Listed below are some family activities we know to be popular, including things if the weather lets you down or you are here in the winter. We have tried to list them geographically, those nearest first. Further information/leaflets on any of the listed activities and special events can be obtained from the Dorchester Tourist Office by calling 01305 267 992.
We would definitely recommend that you have a day at Lyme Regis, there is so much to do with great places to eat, fossils, museums, shops etc. It is a lovely town but busy in the summer months so we recommend you get up and get there early!
A trip north to Haynes Motor Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum and a good walk round Cadbury Castle keeps the boys happy!! Or a day east to Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, there is just so much to do and none of it is that far away, you will have to come back!!
If you are after specific activities for certain ages then please feel free to ask, we will be happy to help as there are too many to list here!
Lulworth Castle, Durdle Dor and Lulworth Cove are all well worth a visit, keep an eye on their web site to see what is happening when you are staying, Jousting Tournaments regularly through the summer, Famous family Music Festival - BESTIVAL (August) , charity events and family entertainments.
Telephone: 01929 400 352
Abbotsbury Swannery, Tithe Barn, Tropical Gardens
Children's farm, barn and soft play area, great for the under 5's. Look out for hatching time, easter events, etc. Colonial Restaurant in Gardens.
With wonderful gardens this house just east of Dorchester also has a great Children's and farm animal areas in a wonderful location.
Ape rescue centre, children seem to really enjoy going here.
Terracotta Warriors Museum
The only museum outside China dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors.
Weymouth White Water
Take a ride on a rib, various rides for all ages.
Telephone: 01305 781 146 or 07899 892 317
Sea Life Centre - Weymouth
A sea life park and marine sanctuary. Indoor and outdoor attractions.
The Tank Museum at Bovington
Military tank museum.
Haynes Motor Museum
All weather fun packed day for the whole family.
Adventure Wonderland Park
With Wild Thing the giant indoor Aztec adventure play centre (under 10's). A great day out whatever the weather, about 40 minutes away. Open all year.
Telephone: 01202 483 444
Recommended by guests, this is a fantastic way to entertain a group of all ages from 8 and over, see parts of Dorset you would never get to otherwise, highly imaginative and of varying difficulty and constantly being updated, these trails can be downloaded or purchased at Dorchester Tourist Office. 2010/11 Tourism Excellence Award.
Telephone: 07867 800897
Dinosoraurland Fossil Museum
Coombe St, Lyme Regis, a wonderful privately owned attraction, great introduction to the Jurassic Coast before you head off to find those fossils.
Telephone: 01297 443 541
Crealy Adventure Park
A really fun day out with rides, massive indoor slides etc. 1 hr away max (under 10's), April - September.
The house, wild life park, maize etc, all make this a really good all round family day out. Approx 1 hr away.
Motor Museum at Beaulieu
World famous museum, rides and drives for all the family plus the acclaimed James Bond experience!
A fun way to get to the Purbeck coast, Easter to October half-term with some Santa Specials in December.
Farmer Palmers Farm Park
A little way away but great for younger groups: Situated our side of Poole at Organford this is a highly popular, multi award winning attraction mainly focused at the Under 8 age range. Plenty to do both inside and out and open nearly all year, well worth a visit.
Telephone: 01202 622 022