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Things To Do & Days Out in Dorset
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Adventure Wonderland This all inclusive theme park mixes kiddie and thrill rides, fairytale activities and animal cuddling, indoor adventure play with, well, outdoor adventures! A great range with something to suit everyone.
Monkey World is a 65 acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys! Keeper talks, guided tours and information on conservation work too.
Oceanarium brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Abbotsbury Swannery This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans! The kids should take cameras and sketchbooks plus binoculars for elusive cygnets. It's also been used as a location for Harry Potter filming!
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park Modest domestic animal park and pleasant gardens to keep your little ones busy while your big ones use the college Adventure Days to try archery, orienteering, high and low ropes courses, canoeing and kayaking!
Badger Watch Dorset An evening in the country the kids will never forget: their high quality hides have recorded a 100% sightings record over the last three years, so you are virtually guaranteed to see some of these wonderful creatures foraging for food under the floodlights.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium Come face to face with local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast. Kids can interact with the sea creatures including the unique experience of hand feeding our shoal of tame mullet, holding a starfish and getting up close with a giant lobster.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park is an indoor and outdoor attraction, with an indoor ocean tunnel and other amazing sea life displays. There are rides, a Splash Zone and an interactive rock pool. We also have animal feeding sessions and a water park play area.
Putlake Adventure Farm 30 acres of fun, lots of farm animals with feeding opportunities, 3 level indoor soft play centre, bouncy castles, trampolines, outdoor play area with sandpits, pedal go karts, pedal tractors and full size tractor trailer rides.
Farmer Palmers Hands-on animal events, outdoor play, indoor soft play areas plus toddler and baby facilities. Serving home cooked food in large restaurant, your children will have a fun day whatever the weather!
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm A family friendly farm with an undercover play area and plenty of friendly animals to meet, feed and cuddle, including guinea pigs, lambs, goats and more! Tractor races and Pony rides to enjoy plus a new water play area! And they do Birthday parties too.
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre As well as the rescued wildlife enjoy a Go-Kart Arena, Mini Pedal Tractors, Straw Fun Barn, Wooden Play Area, Sand Pit, Children's Fair Ground Rides (in season), and Toddlers' Toy Area. New features include the zip wire and a reptiliary house!
Dinosaur Museum Britain's only museum solely devoted to dinosaurs and their fascinating world.Actual fossils, skeletons, and life size dinosaur reconstructions combine with hands onand multimedia displays to excite, enthral, and entertain the visitor.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum What kid wouldn't want to sit at the controls of a real aircraft! Well here we have a fab lot of military and civilian planes. Loads of other flying exhibits including a collection of model aircraft and an area for picnics close to the main runway plus new aviation trail.
The Tank Museum Houses the world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting Vehicles from unique World War 1 tanks onwards. The Museum has a collection of almost 300 vehicles from over 26 countries.
Dorset Teddy Bear Museum Visit Edward Bear and his family of people sized bears, in loveable Teddy Bear House! It's really just bears… but there are loads and loads of them!
Lyme Regis Museum is a family oriented museum on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast offering frequent fossil hunting walks, family fun days, quizzes, dressing up and lots more for all ages. Come and see the Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur, learn about Mary Anning’ s fossil hunting prowess and William Buckland’s dinosaur pooh table.
Gold Hill Museum and Garden Local life and history are portrayed here through artifacts, costume, photos, ceramics, tools, domestic items and the town’s first fire engine. Plus award winning garden.
The Tutankhamun Exhibition Meticulously recreated chambers and treasures (plus the genuine articles too) provide a thrilling historical experience akin to discovering the tomb yourselves without the curses!
Portland Museum Learn about the people, maritime history and Jurassic history of Portland plus enjoy the beautiful grounds at this reasonably priced museum
Splashdown With 12 fantastic flumes it's fun for all the family: the truly terrifying Screamer for Dad, short sharp Baron's Revenge for the boys, Colorado Coaster with its bends for the girls and the mighty Mississippi Drifter river ride for Mum. It's non-stop!
