Borough Gardens Well kept parkland with huge enclosed play area with facilities for all ages. There is also a splash pool, and a rather unusual sundial...
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 trim trail, tennis courts, ornate fountain and a cool sundial!
Abbotsbury Playground Free playground with great equipment for 2s to 10s and lots of space, which is run, insured and maintained by local volunteers, so be nice and tidy please!
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 Green Flag Awarded park with play and picnic areas, and plenty of attractive space to run about in. Pushchair accessible throughout.
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.
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.
Brownsea Island A peaceful island of woodland, wetland and heath with a rich diversity of wildlife for you to visit. Visitor Centre full of history mystery, plus a number of great trails to follow.
Whitecliff Play Area Features the 6m high Multi Activity Tower, boasting slides, ravine bridges and a long plank bridge plus rope ladder, vertical scramble net, an arched climber, fireman's poles and play panels! With covered areas for attacks of British Summer, too.
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.
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.
Stourhead 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.
Burrow Farm Gardens Almost 10 acres of wonderfully landscaped gardens that have been created from scratch over the last 50 years! Great for a relaxing family day out in beautiful surroundings. Nursery, craft shop, and Tearooms selling home made cream teas!
Forest Leisure Cycling - is a New Forest Cycle Hire Centre, based in the unspoilt Village of Burley, close to the New Forest cycle trails, with rides and bikes for all ages and abilities. Open all year round with free parking nearby.
Hestercombe Gardens With over fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breathe away. They also have a small, safe Children’s Play Area for the under 7s.
Ottery St Mary
Escot is 220 acres of natural woodlands where you can meet our resident otters, wild boar, red squirrels, peacocks and birds of prey. Discover hidden forest playgrounds, our world-class maze and a knee-trembling drop slide. The indoor play barn delights toddlers and the Coach House Restaurant serves delicious food...
Bicton Park Gardens Key features include the Bicton Woodland Railway train ride, nature trail, maze, mini golf, plus indoor and outdoor children’s play complexes.
Fyne Court Nature Reserve Featuring nature and way marked trails, dragonfly pond, stream for paddling and grassy areas for traditional play plus a folly that looks like a small castle which is a great base for games.
Brokerswood Country Park Treetop Tarzan Trail, canoe taster sessions, adventure playgrounds, woodland walk, education centre and Scots pine climb! Plus picnic and bbq areas, willow weaving and archery! Loads!
The Walled Gardens of Cannington are ideal for children, with plenty of outdoor toys and games on the large lawn during Cheeky Monkey days, and many winding paths and walkways, ideal for burning off some energy!
Hope Nature Centre A lovely animal centre with lots of animals to see and wonderful walks. Visit the squirrel's tea room too.
Great Wood Enjoy the freedom of space as you explore the forest on foot or by bike. Well surfaced forest tracks means there’s plenty to discover with buggies or wheelchairs. Make a day of it: bring a picnic or use one of our BBQs.
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...
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! Plus there's now a brand new skatepark here too!
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens 180 acres of gardens to enjoy and explore, including a Children’s Education Garden. The site boasts a restaurant and tearooms, as well as a giant treehouse play area for adventurers of all ages! Free entry for accompanied kids under 17.
Southampton Common Great adventure play area and kids' summer paddling pool wonderful for under 5s, plus nature trails and loads of different terrain to explore. You can also find a fishing lake, boating pond, nature centre and historic cemetery here.
The Den Green Flag Awarded park close to the seafront at Teignmouth with a large, award winning childrens play area that combines dry and wet play, a multi use games area, adventure golf course facility and football pitches.
Drews Pond Wood Local Nature Reserve A beautiful area of woodland, full of loads of flowers, plus plenty of ducks and geese to feed. Circuit of paths to follow, picnic area, plus a number of interesting habitats to explore with the kids.
Exeter Sculpture Walk Over 30 interesting and varied sculptures to enjoy, located both outside and in the buildings of the University of Exeter. The campus is als a registered Botanical Garden, with plenty of exotic plants, and lovely views acros the city.
Hengrove Park Large park with huge Play Park with features for all ages. Areas for ball games, Wheels park for BMX and skating, plus 12m Jungle Dome to explore! Open all year and free to visit.
Royal Victoria Country Park A popular country park with woodland and seashore to explore, plus a Visitor Centre, sensory garden, children’s play area, and a miniature railway! Loads of wildlife to enjoy, plus Family Fun and Story Trails to follow. Free!
Lakeside Country Park Over 22 hectares of lakes, wet meadow and woodland including a designated Paw Trail for dog walkers, a narrow gauge railway, lots of natural wildlife, picnic sites and a year round cafe.
Go Seqway Segway tours through Haldon Forest with a choice of two types of eco friendly segways and several different tours available for kids 10 years and old. Children’s Parties offered too
Haldon Forest Park Whether you want a quiet stroll or an exhilarating mountain biking or horse riding experience, there's something for you here! 3,500 acres of woodland just fifteen minutes from Exeter with Segways, Cycle Skills Pump Loop, Go Ape and a Woodland Adventure Club!
Itchen Valley Country Park Huge park with consistent Green Flag Awards, marked trails and playground, cycle paths and a visitor centre with nature displays, trail maps and a Totem Discovery Trail.
Berry Head National Nature Reserve An impressive limestone headland with a coastal walk to follow and free visitor centre. Loads of plants, birds and insects to spot, plus the remains of two Napoleonic forts. Dogs on leads are welcome.
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.
Ashton Court Estate Country park and mansion with 850 acres of woodland and grassland and many opportunities to get back to nature and activities for families to enjoy.
Brandon Hill Park Does not boast a great many facilities, but is an excellent place to spot and even feed the huge number of squirrels the area supports.
Felix Road Adventure Playground Mainly outdoor play, offering a wide range of good quality equipment, skatepark, sand pit, cyclist training area, plenty of free play space and nicely shaded areas for high summer. You must register on arrival but access is free!
Decoy Country Park Large play area with water play features, plus BMX race track and dirt jumps! Other popular amenities include a lake supporting water sports activities and a deliciously deciduous woodland with a trim trail incorporated into it too for you big jobs.
Canonteign Falls Visit the home of England’s highest waterfall. Over 80 acres to explore with the kids, including Nature Walk and Secret Garden. There is also a children’s assault course, a small play area and giant bunnies! A wonderful family day out.
University of Bristol Botanic Gardens A beautiful garden filled with a huge diversity of plants, including many exotic species set in inspirational displays. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Edinburgh with kids.
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.
Oldbury Court Estate Grade II registered parkland with woods, riverside paths, is excellent for walking and playing including a separate toddler play park, accessible play equipment and things older children will love too.
Dunster Forest and Estate Go down to the woods today and explore our beautiful forest, see wildlife, try the adventure play area, walk or cycle waymarked trails or learn about our tall trees: including the tallest tree in England!
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.
The Ridgeway National Trail 85 miles (136km) recreation route that crosses or passes many important wildlife and archaeological sites, set in some of the most scenic landscape in the country. Explore ancient landscapes through woodland, downland and secluded valleys. Free to visit.
Portishead Lake Grounds As well as the lake, there is a children's playground and tennis courts and bowls and, during the summer, rowing boats are available for hire. Portishead Open Air Pool is open during the summer months.
Appley Park Public park with beach area, pitch and putt, picnic areas and ancient trees, plus an awesome adventure playground, paddling pool and sandpits with winch equipment. Simple, traditional and fun!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Dorchester 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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