Let me introduce myself, I’m Rachel and I work for the Visit Dorset Tourism Partnership and am lucky enough to live in this beautiful part of the country!

I recently had a week off to spend with my family (husband, 11 year old son and 7 year old daughter) and rather than go away anywhere we decided to stay put and enjoy what is on our wonderful doorstep!  So, I thought I’d share some of our days out with you…most of which were generally quite active!

Dorset Waterpark

I have to admit that the thought of jumping around in a lake in a wetsuit didn’t really appeal to me at first, especially as I’m not a big fan of getting wet!.  I was definitely the one member of the family whinging about getting cold!  However, I can hand on heart say that this was one of the most enjoyable activities that I have done in a long time.

Dorset Waterpark is situated right near Corfe Castle and the setting is beautiful.  We had pre-booked our slot and turned up half an hour before our booking to ensure that we could get suited up and ready for the activity ahead!  The process to book in, hire our wetsuits and shoes was all really straightforward.

After a safety briefing we headed over to the first of 2 lakes and whilst the kids and my husband were already jumping around with glee on the inflatables I gingerly lowered myself in the water!  After a few minutes I was up on the inflatable and making my way through the obstacles with everyone else and found myself smiling from ear and thoroughly enjoying myself.  The lifeguards on the inflatable are great fun and the kids absolutely loved them!

Fun on the inflatables at Dorset Waterpark

After half an hour we left the first lake and strolled over to the second which was a bit bigger with a wonderful view of the Castle.  The first lake was fun but this was even better…inflatable slides, trampoline, big inflatable pillows…I haven’t laughed so much in ages!

Our time was soon up and we left the lakes to the tune of our 2 children singing ‘I want to do it again!’. However, I was pretty worn out by this point!

After we’d dried off and changed it was time to re-fuel!  There’s a little shack selling teas, coffees, ice creams, bacon butties etc. to fill a hole or you can take your own picnic.

All in all this was a great day out and I actually can’t wait to go again! Ps – the wetsuits are fab and I didn’t feel cold once!

Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove

Next on the list was the iconic Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. With a picnic packed and feeling fit and ready for the climb ahead we headed from the car park in Lulworth and started the ascent up the cliff!  With several stops along the way to admire the view (and have a sneaky rest!) we reached Durdle Door or ‘Diggery Door’ as my daughter kept calling it!

Durdle door on a summer's day

We made our way down the steps and took a well earned rest on Man O’ War beach, the children splashed around in the sea whilst we soaked in the scenery.

Once we were feeling fit and ready to get going again we made our way back to Lulworth and rewarded ourselves with a delicious ice-cream and coffee before heading to Lulworth Cove where we spent some more time relaxing on the beach!

Although I’ve been here many times before it never disappoints and is truly spectacular, well worth a visit…or two!

Row, row, row your boat!

We did this last year and my children have been keeping on about going back ever since!  So, off we went to Wareham and hired a little rowing boat.

Fully fitted up with lifejackets and after a quick bit of guidance we made our way up the pretty river.  Now, my husband is one of those people that is good at almost every sport going but I’ve finally found something that he simply can’t do, so with oars in hand I confidently led us through the water …can you hear the smugness in my tone here?!

Rowing down Wareham River in a row boat

After we had meandered up the river for 5 minutes or so the children wanted their go…after precariously changing places and managing not to tip anyone overboard they took an oar each and quite impressively kept us going until it was time to turn round and make our way back.

This is a really lovely way to get out and enjoy the fresh air and scenery.  Who doesn’t enjoy hiring a rowing boat and messing around on a river? 

Colmer’s Hill

This has been on my to-do list for what seems like forever! We can see Colmer’s Hill from our house and I have been saying for ages ‘we must walk up there!’.  So out came the walking boots and off we went and all I can say is why haven’t I done this before?!

Walking up to a great view on Colmer's Hill

The climb up the hill may be steep but it’s short lived and when you get to the top you will be bowled over by the panoramic vista; it is nothing short of stunning.  Mile upon mile of countryside with the glistening sea peeking through in the background – wow!

the fantastic view from Colmer's Hill

After spending a good while at the top my husband and I ambled back down, whereas the children took the ‘no fear’ attitude of running down at full pelt!  Luckily no ankles were twisted in the process!

No walk up Colmer’s Hill would be complete without stopping off at Symondsbury Kitchen for an obligatory slice of cake and fresh cup of tea afterwards…who wouldn’t??

This is somewhere I want to walk again and again and am looking forward to seeing the view through the changing seasons.

As well as this we had trips to the beach, fun crabbing at West Bay (my daughter is now obsessed with this) and sampled lots of delicious food!  I thoroughly enjoyed spending time in my own county; if I didn’t live here I’d definitely be a regular visitor!

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