Fun in South East Dorset

Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are Coastal Towns which attract thousands of visitors each year.  You can see why with Poole's natural harbour and award winning beaches, Bournemouth's bustling town, lively seafront and buzzing nightlife and Christchurch with it's great eateries, Priory Church and Quay.

Poole Tourist Information Centre - 01202 253253

Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre - 0845 0511700

Christchurch Tourist Infomation Centre - 01202 471780

Adventure Wonderland

Enjoy a full day of fun at Adventure Wonderland with over 30 rides and attractions including the fantastic 'Wild Thing' indoor play area.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for the summer/winter timetable, admission prices and special events.

Address  Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Contact Tel  01202 483444  

PLEASE NOTE - Adventure Wonderland are now operating a Winter timetable and the full park will only be open on selected weekends and half term periods.  The soft play will remain open daily.

All Fired Up

Choose from many ceramics, relax, paint and enjoy the Cafe which offers a variety of snacks and drinks.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for pottery painting charges, special events and offers.

Address  35-37 Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DT

Contact Tel  01202 558030

The Ark

The Ark has a fantastic multi level soft play with exciting obstacles, slides and a separate toddler area with ball pit and sensory activities.  You’ll also find a great indoor ice rink suitable for big and little one’s plus an ice cream parlour and restaurant with a spacious terrace.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission costs and full details or visit the Facebook page for upcoming events and special offers.

Address  Poole Park, Poole, BH15 2SF

Contact Tel  01202 717197

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

There are over 50 aviation displays and exhibits including fixed wing aircraft, a double decker bus and a helicopter.  The staff and volunteers are always on hand to answer eager questions and be sure to check the Airport flight times so you can stand on the viewing platform and watch the planes taking off and landing from the Airport.  Snacks and drinks are available from the shop and public toilets are on site.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special events.

Address  Merritown Lane, Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Contact Tel  01202 473141

Brownsea Island

Owned by the National Trust and only accessible by boat Brownsea Island has a thriving natural habitat which creates a unique haven for wildlife including the rare red squirrels.  Villano Cafe, Toilets and the Gift Shop are located at the entrance and other amenities are located at the far end of the island.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special events. 

Location  Poole Harbour.  Ferries leave from Poole Quay and Sandbanks Pier 

PLEASE NOTE - Brownsea Island will close to the public in late October and re-open in Spring 2019

The Clay Studio

Pottery Painting Cafe for children and adults with numerous bisque to paint and a wonderful menu using locally produced ingredients.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for studio fees and events like 'girls night out' and 'workshops for beginners'.

Address  The Fountain, High Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AE

Contact Tel  0102 475000  

Clay Studio Blog Review

Compton Acres

The South's finest privately owned historic gardens.  There's lots for the whole to family to explore plus a wonderful Restaurant at the entrance and a Café in the Gardens offering outstanding views of the Harbour.

Admission charges to gardens apply however entry to the cafe and gift shop are free.

Please visit the Website for opening times and special events.

Address  164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, BH13 7ES

Contact Tel  01202 700778

Courtyard Craft Centre

The Courtyard Craft Centre is set in a beautiful location and houses many craft and hobby units.

Please visit the Website for opening times and special events.

Address  Huntick Road, Lytchett Minster, Nr Poole, BH16 6BA 

Farmer Palmers

This award winning farm has plenty for children to do with slides, bouncy castles, indoor and outdoor play areas, ride on tractors, soft play, animals, a new play barn, tractor trailer rides and so much more.

Facilities include a restaurant serving hot and cold food and a gift shop.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special events.

Address  Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, BH16 6EU

Contact Tel  01202 622022

Farmer Palmers Blog Review 

Giggles

Large soft play area with smaller area for toddlers.  Giggles also has a nursery, holiday club and dressing up area.  Cafe offers a variety of hot meals, snacks and drinks.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special offers.

Address  25c Elliott Road, West Howe Industrial Estate, Bournemouth, BH11 8LQ

Contact Tel  01202 331952

Harbour Pirates Golf Glow

Mini Golf with a difference, children will love the dark room with bright glowing obstacles.

New for 2016 is Neptunes Soft Play which is also within the building.

Children's party packages are available.

Admission charges apply.

Please visit the Facebook page for further information.

Address  Poole Quay (above the Amusement Arcade), Poole

Highcliffe Castle

This stunning Castle was built between 1831 and 1835 and is set within beautiful grounds with fantastic views and access to the beach.

Facilities include Tea Rooms and Gift Shop.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special events.

Address  Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, BH23 4LE

Contact Tel  01425 278807

Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl has been recently refurbished and offers fantastic bowling fun for all the family plus there's an American Diner and arcade games at the Tower Park venue.

Children’s party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for prices and special offers.

BRANKSOME

Address 382 Poole Road, Branksome, Poole, Dorset, BH12 1DA 

Contact Tel 0844 4770 483

TOWER PARK

Address Tower Park, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NY 

Contact Tel 0844 4770 495

Kids Kingdom

Fun multi level soft play based within the Junction Sports Centre.  Please contact before visiting as the website states the soft play may be closed for private parties.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special events.

Address  The Junction Leisure Centre, Station Approach, Broadstone, Poole, BH18 8AX

Contact Tel  01202 777766

Laser Quest

Exhilarating fun and excitement in an interactive environment.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special events.

