We have great road and rail links to London, while Bournemouth International Airport offers flights to a host of top holiday destinations. The New Forest, Salisbury Plain, Dartmoor, Southampton and the Isle of Wight are all within easy travelling distance.
Think Dorset might be a bit sleepy? Think again. Bournemouth boasts a host of happening nightclubs, while you can enjoy top music and comedy talent in venues such as the Bournemouth International Centre, the 02 Academy, and The Lighthouse in Poole.
We play host to some of the south’s biggest outdoor events, from the hugely popular Camp Bestival and Great Dorset Steam Fair to the high-flying Bournemouth Air Festival and Dorset Seafood Festival in Weymouth. And then there’s our unique Dorset Knob Throwing event!
Have kids? We have a range of high-performing schools and colleges, the constantly growing Bournemouth University, specialist centres such as Kingston Maurward agricultural college and four exciting outdoor education centres.
As you might expect, farming, fishing and tourism are key parts of our economy, but Dorset is also a thriving centre for new media and banking services. Major employers include BAE Systems, Sunseeker International and J.P. Morgan.