Best Things To Do & Days Out In Dorset

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 34 fun things to do in Dorset for you and the family to discover. Finding the right Dorset day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Dorset with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

Things to do in Dorset

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Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton House and Gardens, Athelhampton Rd, Puddletown, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LG

Things to do at Athelhampton House and Gardens review Athelhampton House and Gardens is a hidden gem in the middle of the Dorset countryside. Dating back over five hundred years, it's billed as one of England's finest Tudor Manors so a must see if you're in the area. Athelhampton...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Great Outdoors Animals Indoor Fun

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PX

Things to do at Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park review Kingston Maurward Gardens and animal park is in Kingston Maurward, Dorset. There are plenty of animals you can meet and feed, plus a play barn and extensive themed gardens. The beautiful grade 2 listed gardens and lake are...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Museum Outdoor Fun

The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum, Linsay Rd, Bovington, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6JG

Things to do at The Tank Museum review The Tank Museum is the world's finest collection of tanks in Bovington, Dorset. It brings the story of tanks and their crews to life with awe-inspiring modern exhibitions. The museum is home to around 300 military vehicles which represent the key...
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All Ages Outdoor Animals Outdoor Fun

Monkey World

Monkey World, Tout Hill, Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH

Things to do at Monkey World review Monkey World is a chimpanzee rescue centre near Wareham in Dorset. They are home to hundreds of monkeys, chimpanzees and lemurs across a 65-acre site. There is also a huge Great Ape Adventure play area. There are more than 250 primates with...
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Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Farmer Palmer's Farm Park, Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU

Things to do at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park review Farmer Palmer's is a small rustic farm park not far from Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset. It has things to do indoors and outdoors. Make sure you pick up a map with a timetable of the day's events as...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Aquarium Outdoor Fun

SEA LIFE Centre Weymouth

Sea Life Centre Weymouth, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

Things to do at SEA LIFE Centre Weymouth review Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park is located in the heart of Weymouth, Dorset in the Lodmoor Country Park. It is unique compared to other Sea Life Centres, as it is set across a 14 acre park with both indoor...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Indoor Fun Outdoor Fun

Sandworld Sculpture Park

Sandworld Sculpture Park, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

Things to do at Sandworld Sculpture Park review Sandworld is a really unique place to visit. I'm not sure there is anywhere else in the UK where you can see huge sand sculptures. They also have a large sandpit for you to create your own masterpieces, out of...
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All Ages Outdoor Outdoor Fun Great Outdoors Free

Upton House and Country Park

Upton House and country Park, Poole Rd, Upton, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ

Things to do at Upton House and Country Park review Upton Country park in Upton, Dorset is an award-winning free day out for families. There are 160 acres of gardens, woodland and parkland. Spurrier's play park has wooden equipment which are challenging and stimulating. This is a relatively new area...
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All Ages Outdoor Great Outdoors

Larmer Tree Gardens

Larmer Tree Gardens, Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5PY

Things to do at Larmer Tree Gardens review Although primarily a wedding and event venue Larmer Tree Gardens also opens its doors to the general public and its gardens are a fun place for families to explore, younger kids will especially love the fairy doors. The gardens are located...
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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Buller's Way, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4LA

Things to do at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens review Abbotsbury subtropical gardens are an 18th century garden with rare plants. It is probably one of the best gardens of its type in the world winning awards. The gardens have been described by Alan Titchmarsh as "One of the finest gardens...
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All Ages Outdoor Historical Great Outdoors

Corfe Castle National Trust

Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ

Things to do at Corfe Castle National Trust review Corfe Castle is one of a handful of castles owned by the National Trust located in Wareham, Dorset. The dramatic ruins of the castle stand on a natural hill which you can see for miles around. The first castle would...
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Hollywood Bowl Yeovil

Hollywood Bowl Yeovil, Yeo Leisure Park, Old Station Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1NP

Things to do at Hollywood Bowl Yeovil review The up-to-date Hollywood Bowl at Yeo Leisure Park, Yeovil is a great family-friendly place to visit. The venue hosts 18 state-of-the-art bowling lanes, an American Diner serving gourmet burgers, hot dogs, freshly made shakes and signature desserts, an amusements area filled with...
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Hollywood Bowl Poole Tower Park

Hollywood Bowl Poole Tower Park, Tower Park Leisure Complex, Yarrow Rd, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NY

Things to do at Hollywood Bowl Poole Tower Park review Hollywood Bowl in the Pool Tower park leisure complex has 24 up-to-date bowling lanes. You can even experience the glam of Hollywood and upgrade to one of their VIP lanes. There is a great range of food and drinks available...
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Splashdown

Splash Down, Tower Park, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NY

Things to do at Splashdown review Splashdown is a waterpark in Poole, Dorset. It is the south's premier leisure complex with a good selection of flumes. There is no large swimming pool, just lots of family-friendly water-based fun. There are height restrictions on some of the flumes plus...
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Hollywood Bowl Bournemouth Branksome

Hollywood Bowl Bournemouth Branksome, 382 Poole Rd, Branksome, Poole, Dorset, BH12 1DA

Things to do at Hollywood Bowl Bournemouth Branksome review Make great memories with family and friends at Hollywood Bowl in Bransome, Bournemouth. It has 24 state-of-the-art bowling lanes making it an ideal destination for all occasions. There is also an American themed diner, a bar and amusements. Their bowling lanes...
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