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Issues to do in Dorset with youngsters: 45 days out

She sells sea shells on the ocean shore – and one of many many causes to go to Dorset with youngsters is having the ability to stroll on the very seaside of the tongue tornado and seek for the ocean’s treasures your self, simply as Mary Anning did 200 years in the past.

A view across Kimmeridge Bay on the Jurassic Coast at sunset - fossil hunting tops my list of the best things to do in Dorset with kids
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Born in Lyme Regis, in Dorset, she spent her life looking for fossils to promote to vacationers, attempting to earn sufficient for the household to stay on – alongside the way in which, discovering an ichthyosaur, a plesiosaur and different dinosaurs, serving to contribute to the understanding of extinction, central to the speculation of evolution.

Having felt the fun of unearthing a dinosaur bone on the Isle of Wight, the Jurassic Coast is at all times excessive on my UK household vacation wishlist. Discovering fossils is just the beginning of the county’s points of interest, although simply probably the greatest issues to do in Dorset with youngsters – I’ve rounded up my decide of the most effective.

Go seaside combing in Dorset

For those who’re hoping to seek out fossils, the Jurassic coast is the place to begin. Charmouth is likely one of the greatest locations to go beachcombing in Dorset – the customer centre runs guided fossil-hunting walks.

And Lyme Regis, web site of Mary Anning’s well-known finds, is one other simple spot to begin with youngsters: it may get busy however you’re assured to see ammonites at the very least with the fascinating fossil shelf often called the Ammonite Pavement.

Try a few of the greatest issues to do in Lyme Regis with youngsters and our day exploring the Ammonite Pavement right here

Girl sorting fossils on stones on Charmouth beach in Dorset - fossil hunting is one of the best things to do in Dorset with kids

Seatown is one other good spot to spy ammonites and so they’re often simple to gather, which is right with youngsters. Persist with the foreshore moderately than the cliff bases as these are crumbling which might be harmful.

Or head to Kimmeridge Bay, which can also be great for rockpooling – simply watch the tides if you happen to’re exploring, in addition to the cliffs, that are crumbling in locations right here too.

Whilst you’re there, head to the Etches Assortment in Kimmeridge itself – the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life is filled with fossils and takes guests on a journey again in time to the Kimmeridgian Seas, 157 million years in the past. There are additionally household occasions and actions on throughout the faculty holidays.

For extra tips about fossil looking for newbie’s, together with learn how to keep secure and the place to look (and why you don’t have to take a hammer), try this recommendation from the Jurassic Coast Belief.

Hit the seaside 

There are seashores galore in Dorset to make sandcastles between fossil looking – try the fabulous sand creations at Sandworld Sculpture Park for some inspiration.

For family-friendly seashores, you’re spoiled for selection: Weymouth has a stretch of golden sand and mild waves to paddle in (plus some conventional seaside enjoyable), and there’s a dog-friendly space year-round – plus it has overwhelmed off the competitors to boast Dorset’s greatest ice cream, at Rossi’s (a favorite since 1937) and Boho Gelato.

Swanage seaside has its personal sheltered bay with family-friendly swimming areas – though canine are usually not allowed from Might to September.

The golden beach and blue-green seas along the Dorset coast at Middle Chine between Poole and Bournemouth - hitting the beach is unmissable if you're visiting Dorset with kids

Or there are but extra sandy seashores at Poole and Bournemouth, stretching all the way in which from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head. Not forgetting Lyme Regis too for its personal tempting seaside.

West Bay – now perpetually often called the seaside from Broadchurch – has these dramatic cliffs as a scenic backdrop, with sand on the fringe of the advantageous shingle seaside.

For quieter coves, Church Ope cove has Viking historical past – apparently the touchdown web site of the primary raids made on the British Isles, or there’s a mixture of sand and shingle at Gundimore which you’ll be able to attain from Mudeford Quay.

