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
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.
Larmer Tree Gardens (20 miles)
Larmer Tree Gardens
Beautifully landscaped grounds well described as an extraordinary example of Victorian extravagance. Extensive gardens with Fairy Door Trail to get kids; imaginations going.
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)
Ventnor Botanic Gardens
is a botanic garden with over 23 acres to roam free and explore. Families can enjoy discovering rare and subtropical plants and trees, an outdoor Children’s Playground and even a complimentary Children’s Trail Activity Pack.
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.
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...
The Forest of Bere (30 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.
Portland Plateau Walk (31 miles)
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
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)
World famous 18th-century landscape garden, magnificent lake shimmering with reflections of classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare and exotic trees. Families can collect tracker packs to make it more fun for the kids, too.
Abbotsbury Playground (36 miles)
Free playground with great equipment and lots of space, which is run, insured and maintained by local volunteers!
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.
The Vyne (50 miles)
House and gardens to explore plus a tearoom to enjoy but the children will want to visit for the play area which is one of a kind!
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...
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.
Victoria Falls Adventure Golf (52 miles)
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 (54 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...
Wellington Country Park (56 miles)
Wellington Country Park
350 acres of beautiful parklands surrounding a 35 acre lake, with numerous activities including adventure play areas, animal farm and petting barn (seasonal) sand pits, water play, miniature railway, enchanted forest, maze, crazy golf plus more besides! Family events held throughout the season too.
Brickfields Country Park (57 miles)
Brickfields Country Park
Reclaimed from the remains of a Victorian brickworks and clay diggings, this country park is less than eight acres in size, making it one of the smallest in the country, but well worth a visit.
Lydiard Park (58 miles)
Enjoy the natural beauty of the tranquil lake, rolling lawns and woodlands before heading for some fun in the playground! With colourful, state-of-the-art play and climbing equipment suitable for children of all ages, there's lots of fun to be had climbing, swinging and sliding.
Hengrove Play Park (59 miles)
Hengrove Play Park
Four acre play park for all ages with a 12m high domed jungle experience, sand and water play and a wheels park for skateboarders and BMX riders.
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 large adventure play area, great nature walks and the California Dreaming Cafe, plus occasional events such as guided mini beasting.
Adventure Wonderland (4 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.
Oceanarium (4 miles)
brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Monkey World (19 miles)
is a 65-acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium (20 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.
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park (27 miles)
Badger Watch Dorset (30 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.
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (30 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 (35 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.
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre (12 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!
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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