Family Days Out in Dorset

Featured Attraction

dinosaur museum in dorchestreA lovely museum for families.  If your little ones love dinosaurs, exploring and hunting for clues, they will love the Dinosaur Museum.  The museum is ideally situated close to parking in the centre of the County town of Dorchester.  You can all enjoy hands on exhibits, fossils, shop and a wealth of information about these fascinating creatures.  The Dinosaur Museum is Dorchester’s most visited attraction and is only 7 miles from the Jurassic Coast.


Adults £8.50 Children £6.50 (Under 3’s free) 

Poole Lighthouse, Dorset


The Lighthouse in Poole– Come and enjoy this theatre and watch some lovely shows from headliner comedians to children’s pantomime.


Nothe Fort in Weymouth


Nothe Fort in Weymouth– Historic Fort on the Jurassic Coast.  Built by the Victorians with a network of underground passages.


Poole Lighthouse, Dorset


Jurassic Skyline– Sealife tower offers 360 degrees views over Weymouth Bay.


family days out in weymouth


Sealife Centre in Weymouth–  A fantastic day out for the kids or those who are interested in the sea and the creatures that live in it.


Poole Lighthouse, Dorset


Sandworld Sculpture Park in Weymouth– Amazing sculptures made from Weymouth sand (voted best sand castle sand in the country).


Poole Lighthouse, Dorset


Sandsfoot Castle.– Ancient castle ruins overlooking Weymouth Bay.



Moors Valley

Moors Valley– Lovely day out and you only pay for the car park.  Woodland walk with themed climbing adventures, mini steam railway open through the season, excellent outdoor sandy play area.  Some areas welcome pets, you can bring a picnic or enjoy the café.  Only need to pay for car parking.


Go Ape, Moors Valley

Go Ape– Adventure through an assault course high up in the trees.  I have done this and its great fun, not for those terrified of heights but for those of us who are a little scared, its perfect.  Fun zip lines and some easy routes.


Honeybrook Farm

Honeybrook Farm is a lovely adventure farm with pony rides, all the animals of the farm, tractor rides and excellent outdoor play area.  Bring a picnic or use the café.



Abbotsbury Swannery


Abbotsbury Swannery- The only swannery in the world for nesting mute swans. Set up by monks from at least the 1300’s.


Monkey World

Monkey World– Ape Rescue Centre. A whole day out with entry. Rescued monkeys, apes and orangutans. Superb outdoor play, café.



Farmer Palmers

Farmer Palmers- Large adventure farm with tractor rides, indoor soft play, café, slides, bouncy castle, lamb feeding, milking and a variety of animals.


Farmer Palmers

Weymouth Pavillion- Excellent theatre with regular shows.  Including pantomine and childrens shows.



Farmer Palmers

Abbottsbury Childrens Farm- Large adventure farm with tractor rides, indoor soft play, café, slides, bouncy castle, lamb feeding, milking and a variety of animals.


Farmer Palmers

Weymouth Museum – Home to a fantastic range of historical items from the Weymouth area.



Farmer Palmers

Pirates Mini Golf- Located next to The Sealife Centre with plenty of parking.



Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre

Margaret Green Animal Rescue Ctr– Visit this lovely rescue centre, located at the foot of the Purbeck Hills. Annual dog show.



The Plaza Dorchester

Plaza Cinema, Dorchester– Opened as a single screen cinema but now boasts 4 screens. Two of which are capable of showing 3D films.



Weymouth Pavillion

Pavillion Weymouth- Theatre complex. Weymouth Pavillion host a very busy program of not only shows and events but also private hire for corporate functions, parties, meetings etc.



Cumulus Outdoor Adventure
Cumulus Outdoor Adventure offer a full range of outdoor services and adventure experiences. If you like the outdoors and you’re up for a challenge, or perhaps you would just like to experience something a little different, Cumulus Outdoors will provide you with what you’re looking for.  Single coasteering – £49 pp, Family 4+ persons – £42 pp, Group 5-9 persons- £42 pp, Group 10+ persons -£39 pp.

Mega Paintball


Mega Paintball– Paintballing is great for special events such as birthday celebrations. Mega Paintball in Dorchester, is set in 65 acres of woodland with varying terrain, offering a fun outdoor activity.



Adventure Wonderland
Adventure Wonderland– Mini theme park with rides that are ideal for younger children.  Soft play area, pets corner, café.  A whole day out to enjoy.Under 2’s – Free 2 years – £6.95 3+ – £12.95 Adults – £12.95
Family of 4 – £4


Fancys Family Farm

Fancys Family Farm– The home to the only flock of rare breed Portland Sheep. The farm also has goats, ducks, chickens, wallabies, pigs, donkeys, geese, shire horse and Poppy and Ozzie the farm dogs. Entry is free as the farm relies on donations.


Crown Court and Cells
Old Crown Courts and Cells- Shire Hall, contains the Georgian Crown Court and Cells which saw the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834, along with witnessing thousands of other trials until its closure in 1955. Children under 16 go free. Adults- £4 pp. Please note, these prices are a guide and may change on a daily basis.


Dorset Heavy Horse Farm
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre– Whilst visiting, be sure to take advantage of the FREE Heavy Horse Wagon Rides, Tractor and Trailer rides and even the chance to Drive a real Farm tractor!! There is always a busy timetable of hands on interaction with the farm animals including over 20 rescued heavy horses, donkeys, pigs, sheep, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, snow dogs and many more! Adults (14+) £8.95 pp, Children (3 and over) £8.95 and Tots £3.95.



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