South Seashore is one in all Studland’s extra peaceable spots – Knoll seaside is the preferred (be careful for the naturist part) with 4 miles of seaside to discover in the character reserve of Studland Bay.

For concepts of learn how to entertain youngsters on the seaside, try my publish of the most effective seaside actions or click on right here for particulars of extra dog-friendly seashores in Dorset

Beside the ocean in Dorset

What’s higher than wandering alongside the seaside? Heading under the waves – and there are many alternatives to dive into the deeps with out getting moist – in addition to boat excursions in Dorset and different enjoyable within the water, together with a Dorset waterpark.

Sea Life Centre, Weymouth

In Weymouth, the Sea Life Centre is residence to sharks, rays and crafty octopus alongside creatures native to Dorset within the Harbourside Zone and the UK’s solely colony of fairy penguins.

In addition to an enormous number of marine creatures, there’s an outside rockpool and also you’ll discover momentary actions throughout faculty holidays, such because the Halloween ‘a-scarium’ spooky path, plus an journey playground and mini golf to find.

Prebooking is suggested, and you may often discover a low cost on the on-the-door worth by reserving on-line for Sea Life Weymouth.

Bright tropical reef fish in a tank - you can visit several different aquariums in Dorset with kids

The Oceanarium, Bournemouth

Uncover penguins and sea turtles, together with dwarf crocodiles and otters (plus big numbers of fish, in fact) on the 12 themed environments of The Oceanarium in Bournemouth.

There’s an Journey Quiz Path to finish, and youngsters can measure themselves towards a penguin (in addition to watching them waddle). Talks, feeding occasions and animal experiences are quickly suspended, however there’s nonetheless a lot to entertain.

Try my Bournemouth Oceanarium evaluation after our go to throughout a wet day in Bournemouth with youngsters

RockReef Pierzip Line

For those who’re visiting Bournemouth with older youngsters, you’ll be able to even fly over the waves (and make consider you’re going to maintain going underneath) with the RockReef Pierzip Line.

Working from a 25m excessive platform, you pace the 250 metres all the way down to the seaside in 30 seconds – and because it’s a twin zipwire, you’ll be able to race a buddy down. Appropriate for youths over 1.3m.

Splashdown, Poole

For those who’re on the lookout for waterparks in Dorset, Splashdown in Poole is nice whether or not you’re visiting Dorset with toddlers or older youngsters, with the Ricky’s Reef for youthful ones, Buccaneers’ SplashZone for underneath 8s  and 13 flumes starting from light to high-speed thrills.

Some enterprise outdoor and have black holes and there’s a minimal top restriction of 1m. Youngsters can’t go on the slides with mother and father. Tickets have to be prebooked.

Dorset Waterpark

A waterpark with a distinction: as an alternative of the standard flumes and splashzones, the park’s two lakes have inflatable obstacles in addition to different hurdles like wobbly bridges, floating stepping stones and stability beams. Every lake has a distinct set of obstacles, with classes lasting an hour (half an hour per lake).

Minimal age is six, and also you do need to be a assured swimmer. Wetsuits can be found to rent on the day, tickets have to be prebooked.

Dorset Waterpark is just not removed from Corfe Fortress, at Dorset Journey Park, and there’s additionally a mud path course if you would like one other problem (for 4+).

Boat sails towards Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset - a cruise around Poole Harbour or out to the coast is a great things to do with kids in Dorset

Metropolis Cruises Poole

If you wish to get out on the water, there are a string of boat excursions and cruises operating from Poole Quay, together with a 70-minute jaunt across the harbour previous Brownsea Island, Sandbanks Peninsula and Studland Bay.

Try my video of our cruise from Poole with Metropolis Cruises

Or you’ll be able to head alongside the Jurassic coast on round cruises from Poole or Swanage, in addition to hopping on a ship for day journeys from Poole to Swanage (or vice versa).

There are additionally mixed tickets with Swanage railway and the Metropolis Sightseeing Bournemouth open-top bus teamed with a cruise.

