Best Things To Do & Days Out In Shaftesbury, Dorset

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 628 fun things to do in Shaftesbury for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries and tourist attractions. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 362 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Shaftesbury day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Shaftesbury with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Gold Hill Museum and Garden

  • Shaftesbury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Gold Hill Museum and Garden Local life and history are portrayed here through artifacts, costume, photos, ceramics, tools, domestic items and the tow...

Marlowe's Makes Imagiplay

  • Peacemarsh
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Looking for a play area for under-8s? Then head over to Marlowe’s Make Imagiplay, where your kids can get their creative juices flowing and discover...

Old Wardour Castle

  • Salisbury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Come and explore Old Wardour Castle! An audio tour, which is thoughtfully included in the ticket price, tells of Old Wardour's eventful past and the...

Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre

  • West Stour
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The bright and spacious Climb Aboard Indoor Play Centre with its 3 level adventure maze frame has all the modern and traditional features one expects...

Larmer Tree Gardens

  • Tollard Royal
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Larmer Tree Gardens Set in the outstanding landscape of the Cranborne Chase, these beautifully laid out gardens were created by General Pitt Rivers i...

Visit Hillbrush

  • Mere
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Established in 1922 the Hillbrush Company has too rich of a history to be hidden from the public and this is all on display for you to see at the vis...

Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre

  • Sturminster Newton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Get out of the cold and into the freezing at Coolplay Indoor Soft Play Centre! Take your kids to a soft play set in the icy outdoors, but don’t worry...

Hunters Lodge Inn

  • Wincanton
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Looking for a family escape in beautiful Somerset? The Hunters Lodge Inn has everything you need for a memorable visit - large adventure playground,...

Stourhead

  • Stourton
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The jewel in the Stourhead crown has to be the world-famous 18th-century landscape garden. A magnificent lake shimmering with reflections of classica...

Crazy Monsters3.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Blandford Forum
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Crazy Monsters is North Dorset's largest indoor soft play area so you can let your little monsters go wild! They are a RoSPA inspected location and a...

Laserguys Laser Tag

  • Blandford Forum
  • Outdoor
  • Laser Tag

Looking for a fantastic family day out that will get your hearts pumping? Head over to Laserguys Laser Tag in Dorest, a great outdoor laser tag that’...

Blandford Leisure Centre

  • Blandford Forum
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Hours spent splashing around in water are a favourite family pastime. Dive on in, soak those toes and allow your little ones to get lost in the world...

Mini Town at Cale Park Kitchen5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Wincanton
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Mini Town at Cale Park Kitchen is a an innovative role play area for kids. It’s designed to provide educational and fun experience, but most importan...

Pevlings Farm Riding and Livery Stables5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Templecombe
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Pevlings Farm Riding Stables was established in 1985 and the aim at this riding stables has always been to provide a safe, friendly and informal atmo...

Virtual Warfare Laser Combat

  • Salisbury
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Can’t get the kids to get off their Playstation or XBox? We’ve got something that will get gamers of all ages excited! Virtual Warfare Laser Combat i...

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park

  • Warminster
  • Outdoor
  • Safari Parks

Experience the thrill of Longleat Safari and Adventure Park. This safari drive through takes you closer to wild animals than ever before. Drive throu...

Go Ape Moors Valley

  • Ringwood
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Fancy an aerial adventure your kids will talk about for years to come? Head out to Go Ape Moors Valley - with 1,000m of high ropes and a quadruple se...

Flying Saucers Pottery Painting Cafe

  • Warminster
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Flying Saucers is a pottery painting cafe welcoming families and children of all ages to come and have some messy fun with beautiful results! Simply...

Little Urchins Softplay

  • Warminster
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Little Urchins Softplay offers three separate soft play areas for different age ranges and their huge pirate ship is the highlight of the show! Full...

Funways

  • Warminster
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Funways children's activity and soft play centre. At funways we are constantly improving and developing on new and fantastic ideas. We aim to make yo...

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