A town which is full of character with many great places to eat and a bustling event programme. Dorset's country town is home to some of the finest local attractions alongside places to eat and why not enjoy the rich history dating back as far as the Iron Age.
Explore the miles upon miles of bike trails and walking routes that surround Dorchester, and take in all of the stunning wildlife and nature. You are able to enjoy some of the breathtaking scenery whilst being moments from the centre of town, by using routes such as Maiden Castle and The Dorset Jubilee Trail.
How about learning on the Hardy Trail. This is for the lovers of the acclaimed poet and writer Thomas Hardy. With Dorchester of course, being the casterbridge which featured in many of his novels and reference of the great poet can be found in and around the town.
Arguably the biggest event to be held here is the Dorset County Show. A celebration of the local areas agricultural history, giving you the opportunity to get up close with many of the rural trades that provided livelihoods for locals for generations.
Within Dorchester, over half of the jobs are in the public administration, education and health sectors. Kingston Maurward College makes up a large percentage of this, as a land-based college specialising in a wide range of full-time, short courses, apprenticeships and degree level courses in areas such as horticulture, agriculture and animal welfare and science. The college also contributes to the development of agricultural technology in the area, alongside Watergate Fisheries.
In regards to the health sector, a significant employer in the area includes Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Dorset County Hospital and other community based health services, along with Winterbourne Hospital.
Public administration roles are often available through Dorset Council - County Hall is based in Dorchester, alongside South Walks House, which offers customer services for the West Dorset area.
Dorset has a long and proud tradition of farming, which has helped to shape the surrounding landscape. It also continues to play a part in the economy, boasting a wide range of locally produced food and drink. Dorchester is home to Dorset Cereals and Dorset Food and Drink, both of which focus on creating such produce and distributing it nationally.
Dorchester has six industrial estates, which also generate a large number of jobs. These include the Grove Trading Estate, Poundbury Trading Estate, Marabout Barracks, Great Western Centre, Railway Triangle, and Casterbridge Industrial Estate. The estates mostly house wholesalers and industrial units, as well as offices for those working in the service sector.