Top 20 activities for families in Dorset this summer

The summer holidays are here and once again us parents are scrambling around looking for things to keep the children entertained for those six long weeks.

I have put together my top 20 activities for families in Dorset this summer. Wether you’re a local looking for something to do at last minute or if you’re on holiday and not sure what’s what this is the guide for you!

Top 20 activities for families in Dorset this summer

National trust days

Dorset is blessed with some gorgeous National Trust spots which are definitely worth checking out if you’re a member. Our favourites include Kingston Lacy, Corfe Castle and if you want to throw in a boat trip head over to Brownsea Island.

Moors Valley 

Moors Valley country park is perfect for the whole family. There’s an awesome play trail you can follow as well as a big park, picnic spots and bike hire. Moors valley is well equipped with toilets and a cafe and the visitor centre. If you’re feeling brave you can even attempt Go Ape.

Yoga in the park

The girls and I have been loving going along to park yoga this summer, search for your nearest spot – it’s completely free!

Upton Country Park

Not only is Upton Country Park a great spot to walk, play and splash about in the walled gardens water fountains. They are also hosting a ‘summer of fun weekly holiday challenge’ with a new challenge each week – check it out.

activities for families in Dorset this summer

Mega Slip & Slide

Dorset has a brand new attraction for 2022 in the shape of a Mega slip and slide. 110 metres of wet and wild fun this looks awesome!

Dorset Adventure Park

Probably the highlight of last summer for my girls, definitely one to add to your to do list. The muddy obstacle course is brilliant for the whole family. Just prepare to get absolutely filthy. Find out more here.

Fossil Hunting along the Jurassic coast

The best beaches in Dorset for fossil hunting are  probably Charmouth and Lyme Regis, it’s not called the jurassic coast for nothing. Head down and get hunting! To read more about Dorset Beaches check out my guide to the best beaches in Dorset.

Knoll house

Such a great little find this summer. Head over to Studland’s Knoll house where every Saturday they’re hosting a family BBQ! The food is delicious and there’s live music too.

Firework night

Poole quay have a fantastic firework display every Thursday night. With family fun on the quay and live music it really is great fun.

The Tank Museum

With exhibitions, activities and the largest collection of tanks in the world The Tank Museum in Bovington is a great day out for the family.

Monkey World

Fancy hanging out with some furry friends? Monkey world is the place for you. The rescue centre has assisted governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild since 1987. It really is quite incredible and a great day out.

Ramp Rats

An awesome indoor skate, scoot and ride park for toddlers up to 10 years. Ramp Rats is perfect for the little ones to scoot off some energy and is great on a rainy day.

Weymouth Sea Life

With over 2500 creatures and 13 different zones to explore Weymouth Sea Life is a must visit. There is so much to see and do you can spend the whole day here. Don’t forget to pack the kids swim things for the splash park!

Mighty Claws

Get the clubs at the ready. Mighty claws is our favourite outdoor crazy golf. The life-sized dinosaurs are amazing. Not only that but the cafe serve yummy pizza and milkshakes too!

Rock Reef

Another favourite spots of my daughters is Rock Reef. With clip n climbs, the pier caves, the pier zip and highline course there’s plenty of fun to be had. Great for any little adrenaline junkies.

Rock Reef activities for families in Dorset this summer

Tower Park

Tower park is a one stop shop for a full day of fun. You’ve got splashdown, lemur landings soft play, Cineworld, Hollywood bowl and a ton of great eateries in one spot in Poole.


BH2 is Bournemouth’s one stop shop with Mr Mulligans mini golf, the ODEON cinema and loads of great restaurants its perfect for an evening out.

Farmer Palmers

Always a great day out for the little ones. Farmer Palmers is so much more than a farm park, with a splash park, hay bale slides, peddle tractors, sensory play area and so much more it’s just a great day out all round.

farmer palmers activities for families in Dorset this summer

Adventure Wonderland

With fun rides, attractions,  a huge play area, and a giant maze to get lost in there’s loads to do at Adventure Wonderland. It’s a fab day out in Dorset for the whole family.

Water Sports

I couldn’t leave a guide to family activities in Dorset without some great water sport spots. There are so many but my top recommendations are Sandbanks for paddle boarding, Rockley for sailing and and Knoll Beach for the pedalos!

I really hope this has given you some ideas of fun activities for families in Dorset this summer! 


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