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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 Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park to your Itinerary

    Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park


    Animal Collection


    Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower takes you on an adventure both above and below the ocean.

    Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.

    Also visit the Weymouth Sea Life Tower and enjoy amazing 360º panoramic views of Weymouth Bay, Portland...

  3. 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...

  4. Add Farmer Palmer's Farm Park  to your Itinerary

    Farmer Palmer's Farm Park



    Organford, POOLE

    Enter into a world of discovery - feed the lambs, view the animals, take a tractor-trailer ride, watch milking, have fun in the play areas (Designed for 8 years and under). Restaurant and shop.

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. Add Abbotsbury Swannery to your Itinerary

    Abbotsbury Swannery


    Animal Collection


    The 600-year-old swannery is a natural history paradise. Home to the only managed colony of free-flying mute swans in the world that visitors can walk among. During the nesting and hatching period (end May-end June), it is possible to be standing next to hatching eggs. On average, over 100 nests...

  9. Add Jurassic Skyline  to your Itinerary

    Jurassic Skyline


    Adventure Park/Playground


    Located in Weymouth on the edge of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Jurassic Skyline offers unrivalled views of this breathtaking natural phenomenon.

    With floor to ceiling windows, the viewing capsule slowly rotates a full 360 degrees offering uninterrupted panoramic views up to...

  10. Add Lulworth Castle & Park to your Itinerary

    Lulworth Castle & Park



    EAST LULWORTH, Wareham

    Welcome to Lulworth Castle and Park at the heart of the privately owned Lulworth Estate.

    Follow the fascinating story of Lulworth Castle and the inspiring past of its dedicated owners.

    From the Lulworth Castle tower, discover breathtaking views over the Dorset countryside, picnic in the...