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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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
We are very excited about 2016 - if you love the sand sculptures on the beach, you will absolutely love SandWorld.
Buckland Newton, DORCHESTER
Thrills on the hills - a day in the Dorset countryside! Exhilarating Off-road driving (8yrs +) and shooting activities (12yrs+).
Archaeology, natural history, and geology of Dorset. Local and agricultural history displays. Gallery of Dorset's writers, including Thomas Hardy's study reconstruction. Up to 2 accompanied children go free, each additional child £1
Splashdown is the South's Ultimate Waterpark. In winter there is a choice of 8 fantastic rides. Each one with its own twists and turns generating a real buzz for the rider and loads of laughs, thrills and spills for all.
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.
Visit this unique family museum with its evocative and atmospheric displays of teddy bears from throughout the last century
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.
Walking with Llamas is a unique and very relaxing experience. These hardy, extremely agile and elegant animals are gentle, easy to handle and great fun to be with. Discover Dorset with a difference!
Fossils, skeletons, life-size dinosaur reconstructions plus hands-on and multimedia displays provide great family fun at this award winning museum.
The Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium takes you on an amazing underwater adventure above and below the waves. Home to hundreds of awesome creatures, come face to face with stunning sharks, giant sea turtles, graceful stingrays, dwarf crocodiles,...
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.
Country Park/Nature Reserve
A beautiful island with wonderful views, wildlife and history including rare red squirrels, birds and the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding.
Detailed 1/20th scale model of Corfe Castle and village before its destruction by Cromwell. Old English country garden.
Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 4 miles. The heathland behind the beach is a National Nature Reserve with many rare birds and all six British reptiles.
Tower Park is the South Coast’s leading entertainment centre with Cinema, Childrens Play Area, Bowling, Bingo, Fitness Centre and Splashdown with the UK’s most exciting indoor and outdoor water rides and restaurants.
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 nostalgic steam-train ride on the Purbeck line.
Steam trains run most weekend throughout the year with daily running April to October.
Park at Norden then catch a train to travel 6 miles south to Swanage, passing through Corfe Castle...
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Countryside, cliffs, sea and wildlife. Visitor Centre with exhibits, information, live cliff camera and underwater sounds. Theme trails. Ranger-guided walks.
The world's greatest discovery of Ancient Treasure - Tutankhamun's tomb, treasures and mummy are superbly recreated in this internationaly renowned exhibition - spanning time itself.