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Kids Days Out In Dorset

kids days out dorset
Dorset is one of my favourite counties, famous for its Thomas Hardy novels, and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast it is also one of the prettiest and sunniest counties in England. Dorset is a great place to go for a holiday, short break or just a day out. For beaches head to Studland, Swanage, Sandbanks, Weymouth or Bournemouth.
For walks check out the Isle of Purbeck - there are great coastal walks including Swanage to Old Harry Rocks and Swanage to Worth Matravers. At Durlston Country park besides the many seabirds you may also be luck enough to see Dolphins. For fossil hunting head to Kimmeridge Bay - there is a large car-park overlooking the sea - just ideal for picnics. If you are searching for a day out or things to do check out our listings on our mobile friendly Kids Days Out guide. We also list attractions and activities for the disabled. Finally we always welcome feedback on our Facebook page.
  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Hengistbury Head - Bournemouth

Enjoy a family walk any time of year

Enjoy this delightful country park ( free ) overlooking the sea. Nature trails, beaches. 

 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes
  • Offers: 50% off if you return within 5 days of your first visit!

Farmer Palmer's Farm Park, Poole

Great for children 8 years and under!

Hands-on animal events all day, play areas, indoor soft play, tractors, straw mountain, bouncy castles, child-friendly restaurant at this great attraction in Dorset.
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

The Clay Studio - Christchurch

Pottery painting is great for children.

Bring out your childrens creative side and encourage and inspire them. Kidz Painting Academy courses in school holidays.

  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Fontmell Down - Shaftesbury

Great scenic walks on the Downs.

Look out for butterflies and wild flowers and have a picnic. Just half a mile away Compton Abbas airfield where you can watch light aircraft. 

 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Role Play World, Bournemouth

Imaginative play at Role Play World!

Role Play World offers an educational and imaginative children's play area and cafe, where children can play and adults can relax over a coffee with friends.
  • Free Attraction: No

Gardens to visit in Dorset

Lovely gardens to visit with your family

Dorset has many lovely gardens for you to visit with your family - many have childrens activities all year round.
  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Odeon Cinema, Bournemouth

All the best family films

Treat your kids to a cinema trip at the Bournemouth Odeon
 
  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Borough Gardens, Dorchester

Keep the kids happy at Borough Park

Borough Park in Dorchester is a beautiful place to head for with a picnic, has a play area and splash pool!
 
  • Free Attraction: No

Surf Steps, Bournemouth

Surf School, Surfing and Paddleboarding, .

Come and learn surfing and paddleboarding with us on Bournemouth Seafront.
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Dorchester Sports Centre

Keep active at Dorchester Sports Centre

Have fun whilst keeping the kids healthy and active at Dorchester Sports Centre in Dorset.
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Bournemouth Pier & Rock Reef

A great British pier for all the family

Lots of activities for the kids on the pier including the Rock Reef attraction in Bournemouth, Dorset.
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Swanage Railway

Award winning preserved steam railway.

Running for 6 miles from Swanage to Norden through beautiful Purbeck Countryside with wonderful views this is a must do activity!
 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes
  • Offers: See website

Bournemouth Football Club

See Premiership Football at its best

Now in the Premiership Bournemouth is taking the football world by storm. The number 1 club in Dorset.
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Bush Farm Bison Centre, near Shaftesbury

Great family fun at Bush Farm and Bison Centre Wiltshire

Meet Bison, Racoons, Prarie Dogs, Elks among many other animals at Bush Farm. Set in 30 acres of woodland explore, play and take a picnic.
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Beach Gardens, Swanage, things to do

Putting, Tennis & Bowls

Putting, tennis and bowls in a lovely setting a quick walk away from Swanage centre
 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Sprinkles Gelato Ice Cream Parlour, Bournemouth

Tasty ice cream treats for all the family

We just don't serve fantastic ice creams but a whole range of deserts to make everyone happy.
 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Odeon Cinema Dorchester

All the best family films

The whole family will love catching up on the latest films at Dorchester Odeon.
 
  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: No

Kimmeridge Bay, Wareham

Great fossil hunting on the beach here plus lots of rock-pools.

This is a great place to take the kids rock pooling and to look for fossils.
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Putlake Adventure Farm - Swanage

Adventure Farm set in 30 acres on the Dorset Jurassic Coast.

Indoor & outdoor activities including: farm animals, owls, rabbits, ponies. Lamb & kid feeding. Bouncy castles, pedal tractors, trampolines.

  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Moors Valley Country Park - Ringwood

750-acre country & forest park

Children's Play Areas, lakes, walking & cycle trails. Narrow gauge steam railway. Play & Adventure Trails including Tree Top Trail.

  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Coastal Activity Park, Boscombe, Bournemouth

Exciting Coastal Adventures!

Bournemouths Coastal Activity Park offers a wide range of activities for all the family to enjoy including bouldering, swingball, orienteering and more.

 
  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Beaches in Swanage

Swanage has one of the finest beaches in Dorset

The beaches in swanage are great for the kids with safe paddling, bathing and sandcastle!

 
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check
  • Offers: Free for National Trust Members

Corfe Castle, Nr Wareham

Great castle to explore with kids

See these outstanding castle ruins set in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck
 
  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Radipole Lake Nature Reserve - Weymouth

Great RSPB Nature reserve with trails.