Get outdoor in Dorset with youngsters

Dorset is justifiably well-known for its coast and seashores however there are many possibilities to get outdoor away from the coast as effectively.

Discover a Gruffalo at Moors Valley Nation Park

At Moors Valley Nation Park lurks a fearsome monster, with a toxic wart on the tip of his nostril – and purple prickles throughout his again. Properly in all probability.

One of many places for the string of Forestry England Julia Donaldson trails, it’s nonetheless residence to each a Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Youngster, alongside the youngsters’s Play Path, in addition to different household trails.

Plus, in fact, loads of locations to stroll, cycle or watch the surroundings from a slim gauge steam practice – together with a extra adrenaline-fuelled possibility on the Go Ape Junior Excessive ropes course, for anybody who fancies themselves the scariest creature within the wooden.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

These award-winning gardens are residence to uncommon and unique species from all over the world, so it feels such as you’re leaving the UK far behind as you wander by way of this woodland valley.

There’s a Wonderland Sculpture path with characters from Alice in Wonderland, together with the Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and Alice herself dotted round, plus a play space and nature path. And followers of The Secret Backyard film will recognise the scenes set in India, filmed within the gardens right here too.

You could possibly spot the golden pheasants within the sunken gardens, in addition to wandering previous lily ponds and over rope bridges as you discover too. In winter, there are usually festive illuminations too.

A view down to the waves and beach to the rock arch of Durdle Door in Dorset - exploring the coast is one of my best things to do in Dorset with kids

Durdle Door

Probably the most iconic sights of Dorset, the limestone arch of Durdle Door is 10,000 years outdated, with the waves crashing beneath and a wonderful shingle seaside alongside.

There’s a cliff path down, in addition to steps to the seaside or you’ll be able to view the arch from the clifftop coast path. Unsurprisingly, it’s a vastly in style spot and may get very busy in summer season or on sunny weekends so plan your visits accordingly.

Lulworth Open air

For lively households, Lulworth Open air is tough to beat – you’ll be able to strive something from snorkeling to kayaking and cliff diving, archery, mountaineering, mountain biking and orienteering.

It’s set between lovely Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door so you may as well get to absorb a few of Dorset’s greatest surroundings.

Durlston Nation Park

One of the best of the countryside and the coast mixed, Durlston Nation Park is on the nook of the Isle of Purbeck looking to Swanage, with some attractive strolling trails to find throughout the 320 acre web site.

For those who go to on the proper time of 12 months, you might even spot dolphins (April/Might and October/November are greatest), seals and basking sharks within the waves. There are additionally common household occasions, path explorer books to purchase, in addition to concepts for a mini-beast safari.

And at Durlston Fortress, yow will discover stay wildlife cameras in addition to a fossil room plus rangers to supply extra info.

View over dry stone wall and hills above Anvil Point Lighthouse in Durlston Park - one of the great days out with kids in Dorset

Upton Nation Park, close to Poole

A grand mansion sits on the coronary heart of Upton Nation Park, simply outdoors Poole, however it’s the woodlands that are most tempting for youths. (the home does open on Sundays and financial institution holidays for many of the 12 months if you happen to fancy peeking inside although).

There’s a nice play space made utilizing pure wooden, or if you happen to’re visiting in summer season (or generally throughout sudden heatwaves), a splash fountain to assist cool off within the Walled Backyard.

The cycle routes additionally type a part of the Castleman Trailway, the outdated Southampton to Dorchester railway line was a delicate 16.5 mile biking and strolling path.

The Tunnel Tree Tops, west Dorset

This award-winning excessive ropes course has 11 completely different components up within the timber of the 15 acres woodland, from rope bridges and walkways to zipwires.

Appropriate for age 6+ and taller than 1.2m, the Tunnel Tree Tops is a part of an Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence – though your coronary heart may be racing too quick to soak up all of the surroundings as you’ve enjoyable within the timber. Should be prebooked.

