Just a few more.
Not far from Wimborne, Kingston Lacey House, a National Trust property that we like very much. It's a small-ish stately home built in the Italianate style and has paintings by Titian, Van Dyck and others. Nice gardens too.
Another monastery church, on a fairly grand scale, is Sherborne Abbey. Founded in the 8th century, there are a few Saxon bits left, with lots of additions from the 14th and 16th centuries. Music is very important and as you would expect in a big abbey church there is a large and well-tutored choir.
The most complete Saxon church in Dorset is St. Martins, in Wareham. That's not too far from Poole and Swanage, which I mentioned in my first post. A lot of it dates from the 11th century, but there were bits added on as late as the 17th century. Lots of details on this website (and a complete index of Dorset churches, each with their own page).
Pretty and/or interesting villages -
Corfe, near Swanage. Castle ruins (the result of a siege during the civil war), steep streets, stone built cottages. In the Purbeck hills, very picturesque, could combine with a trip on the Swanage steam railway.
Abbotsbury, not far from Weymouth, near the lagoon behind Chesil Beach. Thatched cottages, very pretty. Swan sanctuary near by.
Tolpuddle, between Poole and Dorchester - you will have heard of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. This is where the trade union movement effectively started in 1834. Those involved were transported to Australia for their affront to land-owning authority.