Address  Glen Fern Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2LZ

Contact Tel  01202 556888 

Lemur Landings

Large soft play with multi level play frame, slides, canons, sensory and toddler area.  You'll also find a cafe/restaurant and special events running throughout the year including laser tag nights.

After a refurbishment in 2017 there is now an exciting new toddler area, climbing zone and party rooms.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, special events and details on toddler mornings.

Address  Tower Park (above the Cinema), Yarrow Road, Poole, BH12 4NY

Contact Tel  01202 740500

Littledown Centre Parkland

Altitude high ropes adventure, paddling pool, play park, circuit track, miniature railway, and leisure orienteering.

Please visit the Website for full park details.

Address  Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth, BH7 7DX

Contact Tel  01202 417600

Little Pickles Playroom

Indoor Play Café with soft play area suitable for children under 5.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special events.

Address  723 Wimborne Road, Moordown, BH9 2AX

Contact Tel  01202 533311

Lollipops Play Cafe

Multi level soft play centre with small outdoor play area and café perfect for under 5's.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, classes and events.

Address  16 Lansdeer Road, Westbourne, BH4 9EH

Contact Tel  01202 766710

Matchams Karting

Just arrive and drive or book a party at Matchams 420 metre outdoor karting circuit.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special offers.

Address  Hurn Road, Hurn, BH24 2BT

Contact Tel  01425 480828

Monkey Madness

Recently under new management this soft play has a large main frame and a smaller one for toddlers plus a café selling hot and cold food.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, classes and special offers.

Address  Reid Street, Christchurch, BH23 2BT

Contact Tel  01202 481015 

Monkey Madness Blog Review

Oasis Indoor Fun Centre

New for 2016 the Oasis Fun Centre has everything to keep the whole family entertained for hours with a fantastic beach themed soft play, adventure golf, bowling, amusements and an American diner.

Children’s party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for prices, opening times and full details.

Address  Glen Fern Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2LZ

Contact Tel  01202 311611  

Oasis Fun Centre Blog Review

Oceanarium - The Bournemouth Aquarium

Visit the amazing Oceanarium to see many varieties of fish and other creatures plus the new Penguin enclosure with underwater viewing windows, a glass pannelled walkway and an underwater themed play zone.

Facilities include toilets with baby change, a restaurant and gift shop.

Children's party packages are available. 

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special events.

Address  Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA

Contact Tel  01202 311993 

Bournemouth Oceanarium Blog Review

Project Climbing Centre

The Climbing Centre is a fantastic venue for bouldering and rock climbing which is suitable for Children over 4 years and Adults.  The Sports venue also offers many other classes during the week and the cafe sells hot and cold drinks plus fresh homemade food.

For full details and special offers please visit the Website.

Address  The Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1UD

Contact Tel  01202 660153 

Rock Reef

Adventure activity attraction with clip 'n' climb, pier cave, high line and an amazing pier zip which takes you over the sea to land on the beach.

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for ticket prices and special events and offers.

Location  Bournemouth Pier, BH2 5AA

Contact Tel  01202 983983 

RockReef Blog Review

Role Play World

Role Play World is an interactive and educational experience where children can learn though play in a fantasy and real life environment. 

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for further details on booking and current play zones.

Contact Tel  01202 989494

Address  280 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, BH8 9RT 

Role Play World Blog Review

Sandbanks Crazy Golf

18 fun challenging holes for all the family to enjoy.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, opening times and special offers.

Address  Banks Road (next to the main car park), Poole, BH13 7QQ

Contact Tel  01202 706561 

Science Zone UK

There's plenty to see and do inside the Science Zone so all children will be educated as well as entertained.  Not only is there the planetarium dome, Dinosaur basement and sensory rooms there’s also the science zone where children can carry out exciting experiments from exploding volcanoes to slime and rainbow science.  Please note that it is advisable to book workshops in advance. 

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website or Facebook page for full info on booking and details on upcoming workshops.

Address  21-22 The Royal Arcade, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH1 4BT

Contact Tel  01202 729206 

Snowtrax

Snowtrax is an outdoor activity centre perfect for skiing and snowboarding plus the kids will enjoy the ringos and ski bobs.

The Alpine Adventure Park is set in a large woodland area at the bottom of the slope and has slides, an overhead cable ride, trampolines, toddler play area, forts and even a wooden pirate ship!

Children's party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for more information.

Address  Matchams Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, BH23 6AW

Contact Tel  01202 499155 

Splashdown

Splashdown is a fantastic waterpark full of thrilling indoor and outdoor rides plus 3 under 5's splash zones.

Children’s party packages are available.

Please visit the Website for full details on slides and ticket prices.

Address  Yarrow Road, Poole, BH12 4NY

Contact Tel  01202 716000

Tower Park

You will find many things to do at Tower Park including a Cinema, Splashdown, Bowling, Gala Bingo, Lemur Landings Soft Play and many restaurants.

Children's party packages are available at most entertainment venues and eateries.

Please visit the Website for full complex details and special offers.

Address  Yarrow Road, Poole, BH12 4NY

Contact Tel  01202 722917

Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park is a great place to visit whatever the season.  Set in over 130 acres of parkland you’ll find landscaped gardens, a woodland play trail, tea rooms, a gallery, plant centre and a walled garden with a summer water feature.       

Please visit the Website for year round events and a nature trail map.

Please note that parking charges now apply.

Address  Poole Road, Upton, BH17 7BJ

Contact Tel  01202 262753  

Upton Country Park Blog Review


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