Animal points of interest

Creatures nice or small love Dorset, whether or not you’re on the lookout for unique animals or livestock, equally beloved by smaller youngsters, to not point out some memorable animal interactions.

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Residence to chimpanzees, orangutans and gibbons (amongst others), Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre has rescued animals from all over the world and helps work towards the primate smuggling commerce.

With over 250 rescued and endangered primates, it’s the largest group of chimpanzees outdoors of Africa, together with three teams of orangutans. Tickets have to be prebooked and guests are requested to put on masks if they’re able to.

Try my evaluation of a household day trip at Monkey World Dorset

Gibbon like those found among the rescued primates at Monkey World in Dorset - one of the best days out in Dorset with kids

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

A superb day trip for youthful youngsters particularly, yow will discover livestock galore together with alpacas, play areas, a woodland stroll, actions together with tractor trailer rides and goat feeding, plus pig exercising to see.

There’s additionally a dinosaur roar path at Farmer Palmers Farm Park in addition to additional household actions throughout faculty holidays.

For those who’re on the lookout for issues to do in Dorset within the rain, it’s additionally residence to some enjoyable indoor points of interest too. Tickets have to be prebooked.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

Head to the Dorset Heavy Horse Centre for tractor and pony rides, and livestock to feed – in addition to the possibility to be taught in regards to the historical past of heavy horses, who’ve carried armoured knights, pulled canal boats and extra over the previous thousand years.

Abbotsbury Swannery

Ordinarily, the very last thing I’d suggest is to method a nesting swan – however if you happen to’ve at all times needed to see cygnets up shut, Abbotsbury Swannery is the one place the place you’ll be able to safely get near a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

Open from March to October, if you happen to go to from the tip of Might to the tip of June, you’ll be able to see eggs hatching and the newborn swans being born.

There’s additionally a Large Swan maze and different household actions to entertain.

You may also get a reduction on Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (scroll up for extra) if you happen to purchase tickets to each. Abbotsbury Youngsters’s Farm needed to shut due to Covid restrictions and sadly is not going to be reopening.

Swans at Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset - an unusual day out with kids in Dorset

Dorset Falconry Park, close to Dorchester

Residence to over 100 birds of prey, together with owls, in addition to eagles, hawks and falcons, you’ll be able to see them fly at two organised reveals throughout the day, in addition to once they’re being exercised in between.

There are additionally falconry experiences on provide at Dorset Falconry Park, together with ones for households. Tickets for basic admission don’t must be prebooked.

Donkey and Llama strolling

How to boost a stroll by way of the countryside – take a donkey with you as you go. Donkey Strolling Adventures close to Beaminster permits you to roam the lanes and byways with a donkey.

Select between a a five-mile trek with a pub cease, or shorter two-mile walks together with a cream tea (the donkeys will anticipate you to share). Appropriate for aged 4+ and have to be prebooked.

Or for one thing slightly completely different, you might go for a stroll with an alpaca on the border of Dorset and Wiltshire – Alpaca Journey runs classes of round 90 minutes, with 30-40 minutes strolling with the alpacas. Should be organized prematurely.


This pretty nature reserve overlooking Poole Harbour is a good place to discover with nature-loving youngsters, in addition to infants and toddlers – there are buggy-friendly paths as you seek for wildlife, together with a low ropes course for barely older youngsters.

It’s the one place the place all six of the UK’s native reptiles might be discovered, plus birds galore, and there are sometimes kids’s trails throughout holidays that can assist you discover the heathland and historical woodland.

Red squirrel with a nut sitting on autumn leaves, like those which can be found on Brownsea island, a lovely day out in Dorset with kids

Go to Brownsea Island

For extra native animals, take a ferry from Poole or Sandbanks over to Brownsea Island, residence to endangered crimson squirrels – excellent for youths to scurry round as effectively.

Well-known too because the birthplace of Scouting, there are particular calming walks if you wish to wind down plus a household squirrel path and different actions like den constructing.

