Weymouth Beach (15 miles)
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.
Durdle Door Beach (20 miles)
Durdle Door Beach
Grand and famous landscape with sandy beach and acceptable swimming though no lifeguard cover.
Sandbanks Beach (27 miles)
Regular Blue Flag award winner with literally everything you could want for a family beach day.
Bournemouth Alum Chine (30 miles)
Bournemouth Alum Chine
Blue and Green Flag awarded sandy beach with very safe swimming and pirate themed adventure playground.
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (31 miles)
Swanage Beach (31 miles)
This Blue Flag awarded bay is normally calm and sheltered and good for swimming, sailing and scuba diving.
Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve (35 miles)
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.
Dawlish Warren Beach (41 miles)
Dawlish Warren Beach
Awarded the Blue Flag for over ten consecutive years, a sand and shingle beach with with arcades, karting, children's rides and cafes not far away.
Whitmore Bay (50 miles)
Blue Flag awarded with soft golden sand, idea for sunbathing or sandcastle building. Also now caters for surfing, windsurfing, sea kayaking and beach volleyball!
Seagrove Bay (56 miles)
Windsurfing, surfing, kayaking and sailing opportunities in safe waters by a shingle and sand shore.
Shanklin Beach (56 miles)
A safe and sheltered sandy beach with good waters and spectacular views. Plenty of local facilities and there's a lift to the cliff top where the views are even better.
Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach (61 miles)
Slapton Sands and Torcross Beach
offers a pebbly beach but it's offset by great water activities including surfing, windsurfing and canoeing with lifeguard cover May to September.
Bigbury on Sea Beach (66 miles)
Bigbury on Sea Beach
Blue Flag awarded sandy beach, with sea tractor visits to Burgh Island available.
Thurlestone Sands (68 miles)
A favourite spot for water sports including kayaking, windsurfing and diving. Swimming is safe too, and lifeguard cover is full summer.
Hayling Island Beach (69 miles)
Hayling Island Beach
Boasts the International Blue Flag, and the Solent Water Quality Award in recognition of its high standards. Good for swimming and water sports, and is also a Site Of Scientific Interest.
Saunton Sands (72 miles)
Miles of soft sand backed by the UK's largest dune system but in places it is dangerous for swimming.
Westward Ho! Beach (73 miles)
Westward Ho! Beach
Blue Flag award winning sand and pebble beach offering good swimming, water sports and some local entertainments.
Tunnels Beaches (73 miles)
Hand carved in the 1820's these tunnels are tremendous fun for kids to explore, leading as they do to a pleasing beach and both indoor and outdoor play areas.
West Wittering Beach (73 miles)
West Wittering Beach
Blue Flag awarded beach with lifeguard in summer, a few facilities but a nicely natural feeling area.
Adventure Wonderland (32 miles)
If you're a would-be Pirate, an intrepid Explorer, a Mad Hatter or just a plain old fashioned Fun Lover, then you and your family have got a real treat in store at this all inclusive theme park!
Badger Watch Dorset (6 miles)
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.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park (10 miles)
Abbotsbury Swannery (12 miles)
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.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (14 miles)
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower
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.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (18 miles)
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.
Monkey World (18 miles)
is a 65-acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Oceanarium (31 miles)
- brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm (12 miles)
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm
Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area and bottle feed the baby goats. The baby goats also race around a track twice a day, after the race the children are invited to take a goat for a warm down walk on a lead.
Farmer Palmers (22 miles)
Hands-on animal events, outdoor play, indoor soft play areas & toddler/baby facilities. Serving home cooked food in large restaurant, your children will have a fun day whatever the weather! - The best, value for money, visitor attraction for children 8yrs and under
Putlake Adventure Farm (29 miles)
Putlake Adventure Farm
30 acres of fun, lots of farm animals with feeding opportunities, 3 level indoor play centre, bouncy castles, trampolines, 9 hole crazy golf, pedal tractors and full size tractor trailer rides.
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre (30 miles)
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 (9 miles)
Britain's only museum solely devoted to dinosaurs and their fascinating world.Actual fossils, skeletons, and life size dinosaur reconstructions combine with audio visual, hands on, computer and CD-ROM displays to excite, enthral, and entertain the visitor.
Dorset Teddy Bear Museum (9 miles)
Dorset Teddy Bear Museum
The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is Dorchester's
Unmissable family museum, with Edward Bear and his family of people-sized bears, in Teddy Bear House.
The Tank Museum (17 miles)
The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum in Bovington Dorset houses
the world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting Vehicles from unique World War 1 tanks to the latest main battle tank of the British Army - Challenger. The Museum has a collection of almost 300 vehicles from over 26 countries.
Lyme Regis Museum (17 miles)
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.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum (32 miles)
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 at the airport in Bournemouth.
The Jurassic Fun Centre (11 miles)
The Jurassic Fun Centre
Fun pools with slides and features: play on the islands and water features and try to dodge the aqua jets; it's wet and wild excitement for everyone! Plus classic tenpin bowling elsewhere on site - not open to the public from 20th July until 1st September 2013
Blandford Leisure Centre (18 miles)
Blandford Leisure Centre
Fantastic fun for all the family. Water cannons, bubble bath, and the waterslide are just some of the exciting water features in the swimming pools during our Water Wonderland Sessions. See inside for times and website.
The Dolphin Swimming Pool (27 miles)
The Dolphin Swimming Pool
Offers standard and teaching swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform.
Splashdown (28 miles)
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 (33 miles)
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.
Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre (13 miles)
Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre
The best place in North Dorset for kids to find new friends, meet their mates from school, burn off that pent up energy, get rid of the boredom blues and play with fun stuff in a safe environment.
Granby Fun Factory (15 miles)
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!
Sharkys Play Zone (16 miles)
Sharkys Play Zone
4 level play frame with loads of features, laserzone maze and massive mini racing circuit!
Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre (16 miles)
Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre
3 Tier Adventure area - Baby and Toddler area - Parents and Tykes Play Area - Relaxed Cafe and Sofa Area. Suitable for under 10s.
Crazy Monsters (18 miles)
RoSPA inspected adventure soft play facility, with masses of slick slides and great classic features, and a separate two tier toddler zone exclusive to 4 years and under with their own slide and ball pit.
Ollies Playland (27 miles)
Award winning indoor play centre for children aged up to 11.
Lemur Landings (28 miles)
Giant soft play centre suitable for ages up to 11, including multi-level play frame, with dedicated areas for under 5s.
Giggles Play Centre (29 miles)
Giggles Play Centre
A great new children's indoor play centre with all pools, tunnels, slides, rope ladders, games and loads more
Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth (30 miles)
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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Best Beaches near Frome with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Dorset can enjoy the great day out as well.
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