Littledown Centre Swimming pools for the whole family, Yellow Peril and Green Scream waterslides, scrummy food served in the Cafe and a free outdoor playground with paddling pool set in acres of green parkland, the Littledown Centre is guaranteed to keep everyone entertained.
Blandford Leisure Centre Water cannons, bubble bath, and the waterslide are just some of the exciting water features in the leisure during Water Wonderland Sessions.
The Dolphin Swimming Pool Offers standard and teaching swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform.
Sharkys Play Zone 4 level play frame with loads of features, laserzone maze and massive mini racing circuit!
Monkey Madness Featuring a main frame with huge 4 lane astra slide into a ball pit, a spiral tube slide, aerial runway, tunnels, obstacles and more, plus a dedicated and enclosed under 4s area with more of the same standard, only smaller!
Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre Multi level adventure play frame inside; outside features include bouncy castle, trampolines, bungee run, sumo wrestling, gladiator duelling, pedal karts, inflatable assault course and ride on tractors.
Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre 3 Tier Adventure area plus Baby and Toddler area, Parents and Tykes Play Area, Sensory Room and Relaxed Cafe and Sofa Area. Suitable for under 10s.
Giggles Play Centre A great new children's indoor play centre with all pools, tunnels, slides, rope ladders, games and loads more
Crazy Monsters RoSPA inspected adventure soft play facility, with masses of slick slides and great classic features, and a separate 2 tier toddler zone exclusive to 4 years and under with their own slide and ball pit.
Granby Fun Factory Offers separate play area for toddlers and plenty of thrills for the bigger kids including Battle Cannons and Firing Zone, High Glide and 4 lane Astra Slide: exciting stuff!
Lemur Landings Giant soft play centre suitable for ages up to 11, including multi level play frame, with dedicated areas for under 5s.
Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth Is an indoor soft play area with outside space, located in a converted Church Hall, featuring 3 level play frame with Area reserved for Babies. Perfect for kids to play and parents to relax while enjoying our homemade food and Italian Coffee.
The Ark Three levels of adventure play with slides, tunnels and interactive zones to run, jump and play on. Dedicated toddler and baby zone, plus ice skating and ice cream parlour elsewhere on site!
The Ark Poole Park is an all weather family fun day out! There's a fantastic play-frame with three levels of soft play, tunnels, slides and interactive zones including a dedicated toddler area. All year round ice rink and a scrumdiddlyumptious cafe, terrace and ice cream parlour to relax and unwind in.
Corfe Castle Explore the ruins and enjoy regular costumed historical re-enactments. There is a family guide and a free children's quiz trail, plus extra activities laid on during the school holidays!
Portland Castle The history of this fortress, which overlooks Portland harbour, is diverse and fascinating with great views and big cannons, plus there's a Discovery Pack and period dress up supply to help keep kids interested.
Nothe Fort A thrilling labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. Constructed on three levels accessed by lift, the Fort is filled with displays, mammoth guns and cinema areas that chart the history of this large and magnificent Victorian structure.
A La Ronde Unique 18th Century House with interesting interior decoration and some quirky collections. Surrounded by a huge meadow you can also explore. Dogs on leads welcome.
Athelhampton House and Gardens Stunning Tudor Great Hall and gallery with its own estate church and surrounding gardens with 9 metre tall pyramid yew trees, octagonal pond and lots of hidden corners to explore.
The Town Mill A working water mill with hundreds of years of history. There is also a gallery, a micro brewery, pottery and cheesemonger. Free to visit.
Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum Free museum and interactive trail to experience the heritage and environment of the area. Access to Scaplen’s Court Museum and Herb garden late May to December
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Beautiful and historic gardens with charming features to appeal to kids, like a play area, bridged waterways, sculpture trail and a secret walk! Dogs on leads welcome.
