Exploring our patch
And venturing deep into the Dorset coast
Take in the view
Located in Studland Bay, you couldn’t be better placed to enjoy the spoils of Dorset’s World Heritage Coast.
Staying at THE PIG - on the beach puts you in close proximity to beautiful natural attractions, allowing you to maximise the gorgeous beaches, stunning views and abundance of wildlife.
Whilst you are here, explore the four miles of unspoilt beaches, complete with beach huts and sand dunes. They are perfect for relaxing and taking in the view of the breathtaking chalk headland, Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.
Explore the coast
We love being by the sea and there are so many ways to explore the coast, and what better way than by boat! Yellow Ferries offer boat trips over to Brownsea Island, famous for its red squirrels! Brownsea Island is the perfect place to venture into the woodland and spot some of the island’s wildlife. Also, if you head to Poole Quay and Sandbanks you can hop off a boat to Poole around Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and Harry’s Rocks. If you’d prefer to stay on land Swanage Pier is a great place to enjoy the coastal views. Durlston Castle and Nature Reserve is great for long walks and there’s a chance you could be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins! Who doesn’t love a day on the beach? Swanage beach is the perfect way to spend a day, there are pedalo boats and kayaks to hire hourly – it’s like being abroad!
Adventures in Dorset
If you’re looking for fun, Fore Adventure is the place to go for kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, snorkelling, kayak fishing and foraging and feasting. Land & Wave in Studland also offer the ultimate paddle boarding experience as well as Coasteering for the dare devils in your gang! The Dorset Water Park and Corfe Castle Floating Assault Course are a huge hit with our team at THE PIG-on the beach. There is even a muddy assault course for those wanting to really push themselves.
Tuck into Dorset’s finest
Being so close to the coast, we are lucky enough to have plenty of great places to eat locally. If you’re in the mood for fish and chips by the sea, our team love Gee Whites to eat in or The Parade for take away. Chilled Red is a great local restaurant serving delicious local seafood and great wine. Other great places to visit are Rockfish Poole, owned by friend of THE PIG and seafood supremo Mitch Tonks, it is set in the beautiful old pottery building in Poole Quay and serves fresh seafood daily and The 1859, pier café and bistro in Swanage serving relaxed breakfasts, sandwiches, cakes, and daily specials. A great seaside spot and chef and restauranteur Rick Stein are a match made in heaven, and his Seafood Restaurant has views out across Poole Harbour and his renowned classics such as Dover sole a la meunière, Singapore chilli crab and the ever-popular, lobster thermidor, on the menu – not to be missed!
Out and about in Dorset
If you enjoy getting out and about then Old Harry's Rocks and Corfe Castle is a great place to wander around, there is so much to see and explore. Lulworth Cove is another great place to visit for views and there is a great walk up the hill if you’re up for the challenge. If trains are your thing hop on the Swanage Railway from Swanage to Corfe Castle.
There are lots of lovely local shops great for picking up a souvenir of your trip to Dorset, Lucy’s Farm, that creates beautiful country inspired art, Burnbake stone masonry craft centre, where as well as buying beautiful local arts and crafts you try a stone carving class and the National Trust shop in Corfe castle.
If you need to take a pressie back, you can’t beat a box of choccies from Dorset chocolatier Chococo in Swanage! They believe that we were one of the first, if not the first UK artisan chocolatier, to pioneer making truly fresh chocolates, using locally sourced seasonal ingredients, including local fresh cream, blended with fine origin chocolate and no additives or preservatives. Make sure you try their devilishly good hot chocolate when you are there!