What’s on in September
September is sizzling in Somerset & Dorset, with a smorgasbord of festivals, markets, comedy, drama, music and art all yours for the taking
Hot off the press
The Atkinson Gallery re-opens with an exhibition of work by members of the prestigious Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers
Review: The King’s Arms, Dorchester
Thomas Hardy was a regular. Queen Victoria stayed here. So did The Beatles. But would any of them recognise the place in its £5m reincarnation as laid-back hotel and foodie pub?
Best beauty advent calendars for 2020
It's beginning to look a lot like advent calendar season! We've rounded up the top makeup, skincare and fragrance picks to get your hands on before they sell out.
New: Exmoor yoga retreat
Immerse yourself in a weekend of yoga, relaxation and meditation this October – with gourmet dining, pampering and outdoor hot tub. Yes please!
Stay cosy and warm – without loads of bulky layers – however low the temperature drops. Taunton-based Eskeez has you covered (literally).
10 stunning secret gardens in Somerset & Dorset
Fancy a snoop at someone else's dahlias? Then spend the day at one of these gorgeous gardens in Dorset and Somerset usually hidden away from the public.
Clayesmore Senior School, near Blandford Forum
Set in the most bucolic countryside and with a main building that is oh-so-pleasing to the eye, there's a lot more to Clayesmore than its setting – including its innovative LEX programme
Retro homeware must-haves
Bright colours, bold shapes – the unapologetically brash 80s are back, at least in the world of interiors. Give your home a stylishly retro revamp with these statement pieces.
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From cycling routes and sea kayaking to historic ships and castles, here are 21 of the best day trips in – and within – 2 hours of Somerset & Dorset
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