Badger Watch Dorset (9 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 (15 miles)
Monkey World (16 miles)
is a 65-acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park (18 miles)
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park
Longleat is a perfect day out for all the family with its fantastic Animal Attractions, beautiful Stately Home and gardens, alongside its superb Safari Park . With its recent multi-million pound investment you can explore a whole world of new attractions including Penguin Island and Stingray Bay.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (22 miles)
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.
Abbotsbury Swannery (23 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.
Oceanarium (24 miles)
brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary (28 miles)
Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary
Spotting deer in the New Forest isn't always easy, but here there is a purpose built viewing platform overlooking a large meadow area where a herd of fallow deer regularly gather.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (31 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.
New Forest Reptile Centre (32 miles)
New Forest Reptile Centre
Discover more about reptiles and amphibians here at this unique reptile centre located in the national park. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Hampshire with kids
Axe Valley Wildlife Park (33 miles)
Axe Valley Wildlife Park
- is a quaint, quirky wildlife park in the heart of Devon. Animals such as Meerkats, Zebra, Lemurs can be seen here. A personal, friendly place with a laid back atmosphere. Outdoor play areas and coffee shop facility.
Horseworld (35 miles)
Features including grooming opportunities, an interactive museum, nature trail plus explore over eight acres of adventure, with indoor and outdoor activities galore.
The New Forest Wildlife Park (35 miles)
The New Forest Wildlife Park
Amazing animals to see, from owls and otters to wolves, bison, wild boar, red deer, muntjac deer, Scottish wildcats, lynx, wallabies, water voles, foxes, polecats, pine martens and ferrets. Children love the harvest mice scurrying around their mini home. “Go Wild” Adventure Playgrounds for tots...
The Hawk Conservancy Trust (37 miles)
The Hawk Conservancy Trust
Over 150 birds of prey on view at this conservation and visitors centre with talks, feeds, flying demonstrations and other activities.
North Somerset Butterfly House (38 miles)
Bristol Aquarium (38 miles)
offers over 40 living displays featuring fascinating marine life from around the world, from sharks to tropical seahorses.
Bristol Zoo Gardens (39 miles)
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Vast animal kingdom adventure plus ZooRopia aerial ropes course, water play area and aquarium. In the new Gorilla Island house, they are directly above you on super tough glass!
Seaquarium (41 miles)
Weston Super Mare
Oceans of fun for everyone! Situated on Weston-super-Mare's glorious golden beach, come and get close up and hands on as we take you on a voyage of aquatic discovery. Your ticket is an all-day pass, so don't miss any of our feeds or presentations.
The Donkey Sanctuary (42 miles)
The Donkey Sanctuary
We are a registered charity working around the world protecting donkeys and promoting their welfare worldwide. Visitors can spend as much time as they wish meeting the donkeys and enjoying beautiful coastal and countryside walks. We have a maze, nature centre and donkeys to ‘adopt’, along with family...
Wild Place Project (44 miles)
Wild Place Project
Adventure, play and learning themed around wildlife, with an emphasis on protecting threatened habitats on our doorsteps and around the globe at this zoological attraction.
Marwell Wildlife (45 miles)
The 140 acre zoological park is home to over 200 exotic and charismatic species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings. Be as active or as relaxed as you want. There are 3 play areas where children can run wild while you take a well-earned break.
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve (45 miles)
Arreton Down Wildlife Reserve
Arreton Down is on downland which is part of the main chalk ridge which runs across the Isle of Wight from east to west. It consists of calcarious grassland, with some scrub edges. It contains archaeological features. There are extensive views across the Island from the higher parts of the down.
Owl and Monkey Haven (48 miles)
Owl and Monkey Haven
'We welcome you to come and get to know our friends and see for yourself their beauty,
charm and very different personalities!'
Butterfly & Fountain World (48 miles)
Butterfly & Fountain World
Comprising a series of stunning walk through under cover gardens themed around butterflies, fountains, small world fairytale grotto, Italian and Japanese gardens, and feeding talks at the Koi ponds.
Amazon World (51 miles)
An all-weather, family attraction! The Islands largest collection of rare and exotic animals! A great day out whatever your age!
Owl and Falconry Centre (51 miles)
Owl and Falconry Centre
A dazzling collection of some of the world's most beautiful and elegant birds awaits you, from eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights. During flying displays the birds of prey soar above the sloping down land of the Appuldurcombe Valley,...
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (52 miles)
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
'The Sanctuary was first established in 1987 to provide any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention, a safe and permanent home.'
Special events include the Grand Donkey Day out.
Flamingo Park Wildlife Encounter (53 miles)
Flamingo Park Wildlife Encounter
Packed full of fun, interactive animal experiences and Keeper presentations, penguin and meerkat encounters, filled to the brim with unbelievably tame feathered and furry friends!
Blue Reef Aquarium (54 miles)
Blue Reef Aquarium
This award winning facility brings the magic of the undersea world alive. Come face to face with tropical sharks, rays, otters, seahorses and hundreds of other aquatic creatures. Highlights include walkthrough underwater tunnel, open top ray display and the Amazing Amphibians and Riveting Reptiles exhibition.
Isle of Wight Zoo (54 miles)
Isle of Wight Zoo
Situated alongside Yaverland beach, the zoo provides a fun, educational and wholesome day out for all the family. Specialising in tigers and lemurs, the zoo works to make conservation fun for everyone with talks, small animal handling and children's activities.
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park (59 miles)
Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park
Hands on style animal park with displays and handling opportunities. Many flying displays actually set (well!) to music. Well worth a visit.
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre (59 miles)
Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre
15th century National Trust farmstead within Exmoor National Park, with a large collection of owls, birds of prey, and friendly animals to greet you around every corner.
Farmer Palmers (17 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
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre (18 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!
Abbotsbury Childrens Farm (23 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.
Putlake Adventure Farm (26 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.
Adventure Wonderland (23 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! Indoor play open even when park is seasonally closed.
Gold Hill Museum and Garden (7 miles)
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.
Dorset Teddy Bear Museum (16 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.
Dinosaur Museum (16 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.
The Tank Museum (17 miles)
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.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum (23 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.
Lyme Regis Museum (31 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.
Blandford Leisure Centre (7 miles)
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.
Splashdown (20 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!
The Dolphin Swimming Pool (20 miles)
The Dolphin Swimming Pool
Offers standard and teaching swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform.
Littledown Centre (24 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.
The Jurassic Fun Centre (25 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
Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre (1 miles)
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 (5 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.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Sturminster Newton 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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