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Ten reasons to love Dorset

The sun has got his hat on Each year, Dorset gets 364 more hours of sunshine than the UK average. Walking with dinosaurs Dorset is home to the UK’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site – the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast, with its towering cliffs, hidden bays and sandy beaches. Festival fever Many festivals take place every year, including Bournemouth Air Festival, Camp Bestival and the Bournemouth 7s – the world’s largest sport and music festival. Food for thought We have fantastic local food and drink producers with farmers’ markets across the county – plus celebrity chefs like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Rick Stein. Far from the madding crowd Dorset’s stunning landscapes and historic towns have inspired many authors, from Jane Austen and Robert Louis Stevenson to Thomas Hardy. Water world There’s surfing, kite surfing, scuba diving, paddleboarding, coasteering, kayaking, jet skiing, sailing… everything for watersport lovers. Planes, trains and... ferries We’re well connected with Bournemouth International Airport, trains to London in under two hours and cross-channel ferries from Poole. A global town BU attracts students from around the world and Bournemouth boasts the UK’s highest number of language schools outside London, creating a cosmopolitan vibe. Digital boom Fuelled by BU graduates, Bournemouth’s digital sector grew by 212% between 2010 and 2013 according to TechNation. …and yes, the beaches Bournemouth and Dorset boast miles of golden, sandy beaches to lie on, run on, play on, barbecue on, party on…