Portland Bill Lighthouse Learn about the historical importance of lighthouses, study the tumultuous sea here, gets hands on with the interactive exhibits and take a stormy journey "Into The Dark"!
Snowtrax is the ultimate Alpine Activity attraction in the South of England. Established in 1989, Snowtrax has long been a truly fun day out for all the family, with its exciting and unique activities from within one huge scenic forest setting!
The Ark Year round real ice skating facility, welcoming families and beginners of all ages with skate aids available. Plus multi level soft play adventure zone and ice cream parlour elsewhere on site!
Go Ape Moors Valley The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Dorchester Skatepark Permanent concrete skatepark or BMX, scooter and inline skates as well as skateboards, with lots of features and set ups, creatively challenging to all riders whether novice or experienced.
Slades Farm Skate Park Fringed by woodland nature trails this is a family skate park for in blading, roller skating and BMXing, plus a younger kids' swing park, play area and plenty of space.
Prevail Skatehouse Equipment includes a street section, bowls, banks and extensions, verts, handrails with and without euro gaps, and a jumpbox section too.
RockReef Amazing indoor adventures starting at 5 years old, and including Clip and Climb challenges, Vertical Drop Slide, Leap of Faith feature, Highline Aerial Obstacle Course, Pier Cave tours and the awesome Pier Zip: a dual racing zipline from the pier to the beach!
StreetLight Centre With a great skate park for the over 6s and a cool little play area for under 3s this is the ideal spot for a split age family to keep everyone happy, including you!
MFA Bowl Weymouth Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Bowlplex Branksome Enjoy either traditional tenpin or modern UV Glow Bowling! Plus play in the arcade with video gaming and pool tables, join a league and lounge in the sports bar.
Bowlplex Tower Park Truly family friendly tenpin bowling, with bumpers and ball ramps for the kids, disabled access and baby changing facilities. Older kids will love the Glow Bowl disco nights!
The Weymouth 4 Kids Treasure Trail There are clues for all the family to solve as you explore Weymouth seafront on this self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail. See the sights as you follow the directions and uncover where the long lost treasure is!
Curious About Bournemouth is a different way to explore Bournemouth. Two unique treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the kids intrigued and amused. Answer clues, match pictures, whilst reading stories about this fabulous seaside resort. Buy or instantly download the booklet then explore in your own time.
The Corfe 4 Kids Treasure Trail Discover the amazing ruins of the castle while solving the clues around Corfe on this family friendly self-guided Treasure Trail adventure!
Dreamboats is perfect for a relaxing family day out along the River Stour.
Poole Harbour Cruises are the way to see the beautiful scenery of Dorset, and Poole's unusual harbour!
Swanage Railway Experience a unique journey through 6 miles of beautiful scenery, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, to the beach at Swanage. 4 stations to visit, with museums to discover, plus a great variety of local and Railway events.
Bournemouth Eye Riders will be enchanted with a spectacular panoramic view of the English Channel and surrounding area for up to 20 miles from the highest public observation point in Bournemouth.
Littledown Miniature Railway The raised track is suitable for running 7 ¼, 5, and 3 ½ inch gauge locomotives suitable for passenger hauling. Nearby play park, duck pond and paddling pool.
Wareham Boat Hire is a boat hire company offering Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards and Rowing Boats for hire on the beautiful River Frome from Wareham. We also offer BCU courses, paddle power, cruises and boat trips!
The Blue Pool Amazing natural water feature with turquoise colouring, plus estate to explore with 3 playgrounds and a squirrel sculpture trail. Kids will also love the Wareham Bears collection.
Moors Valley Country Park Adventure play with loads of outdoor equipment, narrow-gauge steam railway, extensive play trails, and the picturesque lake to explore, plus independent attractions inside.
Brownsea Island A peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a rich diversity of wildlife for you to visit. Visitor Centre full of history mystery, plus a number of great trails to follow.
