Whitecliff Play Area (8 miles)
Whitecliff Play Area
Features the 6m high Multi Activity Tower, boasting three slides of different lengths, two ravine bridges and a long plank bridge plus rope ladder, vertical scramble net, an arched climber, fireman's poles and play panels.
Brownsea Island (8 miles)
A peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a rich diversity of wildlife for you to visit.
Moors Valley Country Park (9 miles)
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.
Upton Country Park (10 miles)
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.
The Blue Pool (15 miles)
The Blue Pool
retains miniscule, light diffracting particles of clay in the water, causing a spectrum of colour variations, sometimes from minute to minute. Now deep turquoise, now emerald green, the Pool is a constantly changing delight to the eye. Has tea rooms and museum - quite fascinating.
Southampton Common (21 miles)
Mixed woodland, wetland, parks, ponds and nature trails. plus adventure play area and kids' paddling pool in summer.
Royal Victoria Country Park (21 miles)
Royal Victoria Country Park
Overlooking Southampton Water, this popular park provides ideal facilities for children and peace of mind for parents to enjoy a safe environment. The relaxing and happy atmosphere is complemented by a calendar of events, exhibitions, barbeque sites and walks.
Lakeside Country Park (24 miles)
Lakeside Country Park
60 acres of lakes, wet meadow and woodland situated between Eastleigh and Southampton.
Itchen Valley Country Park (24 miles)
Itchen Valley Country Park
A great country park with lots to offer for everyone. Play areas, play trails, picnics, football and much more.
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (24 miles)
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
A beautiful Arboretum-style garden to enjoy and explore, a site boasting a restaurant and tea rooms as well as a giant tree-house play-area for adventurers of all ages.
Ventnor Botanic Gardens (26 miles)
Blackbrook Park Play Area (27 miles)
Blackbrook Park Play Area
Facilities for all ages and abilities with skating area and hoops for older kids, plus loads of classic adventure play equipment for younger ones.
Appley Park (28 miles)
Public park with beach area, pitch and putt, miniature railway, adventure playground, picnic areas and more.
Puckpool Park (28 miles)
18hole putting green, 15hole crazy golf, tennis courts and bowling greens. You can hop on the Ryde Road train (dotto train) to get to other places.
The Forest of Bere (29 miles)
The Forest of Bere
An enchanting place with a diverse range of natural habitats too see from scenic walk and cycle routes. There are also a huge oak tree house, wooden playhouses, wigwams, sand pit, climbing wall, bridge and shingle stream.
Dorchester Borough Gardens (29 miles)
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 outdoor fitness equipment, tennis courts, ornate fountain and sundial.
Borough Gardens (29 miles)
Well kept parkland with huge enclosed play area with facilities for all ages. There is also a splash pool, and a rather unusual sundial...
Farley Mount Country Park (30 miles)
Farley Mount Country Park
Adventure playground, family length hike trails, picnicking welcome, start point of the Farley Mount Off road cycle route.
Easton Gardens (32 miles)
Green Flag Awarded park with play and picnic areas, and plenty of attractive space to run about in. Pushchair accessible throughout.
Stourhead (35 miles)
The jewel in the Stourhead crown has to be the world-famous 18th-century landscape garden. A magnificent lake shimmering with reflections of classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare and exotic trees.
Staunton Country Park (37 miles)
Staunton Country Park
Explore acres of ancient woodland and beautifully landscaped parkland at the award winning Staunton Country Park. You can escape to another age as you discover mysterious follies in these idyllic surroundings.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy (40 miles)
Chichester Harbour Conservancy
A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this is a muddy little wonderland for little ones of all sizes to explore
Hope Nature Centre (44 miles)
Hope Nature Centre
A lovely animal centre with lots of animals to see and wonderful walks. Visit the squirrel's tea room too.
Hotham Park Sports Site (49 miles)
Hotham Park Sports Site
Crazy golf, miniature railway, boating lake, tennis courts and full putting green.
Limited opening times - check ahead before you go!