Boardwalks, many different birds can be seen including uncommon or rare birds like Cetti's warblers and bitterns. Visitor centre.

 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check
  • Offers: Yes - see website

Dinosaur Museum - Dorchester

Britain’s original dinosaurs museum.

Award-winning museum combines fossils, skeletons and life-sized dinosaur reconstructions with multimedia and hands on displays.

 
  • Free Attraction: Yes

Dorchester Skate Park

Skate, BMX, and Scooter Park

Come and try out our great Skate Park in Dorchester.
 
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Rossi's Ice Cream, Weymouth

Keep cool at Rossis Ice Cream Parlour

Rossis Icecream Parlour in Weymouth Dorset is the perfect place to treat the family to an amazing ice cream!
 
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Bournemouth Balloon

Up, Up and away.

Take to the Bournemouth Balloon and enjoy fantastic views over Dorset and the coast.
 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Pirate Adventure Golf Weymouth

Swashbuckling Fun!

Part of Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park, the kids will love Pirate Adventure Mini Golf. Great for pirate fans, are ye ready for a game of golf like no other?
 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Offers: Yes - see offers page on website

Boscombe Chine Mini Golf, Bournemouth

Mini golf by the sea for all the family

Come and have a fun family time at our mini golf course in Boscombe.
 
  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Studland Beach and Shell Bay - near Swanage

The perfect place to go for the beach and finding shells.

Trails through the sand dunes and woodlands, where you may see deer, insects and bird life plus many species of wild flowers.

 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Olis Roller Disco, Ferndown

Your kids will love our 'Roller Disco'

Roller discos at Ferndown Leisure Centre – Every Sunday
 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Dorset County Museum

The Museum for Dorset!

A fun and educational day out, Dorset museum in Dorchester is perfect for all the family.
 
  • Free Attraction: No

Boat trips, Wareham

Boat trips from Wareham, have a great day out with the kids

Take a boat trip with the family on the River Frome in the ancient market town of Wareham, Dorset.
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Oceanarium - Bournemouth

Meet a vast array of creatures.

From piranhas to clownfish. Get even closer to sharks, turtles and stingrays in the underwater tunnel and experience the UK’s first virtual dive cage! 

 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Chococo - Swanage

Discover delectable, fresh chocolates handmade.

Watch the team in action through the window into our tiny factory.

 
  • Free Attraction: No

Swanage Pitch & Putt, Swanage

Everyone is welcome at Swanage Pitch & Putt

Have fun with the family on this  Pitch & Putt course in Swanage, everything supplied.
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

Teddy Bear Museum and Shop - Dorchester

The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum.

Dorchester's unmissable family museum, plus Teddy Bear House, a unique family house with people sized bears. 

 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Littledown Centre, Bournemouth

Not just swimming here!

Lots of activities here at The Littledown Sports Centre for all the family!
 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Swanage Pier

Take a stroll along Swanage Pier. A very small charge applies

Take a stroll along Swanage Pier or perhaps go fishing or crabbing
 

Dorchester Football Club

Football to watch and play in Dorchester

Support your local football club Dorchester Town FC. We also have a great Youth set up.
 
  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Partly - Call to check

RSPB Arne - Wareham

Great reserve with trails across heath.

You will see  many types of wildlife including waterfowl, deer and dragonflys. Picnic area but instead why not take your picnic down to Shipstal Beach.

 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: No

Badger Watch near Dorchester

Wildlife lovers will enjoy Badger Watch!

From our hides, thrill at the sight of badgers emerging from their setts and foraging for food. The area is floodlit for perfect vision and visits from other wildlife such as owls, foxes, rabbits and bats add to the spectacle.
 
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Fishing Weymouth Pier

See what fish you can catch in Weymouth!

The Stone pier in Weymouth is a great place for anglers to try their luck at fishing!
 
  • Free Attraction: No

Go Ape - England, Scotland and Wales

You need to Go Ape - tree top adventures. Special offers on our site!

Discounts on Go Ape Tree Top Adventures & Segway with 29 centres around the UK in some of Britains best forests.
 
  • Free Attraction: No
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Cineworld, Weymouth

Family fun at Cineworld Weymouth

Stuck for something to do on a rainy day? Why not catch up on all the latest films at Cineworld Weymouth!
 
  • Free Attraction: No

Front Bike Hire, Bournemouth Seafront

Cycle hire on Bournemouth Seafront

Pick up a bike from Front Bike Hire and ride along the seafront in Bournemouth, Dorset
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth

Lots of things to do at Lodmoor Country Park

Lodmoor Country Park is a 15 minute stroll from the Esplanade with lots of things to do for the family.
 
  • Free Attraction: Partly - See Website
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Burngate Stone Carving Centre - Swanage

Traditional stone carving for all the family.

Children's activities and stone carving sessions in school holidays and weekends. Activities with a difference. Try this historic craft, just one of the great things we have to do on our guide.

 
  • Free Attraction: Yes
  • Wheelchair friendly: Yes

Durlston Country Park - Swanage

See some of the most stunning scenery in Dorset.

On the South Coast where families and children can find plenty to do. Summer program of kids activities, every Thursday afternoon.
 
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