Borough Gardens Well kept parkland with huge enclosed play area with facilities for all ages. There is also a splash pool, and a rather unusual sundial...
Easton Gardens Green Flag Awarded park with play and picnic areas, and plenty of attractive space to run about in. Pushchair accessible throughout.
Upton Country Park There are tree, nature and orienteering trails, plus harbourside bird hide, Segway Trail and a water feature which children are welcome to play in.
Whitecliff Play Area Features the 6m high Multi Activity Tower, boasting slides, ravine bridges and a long plank bridge plus rope ladder, vertical scramble net, an arched climber, fireman's poles and play panels! With covered areas for attacks of British Summer, too.
Dorchester Borough Gardens Features fully enclosed play area which has facilities for all age groups including a summer splash pool! Other features include adult sized trim trail, tennis courts, ornate fountain and a cool sundial!
Abbotsbury Playground Free playground with great equipment for 2s to 10s and lots of space, which is run, insured and maintained by local volunteers, so be nice and tidy please!
Portland Plateau Walk A moderate but varied walk along the South West Coast Park on Portland’s northern plateau. Some short stretches of ascent and descent.
Swanage Beach This Blue Flag awarded bay is normally calm and sheltered and good for swimming, sailing and scuba diving.
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve The inspiration for Noddy's Toytown, this is a beautiful four mile stretch of soft sand with gently shelving bathing waters.
Sandbanks Beach Regular Blue Flag award winner with literally everything you could want for a family beach day, amenities and amusements, activities and hire equipment.
Bournemouth Alum Chine Blue and Green Flag awarded sandy beach with very safe swimming, kiddies' paddling pool with play pump and pirate themed adventure playground: yarr!
Weymouth Beach Safe swimming and soft golden sand make this a great beach for a traditional dig and paddle visit. Pay and play entertainment include trampolines, mini golf and pedalo hire from the promenade.
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve Sand and pebble beach with safe swimming and windsurfing away from the cliffs, part of a huge nature reserve great for exploring and wildlife spotting. Area served by land train.
The Clay Studio We are a contemporary pottery painting studio offering inspiration fun for all the family. We help to bring out the artist in you through help and encouragement.
Poole Pottery Watch the Master potter at work, browse the artistic creations and then try your own hand at the pot biz! A pleasing stop for creative types especially if you're as happy looking as you are painting.
Corfe Castle Model Village Visit us and see what the castle and village would have looked like before its destruction by Cromwell’s troops in 1646. Set in an acre of landscaped gardens, we are the ideal place for a lazy few hours for both young and old alike.
Model Town at Wimborne Minster 50 year old superbly maintained 1/10th scale model town set in award winning gardens. Explore using the free family worksheet, plus wendy house play area, giant chess, putting lawn and model railway.
Blooming Kids is a creative, exciting indoor and outdoor play activity centre aimed at under 5s. They play in a safe and fun environment whilst you relax.
SandWorld Sand Sculpture Park A unique art gallery with a difference, relaxed, safe giant sandpit for families to get involved using all the tools at hand to create their own masterpiece. All under cover. Best of British theme for 2015!
Lulworth Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons for 4 years plus, largely off road hacking and cross country route with varying jumps.
Laser Quest Bournemouth This bruiseless shoot 'em up experience is exhilarating and immersive with fun lurking around every corner. The ultimate in interactive entertainment! For over 6s, parents welcome to play too!
Quasar Weymouth Step into the atmospheric gaming arena and ready your infra red phasor gun for a game of next generation hide and seek! Immersive special effects but zero contact.
Pirate Adventure Golf Climb aboad for 18 holes of swash buckling fun!! Great crazy golf with a pirate theme.
Sandbanks Crazy Golf 18 very challenging holes to entertain and frustrate you, but every hole has been holed in one at one time or another. Suitable for anyone with the patience from aged 3 to 103!
Lister Gardens Mini Golf 18 hole mini golf for all ages with pleasing views and nearby seafront gardens.