South Downs National Park (50 miles)
South Downs National Park
Vast landscape welcoming family rambles, bike rides and exploration, plus for the more adventurous, there are paragliding, hang-gliding, golf, zorbing, mountain-boarding and a range of water sports available.
Prior Park Landscape Gardens (50 miles)
Prior Park Landscape Gardens
One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century. A beautiful afternoon can be spent here especially if you've got your walking shoes on! One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Bath
Northcroft and Goldwell Parks (51 miles)
Northcroft and Goldwell Parks
Peaceful and attractive riverside park with lots of green space for informal play plus equipped play areas for toddlers and juniors, zip slide and BMX track.
Alice Holt Forest Woodland Park (51 miles)
Alice Holt Forest Woodland Park
There's so much to do! You can walk, cycle, play or just have a picnic in these lovely woods. Experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our cafe and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest.
The Nature Discovery Centre (51 miles)
The Nature Discovery Centre
Set amid Thatcham Lake and reedbeds. Enjoy lakeside walks, feed the ducks and let off steam in our adventure playgrounds! Explore the interactive wildlife and natural history displays and games in our Centre and enjoy organic refreshments in our café.
Royal Victoria Park (52 miles)
Royal Victoria Park
This park boasts a surprising number of child friendly features from the extensive play equipment to the skateboard park, and it's all lovely and free! One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Bath
Petworth House and Park (54 miles)
Petworth House and Park
Ideal picnic territory: splendid scenery, local wildlife, an art gallery, and lots and lots of room to run around in. Regular family events during the summer.
Arundel Wetland Centre (55 miles)
Arundel Wetland Centre
Visitor attraction and conservation area with wildfowl from around the world. A superb setting to stroll round with a picnic area and activity areas for children. Pond dipping and crafts are offered free daily during summer holidays. Many birds tame enough to feed from your hand. Free boat rides through the Wetlands Discovery area.
Wellington Country Park (56 miles)
Wellington Country Park
350 acres of beautiful parklands surrounding a 35 acre lake, with numerous activities:- Adventure play area, toddler's area, animal farm and petting barn (seasonal) sand pits, water play, slides, miniature railway(Ã¯Â¿Â½1), enchanted forest, nature trail maze, 9 holes of crazy golf plus an assortment of play equipment to climb; all to keep the kid's busy!! Family events held throughout the season!
Lydiard Park (58 miles)
The park has a visitor centre that houses countryside displays and a café. Lydiard Park also has exciting adventure playgrounds for toddlers and older children including an aerial runway. Paths and trails through the woods and by the lake offer glimpses of the many animals and birds which make Lydiard their home.
Pulborough Brooks RSBP Nature Reserve (58 miles)
Pulborough Brooks RSBP Nature Reserve
Set in the heart of beautiful countryside, this reserve is a fantastic day out for people of all ages. Walks lead through hedge-lined paths to viewing areas and hides where volunteers are often on hand to help point out the wildlife.
Hengrove Park (59 miles)
Great new development opened in 2009 with lots of the latest play equipemnt, sand and water play area, skate park for boarders and bmx-ers, and jungle play in a 11m high dome
California Country Park (60 miles)
California Country Park
In the summer a great big paddling pool is opened up, there is a play area, great walks and there is also a ceramic painting studio located within the California Dreaming Cafe
Shepherd Meadows (61 miles)
As neighbouring sites on the River Blackwater in Sandhurst, the children's play area, multi-sport area and skate park at the Memorial Park, combined with a network of paths around the rare habitats of Shepherd Meadows, ensure that a great day out will be had by all!
Dame Emily Park (61 miles)
Dame Emily Park
Facilities include a dog-free playground for the under 10s together with a zip-wire for older children; five a side football and basketball courts and a Permitted Graffiti Wall, plus it's right next to the Deane Lane Swimming Pool.
Beale Park (61 miles)
Space, fresh air, tranquility, fun, adventure, enchanting animals, exotic beauty and all this on the banks of the magical Thames.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Christchurch 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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