July is here, and the sun with it! After a day out basking in the glorious sunshine, nothing beats a good barbeque with your loved ones. Dorset doesn’t fall short when it comes to offering a variety of both social, and secluded spots, with the kind of immersive scenery that will have you wishing the day would never end.
The rich History, breathtaking views and range of activities Dorset’s Jurassic coast offers leaves plenty of options for a fantastic day out, in addition to preparing and enjoying your own culinary delights.
The great outdoors awaits, and to help you plan your day we’ve handpicked our 7 top barbeque spots for this summer. When considering our selection we incorporated the nearby activities and attractions, which we hope you will love.
Bournemouth’s beaches are ideal for social gatherings, beach rules allowing up to 30 people for a BBQ in the evening. The pier and town centre are in conveniently close proximity, and with the lights of the promenade glittering into the distance, there’s quite a view.
Studland Bay ranked 6th on the Telegraph’s 2016 “Britains Top 20 Beaches”, and it’s easy to see why. Renowned for its diverse and beautiful wildlife, the incredible landscape alone makes it well worth a visit, and there are various walking paths around the area including a trail to Old Harry Rocks. There are a series of barbeque areas situated along the various beaches at Studland, and are pleasant and convenient facilities to use.
One of the best beaches the UK has to offer, the sand is white and soft, the waters clear, and the views into the horizon of Whitecliff and Old Harry Rocks are mesmerizing. A great spot for an evening Barbeque, especially given the designated areas at the Western end. There’s also a children’s play park, mini golf, and water sports available just off the promenade, so there’s a whole day out to be had here too.
The Scott Arms
A great option for those who love everything about a barbeque, except having to make the food. Instead of toiling, enjoy a cold drink on the terrace overlooking the beautiful Dorset countryside. The food is delicious, and the pub itself brims with character. Additionally, The Scott Arms is situated near Corfe Castle, so in the way of a day out there’s the great option, especially for history lovers. For full information on opening times, check out their website here.
A beautiful secluded cove, sheltered by a cocoon of white cliffs. The scenery is some of the best Dorset has to offer, and Durdle Door and Mupe Bay lie only a boat ride away, and nautical tours are available in summer. There is parking and toilet facilities, however due to the positioning of the beach we advise you take your barbeque supplies in a well wrapped bag. An adventurous and scenic spot, well worth a visit.
Situated at the top of a hill on the outskirts of Dorchester, Hardy monument offers some of the best views in Dorset. Hardy Monument is protected by the National Trust which means that you cant BBQ directly on site, but you can still take advantage of the nearby woods, and vast countryside on offer, and still wonder the magnificent views for miles.
For something a bit different, grab your favourite picnic blanket and hop on one of the Sandbanks Ferries and sail across to the beauty that is Brownsea Island. Dramatically located in Poole harbour, with stunning views over the Purbeck Hills, this thriving natural habitat creates a unique haven for wildlife. A perfect place to take the kids! More information on Brownsea Island can be found here.