Let Visit Dorset be your guide to this wonderful county (in conjunction with TF Book Club)

28th March 2017


Rosanna Ley’s “The Little Theatre by the Sea” is set both in West Dorset and Sardinia and beautifully transports the reader to each location via wonderful fiction. It is our current read for March/April in the #TFBookClub (more details on how to join the #TFBookClub here).


As part of the book is set in Dorset we approached the wonderful people at Visit Dorset who have put together a few words on why Dorset is one of Britain’s most spectacular counties, from rolling cliffs to harbours and fabulous sea vistas. Plus some literary greats to inspire! Over to them….

Dorset’s spectacular rolling countryside and breath-taking coastline have inspired many a writer and film-maker.  If you’ve never been to Dorset you can get a taste of the stunning scenery every Monday evening in March as Dorset provides the backdrop to ITV’s award winning hit drama ‘Broadchurch’.

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The cast of Broadchurch in Dorset Photo credit: Visit Dorset

The county’s world – famous poet and author Thomas Hardy based much of his work around the Dorset area and featured the county as ‘Wessex’ in his writing.  World War I legend T.E. Lawrence, star of David Lean’s ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ resided at the tiny cottage of Clouds Hill near Wareham.  John Fowles’s evocative ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ was memorably filmed in Lyme Regis and Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ stories feature Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island and Studland.


© Visit Dorset

Dorset boasts some of the best and unique family attractions you’ll ever find! There’s so much to do you’ll be spoilt for choice! Or if you’re looking for a slightly slower, relaxed pace then we have a wealth of historic castles, fantastic houses and gardens to explore and delight.

You’ll always find a fantastic selection of things to do, places to visit and exciting events in Dorset!

If good food and drink is a must, then Dorset is for you!  With an abundance of fresh, local produce your taste buds will be in for a real treat. So, if you’re after clear air, spectacular beaches and magnificent countryside with a vibrant events calendar and fantastic attractions then book a holiday to Dorset!

To explore it for yourself, take a look at their website and find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and click on their link here to be in with a chance of winning a holiday to the “real” Broadchurch (closes 9am UK time on the 18 April 2017)

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For more books to transport you to Dorset, click here and Sardinia here

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021