Try my evaluation of a day exploring Brownsea Island with youngsters

Castles and historic homes

Corfe Fortress

Hint a thousand years of historical past on the now ruined Corfe Fortress – not least the very fact it impressed Kirrin Fortress within the Well-known 5 books.

With its homicide holes, secret locations and tales of treachery and treason, to not point out hearsay of royal demise and its place within the Civil Battle, it’s excellent to let imaginations run wild.

Try my evaluation of a day trip at Corfe Fortress with youngsters

A view towards the ruined towers of Corfe Castle in the Purbeck Hills against a blue sky - exploring is one of the best things to do in Dorset with kids

Portland Fortress

Corfe’s youthful cousin, Portland Fortress – nonetheless a venerable 470-something years outdated – was constructed by Henry VIII to guard towards French and Spanish invasion.

Youngsters can gown up, discover a Tudor kitchen and uncover its personal wartime historical past, from the Civil Battle to the Second World Battle. Tickets don’t need to be prebooked however it’s suggested at peak occasions.

Kingston Lacy

This lovely English nation home has a much more dramatic historical past than the elegant façade would possibly recommend – remodelled to appear like a Venetian palace, its former proprietor was additionally a famend Egyptologist so you’ll be able to see the biggest personal assortment of historical Egyptian artefacts at Kingston Lacy too.

Residence to art work by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel, it has additionally been known as the South West’s ‘nationwide gallery’, whereas the large property is residence to Iron Age hill forts, the world’s oldest pedigree herd of Ruby Purple Devon cattle, and gardens so spectacular that Queen Victoria despatched her gardeners right here to get inspiration.

There’s a woodland path and walks galore, plus an illuminated path in winter known as Ignite. Timed tickets have to be prebooked and restricted numbers allowed in the home.

Highcliffe Fortress, Christchurch

Highcliffe Fortress was constructed within the 1830s and has performed host to royalty over time – however with youngsters’ trails and a few spectacular rooms to find, it’s additionally an amazing place to go to with household in Dorset.

In addition to the formal gardens and woodlands within the grounds, there’s additionally a seaside and nature reserve to discover – plus some enjoyable on-line actions to maintain the go to going when you get residence. You’re beneficial to prebook tickets, with restricted numbers allowed inside the home itself.

Nothe Fort

Inbuilt 1872 to guard Portland’s harbour, Nothe Fort sits on the mouth of Weymouth harbour and now homes a group of weapons, mannequin ships and submarines.

There’s additionally a kids’s path across the fort to get youngsters exploring as they spot mice, in addition to info on evacuees throughout the warfare.

The cannon continues to be fired each different Sunday (with a show of musketry on alternate Sundays) by the Fort Artillery, simply as if you happen to’d stepped again to Victorian occasions.

Part of Nothe Fort with views out to sea, Weymouth - one of the most unusual historic sites to visit in Dorset with kids

Lulworth Fortress and Park

The 17th century constructing was initially meant as a looking lodge to entertain royalty and the aristocracy – Lulworth fortress has been restored after a fireplace in 1929 and you may discover inside, in addition to wandering by way of the parkland.

There are woodland walks and a kids’s playground too, with some household actions throughout the holidays. Tickets have to be booked prematurely. Entrance is free to English Heritage members.  

Athelhampton Home and Gardens

This Tudor manor home dates again 500 years – excellent in case your youngsters love being transported again to the previous, plus there are household occasions on some weekends.

It’s the gardens that are more likely to seize most youngsters’s imaginations at Athelhampton Home although, with yew timber clipped into topiary pyramids within the walled gardens, a 15th century dovecote and probability to stroll alongside the riverside, in addition to previous fountains and ponds.

Museums in Dorset with youngsters

The Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dorchester

Though you’ll be able to’t see the actual artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb (these are actually on show in Egypt, besides for infrequent loans to exhibitions), you’ll be able to see these implausible recreations on the Tutankhamun Exhibition.

