I visited the home of BBC’s hit drama series West Bay in Bridport, Dorset back in June. I met up with my friends Jess, Frances and Steph, who I went to Bournemouth University with. We had a good old explore of the town and a girly catch up.
The drive from home to West Bay was easy and full of sunshine, however, upon arrival at the car park where we had arranged to meet, the skies clouded over and the sun disappeared! It was a like the weather suddenly made a dramatic change and I was initially disappointed that when we reached the harbour we couldn’t see much because of the sea fog!
We decided to go for a spot of lunch and sat outside enjoying our food – I had scampi and chips which always seems like a good idea when you are by the sea! We had a good old natter and admired Jess’ new dog – what an absolute cutie!
After filling our bellies we went to do some more exploring and came across many places we recognised from having watched Broadchurch. I am a bit of a telly addict and a big Broadchurch fan, so I found it rather exciting to see all some of the filming locations!
We spent some time on the beach and finally, the sun started to come out which was nice! All beaches look better in the sunshine rather than the cloud and fog, don’t they! Steph is getting married soon and so we talked about all things wedding related!
We wandered around the harbour again and found some Purbeck ice cream. There were so many flavours to choose from that I couldn’t decide! In the end, I went for something a bit different that I felt had a local twist and went for Dorset marmalade flavour. It was, well, different! We sat and did some people watching, observing all the tourists and locals milling about enjoying their weekends before it was time for us to depart and head home.
From what I saw of it, I really liked West Bay. It had a nice harbour and beach, and there were plenty of food and drink options. I really liked seeing the links to Broadchurch, which I can’t help but think must bring a lot of tourists like me to the area!
Have you ever been to West Bay? Are you a fan of Broadchurch? Let me know in the comments below!
After a hearty breakfast at Oakside B&B we set off to explore a bit more of Dorset before we needed to head home to Cornwall. We decided to head to nearby Poole which is only 20 minute drive from Wareham. I have previously visited Poole Park various times as I lived in Poole for a year when studying for my Masters Degree at Bournemouth University. This was back in 2012 though and Nathan hadn’t been so I thought we would check it out and see if anything had changed!
The park isn’t far from the historic Quay and there’s lots of car parking which is free = winner! We arrived at about 10am so the park was relatively quiet for a sunny Sunday in August. This meant we easily found a place to park and walked along Swan Lake admiring the wildlife.
Swans Swans and More Swans
Poole Park is home to a big lake called Swan Lake which as the name suggests is full of swans! When you stand by the edge of the lake they all swim towards you on mass – obviously hoping you’ve brought some stale bread to share with them. I think swans are really quite beautiful birds and in the sunshine looked peaceful as they glided over the clean blue waters.
Activities a Plenty
There’s lots on offer to do at Poole Park – there’s the miniature railway, a big modern adventure play park called the ‘Ark’ and even a trim trail with exercise points dotted around the park. The spacious park is also home to Rockley Watersports where you can try sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. There’s also pedalos in the shape of swans which you can hire – we were super tempted too but decided not too last minute as we didn’t have much time.
The Kitchen and Scoops
There is a designated restaurant ‘The Kitchen’ situated on the edge of Swan Lake which has an awesome looking terrace with views out over the swans. I’ve heard the food is pretty tasty from here but haven’t tried it myself. There’s also Scoops which is where you can grab an ice cream – too bad we were still too full from our big breakfast to warrant getting one!
A Spot of Crazy Golf
After walking around Swan Lake we made it to Poole Park Crazy Golf . We love a bit of crazy golf and the usual bets were made! Score cards and clubs at the ready the challenge begun! The course was simple yet fun and took us about half an hour to complete. As we were there quite early we had the course to ourselves bar another couple battling it out. By the time we were finishing there were several more groups joining the course. I’m glad to say I won – this never usually happens at crazy golf so I was more than a little excited! Nathan blamed the fact he had a cold.. what a sore loser!
Celebrating Through the Gardens
We made our way back through the pretty gardens in the park admiring the pretty flowers as we went. I made sure to celebrate my golf win all the way till we reached the car – I stopped rubbing it in Nathan’s face here as we were parked near the edge of the lake and I had visions of him pushing me in to join the swans!
**Poole Park Crazy Golf was £4 per person**
Have you ever been to Poole Park? What did you think?
We had a wedding to attend in Wareham, Dorset and so needed some accommodation to stay in both the night before the wedding and night of the wedding. Initially searches had proved difficult to find anywhere given it was the first weekend of August and Dorset is a popular holiday destination. However we stumbled across Oakside B&B and booked immediately – it looked great and we couldn’t believe it still had availability.
Arrival Apple Cake
We arrived at Oakside B&B after a couple of hours drive from Cornwall. We were tired and hungry and pleased to be greeted by Ruth and Mark who were friendly and welcoming. On arrival they offered us tea and homemade Dorset apple cake in the lounge which was delicious and just what we needed! Ruth and Mark took the time to welcome us to the B&B and get to know us – they were able to advise on local places to visit and eat and appeared interested to find out more about us. The couple run the B&B in the main house and live in a annex at the end of the garden. They mentioned they hope to convert the annex into a holiday let and move back to live in the main house instead of using it as a B&B as it’s a lot of work. The B&B is located in a quiet room near Wareham and there were gorgeous fields with horses to look at opposite. Great location for travelling into Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas.
After devouring our homemade cake (it didn’t take long as it tasted so good!) we were shown to our room. The B&B offers three rooms – two doubles and one single. We had the biggest double room which featured an en suite. The room was clean, spacious and modern. It had a TV, tea tray with homemade cookies and a small table and chairs. The en-suite was a good size and the shower was warm and powerful. There were fancy complementary soaps and shampoo too. The bed was super comfy too with lots of pillows and cushions to cosy up with. There was free wifi provided however we found it worked intermittently – but this didn’t really bother us.
A Breakfast Feast
Breakfast was a brilliant and plentiful affair. We were placed in the dining room at the main table and Ruth came to cook us a full English – sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and beans. We also had the option of helping ourselves to cereal, fruit and juices. Placed on the table there was fresh bread and Continental pastries. It all went down a treat and it set us up for the day ahead.
5 Stars All Round
Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Oakside B&B. Ruth and Mark were friendly and welcoming and it had a family atmosphere. We enjoyed the chats with Ruth at breakfast and of course the yummy breakfast on offer. We would certainly recommend and would stay again if we visited the area again in the future.
(Our double room was £65 a night including breakfast).
Have you ever been to Wareham? Or can you recommend anywhere nice to stay or visit in Dorset? Let me know your thoughts 🙂