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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 with 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 trying to find fossils to promote to vacationers, making an attempt to earn sufficient for the household to dwell on – alongside the best way, 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 all the time excessive on my UK household vacation wishlist. Discovering fossils is simply the beginning of the county’s sights, although simply among the best issues to do in Dorset with youngsters – I’ve rounded up my choose of the perfect.

Go seaside combing in Dorset

Should you’re hoping to seek out fossils, the Jurassic coast is the place to start out. Charmouth is likely one of the finest 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 straightforward spot to start out with youngsters: it may get busy however you’re assured to see ammonites not less than with the fascinating fossil shelf often called the Ammonite Pavement.

Take a look at among the finest 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 excellent spot to spy ammonites and so they’re normally straightforward to gather, which is right with youngsters. Keep on with the foreshore relatively than the cliff bases as these are crumbling which may be harmful.

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

When you’re there, head to the Etches Assortment in Kimmeridge itself – the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life is full of 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 in the course of the faculty holidays.

For extra recommendations on fossil trying to find newbie’s, together with easy methods to keep secure and the place to look (and why you don’t must 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 searching – 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 crushed off the competitors to boast Dorset’s finest 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 usually are not allowed from Could 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 best way from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head. Not forgetting Lyme Regis too for its personal tempting seaside.

West Bay – now ceaselessly often called the seaside from Broadchurch – has these dramatic cliffs as a scenic backdrop, with sand on the fringe of the high quality 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 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 easy methods to entertain youngsters on the seaside, try my submit of the perfect 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 dwelling 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 non permanent 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 normally discover a low cost on the on-the-door value 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 large numbers of fish, after all) on the 12 themed environments of The Oceanarium in Bournemouth.

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

Take a look at my Bournemouth Oceanarium evaluate after our go to throughout a wet day in Bournemouth with youngsters

RockReef Pierzip Line

Should you’re visiting Bournemouth with older youngsters, you possibly can even fly over the waves (and make consider you’re going to maintain going below) with the RockReef Pierzip Line.

Working from a 25m excessive platform, you velocity the 250 metres right down to the seaside in 30 seconds – and because it’s a twin zipwire, you possibly can race a good friend down. Appropriate for youths over 1.3m.

Splashdown, Poole

Should you’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 below 8s  and 13 flumes starting from mild to high-speed thrills.

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

Dorset Waterpark

A waterpark with a distinction: as a substitute 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 steadiness beams. Every lake has a unique set of obstacles, with classes lasting an hour (half an hour per lake).

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

Dorset Waterpark will not be removed from Corfe Citadel, at Dorset Journey Park, and there’s additionally a mud path course if you need 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.

Take a look at my video of our cruise from Poole with Metropolis Cruises

Or you possibly can 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 open air in Dorset with youngsters

Dorset is justifiably well-known for its coast and seashores however there are many probabilities to get open air away from the coast as nicely.

Discover a Gruffalo at Moors Valley Nation Park

At Moors Valley Nation Park lurks a fearsome monster, with a toxic wart on the top of his nostril – and purple prickles throughout his again. Effectively most likely.

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

Plus, after all, loads of locations to stroll, cycle or watch the surroundings from a slender gauge steam practice – together with a extra adrenaline-fuelled choice 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 dwelling to uncommon and unique species from world wide, so it feels such as you’re leaving the UK far behind as you wander via 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

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

There’s a cliff path down, in addition to steps to the seaside or you possibly can view the arch from the clifftop coast path. Unsurprisingly, it’s a vastly well-liked spot and may get very busy in summer time or on sunny weekends so plan your visits accordingly.

Lulworth Open air

For lively households, Lulworth Open air is tough to beat – you possibly can 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 also get to absorb a few of Dorset’s finest surroundings.

Durlston Nation Park

The very 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.

Should you go to on the proper time of yr, you possibly can even spot dolphins (April/Could and October/November are finest), 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 Citadel, you’ll find dwell 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 exterior Poole, nevertheless it’s the woodlands that are most tempting for youths. (the home does open on Sundays and financial institution holidays for many of the yr in the event you fancy peeking inside although).

There’s a nice play space made utilizing pure wooden, or in the event you’re visiting in summer time (or typically throughout surprising heatwaves), a splash fountain to assist cool off within the Walled Backyard.

The cycle routes additionally kind a part of the Castleman Trailway, the outdated Southampton to Dorchester railway line changed into 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 bushes 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 could have enjoyable within the bushes. Should be prebooked.

Animal sights

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

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

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

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

Take a look at my evaluate of a household time out 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 wonderful time out for youthful youngsters particularly, you’ll find cattle 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.

Should you’re on the lookout for issues to do in Dorset within the rain, it’s additionally dwelling to some enjoyable indoor sights too. Tickets have to be prebooked.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

Head to the Dorset Heavy Horse Centre for tractor and pony rides, and cattle to feed – in addition to the possibility to study 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 strategy a nesting swan – however in the event you’ve all the time needed to see cygnets up shut, Abbotsbury Swannery is the one place the place you possibly can safely get near a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

Open from March to October, in the event you go to from the top of Could to the top of June, you possibly can see eggs hatching and the infant swans being born.

