Family Days Out

Dorset has so much to offer with all different types of fun days out for the family or you and your partner. If the sun is shining visit some of the wonderful Manor Houses and Gardens in the local area or if the weather isn’t great there is plenty available to do inside like a guided tour of Palmers Brewery or the Teddy Bear Museum.

Dorset has something for everyone to see and do, if you need any advice our holiday park receptionists will be more than happy to advise and give directions.

Aerial view of Old Harry Rocks, Studland.

Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks in Dorset stand at the tip of a chalk headland between the bays of Studland and Swanage. Chalk is made up of the fossilised remains of single-celled organisms which lived in the sea. Over thousands of years, millions of fossils became compressed to form the rock. As sea levels fell, the chalk became exposed. Old Harry Rocks form a headland as the chalk is more resistant to erosion than the surrounding clays.

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Land & Wave Adventures

Land & Wave is all about amazing adventures in the great outdoors. Fresh air, stunning locations and exciting outdoor activities are the perfect combination for an incredible experience. Try your hand at a variety of activities both Land & Wave. • Coasteering - Scramble and traverse along the rocks and hurl yourself into the sea - with our most renowned and adrenalin-fuelled activity • Sea Kayaking - journey, fish, swim, play and improve your technique during this relaxing 2-hour session • Bushcraft - try your hand at starting fires with your hands, building shelters, mastering weapons of the woods, taking aim with archery and dining among the trees • Paddle Boarding - the UK’s fastest-growing watersport. Choose from Swanage or Sandbanks and cruise along the coast in style • Kids Club - adventure-fuelled child care for ages 8-12. Learn new skills at the beach, in the woods and on the cliffs Land & Wave is renowned for its excellent instructors, top-notch kit and a passion for the Great Outdoors. Families, corporate events, stag & hens, school groups and individual bookings are all welcome.

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Jurassic Electric Bikes

The best way to explore the spectacular landscapes of West Dorset is by electric bike and we have a selection of guided tours to help you discover this beautiful area. Our amazing bikes enable everyone to enjoy this beautiful part of the country.

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Jurassic Coast Activities

Enjoy Kayaking and Coasteering Tours between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door with our expert guides. Take in the natural wonders of this dramatic landscape from our safe and stable sit on top kayaks.

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Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Welcome to Farmer Palmer's Farm Park. Your children will have hours of playtime and you will all get close to many animals, learn about them and have fun doing it! A great rainy day activity in a safe and welcoming environment.

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Monkey World

Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating day out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham. The 65-acre park provides sanctuary for over 240 rescued and endangered primates from around the world

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The Tank Museum near Sandyholme Holiday Park

The Tank Museum

Located near Bovington, The Tank Museum is the world's biggest collection of tanks with over 600 vehicles plus incredible true stories. We bring the history of tanks to life and have action packed live displays throughout the year

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Portland Bill Lighthouse

Portland Bill Lighthouse guides vessels heading for Portland and Weymouth through the hazardous waters

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Weymouth Sealife Park

Adventure Park with over 1,000 incredible creatures from sharks and sea turtles to giant spider crabs and octopus

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Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to this beautiful place is considered to be one of the best things to do in Dorset.

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Abbotsbury Children’s Farm

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is a great place for a young family looking for things to do in Dorset! There are lots of animals for the children to meet and feed. Considered one of the best children’s farms in Dorset, there are fun things to do every day. UNDER 5s GO FREE!

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Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, established in 1765, was described by Alan Titchmarsh as "one of the finest Gardens I have ever visited." It has been featured on TV regularly, most recently in Gardeners' World and the Great British Garden Revival series on Tropical Gardens. But importantly for parents there is also a Children's Play Area! The gardens are beautiful and well laid out with a good variety of plants from all over the world and easy to follow routes.

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Dorchester Teddy Bear Museum

The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is Dorchester's unmissable family museum, with Edward Bear and his family.

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The Dinosaur Museum

The only museum on mainland Britain dedicated to dinosaurs, the award-winning Dinosaur Museum.

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Tutankhamun Exhibition

The Tutankhamun Exhibition features The Golden Mask of Tutankhamun amongst many other wonderful treasures.

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Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton House and Gardens is a spectacular 15th century manor house and grounds 5 miles east of the Dorset town of Dorchester. Athelhampton provides an excellent historical experience, and with an on-site shop and restaurants, an excellent day out for all ages.

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Henley Hillbillies

Ride a quad bike, shoot a clay pigeon, fly a hovercraft and much more. Open all year round.

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Lyme Bay RIB Charter

Multi award winning Lyme Bay RIB Charter are based in West Bay, in the centre of Lyme Bay, Dorset, which affords excellent and immediate access to the beautiful ‘Jurassic Coast’. From a quick RIB Blast along the coast with the family to a sunset cruise, Stags & Hens, Birthday Parties, Special Occasions, we are happy to tailor a specific activity to meet your personal requirements.

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Palmers Brewery Tour

The fascinating guided tour starts at 11.00am on every weekday (excl. bank holidays) and lasts for about 2 hours

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Mapperton House & Gardens

Mapperton Gardens is a romantic valley garden deep into a lost Dorset combe among hills and unspoiled countryside

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Forde Abbey & Gardens

Forde Abbey in Dorset is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty

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Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton

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Pecorama

Steam Trains, Gardens, Model Railway Exhibition and Indoor & Outdoor Play Areas

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Beer Quarry Caves

Beer Quarry Caves

Many of us marvel at the intricacy of stonemasons' work on numerous stately buildings, cathedrals and churches. But do we ever stop to consider where the stone came from and the history of the excavation behind it? This vast man-made complex of underground caverns was created by centuries of quarrying the famous Beer Stone.

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The Donkey Sanctuary

International animal welfare charity, based in the UK, working to protect and care for donkeys and mules.

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Fleet Air Arm Museum

With four exhibition halls, over ninety aircraft and over 2 million records and 30 thousand artefacts

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Haynes Motor Museum

The UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes

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