Dorchester and West Dorset

Congratulations on passing the Dorset County module!  Now you are at the last step to becoming a Dorset Ambassador, and have chosen the Dorchester and West Dorset module as your ‘specialist subject’.

This module is for everyone who works in tourism but in particular those who live and work in West Dorset.  It provides you with all the basics you need to make sure visitors receive the warmest possible welcome, vital for anyone who needs to know what the area offers. And we hope you will learn some interesting facts – facts you can pass onto your customers when they ask.

Make sure you read each section carefully before attempting the quiz at the end.  When you’ve completed this successfully you will be a Dorset Ambassador and can print your certificate. And, if it inspires you to go further, you can always complete one of the other regional modules as well. We are also pleased to let you know that there is now a free Dorset Ambassador pin badge available for you to wear with pride. Please email tourism@westdorset-weymouth.gov.uk with your postal address and we will ensure that your badge is sent to you.

West Dorset curves around Lyme Bay in the west to Dorchester in the east and as far north as the market town of Sherborne.  It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with green rolling hills, picturesque villages, vibrant market towns and endless walking and cycling routes – and as we have learnt, home to the World Heritage Jurassic coastline, famous for fossils.

In this course you will follow five short lessons.  One will describe Dorchester, the main town in the region, in more detail.  We will then look at the scenery and landscape, useful knowledge for  visitors who are interested in touring this part of the county.   The third lesson looks at what visitors might expect to see or want to experience and then we will move on to the many events and festivals that are available throughout the year.   Finally, we will bring together some of the places that you can look at for further information, including transport.

Once you have finished this module and answered the quiz you will be an official Dorset Ambassador and can print your certificate!


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