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

You can too get a reduction on Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens (scroll up for extra) in the event you 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

Dwelling to over 100 birds of prey, together with owls, in addition to eagles, hawks and falcons, you possibly can see them fly at two organised exhibits in the course of 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 common admission don’t must be prebooked.

Donkey and Llama strolling

How to boost a stroll via 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 a bit of completely different, you possibly can 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 superb 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 may be discovered, plus birds galore, and there are sometimes youngsters’s trails throughout holidays that will help 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, dwelling to endangered crimson squirrels – good for youths to scurry round as nicely.

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.

Take a look at my evaluate of a day exploring Brownsea Island with youngsters

Castles and historic homes

Corfe Citadel

Hint a thousand years of historical past on the now ruined Corfe Citadel – not least the very fact it impressed Kirrin Citadel 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 dying and its place within the Civil Warfare, it’s good to let imaginations run wild.

Take a look at my evaluate of a time out at Corfe Citadel 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 Citadel

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

Youngsters can costume up, discover a Tudor kitchen and uncover its personal wartime historical past, from the Civil Warfare to the Second World Warfare. Tickets don’t should be prebooked nevertheless it’s suggested at peak instances.

Kingston Lacy

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

Dwelling to paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel, it has additionally been referred to as the South West’s ‘nationwide gallery’, whereas the massive property is dwelling to Iron Age hill forts, the world’s oldest pedigree herd of Ruby Crimson 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 referred to as Ignite. Timed tickets have to be prebooked and restricted numbers allowed in the home.

Highcliffe Citadel, Christchurch

Highcliffe Citadel 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 a terrific 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 dwelling. You’re really useful 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 set of weapons, mannequin ships and submarines.

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

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

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

Lulworth Citadel and Park

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

There are woodland walks and a youngsters’s playground too, with some household actions in the course of 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 – good 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 prone to seize most kids’s imaginations at Athelhampton Home although, with yew bushes 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 possibly can’t see the actual artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb (these are actually on show in Egypt, besides for infrequent loans to exhibitions), you possibly can 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 possibly can relive the fun of his discovery.

Whereas the exhibition isn’t giant, it’s an effective way to study extra in regards to the discovery of the tomb: higher for older youngsters as there’s not a terrific deal that’s interactive. It’s price figuring out 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 Warfare onwards, however with lots to maintain even youthful youngsters entertained, together with interactive actions and the possibility to go for a trip 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 individuals 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 dwelling to the Bournemouth Aviation Museum the place you possibly can sit contained in the cockpit of quite a lot of planes and helicopters, in addition to getting arms on with among 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 open air, so the museum sometimes closes in dangerous climate, significantly 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 study 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 personal discoveries. There are presently restricted opening hours at weekends and college holidays.

Hengistbury Head Customer Centre

The proper place to go to to find extra in regards to the space’s wildlife and geology, the Hengistbury Head Customer Centre is filled with interactive shows and makes a terrific start line in the event you’re planning to go to Dorset’s nature reserves or go fossil searching.

You can too 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 specialize in quirky museums – in addition to historical Egyptian artefacts and dinosaurs, you possibly can uncover a household of people-sized bears, plus a set 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 possibly can uncover Edward Bear and his household going about day by day bear life with their very own assortment of teddies. There are presently restricted opening hours at weekends and college holidays.

Different Dorset household sights

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 sights – in addition to rides, there’s a maze, the Wild Factor indoor play, delicate play and different actions, all geared toward households with youngsters aged 3 to 10.

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

Swanage Railway 

This pretty heritage steam railway chuffs via the countryside alongside the outdated Southern Railway line between Swanage and Norden, stopping on the ruins of Corfe Citadel – so you may also use it as a extra uncommon technique to get from A to B as nicely.

Look out for the providers marked with an ‘O’ when the particular Remark Automotive can also be operating, with its large home windows for the perfect views, in addition to particular themed providers 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 try 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 approach across the 18 holes, together with some fiendishly tough challenges.

Hooked up to Weymouth Sea Life Centre, there’s half-price entry for annual move holders or you should buy separate entry – tickets have to be prebooked, parrot elective.

Mr Mulligan’s Bournemouth

This loopy golf course is actually out of this world – in actual fact, there’s multiple intergalactic course to play at Mr Mulligan’s and because it’s all indoors, it’s additionally a terrific choice for a wet day in Dorset.

You possibly can 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 among the best views… in the event you 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 Citadel Mannequin Village

Should you’re planning a go to to the ruins of Corfe Citadel (and even in the event you’re not), you possibly can transport your self again to the times when the citadel’s partitions nonetheless stood, in 1646 earlier than it was destroyed within the Civil Warfare.

Corfe Citadel mannequin village exhibits individuals 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 Warfare 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 Nineteen Fifties on this award-winning mannequin city – a 1:10 scale mannequin of Dorset market city Wimborne Minster, there are over 100 retailers, banks and cafes full of tiny gadgets, plus a river system and even a ringing cellphone field.

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

Metropolis Sightseeing Bournemouth open-top bus

Hop-on hop-off bus excursions may be an effective way to discover with youngsters, as a extra scenic approach of getting from A to B or to soak up among the highlights in a single journey.

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

You possibly can select 24h and 48h tickets, and the entire 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. Take a look at the choose of locations to remain in Dorset with youngsters from Plum Information, that are all vetted so solely the perfect make the lower.

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

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

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


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