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Snotrax Ski Centre

Snotrax Ski Centre has professional instructors to help with taster lessons through to advanced coaching. You can learn to ski or snowboard or just try riding the Ski Bobs or spinning down the slopes in a Ringo. Your day wont be complete without a visit to the Alpine Adventure Park, full of trampolines, swings & a huge fort.

Snotrax ski centre Dorset

Tank Museum - Bovington

Tank demonstration at the Tank museum in Bovington

The Tank Museum has over 200 tanks and is the best collection of tanks in the world. The tank museum also has an outdoor arena and in April, May, Summer, October School holidays visitors can watch Tank Action displays.

The museum has a behind the scenes tour and an experience day were you learn to drive an FV432 Armoured Personnel Carrier and sit in the commanders seat and take charge of a 30 tonne war machine as you thunder around our tank arena.

Splashdown Waterpark - Poole


Going into the dark tunnel at Splashdown waterpark in PooleLazy river at Splashdown waterpark in PooleSplashdown waterpark

Splashdown WaterPark is a great day out with something for everyone. Unlike some waterparks this one is open all year as they have indoor rides in the winter. They have lots of different rides and slides with exciting waterflumes such as the Screamer with its sheer vertical drop, Black Thunder where you plunge into darkness or become a human pin-ball on Spacebowl. For those who prefer it a little more relaxing there is the Mississippi Drifter lazy river. Young children have special play areas and toddler pools.  

The Dinosaur Museum

kids getting chased at the Dinosaur museum by a dinosaur

The Dinosaur Museum combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and dinosaur skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Dorset is well known as the Fossil country and many visitors come to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site or visit Dinosaur themed exhibitions such as this in Dorchester.

Theatre Tickets

Canford Park Arena - Poole

Bournemouth International Centre

O2 Academy Bournemouth

Bournemouth Pavillion

Adventure Wonderland

Train ride at Adventure WonderlandLollypop swings at Adventure WonderlandThe swinging boat ride at Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland has over 30 family rides and attractions. Some of the popular favourites that can be found here are: The Ghostly Galleon, Wild Bills Runaway Train, Turbo Teacups , Flying Elephants and lots more. New attractions such as The Pollydrop Ride are regularly added. Adventure Wonderland also has a magnificent beech hedge maze with over one and half miles of pathways. The theme park has a large indoor play centre for rainy days that includes Python Drop, Rollerball Alley and the spectacular Montyzoomers Ball Firing Thunderdome!

Oceanarium

Oceanarium in Bournmouth, a sealife centre

Oceanarium Bournemouth has a number of different environments to showcase fish and creatures from different parts of the world. The Oceanarium has a shark tunnel plus other tanks with large viewing windows.

Monkey World - Wareham

Moving the orangotangs around in a wheelbarrow at Monkey World in WarehamAn adventure playground at Monkey World, Wareham

I’m sure that a few parents think their kids have escaped from this place but Monkey World is a chimpanzee rescue and Rehabilitation centre for the Rescue of primates not parents from kids. The keepers have regular talks that are very informatitive and inspiring, they are also approachable and willing to answer questions.The whole experience is very thought provoking and valuable. Well worth supporting.

The Great Dorset Steam Rally

The 2018 Steam Fair will take place between

August 2018 - Dates TBA

At Tarrant Hinton, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8HX

The Great Dorset Steam RallyLots of steam vehicles travelling down a field together at the Great Dorset Steam RallyThis photo shows the scale of the Great Dorset Steam Rally event

The Great Dorset Steam Rally covers over 600 acres and is one of Europe's largest outdoor events. The Dorset Steam Fair offers a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment. The show has a special festival atmosphere that you can enjoy as a day visitor or camping on site for 5 days. There is something for everyone at the show and visitors arrive from all over the world.

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park - Poole

Playing on minture tractors at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park in PooleFeeding the animals at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park in PoolePlaying on the bouncy castle at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park, Poole

Whatever the weather, Farmer Palmer's near Poole has stacks of indoor and outdoor play areas with lots of exciting activities. Watch the kids run, slide, climb and bounce as they explore the farm park.

Abbotsbury Swannery

Hundreds of swand being fed at Abbotsbury Swannery

This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. If your family is looking for unusual things you can help hand feed 600 swans at 12.00 noon and 4.00pm daily.

The centre also has Sub-tropical gardens, a childrens farm and a giant willow maze. Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area and bottle feed the baby goats. The baby goats also race around a track twice a day.

The entrance and shop at Abbotsbury SwanneryBeautiful gardens at Abbotsbury SwanneryMap showing the general layout of attractions at Abbotsbury Swannery

Brownsea Island National Trust

Aerial view of Brownsea IslandWatching a deer on Brownsea IslandCycling on Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a haven for wildlife.


NB/ The island is closed for winter.

Places to visit in Dorset

Poole Harbour

Poole Harbour

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

Durdle Door

Durdle Door

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach


Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas Giant

Badbury Rings

Badbury Rings

Lulworth Castle

Lulworth Castle

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle

Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Castle

Swanage Heritage Railway

Swanage railway near Corfe castle

Swanage Railway is a 6-mile long heritage railway that follows the route of the old Purbeck branch line from Norden, via Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Herston Halt to Swanage.

Things to do in Dorset

Go Ape - Moors Valley Country Park

Segway adventure at Go Ape in Moors Valley Country ParkGo Ape tree top adventure at Moors Valley Country Park

Go Ape - Moors Valley Country Park - is a network of rope bridges, trapezes, tunnels and some new zip wires that stretches for roughly 1000 metres through the tree canopy. This is a fantastic experience where you will be trained in the use of harnesses, pulleys, carabineers and various safety methods by qualified instructors. You will then safely navigate through a tree top obstacle course to eventually finish on a brilliant zip-wire descent.


The centre can also get you off road to enjoy a different type of adventure traveling around the forest on a Segway (looks like a lawn mower you stand on). Standing upright you simply lean forward to move forward and back to slow and stop - great fun.

Go Ape can also be found at: Itchen Valley Country Park

Scenic Harbour and Coastal Cruises

Scenic harbour and coastal cruises with Blue line cruises and Dorset Belles

Blue Line Cruises Bournemouth / Poole / Swanage. Their vessels Jurassic Scene and Solent Scene cruise along the coast passing Old Harry Rocks and the cliffs of Ballard Down before crossing Swanage Bay to Peveril Ledge. They then cruise on past Durlston Head to meet the massive cliffs of the Jurassic coast. From there they sail on past the Tilly Whim Caves, the Ragged Rocks and Blacklers Hole and on to Dancing Ledge.

Dorset Belles - Bournemouth Poole harbour cruises and boat trips. Visit Brownsea Island, Old Harry rocks, Swanage, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight.

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