The days are long and the temperature is warm making it a fantastic time of year to get out and get active in Dorset!  Check out our top 12 activities!

Have a splashing time at Dorset Waterpark

Looking for some splashing good fun?  Then Dorset Waterpark is for you!  Set in the stunning Purbeck countryside with Corfe Castle as a backdrop, Dorset Waterpark has two lakes full of inflatables to slip, slide and jump over….and fall off occasionally!

Dorset Water Park

With a trampoline, slide, balance beams and a flip bag there’s plenty to keep you entertained and you’ll enjoy a day full of giggles!

Take a walk through time with Jurassic Coast Guides

Physically walk through time on a professional guided walk or fossil hunt along the stunning Dorset coast with Jurassic Coast Guides.

Jurassic Coast Guides

These walks, tours and fossil hunts are a fantastic way to explore and discover Dorset’s beautiful and world famous Jurassic coastline and can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities.

Learn a new skill at Burngate Stone Carving Centre

If you’ve ever wanted to carve your initials or create a piece of art in stone, Burngate Stone Carving Centre is the perfect place. They offer 2 hour sessions for all ages and abilities, as well as day courses for adults. And it’s not just about stone carving – you can try a wide range of art and rural craft courses as well.

Burngate Stone Carving Centre near Swanage

Connect with your inner warrior at Insight Activities

Nestled in rustic woodland near Dorchester you will find Insight Activities shooting and throwing ranges.

Insight Activities

Why not give the medieval activity of axe throwing a go or if you’re a Walking Dead fan have a go at shooting zombies with rifle crossbows!  Or how about a game of archery combat tag…the ultimate archery combat game!  Insight Activities offer excellent instruction using top quality weapons for all skill levels. Sound like fun?

Get Creative at the Cove

Create at the Cove is an all-weather craft centre where you can try a variety of crafts from fossil digging, model making and decopatch to painting your own pottery, colouring, painting and much more. It’s located close to the famous Lulworth Cove – why not walk down to the cove afterwards for an ice-cream or fish and chips on the beach?

Pottery painting at Create at the Cove, West Lulworth

Tranquillity, exercise and discovery with Cyclexperience

Explore the woodland, heath, beaches and hills of Purbeck on a bike ride.

Cyclexperience

Cyclexperience have mountain bikes or modern electric bikes available to hire and they will send you off with a cycle route plan suitable for your enjoyment and ability…maybe with a stop at a pub or café along the way!

Try a watersport in one of the best locations in Europe

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a bit of a pro, this is your chance to windsurf, kitesurf or stand up paddle in one of the best locations in Europe.

Official Test Centre

Located right on the water’s edge within the grounds of the National Sailing Academy in Portland, the Official Test Centre is accessible whatever the tidal conditions and is exposed to some of the best wind statistics on the south coast.

Capture the moment with Jurassic Coast Photography

The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is 95 miles of stunning scenery just waiting to be photographed. Carl Jacolette of Jurassic Coast Photography is an award winning local photographer who can teach you how to capture the perfect moment. He offers 1-2-1 or group sessions where you can take advantage of the best light of the day – sunrise or sunset.

Jurassic Coast Photography

Thrills and spills on an outdoor adventure

Whether you want to have a go at climbing, coasteering, sea kayaking, bushcraft, raft building or stand up paddle boarding, then Dorset is the place for you.

Coasteering with Cumulus Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor adventure specialists Land & Wave, Lulworth Outdoors, Cumulus Outdoor & Adventure and Adventure 4 All offer a variety of experiences for all ages and abilities and are sure to deliver a memorable day out. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before as their instructors will help and guide you.

Scale the heights with Rock Reef

If you have a head for heights (or want to face your fears), Rock Reef is an all-weather climbing centre with 28 individually themed climbing walls, each with challenges to suit beginners through to the more experienced. Try the stairway to heaven climbing challenge or highline aerial obstacle course. Afterwards, head for Pier Zip and zip line from the end of Bournemouth Pier over the water and down to the beach – a world first!

Rock Reef climbing centre on Bournemouth Pier

Tee off in spectacular scenery at Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club

What better way to spend the day than with a round of golf.  This isn’t any golf club though!  Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club is located right on the Jurassic Coast with stunning views stretching across Lyme Regis and along Chesil Beach to Portland.

Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club

Look out for hole number 6…its only 133 yards long but it has a drop of over 90 feet!

Feel the wind in your hair at Shell Bay Sailing Centre

For novices or experienced sailors, learn the ropes from the friendly staff at Shell Bay Sailing Centre. Their activities are available for individuals, or groups of up to 15 people and range from a one hour taster session to a full day excursion. It’s suitable for families with children of 8 years +.

Shell Bay Sailing Centre

So what are you waiting for...it's time to get active! Find out more about activities in Dorset!