There’s additionally a recreation of the pharaoh’s tomb on the day that Howard Carter entered it, again in 1922, so you’ll be able to relive the fun of his discovery.

Whereas the exhibition isn’t giant, it’s a good way to be taught extra in regards to the discovery of the tomb: higher for older youngsters as there’s not an amazing deal that’s interactive. It’s price understanding too that no pictures are allowed inside.

Signpost to several Dorchester Museums including the Dinosaur and Teddy Bear Museum - some of the best things to do in Dorset with kids on a rainy day

The Tank Museum, Bovington

With 9 completely different galleries, the museum tells the story of tanks – and different armoured automobiles – from the First World Battle onwards, however with a lot to maintain even youthful youngsters entertained, together with interactive actions and the possibility to go for a experience in one of many museum’s automobiles.

In addition to greater than 300 on show, you’ll discover exhibitions to inform the tales of the folks behind their invention and who’ve pushed them all through historical past on the Tank Museum.

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

In case your youngsters love all issues transport, Dorset can also be residence to the Bournemouth Aviation Museum the place you’ll be able to sit contained in the cockpit of quite a lot of planes and helicopters, in addition to getting palms on with a few of the interactive shows, to not point out a flight simulator.

As an added bonus, it’s close to the airport for some added aircraft recognizing! The plane are all outdoor, so the museum sometimes closes in unhealthy climate, notably if there are excessive winds.

The Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester

Set not removed from the Jurassic Coast, the place Mary Anning famously discovered her ichthyosaur fossil, the Dinosaur Museum is the proper place to be taught extra about these prehistoric creatures – together with the possibility to the touch fossil shows (together with tooth, heads and poo!) and even odor the breath of a T-Rex.

There are additionally numerous interactive shows too, with puzzles, digital flashcards and an excavation pit to make your individual discoveries. There are at present restricted opening hours at weekends and college holidays.

Hengistbury Head Customer Centre

The right place to go to to find extra in regards to the space’s wildlife and geology, the Hengistbury Head Customer Centre is stuffed with interactive shows and makes an amazing start line if you happen to’re planning to go to Dorset’s nature reserves or go fossil looking.

You may also discover the character reserve across the centre, and hop on the little land practice for some nice views of Christchurch harbour (the land practice doesn’t run throughout winter months).

The beach and sand dunes at Hengistbury Head near Bournemouth in Dorset

Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Dorchester

Dorchester appears to concentrate on quirky museums – in addition to historical Egyptian artefacts and dinosaurs, you’ll be able to uncover a household of people-sized bears, plus a group of teddies from antiques to present TV favourites (from Winnie the Pooh and Paddington to Sooty) on the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum.

They’re all organized in a Victorian constructing, arrange as a home – so you’ll be able to uncover Edward Bear and his household going about every day bear life with their very own assortment of teddies. There are at present restricted opening hours at weekends and college holidays.

Different Dorset household points of interest

From Dorset theme parks to loopy golf galore, steam trains and open-top buses, there are many different methods to entertain youngsters in Dorset.

Journey Wonderland, Bournemouth

This Dorset theme park is themed round Alice in Wonderland, and has been named one in all Dorset’s high household points of interest – in addition to rides, there’s a maze, the Wild Factor indoor play, comfortable play and different actions, all geared toward households with kids aged 3 to 10.

There are some minimal top restrictions (and some most heights!) however Journey Wonderland is a good possibility with youngsters of various ages.

Swanage Railway 

This pretty heritage steam railway chuffs by way of the countryside alongside the outdated Southern Railway line between Swanage and Norden, stopping on the ruins of Corfe Fortress – so you may as well use it as a extra uncommon option to get from A to B as effectively.

Look out for the companies marked with an ‘O’ when the particular Statement Automobile can also be operating, with its big home windows for the most effective views, in addition to particular themed companies on the Swanage Railway year-round.

