The Blue Pool (2 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.
Corfe Castle (3 miles)
Explore the ruins and enjoy regular costumed historical re-enactments. There is a family guide and a free children's quiz trail, plus extra activities laid on during the school holidays.
Corfe Castle Model Village (3 miles)
Corfe Castle Model Village
Visit us and see what the castle and village would have looked like before its destruction by Cromwell’s troops in 1646. Set in an acre of landscaped gardens, we are the ideal place for a lazy few hours for both young and old alike.
Wareham Boat Hire (4 miles)
Wareham Boat Hire
is a boat hire company offering Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes, Paddle Boards and Rowing Boats for hire on the beautiful River Frome from Wareham. We also offer BCU courses, paddle power, cruises and boat trips!
Durdle Door Beach (4 miles)
Durdle Door Beach
Grand and famous landscape with sandy beach and acceptable swimming though no lifeguard cover.
Lulworth Equestrian Centre (5 miles)
Lulworth Equestrian Centre
BHS approved facility offering lessons for 4 years plus, largely off road hacking and cross country route with varying jumps.
Putlake Adventure Farm (5 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.
Isle of Purbeck Aquarium (6 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.
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery (6 miles)
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
Among the spectacular collection are archaeological finds, fine and decorative arts and natural history specimens representing Gloucesterâs rich heritage.
Monkey World (6 miles)
is a 65 acre woodland park which is home to over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.
The Tank Museum (7 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.
Swanage Railway (7 miles)
Experience a unique journey through 6 miles of beautiful scenery, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, to the beach at Swanage. 4 stations to visit, with museums to discover, plus a great variety of local and Railway events.
Studland Beach and Nature Reserve (7 miles)
Swanage Beach (7 miles)
This Blue Flag awarded bay is normally calm and sheltered and good for swimming, sailing and scuba diving.
Farmer Palmers (7 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!
Brownsea Island (8 miles)
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.
Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum (8 miles)
Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum
Free museum and interactive trail to experience the heritage and environment of the area. Access to Scaplen’s Court Museum and Herb garden late May to December
Sandbanks Beach (8 miles)
Regular Blue Flag award winner with literally everything you could want for a family beach day, amenities and amusements, activities and hire equipment.
Poole Pottery and Factory Outlet (9 miles)
The Dolphin Swimming Pool (9 miles)
The Dolphin Swimming Pool
Offers standard and teaching swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform.
Upton Country Park (9 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 Big Canoe (9 miles)
The Big Canoe
is an opportunity for families with children to explore the coastal waters of Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island paddling a huge Open Canadian Canoe.
Sandbanks Crazy Golf (9 miles)
Sandbanks Crazy Golf
18 very challenging holes to entertain and frustrate you, but every hole has been holed in one at one time or another. Suitable for anyone with the patience from aged 3 to 103!
The Ark (9 miles)
Three levels of adventure play with slides, tunnels and interactive zones to run, jump and play on. Dedicated toddler and baby zone, plus ice skating and ice cream parlour elsewhere on site!
The Ark (9 miles)
Year round real ice skating facility, welcoming families and beginners of all ages with skate aids available. Plus multi level soft play adventure zone and ice cream parlour elsewhere on site!
Gus Gorillas Jungle Playground (9 miles)
Whitecliff Play Area (9 miles)
Whitecliff Play Area
Features the 6m high Multi Activity Tower, boasting 3 slides of different lengths, 3 ravine bridges and a long plank bridge plus rope ladder, vertical scramble net, an arched climber, fireman's poles and play panels!
Prevail Skatehouse (10 miles)
Equipment includes a street section, bowls, banks and extensions, verts, handrails with and without euro gaps, and a jumpbox section too.
Dorset Snowsport Centre (10 miles)
Dorset Snowsport Centre
The slope is 110m and includes a 'Big Kicker', tabletop jumps, rainbow and straight rails plus a quarter pipe! Ringo sessions also available for over 8s, plus swiss bobs and sledges for over 3s!