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Shell Bay Sailing Centre
Watersports Centre
Shell Bay Sailing Centre

Dinghy sailing tuition, RYA courses, dinghy hire.

Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club
Golf Course
Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club

Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Dorset being founded in 1891, but its modern facilities and contemporary attitude make it very much part of the 21st Century.

Rock Reef Activity Attraction and Pier Zip
Adventure Sport Centre
RockReef Indoor Activity Attraction

RockReef is an all-weather attraction with PierZip - the world's first pier to shore zip wire! Located at the end of Bournemouth Pier,there is a huge range of amazing activities to suit all ages from 4 – 94! Inside you will find 28 individually themed climbing walls, a stairway to heaven climbing challenge, a Highline aerial obstacle course, a Pier Cave with lots of twists and turns and even hidden ball pits, a Vertical Slide and a Leap of Faith. Outside is the awesome PierZip. If you can climb the 60ft tower at the end of the pier, you launch yourself off the platform and zip surf 250 metres over the sea, landing on the beach below. A dual line means you can go two at a time and race each other to the beach below!

Land and Wave
Adventure Sport Centre
Kayaking

Climbing, Coasteering, Sea Kayaking, Bushcraft, Raft Building, Stand Up Paddle Boarding & more in Swanage and The Purbecks. Excellent instructors, top notch kit and passion for the Great Outdoors.

Lulworth Outdoors
Outdoor Pursuits
Lulworth Outdoors Coasteering at Lulworth

Lulworth Outdoors are a passionate, lively group of outdoor pursuit instructors, based within the stunning and versatile Lulworth Estate. We have access to continuous footpaths, bridleways, and permissive tracks, allowing freedom of exploration, whatever your activity!

Cumulus Outdoor Adventure
Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre
Coasteering with Cumulus Outdoor Adventure

Activities include: Coasteering, Kayaking, Climbing & Abseiling and Bushcraft amongst other things, plus outdoor corporate events, fun days and team building for business plus school and youth programmes and activities.

Adventure 4 All
Adventure Sport Centre
Adventure 4 All

Adventure 4 All are specialists in Outdoor Adventure. Their activities go beyond your expectations to give you an experience second to none. Their core activities include Coasteering, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Rock Climbing.

Jurassic Coast Photography
Photography
Kimmeridge Bay - Jurassic Coast Photography

Join Carl, an award winning local photographer, and capture the photographic delights of this World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Carl can pick you up from your hotel and escort you to some of the world’s best locations and guide you to capture great photos of this fantastic coast. To capture the best light that photographers call the golden hour, the tours usually start early or late and will include a stop for Breakfast or Supper. You will need to bring your camera with fully charged batteries, an empty memory card, and if you have one, a tripod, Prices from just £45 per person.

The Official Test Centre Ltd
Watersports
The Official Test Centre Ltd

The Official Test Centre (OTC) is the windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand up paddling (SUP) centre located right on the water’s edge, within the grounds of the National Sailing Academy on Portland.

Cyclexperience
Cycle Hire
Cycling with Cyclexperience

Combine tranquility, exercise and discovery on a bike and explore the woodland, heath, beaches and hills of Purbeck.

Create at the Cove
Creative
Create at the Cove

Choose from a variety of craft kits, fossil digging, model making, decopatch, paint your own pottery, colouring & painting and much more. A unique attraction which offers an exciting range of creative activities – all available under one roof. Open every day from 10am – 6pm, why not pop in and get creative! There really is something for everyone, and to suit most budgets. From here it is fun, fun, fun all the way!

Archery in Dorset, Crossbows & Axe Throwing in the woods
Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre
Archery in Dorset, Crossbows & Axe Throwing in the woods

Nestled in a rustic woodland you will find Insight Activities shooting and throwing ranges where anyone can learn the arts of Archery, Crossbows, Axe Throwing and Archery Combat Tag in Dorset. Insight Activities are a small specialist provider, not a large multi activity centre. If you want excellent instruction using top quality weapons in a rustic woodland, then please book with us.

Burngate Stone Carving Centre
Activity Centre
Stone carving

Courses in stone carving, sculpture, letter carving and much more.

Jurassic Coast Guides
Walking Tour
Jurassic Coast Guides

We offer professional guided walks, tours and fossil hunts anywhere along the full length of the Jurassic Coast and surrounding areas. There is so much to be discovered within the World Heritage site. Not only is there 95 miles of breathtaking coastline, but delve a little deeper and you can physically 'walk throught time' as it reveals 185 million years of life on earth, showcasing the three Dinosaur periods known as Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.

Dorset Waterpark
Watersports Centre
Dorset Waterpark

A huge inflatable woodland waterpark overlooking Corfe Castle. The course includes slides, a trampoline, gladiator rings, jumps, hurdles, rollers, monkey bars, bridges, balance beams and loads more. Come and experience the park, tackle the obstacles, and compete against your family and friends!

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