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Go Ape Moors Valley – Ashley Heath
Go Ape Moors Valley is a high wires adventure course in Moors Valley Country Park, West of Ringwood in Dorset… read more
Active (sporting) things to do


Splashdown Poole – Poole
Splashdown Poole is a family waterpark with indoor and outdoor areas in the Tower Park entertainment centre Poole… read more
Active (sporting) things to do


Clay Pigeon Shooting – Dorset
Clay Pigeon Shooting available throughout the year… read more
Active (sporting) things to do


Paintballing – Bere Regis
Paintballing sessions run on most weekends and selected weekdays all year round… read more
Active (sporting) things to do


Powerkite Sports – Portland
Powerkite Sports introduction. Choose from Kite Landboarding, Kite Buggying or Kite Surfing… read more
Active (sporting) things to do


Abbotsbury Children’s Farm – Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth
Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is an farm animal attraction near Weymouth. This attraction has lots of farm animals for children to meet and feed… read more
Animals & Nature


Abbotsbury Swannery – Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth
Abbotsbury Swannery is the home of a managed colony of swans in Abbotsbury near Weymouth… read more
Animals & Nature


Arne RSPB Reserve – Wareham
Arne RSPB Reserve in Arne, Wareham, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Animals & Nature


Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park – Verwood
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park is a heavy horse rescue centre with horse related activities plus children’s play areas about 5 miles North West of Ringwood… read more
Animals & Nature


Fancys Family Farm – Portland
Fancys Family Farm in Portland, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Animals & Nature • Free entry


Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park – Organford, Poole
Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is a farm attraction with children’s play activities near Poole… read more
Animals & Nature


Honeybrook Farm – Wimborne
Honeybrook Farm is a farm attraction in the village of Stanbridge North of Wimborne Minster. This outdoor attraction is set on a 84 acre farm alongside the River Allen… read more
Animals & Nature


Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre – Longthorns, Wareham
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is a primate centre home to rescued and endangered primates of all kinds as seen on the TV show Monkey Life… read more
Animals & Nature


Oceanarium – Bournemouth
Oceanarium is an indoor attraction set over two floors and features a wide range of aquatic creatures from around the world… read more
Animals & Nature


Putlake Adventure Farm – Langton Matravers, Swanage
Putlake Adventure Farm is an all-weather children’s activity farm attraction 2 miles from Swanage in Dorset… read more
Animals & Nature


The Clay Studio – Christchurch
The Clay Studio in Christchurch, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Arts and crafts activities • Indoor


Compton Acres – Poole
Compton Acres is 5 beautifully themed gardens, Italian Garden, Wooded Valley, Rock and Water Garden, Heather Garden and Japanese Garden set over 10 acres… read more
Gardens to visit


Kingston Maurward Gardens – Dorchester
Kingston Maurward Gardens in Dorchester, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Gardens to visit


Corfe Castle – Corfe Castle, Wareham
Corfe Castle is the ruins of a 1000 year old castle on a mound overlooking Corfe village between Swanage and Wareham… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Kingston Lacy – Wimborne Minster
Kingston Lacy is a large country mansion, gardens and estate covering 8500 hectares… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Mapperton – Beaminster
Mapperton in Beaminster, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Nothe Fort – Weymouth
Nothe Fort in Weymouth, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Portland Castle – Castletown
Portland Castle is a coastal fort built during the 16th century by Henry VIII and located on the island of Portland overlooking Portland harbour… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Sherborne Old Castle – Castleton, Sherborne
Sherborne Old Castle is the ruins of a 12th Century fortified palace, surrounded by a dry moat, that was once home to Sir Walter Raleigh… read more
Historical tourist attractions


Crazy Monsters – Blandford Forum
Crazy Monsters is a children’s indoor play centre in Blandford Forum. The centre has a three tier play frame with biff bags, slides, ball pool, spinners and an aerial glide… read more
Kids days out • Indoor


Lemur Landings Soft Play – Poole
Lemur Landings Soft Play is an indoor soft play centre for children up to 11, North East of Poole… read more
Kids days out • Indoor


Junior 4×4 Driving – Dorchester
Junior 4×4 Driving available for ages 12 to 16… read more
Kids days out


Beaminster Museum – Beaminster
Beaminster Museum in Beaminster, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


Blandford Town Museum – Blandford Forum
Blandford Town Museum in Blandford Forum, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Bridport Museum – Bridport
Bridport Museum in Bridport, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Dorset County Museum – Dorchester
Dorset County Museum is a museum with artefacts and collections of items relating to Dorset and it’s past located in the county town of Dorchester… read more
Museums & Galleries


Gillingham Museum – Gillingham
Gillingham Museum in Gillingham, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Gold Hill Museum and Garden – Shaftesbury
Gold Hill Museum and Garden is a local history museum with a garden in Shaftesbury… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry


Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum – Corfe Castle
Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum in Corfe Castle, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


The Dinosaur Museum – Dorchester
The Dinosaur Museum is a museum about dinosaurs in Dorchester town centre… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum – Dorchester
The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is an indoor family attraction about teddy bears in Dorchester… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


The Keep Military Museum – Dorchester
The Keep Military Museum is a museum about the Devonshire and Dorset military regiments, West of Dorchester town centre… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


The Tank Museum – Bovington
The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Indoor


The Tutankhamun Exhibition – Dorchester
The Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries


Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum – Tolpuddle, Dorchester
Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum in Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry


Wareham Town Museum – Wareham
Wareham Town Museum in Wareham, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries • Free entry • Indoor


Weymouth Museum – Weymouth
Weymouth Museum in Weymouth, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Museums & Galleries


Wimborne Minster Model Town – Wimborne Minster
Wimborne Minster Model Town is a model village set amongst gardens in the village of Wimborne Minster… read more
Other places to visit


Traditional Afternoon Tea – Bournemouth
Traditional Afternoon Tea for two… read more
Other places to visit


Beer Masterclass with Tastings – Dorset
Beer Masterclass with Tastings and gourmet burger meal for two… read more
Other places to visit


Brewery Experience – Dorset
Brewery Experience full day with lunch and beer tastings… read more
Other places to visit


Adventure Wonderland – Hurn, Christchurch
Adventure Wonderland is a theme park with an indoor Aztec-themed children’s play centre, plus 30 outdoor rides and attractions aimed at children up to 12… read more
Theme Parks


Swanage Railway – Hurn, Christchurch
Swanage Railway in Swanage, Dorset. Find the latest opening hours, map and contact details… read more
Transport days out


4×4 Off Road Driving Adventure – Dorchester
4×4 Off Road Driving Adventure up to 40 minutes hands-on experience… read more
Transport days out


Helicopter Flights – Dorset
Helicopter Flights choice of tours and locations… read more
Transport days out


Introductory Flying Lesson – Dorset
Introductory Flying Lesson introduction to flying, aircraft controls and safety… read more
Transport days out



Whether you are looking for a family day out, fun things to do with the kids, day trips for couples or a place to visit this weekend, we hope you find what your looking for when using our Dorset days out guide.

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