
Venue: Moors Valley Country Park
Booking essential. £5.00 per child. 3 to 8 years
The Old Fairy Godmother needs your help to decorate her tree for a special visitor. Come and help and she will weave some magic stories for you. Wrap up warm as this event takes place outdoors.

Dorchester Christmas Cracker
On: 07/12/2017
Venue: Dorchester Town Centre.  FREE
Website: or follow on Facebook and Twitter
Starting off Christmas in the County town, including Christmas Light switch on.  Your entry to the Dorset County Museum is also Free and back by popular demand is everyone’s favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy Movie and TV characters. Take your children to see Father Christmas in his Grotto, and you can enjoy Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.

Dorchester Christmas Market
On: 10/12/2017
Venue: The Corn Exchange, Dorchester
This runs from 11am until 4pm. You can enjoy Live Entertainment, Live Reindeers, Arts and Crafts with Cheeky Elves, Hot Refreshments, with over 50 Stands
Entry is just £1.00 for adults and Under 16’s Free

Chase the Pudding Santa Run
On: 17/12/17
Venue: Weymouth Beach
Chase the Pudding 5k Run on Weymouth Beach. Classic Santa fun run, including Children’s and Adult Race.

Weymouth’s BIG Christmas
When: 4th – 31st December.  See website for a list of festivities through December..
Venue: Weymouth
With a Real Ice Rink, a Real Christmas Tree, Real Reindeer, Markets, Entertainment and Pop Up Santa’s Grotto, you are bound to have fun!


Santa Paws for the Doggies at Groves Nursery
When: 12th & 13th December
Venue: Groves Nursery
Treat your four legged members of your family to some time with Santa. You only pay £2 admission in aid of Guide Dogs UK



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Lancombe’s Winning Winter Deals

It’s getting colder and the leaves are falling, so why not enjoy a well deserved Winter Break?!

There’s still so many different things to do in Dorset this time of year; such as looking around the Christmas Markets, The Bridport and Dorchester Literary Festivals or if you fancy something more bracing, there’s still time to take part in the South West Coastal Path Challenge!

Even better still, we have some Winning Winter Deals that will really make you feel like you’ve treated yourself this Winter….

Book a Winter Break & Get 4 Nights for 3!
When you book a 4 night break for anytime between now and 30th November, you get the last night FREE!

Pets Holiday for FREE!
Never one to discriminate, we didn’t want any Pets in the family to miss out this Winter, so they will Holiday for Free….

…but they don’t need to worry, they’ll still receive their own Lancombe Welcome Pack!

Please check out our OFFERS page on the website for further details. Then just click on the BOOK NOW button for prices and availability.

After that, sit back & feel smug, knowing you have something great to look forward to.

If you want to take a tour before you choose your perfect property, we have our new interactive 360 tours on our website too, just click here: SHOW ME AROUND

We Hope We See You Soon!


p.s. After being awarded 2017’s Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the third year running, we’re in the Finals for the Dorset Tourism Awards; and looking forward to seeing if we’ve been lucky enough to win one of these prestigious awards for Excellence AGAIN this year.

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Full name – Isabel.

Age – Unknown. But you humans would class me as OLD!

My Role at Lancombe – Queen of Fairies/Entertainments

Background – Myself and my Fairies migrated to Lancombe in Spring 2014. I heard through the Fairy Post that there was an opening in some woods, with lots of trees to make houses in. We weren’t very satisfied with the accommodation we were staying in, so decided to make a move. Since then, we have built larger houses and a very happy Fairy Village. We have also adopted Marvin the friendly Hobbit in this time and Elvis the Elf. They generally mix well with the fairies, so much so, Marvin arranged for his playboy Mansion to be built when he decided to be a permanent resident in our Fairy Colony, we can’t get the fairies out of there at times!

This is me on my favourite sign watching over the woods!

Why were you the best candidate for the role? – The fairies could not have moved without me. As the Queen of the woods, I am responsible for their welfare, training and social care. It’s a big responsibility as there are hundreds of fairies here. I was officially crowned Queen in June 2014. It went to a public fairy vote, and I was considered the best candidate for the role.

I have superb letter writing skills, and as well as looking after the fairies, I make sure every letter that is left in our post box is responded to in a timely manner. I have service level agreements with the owners and if these are breached I will receive a verbal warning and then be taken through retraining before any disciplinary action is started. At the end of the day, nobody wants children going without their fairy letters.
I am an excellent trainer. Each new baby fairy receives flying lessons, this helps them with understanding their Sky Flying Code and also to ensure they are able to avert danger wherever possible.

Interests – Being the best fairy colony we can be. We love living in Lancombe’s woods and do not want to jeopardize this. I particularly love seeing children in our woods, reading their letters and writing replies. It’s wonderful when they find their letters and seeing the excitement on their faces is a pleasure. I attend National Fairy Meetings on a quarterly basis, and we have been top of the country for the last 3 years. That’s a massive achievement, I’m very proud of my fairies. My greatest hobby is making fairy dust, and we do like a good fairies wings up, where we all get together, eat Leaf Stew, Berry Con Carne and magic the night away.

Aspirations for the future – To continue to be Queen of these woods. I’m hoping there won’t be a Coup anytime soon and I lose my crown, so I have to keep thinking of new and innovative ways to keep the fairies happy. That’s why I allowed a Hobbit and an Elf into our colony. I am currently lobbying for our own pool and gymnasium, so please keep your fingers crossed for us.


My house!

Protected by Magic & with Fairy Love


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