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Spring is officially here, which means that we can start to enjoy warmer weather and lighter evenings. So, if you’re planning a stay in a quintessential Dorset holiday cottage in the next month, you’ll want to make the most of this with the fantastic variety of events taking place in the county during April. Read on to find out what you can get involved with.

Cadbury Easter Trail at Corfe Castle

Now in its eight year, the Cadbury Easter Trails have become increasingly popular, and those in Dorset can join in with the fun at the National Trust’s Corfe Castle during Easter weekend. Perfect for all the family, you’re invited to come along and follow the clues, in order to complete the challenges and find a prize! The trail costs just £2.50 per person, and those entering will be able to take home a Cadbury chocolate egghead. Corfe Castle itself is one of the most iconic surviving buildings of the Civil War, and is truly fascinating if you fancy taking in the ruins once you have finished your hunt.

Fish and Ships 2015

Experience the best of Dorset’s fine foods with this mouth-watering event, which also combines local boats, arts and crafts, and live music. Fresh fish will be one of the main highlights of the festival, with the Portland Oysters a must. Nigel Bloxham from the Crab House will even be giving an oyster demo! Taking place in Portland on the World Heritage Coast, there are also many opportunities for water sports, such as paddle-boarding, sailing and windsurfing during the event, which takes places on 11th and 12th April.

Seashore Foraging Walk

Hopefully the sun will begin making more of an appearance, so what better way to enjoy it than spending it on the beach? On Sunday 19th April, there will be an organised seashore foraging walk, which is an introductory session for beginners along the Jurassic Coast. Discover seasonal wild food, ranging from seaweed and wild vegetables, to crustaceans and shellfish. The Saturday walk is fully booked, so enquire soon.