Reputedly Cattistock was the first village in Dorset to have an Open Garden weekend. No doubt others will also claim the distinction but we in Cattistock are sticking to our guns! This year it is on Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 July. With 31 gardens (including Fullers Earth’s) scheduled to be open it is one of the biggest (and best). This weekend also coincides with St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church patronal day with a Flower Festival within the church. It’s a great opportunity not only to see the village at its best but to visit the church with its splendid William Morris window and the tallest village church tower in Dorset. Make a date!
Like Topsy, it grew and grew. There’s something quintissentially British about “The Dorset Knob Throwing and Frome Valley Food Festival”. It’s fun, zany and has become more and more and more popular. Last year over 6,000 arrived which fully stretched the capacity of the field opposite Fullers Earth. This year on Sunday 30th April, the 10th anniversary of DKT, it is moving to the grounds of Kingston Maurward Agricultural College just outside Dorchester. It’s still a Cattistock event – after all it was conceived and developed here and all proceeds go to the village. It will still have crazy games – it’s amazing how many games you can do with a Dorset Knob! And it will still be a cracking good day out with room for all.
Dorset is a very lush and green landscape, and the soil is ripe for producing a wide variety of produce. That means that you’ll be spoilt for choice if you’re looking for organic and locally sourced food. At Fuller’s Earth you will be offered a variety of cereals including a local organic range and when possible we also endeavour to serve produce from our own gardens. The sausages, bacon and bread we serve all come from just down the road, and the eggs are of the local free range variety. We know that local foods are the tastiest foods: we also know that the less miles your food has to travel, the smaller its environmental impact.
Dorset is rich in history and heritage, with so many different sites of historical importance to visit and explore from Highcliffe Castle to Sherborne Abbey. No matter what you’re looking for you’ll find something to suit your tastes and interests: why not come and visit us when you next choose to take a UK break, and find out for yourself?
Dorset is considered to be one of the greenest counties in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re looking to embrace nature and explore some incredibly beautiful routes and reserves, either on foot or by bike, there’s no better place to be. The Dorset Wildlife Trust is the largest conservation charity in Dorset with over 25,000 members and they manage six incredible wildlife and nature reserves that are open for the public to enjoy.
The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre is one of these and is easily accessible from the B&B. Here you can discover Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, and walk along the centres new boardwalk, all safe in the knowledge that the centres operate in as environmentally friendly manner as possible. The beach here is part of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline: one of the wonders of the natural world.
According to Visit Dorset, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast was granted its UNESCO status for its outstanding geology with parts dating back over 185 million years. For this reason it is a hot bed for fossil hunting. If you’re travelling with kids, the opportunity to go on a real life dino hunt will be a real draw of visiting Dorset! Almost all of Dorset’s outdoor attractions operate with the environment in mind, so if you are looking to have a break that is as eco-friendly as possible then you can be safe in the knowledge that there are very few attractions you won’t be able to enjoy.
An opinion by Eco-Journalist Susie Donaldson
Enjoy an Eco Friendly Break in Dorset
More people than ever are concerned about the impact that their day to day activities, including their holidays, have on the environment. Luckily, your holiday in Dorset doesn’t have to leave as deep a carbon footprint as you might initially think. Here are a few reasons why a stay at Fullers Earth in Dorset is a wonderful option for an environmentally friendly break, and a few ideas for eco-friendly activities to enjoy during your Dorset-based holiday.
The Benefits of Staying in the UK
The most dramatic and impactful environmental decision you will make is choosing to stay in the UK in the first place. Choosing to take your holiday in Dorset rather than travel abroad will immediately increase the eco credentials of your break. As money.co.uk point out, the most obvious environmental impact of going on holiday is the pollution caused by flying. Going on holiday in the UK instead can help to combat this – even if you drive, it still creates less emissions than flying, especially if there are several of you in the car. Flying really is bad for the environment. In fact, according to the University College London Union, 6.3% of the UK’s carbon emissions are caused by aviation. Planes also release nitrogen oxide and can create condensation trails, leaving aviation responsible for 13% of the UK’s climate harming emissions. Choosing the much-discussed ‘staycation’ option, therefore, is the most environmentally important decision you are likely to make for the whole of your holiday, no matter what else you do during your holiday time.