Lemur Landings (11 miles)
Giant soft play centre suitable for ages up to 11, including multi level play frame, with dedicated areas for under 5s.
Bowlplex Tower Park (11 miles)
Bowlplex Tower Park
Truly family friendly tenpin bowling, with bumpers and ball ramps for the kids, disabled access and baby changing facilities. Older kids will love the Glow Bowl disco nights!
Splashdown (11 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!
Bowlplex Branksome (11 miles)
Enjoy either traditional tenpin or modern UV Glow Bowling, plus play in the arcade with video gaming and pool tables, join a league and lounge in the sports bar.
Bournemouth Alum Chine (11 miles)
Bournemouth Alum Chine
Blue and Green Flag awarded sandy beach with very safe swimming and pirate themed adventure playground.
Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth (12 miles)
Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth
Is an indoor soft play area with outside space, located in a converted Church Hall, featuring 3 level play frame with Area reserved for Babies. Perfect for kids to play and parents to relax while enjoying our homemade food and Italian Coffee.
Curious About Bournemouth (12 miles)
Curious About Bournemouth
is a different way to explore Bournemouth. Two unique treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the kids intrigued and amused. Answer clues, match pictures, whilst reading stories about this fabulous seaside resort. Buy or instantly download the booklet then explore in your own time.
Athelhampton House and Gardens (12 miles)
Athelhampton House and Gardens
Stunning Tudor Great Hall and gallery with its own estate church and surrounding gardens with 9 metre tall pyramid yew trees, octagonal pond and lots of hidden corners to explore.
Oceanarium (12 miles)
brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe including clownfish, sea turtles, sharks and stingrays.
Bournemouth Eye (12 miles)
Riders will be enchanted with a spectacular panoramic view of the English Channel and surrounding area for up to 20 miles from the highest public observation point in Bournemouth.
RockReef (12 miles)
Amazing indoor adventures starting at 5 years old, and including Clip and Climb challenges, Vertical Drop Slide, Leap of Faith feature, Highline Aerial Obstacle Course, Pier Cave tours and the awesome Pier Zip: a dual racing zipline from the pier to the beach!
Giggles Play Centre (12 miles)
Giggles Play Centre
A great new children's indoor play centre with all pools, tunnels, slides, rope ladders, games and loads more
Laser Quest Bournemouth (13 miles)
Laser Quest Bournemouth
This bruiseless shoot 'em up experience is exhilarating and immersive with fun lurking around every corner. The ultimate in interactive entertainment! For over 6s, parents welcome to play too!
Model Town at Wimborne Minster (13 miles)
Model Town at Wimborne Minster
50 year old superbly maintained 1/10th scale model town set in award winning gardens. Explore using the free family worksheet, plus wendy house play area, giant chess, putting lawn and model railway.
Slades Farm Skate Park (13 miles)
Slades Farm Skate Park
Fringed by woodland nature trails this is a family skate park for in blading, roller skating and BMXing, plus a younger kids' swing park, play area and plenty of space.
Boscombe Chine Gardens Minigolf (14 miles)
Boscombe Chine Gardens Minigolf
offering 18 holes of serious mini golf, to show off your skills without the frills. One for those who enjoy the game rather than all the fuss that often goes with it!
SandWorld Sand Sculpture Park (14 miles)
SandWorld Sand Sculpture Park
A unique art gallery with a difference, relaxed, safe giant sandpit for families to get involved using all the tools at hand to create their own masterpiece. All under cover. Best of British theme for 2015!
Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park (14 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!
Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower (14 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.
Pirate Adventure Golf (14 miles)
Pirate Adventure Golf
Climb aboad for 18 holes of swash buckling fun!! Great crazy golf with a pirate theme.
Nothe Fort (15 miles)
A thrilling labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. Constructed on three levels accessed by lift, the Fort is filled with displays, mammoth guns and cinema areas that chart the history of this large and magnificent Victorian structure.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Steeple 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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