Portland Invoice Lighthouse

There are few higher locations to find out about life in a lighthouse and the sensation of being out in a stormy sea than a go to to Portland Invoice Lighthouse. The well-known crimson and white striped tower has stood since 1906 however there was a light-weight on this web site for over 500 years, serving to mariners navigating the coast right here.

The previous lighthouse keeper’s dwelling has numerous shows and interactive reveals, together with ‘Into The Darkish’, taking you on a stormy sea journey.

There are additionally fabulous views from the highest of the lighthouse, though guests have to be 1.1m tall (and capable of climb unaided) so this isn’t one to aim with toddlers.

The red and white striped Portland Bill Lighthouse in Dorset against a blue sky - a great day out in Dorset with older kids

Pirate Journey Golf, Weymouth

This mini golf course places the swashbuckle into journey golf, with pirate ships, treasure chests and gunpowder barrels as you’re employed your means across the 18 holes, together with some fiendishly difficult challenges.

Connected to Weymouth Sea Life Centre, there’s half-price entry for annual cross holders or you should purchase separate entry – tickets have to be prebooked, parrot non-compulsory.

Mr Mulligan’s Bournemouth

This loopy golf course is actually out of this world – the truth is, there’s multiple intergalactic course to play at Mr Mulligan’s and because it’s all indoors, it’s additionally an amazing possibility for a wet day in Dorset.

You’ll be able to select 17 or 26 holes, as you attempt to putt previous aliens and spaceships, and there’s a reduction on Wednesdays.

Sandbanks Loopy golf

This seaside loopy golf course isn’t open year-round however time your go to to Sandbanks proper, and these 18 holes have probably the greatest views… if you happen to can drag your eyes from the course.

There’s a smaller sister mini golf course in Poole with 12 holes (additionally closed in winter) which has its personal sneaky challenges too.

Corfe Fortress Mannequin Village

For those who’re planning a go to to the ruins of Corfe Fortress (and even if you happen to’re not), you’ll be able to transport your self again to the times when the fortress’s partitions nonetheless stood, in 1646 earlier than it was destroyed within the Civil Battle.

Corfe Fortress mannequin village reveals folks visiting the church, standing by the moat and usually getting on with life within the village, whereas there’s additionally a fairy backyard, life-size Civil Battle troopers on guard plus different actions for households (and dealing shares if anybody misbehaves).

English model village showing a pub and old-fashioned cars - there are two model villages in Dorset for a day out with kids

Wimborne Mannequin City

Step again to the Fifties on this award-winning mannequin city – a 1:10 scale mannequin of Dorset market city Wimborne Minster, there are over 100 outlets, banks and cafes filled with tiny objects, plus a river system and even a ringing telephone field.

There’s a Mannequin City Path for youths to comply with as they discover, or they’ll eye up the miniature Fifties faculty and examine it to their very own classroom earlier than exploring the gardens.

Metropolis Sightseeing Bournemouth open-top bus

Hop-on hop-off bus excursions might be a good way to discover with youngsters, as a extra scenic means of getting from A to B or to soak up a few of the highlights in a single journey.

The Metropolis Sightseeing open-top double deckers go away from Bournemouth Pier and Poole Quay, travelling across the Sandbanks peninsula in addition to Poole Quay.

You’ll be able to select 24h and 48h tickets, and the whole loop takes round 90 minutes.

The place to remain in Dorset with youngsters

There are self-catering cottages galore in Dorset, together with seaside and countryside choices. Try the decide of locations to remain in Dorset with youngsters from Plum Information, that are all vetted so solely the most effective make the minimize.

Dorset Hideaways has locations to remain which are simply minutes from Charmouth’s seaside so that you by no means have to stroll far along with your finds. Or Sykes Vacation Cottages additionally has a assorted assortment of locations to remain in Dorset, together with locations to remain alongside the coast.

For those who choose a household pleasant lodge, try these concepts from reserving.com.

For extra concepts of UK days out with youngsters, try my round-up from throughout the nation

**First printed 2018, up to date 2023**


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