Fun in West Dorset

From Weymouth to Lyme Regis you'll find so much to see and do with pretty towns, harbourside bars and restaurants, watersports, parks and gardens, castles and fortes, long sandy beaches with donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows, great shopping, attractions, museums and so much more.  There are some wonderful events being held throughout the summer with festivals, carnivals, fun days and regattas.

Dorchester Tourist Information Centre - 01305 267992

Bridport Tourist Information Centre - 01308 424901

Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre - 01297 442138


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.  There's lots of other things to do including tractor trailer rides, play area, giant maze, café and much more.

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

Address New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, DT3 4JG

Contact Tel 01305 871858

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Abbotsbury Children's Farm

Meet and feed lots of lovely farm animals, visit the walk in aviary, play in the soft play, barn and slides and much more.  Facilities include the café and gift shop.

Children's Party Packages are available. 

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

Address Church Street, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, DT 3 4JJ

Contact Tel 01305 871817

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

The amazing subtropical gardens has a wonderful mixture of formal and informal flowers, ponds, stunning view points, a sculpture trail, Burma rope bridge and even a children's play area.

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

Please visit the Website for admission prices and details on special events including the amazing enchanted illuminations in October.

Address Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, DT 3 4LA

Contact Tel 01305 971387

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Athelhampton House

This stunning 15th Century house is steeped in history and set in breathtaking gardens.  The Topiary Restaurant is a must and serves wonderful food, freshly made cakes and scones.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, opening days/times and details on special events.

Located 5 miles East of Dorchester, off the A35 at Puddletown Northbrook.

Contact Tel 01305 848363

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*Open all year*

Bella Ceramics

This bright new studio is located in the centre of Weymouth and has lots of pottery pieces to choose from.  You can also go in to have your baby/foot prints put onto a tile, mug or plate for a keepsake.

Facilities includes toilets and refreshments are available.

Children's Party Packages are available including the fun 'Paint and Pizza' option.

Please visit the Website or Facebook page for further info and special events including kids craft sessions, pre school sessions and ladies night.

Address  9a St Mary Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8PU

Contact Tel  01305 780343 

Bennetts Water Gardens

The gardens are set within 8 acres of land and include ponds and lakes and are surrounded by plants, trees and flowers.  Visit the tropical house to see exotic plants and visit the museum to read about local history.  Facilities include a restaurant and gift shop.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and special events.

Address Putton Lane, Chickerell, Weymouth, DT3 4AF

Contact Tel 01305 785150

*Now open for 2017 season*

Cupcakes Play Cafe

Recently opened, the Cupcake Play Café in Weymouth gives parents the chance to sit and relax with a cuppa and slice of homemade cake while the children play for free.

Please visit the Facebook page for further information.

Address  20a Gloucester Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7AW

Contact Tel  01305 778053

Dinosaur Museum

The Museum combines life sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and dinosaur skeletons to create an exciting hands on experience.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, special events and details on the '5 Museums for the price of 2' pass which is valid for a year.

Address Icen Way, Dorchester, DT1 1EW

Contact Tel 01305 269880

Dorchester Skatepark

Open all year, the park is free and suitable for BMX, scooter and inline skates as well as skateboards.

Address Little Fairfield, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester 

Dorset Snowsport Centre

Set in acres of woodland at Warmwell Holiday Park boasts one of the top ski and snowboard slopes.  There are many other things to do including zorb sessions or you can brave the jumps.  Facilities include a café selling hot and cold food.

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

Address Warmwell, Nr Weymouth, DT2 8JE

Contact Tel 0344 335 3450

The Fun Factory

The huge playframe is spread over 5 levels and has a separate sports area and toddler activity area. Facilities include a restaurant selling hot and cold food.

Children’s Party Packages are available.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and information on toddler mornings.

Address 7 Albany Road, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth, DT4 9TH

Contact Tel 01305 777334

Fancy's Family Farm

This is a community farm in Portland and home to lots of animals including sheep, wallabies, goats, horses and pigs plus they have a large soft play room and a café selling hot and cold drinks.

Free Entry but donations are greatly received.

Please visit the Website for details on opening times and special events.

Address New Ground, Portland, DT5 2EN

Contact Tel 07810 485351

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Fantasy Island Fun Park

Hidden away in Bowleaze Cove is a fun park with lots of entertainment for the whole family including rides, amusement arcade, indoor soft play, seaside food and drink and much more.

Free entry to the park however ticket prices for rides and the soft play apply.

Please visit the Website for opening days/times and details on special offers.

Address Bowelease Coveway, Weymouth, DT3 6PW

Contact Tel 01305 834746

The Front Skatepark

Skatepark with a range of ramps, skateshop, café and lounge area.

Children's Party Packages are available.

Please visit the Website for details on membership fees, session times and events.

Address Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, DT4 7SX

Contact Tel 01305 771301

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Gone Potty

Gone Potty art studio in Weymouth has lots of fantastic pottery to paint plus a lovely free play area for under 5’s.  Choose from one of the many pieces or pop in with your baby to create a baby/hand print keepsake.

Facilities include toilet with baby change and refreshment are available.

Children's Party Packages are available.

Please visit the Website or Facebook page for more info and special events including crafts and ladies night.

