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)
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!
Monkey World (17 miles)
is a 65 acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium (18 miles)
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium
Essentially a sales aquarium but is still worth a visit with younger children who will particularly enjoy the seahorse display tanks. Serious supervision required.
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.
Libertys Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre (24 miles)
Libertys Owl Raptor and Reptile Centre
A privately run centre with a number of Birds of Prey, several reptiles and other creepy crawlies. Flying displays are held daily whatever the weather. Daily reptile shows are held during Summer holidays.
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.
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)
North Somerset Butterfly House
Surround yourself with some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies and exotic plants in this hidden paradise. Also has an amazing Bug Show! Family friendly, with helpful and informative members of staff.
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! Plus new Big Bug exhibit for 2015!
Seaquarium (41 miles)
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.
Alpaca Trekking With Bearhouse Alpacas (42 miles)
Alpaca Trekking With Bearhouse Alpacas
is an alpaca farm situated in the Roncombe Valley, an area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, just outside Sidbury, East Devon. We have approximately 70 alpacas on 40 acres of land and offer alpaca trekking around the bridleways surrounding our farm.
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...
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
Isolated and wild, visits to the deeper reserve reward the adventurous with thousands of different butterflies, quirky birds like woodpeckers and giant rooks, and according to records 30 species of wildflower per square metre! A charming and photogenic place for a family ramble.
Yaraks Bird of Prey (48 miles)
Yaraks Bird of Prey
Standalone unique and specialist Bird of Prey Centre offering flying displays, handling plus flying experiences with eagles, owls hawks and falcons. Run by professional falconers who class their charges as family.
Owl and Monkey Haven (48 miles)
Owl and Monkey Haven
Rescue sanctuary for primates and birds of prey, with a large variety of each to see. Daily feedings, reptile encounters, plus hand reared owls to meet. 2 play areas for kids over and under 5 years of age.
Butterfly and Fountain World (48 miles)
Butterfly and 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.
Tropiquaria Zoo (48 miles)
Zoo with many animals plus puppet theatre, radio museum, tropical hall, pirate ships and play fort. Don’t judge it by the exterior.
Stanton Park (49 miles)
A local nature reserve and country park with a large lake and extensive woodland. A fairly wild sort place with natural features only, but a wonderful environment to explore, and free!
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!
Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre (51 miles)
Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre
Small, private, family run centre providing seasonal flying displays. Courses and Experience Days offered year round weather permitting, including handling and hawk or owl walks. By appointment only.
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.
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (52 miles)
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
Come and visit the rescued donkeys in their comfortable new home and learn about the necessity of caring for animals properly. Loads of family events with additional activities, a Donkey Adoption scheme and they welcome the family dog along for the trip if it promises to behave!
Seaview Wildlife Encounter (53 miles)
Seaview Wildlife Encounter
A hands on wildlife centre where you can meet up close a good variety of animals including penguins, meerkats and otters. Also offers additional encounters and special junior experience days.
Seaview Wildlife Encounter (53 miles)
Seaview Wildlife Encounter
Packed full of fun, interactive animal experiences and Keeper presentations, plus penguin and meerkat encounters, with loads to see and do and even a few critters to cuddle!
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.
Shaldon Zoo (59 miles)
A compact yet hugely diverse conservation park, offering observation of rare and endangered species of primate, small mammal, bird and reptile. Loads of information if you want to take it educational, plus keeper talks and bonus experiences.
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 (16 miles)
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!
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
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.
Putlake Adventure Farm (26 miles)
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.
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
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!
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 hands onand multimedia displays to excite, enthral, and entertain the visitor.
The Tutankhamun Exhibition (16 miles)
The Tutankhamun Exhibition
Meticulously recreated chambers and treasures (plus the genuine articles too) provide a thrilling historical experience akin to discovering the tomb yourselves!
The Keep Military Museum (16 miles)
The Keep Military Museum
Military Museum covering the history of the regiments of Devon and Dorset over three hundred years. A number of exhibits, including lots of medals and weapons. An excellent view from the top if you like heights
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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