May Half Term in Dorset

The 2024 May half term holiday is coming around fast and there really is no better place to spend your valuable time off than right here in Dorset!

Dorset offers lots of fabulous days out with a huge variety of family-friendly attractions, activities and wonderful events to enjoy. We’re so confident that you will be blown away with what's on offer you’ll be back again very soon.

Don’t believe us? Just take a look at what’s on offer this May half term…

Half term events in Dorset

Enjoy all the fun of the fair at the Sherborne Castle Country Fair on 27 May. Held in the grounds of the historic Sherborne Castle, enjoy an action packed day of activities and displays.

Wild Wednesdays return to Durlston Country Park for free, drop-in art activities for kids and families. You can also take part in a Super Seabirds Children's Activity Trail for just £3.50 per prize trail pack. 

There are a number of family-friendly festivals taking place across the county during half term and most of them are free. Children will be enchanted at the Swanage Fairy Festival or for tasty treats head over to Christchurch Food Festival.

Wimborne will go back in time with an incredible re-enactment of 'The Battle For Wimborne' an historical battle that took place around the town during the 17th century when King and Parliament were locked in a bitter civil war. There will be two large battles on 26 & 27 May when the Roundheads from Poole will once again march to clear Wimborne of its Royalist troops. But which side will you be routing for?

Family friendly Dorset attractions

Many of Dorset’s attractions offer some wonderful days out during the school holidays to keep your gang entertained.

During May and June, children can enter the Abbotsbury Swannery for £1 with a full paying adult (max 3 children per full paying adult). With the cygnet season almost here and the delightful NEW Brambly Hedge Official Trail, it's a top place to visit this half term. 

The National Trust's Kingston Lacy house and gardens is running family friendly activities for young and old. Explore the woodlands, take in the wildlife and have a go at their '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' with hands on activities to try.

The Tank Museum always offers a gigantic day out during May half term. Experience the biggest day out in history and see tanks roll into action with realistic life like explosions accompanied by expert commentary.

With such a great variation of days out and events you really will find something to entertain everyone here in Dorset.

Half term on a budget

If you're looking for free or budget-friendly things to do during your stay in Dorset, why not read our blog all about low cost days out. From country parks and animal farms to rockpooling and town trails, we've got lots of fun ideas for all ages.

You might also like to check which special offers are available to grab a bargain and save some money during the half term holidays.

If you need a bit more inspiration, take a look at our full list of over 200 free things to do in Dorset including bike rides, museums, nature reserves, iron-age hill forts, castles and iconic landmarks.

Explore all Dorset has to offer

Don’t forget that Dorset also has lots of stunning countryside, breath-taking beaches and gorgeous towns and villages to discover.

Sample our county’s world famous food and drink at our wonderful restaurants, pubs, inns and tearooms. With the quality of produce on offer, spending some time here is a must for anyone serious about top quality food and drink.

If you’re looking for further inspiration in planning your break in Dorset, make sure you check our Visit Dorset blog. You’ll find some great articles, including guest blogs, about what to see and do during your get-away.

Book your half term holiday now!

With all of this waiting for you to enjoy, you should really start thinking about booking your Dorset adventure!

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