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Tonnes of fun!

Tonnes of fun!

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Family Attractions in Dorset

If you’re searching for fun-packed ideas for days out in Dorset with the kids, you’ve reached the right place!

In Dorset, there’s animals to meet, fascinating museums to discover, great castles to explore, thrilling rides and sports of all sorts.

One thing’s for sure is that we can guarantee you and the family won’t be bored on your family holiday to Dorset. Get ready for some great fun!

What shall we do today?

It’s not difficult to keep the kids (and parents) entertained in Dorset as there’s a fair share of star family attractions hidden in amongst all that lovely West Country scenery.

Monkey World is one of Dorset the most renowned ape rescue centres in the world with over 230 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys. A great day out for your cheeky chimps!

Moors Valley Country Park has something for everyone. Set in 1000 acres of parkland and forest you can explore the way marked trails, tree-top walkways and tackle the high wire adventure.

Enjoy some fun down on the farm at Farmer Palmers. This is a great day out under 8s with a brilliant adventure playground and a number of animal based activities.

Inspirational days out

You’ll never be stuck for interesting things to see and do in Dorset, even when the British weather takes a turn for the worse. Don’t panic, Dorset has plenty of indoor fun to keep everyone entertained.

For your little soldiers, the Tank Museum is a must. Learn the story of the tank and look around a massive display of armoured vehicles; you can even take part in a trench experience. Tonnes of fun for everyone!

Kids will love the amazing variety of museums in Dorset where children of all ages can learn, explore, touch, and discover. Board a Concorde aircraft, be amazed at life sized dinosaurs and teddy bears, see Tutankhamun’s tomb and have your photo taken with Mr Bean’s yellow mini!

If the children need to let off some steam, take them to Lemur Landings – a huge soft play centre with bridges to cross, tunnels to explore and plenty of clambering up, sliding down, and running around.

Experience the country life

The biggest and best attractions in Dorset aren’t those that would immediately spring to mind; they’re our beaches, cliffs, harbours, woods and meadows – places that are absolutely free to go and see! If you’re after a great family day out that won’t cost you a penny, come and experience some of Dorset’s finest natural wonders.

A picnic at Durdle Door will entertain the whole family. Spend the day at Dorset’s most famous landmark and soak up the atmosphere at this magnificent beauty spot. Splash in the sea, play games, relax and enjoy quality family time.

Stimulate your children’s inquiring minds by following the Legacy Trail in Weymouth & Portland.  A downloadable ‘Go Wild’ Activity Booklet has different children's activities to do along the way and you can also pick this up from centres along the Legacy Trail. 

Start planning your family adventures today

 In order to get the most out of your stay in Dorset experience as many attractions as possible, it is advisable to book some accommodation.

We are proud to offer a wide range of accommodation that is suitable for families, whether you’re looking for hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages, caravan parks or camping facilities, you can rest assured we have everything here for you to enjoy your stay in Dorset.

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  1. Add Swanage Railway to your Itinerary

    Swanage Railway




    Whatever the weather, take a journey back in time and enjoyable day of excitement and nostalgia at the award winning Swanage Railway.

    Sit back and relax during a leisurely trip behind one of our historic steam locomotives.

    The 12 mile Swanage Railway return trip takes you through the...

  2. Add Sandworld - Weymouth Sand Sculpture Festival to your Itinerary

    Sandworld - Weymouth Sand Sculpture Festival


    Craft Centre



    We are very excited about 2016 - if you love the sand sculptures on the beach, you will absolutely love SandWorld. Founded by local businessman David Hicks and Mark Anderson, Weymouth’s resident sand sculptor and Grandson of Fred Darrington, who together...

  3. Add The Tutankhamun Exhibition to your Itinerary

    The Tutankhamun Exhibition




    The Tutankhamun Exhibition allows the visitor to experience the magnificence and wonder of the world's greatest discovery of ancient treasure. Be there at the discovery with Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, and share in their excitment. Explore the ante-chamber filled with treasures including...

  4. Add Splashdown Poole to your Itinerary

    Splashdown Poole


    Theme Park


    Splashdown is an all action water park with some of the UK's best water flumes. Spin in the Spacebowl and tumble through twisting tubes of Mississippi Drifter for family tyre fun. Little ones not forgotten as they play around in the Little Buccaneers' Splashzone interactive water play and our...

  5. Add Forest Leisure Cycling to your Itinerary

    Forest Leisure Cycling



    Burley, NEW FOREST

    Welcome to the home of cycling in the New Forest. We are the acclaimed New Forest Cycle Hire, Cycle and Accessory Sales and Cycle Repairs Centre, based in the traditional and unspoilt village of Burley and located close to the trails. Come and enjoy a healthy, active day out on one of our 9 New...

  6. Add Treasure Trails Dorset to your Itinerary

    Treasure Trails Dorset


    Walking Tour

    Hope Square, Weymouth

    Explore the streets of Weymouth with a self-guided Murder Mystery themed walking Treasure Trail; a fun and imaginative way to explore Weymouth.As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the clues set on existing buildings, statues and monuments to eliminate the suspects to discover whodunit? The...

  7. Add The Dinosaur Museum to your Itinerary

    The Dinosaur Museum




    The only museum on mainland Britain solely devoted to dinosaurs, the award-winning Dinosaur Museum is a treat, especiallly for children. The musuem combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Multimedia displays tell the...

  8. Add The Teddy Bear Museum to your Itinerary

    The Teddy Bear Museum




    .Visit this unique family museum with its evocative and atmospheric displays of teddy bears from throughout the last century. From the earliest teddy bears right up until today’s TV favourites they are all there to be seen and enjoyed. The museums oldest bear is called Michael as was made in 1906...

  9. Add Henley Hillbillies to your Itinerary

    Henley Hillbillies


    Adventure Park/Playground

    Buckland Newton, DORCHESTER

    Exhilarating Off-road driving and shooting activities in the heart of Dorset.

    Ride a quad bike, smash a clay pigeon, accelerate an ACE out of the bend, fly a hovercraft 6 inches from the ground, hit the target straight in the bull’s eye!

    We have over 25 years experience, unique well...

  10. Add The Tank Museum to your Itinerary

    The Tank Museum



    BOVINGTON, Wareham

    The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crews to life, supported by the world's best collection of tanks, and action packed live displays during the school holidays.

    Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning almost 100 years of history. As you explore the museum's...