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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 The Teddy Bear Museum to your Itinerary

    The Teddy Bear Museum

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    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    .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...

  2. Add Forest Leisure Cycling to your Itinerary

    Forest Leisure Cycling

    Type

    Forest

    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...

  3. Add The Tutankhamun Exhibition to your Itinerary

    The Tutankhamun Exhibition

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    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 The Dinosaur Museum to your Itinerary

    The Dinosaur Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    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...

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

    Sandworld - Weymouth Sand Sculpture Festival

    Type

    Craft Centre

    Weymouth

    Our 2015 theme of 'Best & British' featuring British icons, we would love to welcome you to this brilliant gallery with a difference, perfect for all ages. So come & take a selfie with your favourite characters such as, One Direction, The Royal Family, Chitty Bang Bang, Lewis Hamilton, The Beatles,...

  6. Add Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park & Tower to your Itinerary

    Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park & Tower

    Type

    Animal Collection

    Weymouth


    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...

  7. Add Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park to your Itinerary

    Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park

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    Garden

    DORCHESTER


    Kingston Maurward House was built in 1720 for George Pitt in the classic Palladian style that so characterised this period. 

    The contemporary parkland and pleasure gardens were laid out in the style popularised by Capability Brown.

    Simplicity was the hallmark of the gardens which consisted of...

  8. Add Purbeck Sports Centre to your Itinerary

    Purbeck Sports Centre

    Type

    Leisure/Swimming Pool

    WAREHAM

    Fitness fun in Purbeck
    Stunning countryside views, fantastic facilities for all the family and a 25 metre indoor pool make Purbeck Sports Centre the perfect venue to keep active.
    • Sessions for all the family in the low-chlorine swimming pool
    • Three all-weather floodlit tennis courts...

  9. Add Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre to your Itinerary

    Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

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    Animal Collection

    Wool, WAREHAM


    Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating day out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham.
     
    The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world.

    Some are now part...

  10. Add Highcliffe Castle to your Itinerary

    Highcliffe Castle

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    Exhibition Centre

    Highcliffe, CHRISTCHURCH

    Highcliffe Castle is a magnificent Grade 1 Listed 1830s mansion built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay and is situated just four miles east of Christchurch. The cliff-top grounds, with wonderful views of the Dorset coastline and the Isle of Wight, provide access to the beach and to the Christchurch...