Active Things to Do Around Dorset

1/ Watersports: Sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, jetskiing, power boating, surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking... Dorset's expansive coastline is ideal if you want to take the plunge and try your hand at a variety of watersports year round. Poole Harbour and Weymouth are key destinations for watersports enthusiasts with numerous watersports academies providing equipment and tuition. Want to see the Jurassic coastline from the water? Then book a tour with Jurassic Kayak Tours to paddle into caves and under the arches that make this coastline so famous. Prefer to see it at speed? Book a RIB speedboat tour with Poole Sea Safari - they promsie to show you '185 years in 90 minutes'.

2/ Cycling: Bike is the perfect way to explore the county's seaside towns and rural villages with traditional country pubs providing the perfect place to rest and refuel. The Purbecks is a favourite place for mountain bikers, while Wareham forest also provides a vast open space with challenging terrain. Bikes can be rented at various locations, for example in Poole Harbour from several watersport centres such as The Watersports Academy, and at Wareham train station, Purbeck Cycle Hire. Too puffed to pedal? Marshwood Trails offer electric bike tours for those who don't want to work up a sweat.

3/ Horse riding: Who doesn't dream of riding on the beach? Studland Stables runs beach rides on the sweeping stretch of sandy beach in the Purbecks. Elsewhere, riding is available in Lulworth (Lulworth Stables offers hacks) and Bovington (RAC Saddle Club offers lessons with BHS-qualified instructors and has several arenas, jumps and cross country course). Prefer to bring your own horse? Studland Stables can provide livery. Want to learn how to play polo? Local club at Lytchett Heath can cater for beginners to advanced.

4/ Golf: There's numerous golf courses in the county, but only one will take your eye off the ball... Isle of Purbeck Golf Course is situated in a stunning location with breathtaking views of the ocean, Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island. Many people say the view from the 5th tee is worth the green fee alone...

5/ Quad biking, paintballing & clay pigeon shooting: Dorset's rolling countryside provides the perfect place to try your hand at numerous outdoor pursuits. Gorcombe, near Blandford, offers 70 different vehicles and 10 activities from quad biking to clay pigeon shooting, while Camourflage Paintball near Hurn, Bournemouth, is another exciting venue with six new gamefields. Meanwhile, Challenge Leisure, near Bournemouth, now offers Airsoft, the latest craze in recreational combat simulation from Japan. Marshals include currently serving or ex-serving Royal Marines and British Army, while weapon replicas include M4s, M16s & MP5s enhanced by the presence of various military vehicles, (including a BV202, 434 and a FUG OT64).

6/ Rock climbing: The coastline from Swanage to Portland attracts beginners and more advanced climbers from the UK and from overseas. Choose from a variety of outward bound centres including Hamworthy Outdoor Education Centre Climbing which has a 7-metre high climbing wall.

7/ Cookery courses:  The White Pepper Cookery School offers cookery courses for beginners and professionals. Whether it's a corporate day out, hen or stag, or professional qualification, Chef Luke and his team will cater the course for you — and the Hotels.TV team can organise accommodation nearby. 

8/ Mixology: Want to learn how to make and shake a cocktail? The Royal Exeter Hotel in Bournemouth runs mixology classes for groups of eight upwards.