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Quiz I

  1. Which famous castle, built by William the Conqueror, can be found on the Isle of Purbeck?
  2. What is the full name of the North Dorset market town commonly called Blandford?

  3. One of Dorset's most photographed landmarks, what is Durdle Door?
  4. Which novelist and poet is most noted for his strong association with the natural and cultural heritage of Dorset?
  5. A former world record holder at 1.5 million SHU, what is the Dorset Naga?
  6. Which town in West Dorset, featuring a harbour wall known as 'The Cobb', is nicknamed 'The Pearl of Dorset'?
  7. Name the coastal World Heritage Site that stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset?
  8. Can you name the large Iron Age hill fort 1.6 miles south west of Dorchester?
  9. Name Dorset's only professional football club?
  10. What was the collective name given to the six 19th-century agricultural labourers deported for forming a trade union?
  11. Which Dorset harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world, after Sydney?
  12. Which iconic 1973 advert, directed by Ridley Scott, was shot on Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset?


  1. Corfe Castle
  2. Blandford Forum

  3. A natural limestone arch in the sea
  4. Thomas Hardy
  5. A chili pepper (former hottest chilli world record holder. Scoville Heat Units (SHU) are used to measure the heat of chilis)
  6. Lyme Regis
  7. The Jurassic Coast
  8. Maiden Castle
  9. A.F.C. Bournemouth
  10. The Tolpuddle Martyrs
  11. Poole Harbour
  12. Hovis advert (Gold Hill is a steep cobbled street)

Quiz II

  1. Victorian Mary Anning was famous for her shop in Lyme Regis selling which products?
  2. Poole Pirates are a top flight team in which sport?
  3. Which famous author was born David Cornwell in 1931, in Poole?
  4. What name is given to the three chalk formations located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck?
  5. Name the small peninsula crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour which is well known for its high land value and house prices?
  6. In 2007, which seaside town's esplanade, featuring Georgian architecture and Queen Victoria's Jubilee Clock, was redeveloped in time for the 2012 Olympic Games?
  7. Boscombe Pier, and the grave of writer Mary Shelley, can both be found in which town?
  8. The Cenotaph and St Paul’s Cathedral are all made of stone quarried from which part of Dorset?
  9. Novelist Thomas Hardy based his fictional town of Casterbridge on which Dorset town?
  10. Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, is most famous for the formation of which movement?
  11. Name Dorset's famous shingle beach; it's one of three major shingle structures in Britain?
  12. Which market town in East Dorset is named after the Church of England church in that town?
  13. The fictional Sarah Woodruff, lives in Lyme Regis as a disgraced woman, in which historical novel?
  14. What sort of museum can you visit at Bovington Camp in Dorset?
  15. Which 2007 book by Ian McEwan, features Edward and Florence, honeymooning in a hotel on the Dorset coast in the summer of 1962?


  1. Fossils (Mary Anning became known around the world for a number of important finds and also inspired the tongue twister, "She sells seashells by the seashore")
  2. Speedway
  3. John le Carré

  4. Old Harry Rocks
  5. Sandbanks
  6. Weymouth's
  7. Bournemouth
  8. Isle of Portland
  9. Dorchester
  10. The Scout Movement (scouting was started there in 1907 by Lord Baden-Powell)
  11. Chesil Beach
  12. Wimborne Minster
  13. The French Lieutenant's Woman (by John Fowles)
  14. A Tank Museum (its the world's biggest display of historic moving armour)
  15. On Chesil Beach

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