Best Things To Do & Days Out In Dorset

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 533 fun things to do in Dorset for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Bridport. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 299 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Dorset 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 Dorset 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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Oldbury Court Estate

  • Bristol
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Oldbury Court Estate is grade II registered parkland with woods, riverside paths, is excellent for walking and playing including a separate toddler p...

Blackbrook Park Play Area

  • Fareham
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Blackbrook Park Play Area is green and spacious play area was installed when the park was refurbished a few years ago and is very popular with locals...

Lee-on-Solent Beach

  • Lee-on-the-Solent
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great shingle beach in Hampshire? Look no further than Lee-on-Solent, water babies will love going for a paddle in the sea, plus there’...

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

  • Ryde
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Isle Of Wight Steam Railway is calling all passengers to jump aboard and explore five miles of the Island's best hot spots.  The all day ticket a...

Clifton & Durdham Downs

  • Bristol
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Downs are a gorgeous green escape on the edge of Bristol. There’s loads to keep you busy including horse riding, cycling, kite flying and footbal...

University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

  • Bristol
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

University of Bristol Botanic Gardens Welcome to a beautiful garden filled with a huge diversity of plants, including many exotic species set in insp...

Kilve Beach

  • Kilve
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Nice weather? Make the most of the sunshine - bag your sun lotion, put on your bikini and head out to find a real fossil at Kilve Beach near Bristol....

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bristol
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Meet over 100 species of animal at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol, including all the big zoo favourites - lions, tigers, bears, giraffes and elephant...

Crofton Beam Engines

  • Marlborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Crofton Beam Engines is a fabulous place to bring the little ones. One of the engines is over 200 years old and still works, fed by a coal fired Lanc...

World of Country Life

  • Exmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

World of Country Life is Devon's multi-award-winning whole family day out, whatever the weather! There are over 2 acres indoors with loads to do: cra...

Winchester Science Centre

  • Winchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Welcome to the Winchester Science Centre: one huge activity area exploring the principles of life, the universe and everything! What really sets it a...

Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre

  • Exmouth
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Hawkridge Birds of Prey Centre is privately run by husband and wife team and offers a good variety of experiences, although all by appointment only....

Bishop's Waltham Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Bishops Waltham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

On the Bishop's Waltham Spy Mission Treasure Trail your crack team of kids will have to work together and solve clues to discover the truth. It’s a t...

Wilton Windmill

  • Wilton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Wilton Windmill is a working 19th century mill that still produces wholemeal stone ground flour. The mill is located on the top of a chalk hill in th...

Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

  • Wroxall
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

The Isle Of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has been a home for rescued donkeys since the 80s and they welcome families to explore the sanctuary and visit the...

Island Equus

  • Ryde
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Activities at Island Equus are more oriented toward the benefits of training and studying the animals than on actually riding them, a holistic and si...

Quad World

  • Exeter
  • Outdoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

Come to multi award-winning Quad World where everyone can join in the fastest growing sport in the UK and make some epic memories to go back to schoo...

Sand Bay

  • Weston-Super-Mare
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Bring out the sunscreen, gather the kids and get ready for a family day out in the sun at Sand Bay Beach near Weston Super Mare. This long sandy stri...

Oakham Treasures5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bristol
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Oakham Treasures is one of the largest privately owned museums that is dedicated to retail and farming history in the UK! This vast unique attraction...

Jaqs Leisure

  • Bristol
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Bring the kids down to Jaqs Leisure a family ran centre that does everything with the happiness of families in mind! Let the kids explore the multi l...

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