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Dorset is an exciting South Coast destination brimming with activities that the whole family will love sinking their teeth into. We have selected just 10 of our favourite family days out that you may want to try out for yourself the next time you’re in Dorset.
Experience a day of true adventure at Go Ape in the Moors Valley County Park, just a few miles from Bournemouth. Enjoy an unforgettable, adrenaline-fuelled day of action as you zip wire at high speed through the tree tops, taking in incredible scenery as you go. There’s also a junior version of the experience, where children as young as six can experience swinging through the tree tops. Return to the forest floor with an epic Segway experience, as you explore your fascinating surroundings on two wheels. Minimum height and maximum weight restrictions apply to the zip wire activities. Ticket prices start from £24 per person.
The Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester is a great experience for the whole family, as famous teddy bears from the past 100 years are on display, providing plenty of nostalgia for the grown-ups. In fact, the museum’s oldest bear, Michael, was created in 1906. The museum is set in the home of Edward Bear and his family of human-sized bears. You will also find iconic bears like Rupert Bear, Winnie the Pooh and Paddington on display. There are bears in all shapes and sizes that will thrill the children and take the adults on an enchanting, memorable journey back to childhood. Under 3’s go free and a family ticket costs just £17.99.
UK Llamas is a company based in West Dorset’s luscious rolling countryside. They offer members of the public a chance to learn more about and share in their passion for llamas and alpacas. They offer treks for all ages, abilities and group sizes and are happy to offer a personalised experience tailored to your individual needs. Plus, you can choose to explore the magnificent Jurassic Coast in a truly unique way. Please note all treks must be booked in advance via email or telephone reservation.
The Blue Pool is a unique Dorset attraction offering peace and tranquillity and a chance to escape to a truly magical attraction. The pool is famous for its ever-changing appearance, caused by fine clay below the surface which diffracts light in different ways and produces a spectrum of colour. Some days the water can be bright blue, turquoise or green. There are also lots of walking tracks that will enable you to capture the sights of the surround Purbeck Hills, plus you’ll find a gift shop and a Tea House serving delicious cream tea, as well as lunches and desserts. Dogs are welcome, although they must be kept on a lead at all times. The Tea House also serves doggy ice creams as a refreshing treat after a leisurely walk around the pool. Under 16’s can enter free of charge; adult tickets cost £7 per person.
Visit the Sandworld sculpture festival in Weymouth and witness the incredible creativity and artistry on display. Last year’s theme ‘A life on Earth’ payed homage to the life’s work of David Attenborough and proved to be so successful that it will be repeated in 2017. Incredible sculptures were on display in all shapes and sizes, from the gigantic dinosaurs to the microscopic beasts. There are workshops run by staff members where you too can try and learn how to create a sand sculpture, plus you will find picnic tables, a café and gift shop. Under 4’s go free; 5-16yrs £4.95 per person; adults £6.95 per person.
Another fantastic attraction in Weymouth that is suitable for the whole family, not just military enthusiasts. The fort was built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour and is one of the best-preserved forts of its kind. You will learn about how advancements in technology impacted the fort and you can enjoy incredible views of the surrounding Jurassic Coast from the designated picnic areas. There’s also a gift shop where you can pick up a memento of your memorable day. Family tickets are £17.
Experience the story behind the world’s greatest discovery of ancient treasure. The Tutankhamun Exhibition showcases his original treasure, along with a burial chamber filled with golden coffins and Tutankhamun’s mummified body, all of which have been meticulously replicated. It’s truly an experience for each of the senses. Under 5’s go free; family tickets are £28.99.
For those seeking a bit of adventure, Splashdown Water Park is the perfect place for you. They have more flumes than anyone else in the South West, both indoor and outdoor, as well as slash zones for little ones, a beach, sun terrace, Jacuzzi and more. Even if you don’t want to take the plunge and ride one of the flumes, there’s still plenty to do to keep everyone entertained, no matter what your age, swimming ability or level of adventure may be. Plus, if you purchase a family ticket, you will save 50p per person on your booking.
This nature reserve in Weymouth is home to an abundance of wildlife and is the perfect place to get in touch with nature. Learn more about the variety of species that make the reserve their habitat, look for otter prints, observe the ducklings enjoying a swim in the water, enjoy a spectrum of captivating colours as the butterflies take to the skies and have all your questions answered by the knowledgeable members of staff and volunteers. Entry is free, but the RSPB welcome any donations.
The Moors Valley Country Park is appearing in this list for the second time, but that’s because there are so many other activities to take part in beyond the Go Ape zip wire adventure. Go on a peaceful walk and admire your tranquil surroundings, go on a bike ride to discover the park on two wheels, let the children lead the way on the Gruffalo Spotters Trail, let off some steam running around the Play Trail and even hitch a ride on their very own railway. Take up a spot of fishing, play some golf, go on an orienteering adventure, take the dogs on a brisk walk and observe plentiful wildlife. The list is endless.
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