Address  12A Frederick Place, St Thomas Street, Weymouth, DT4 8HQ

Contact Tel  01305 458549

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park

Wonderful day out for all the family.  Enjoy stunning formal gardens set in 35 acres, visit the many farm animals and let the children run around the play park.

Facilities include a small café, larger restaurant and gift shop.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, location, details on special offers and annual events.

Address Dorchester, DT2 8PY

Contact Tel 01305 215003

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*Open all year*

Leisure Ranch

Cresta run slide, go carts and super fun for all the family.

Please visit the Website for prices and opening days/times. 

Address Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Road, Weymouth, DT4 7SX

Contact Tel 01305 761420

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Please note - Leisure Ranch is currently closed for the season and will re-open at Easter 2017

Lister Gardens Mini Golf

18 hole mini golf course challenging players of all ages and set with amazing views of the Cobb, beach and coastline to Portland.

Please visit the Website for prices and opening times.

Address Lister Gardens, Lyme Regis 

Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium

Discover the local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast in an exciting interactive environment with the possibility of being able to handle certain live specimens.

Please visit the Website for pricesopening days/times and 10% online booking discount.

Address The Cobb, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JJ

Contact Tel 07903 955300 / 01297 444230

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Lodmoor Country Park

The Country Park covers 350 acres and features a whole host of activities and attractions for all the family including the Rio Grande Model Railway.

Please visit the Website for further info and events.

Address Preston Road, Weymouth, DT4 7SX 

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MFA Bowl

Bowling fun for all the family.

Children's Party Packages are available.

Please visit the Website for prices and special offers.

Address St Nicholas Street, Weymouth, DT 4 8AD

Contact Tel 0843 290 8935

Mummies Exhibition

A unique exhibition displaying exact facsimiles of some of the Royal Mummies and the amazing stories that surround them.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, special events and details on '5 Museums for the price of 2' which is valid for a year.

Address Armarna Centre, Alington Street, Dorchester

Contact Tel 01305 269741

Munchkins Play Cafe

Recently refurbished this play café is ideal for Mums and Dads to relax and enjoy a cuppa with a slice of cake while the children play and have fun with little tykes cars, dress up, trains and much more.

Please visit the Facebook page for further info.

Address  33 Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TT

Contact Tel  01305 753435

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Nothe Fort

The Fort is a labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas and stands at the entrance to Weymouth harbour.  You'll find plenty to see and do with the family and there is even a new café open.

Please visit Website for location, admission prices and special events.

Contact Tel 01305 7666626

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The Palmhouse

Unique café-bistro and activity centre.  'Blooming kids' indoor and outdoor play area is perfect for under 5's and the outdoor decking and play area is ideal for long sunny days.

Please visit the Facebook Page to keep up to date with offers and events.

Address Melcombe Regis Car Park, Commercial Road, Weymouth, DT4 7DW

Contact Tel 01305 458089

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Pirate Adventure Golf

Exciting and unique 18 hole adventure golf course.

Please visit the Website for admission prices and opening days/times.

Address Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, DT4 7SX

*Now open for 2017 season*

Portland Castle

Built in the 1540's to protect against French and Spanish invasion Portland castle stands overlooking the Harbour.  Stroll around the Castle and enjoy relaxing in the Captains Tea Room.

Admission prices apply for non English Heritage members.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, opening days/times and special events.

Address Liberty Road, Castletown, DT5 1AZ

*Now open for 2017 season*

Sandworld Weymouth

The 2017 theme is 'A Life on Earth 2' and the painted sculptures have to be seen to be believed.  If you visit on a Saturday before 12.30pm then kids go free! 

Children's Party Packages are available. 

Please visit the Website for admission prices and info on special events.

Address Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, DT4 7SX

Contact Tel 07411 387529

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Sealife Adventure Park and Tower

Over 1000 marine creatures to see plus rides, games and the splash zone.  Facilities include a restaurant and cafe.  You can travel to the Tower by land train and rise 174ft high to enjoy panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast.

New for 2017 - The amazing Caribbean Cove play area!

Children's Party Packages are available.

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

Address Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, DT4 7SX

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*Open all year*

Sharky's Playzone

Please note - Sharkeys Play Centre has now closed

Teddy Bear Museum

From the earliest antique teddy bear to today's TV favourites you will find them all waiting to greet you in the museum.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, special events and details on '5 Museums for the price of 2' which is valid for a year.

Address Eastgate, Dorchester, DT1 1JU

Contact Tel 01305 266040              

Terracotta Warriors Museum

The museum is one of the only museums outside China exclusively dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors.  The displays have been created to give an insight into China 2200 years ago.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, special events and details on the '5 Museums for the price of 2' pass which is valid for a year.

Address High East Street, Dorchester, DT1 1JU

Contact Tel 01305 266040

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

The Museum tells the harrowing story of the Martyrs arrest, trial and punishment leading to modern day unionism.

Free admission and free parking.

Please visit the Website for info on special events.

Address Tolpuddle, Dorchester, DT2 7EH

Contact Tel 01305 848237

Tutankhamun Exhibition

The Exhibition offers a travel back in times of ancient Egypt where you can discover the amazing recreation of Tutankhamun's Tomb, treasures and much more.

Please visit the Website for admission prices, special events and details on '5 Museums for the price of 2' which is valid for a year.

Address 25 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UW

Contact Tel 01305 269571

Vurlands Animal Farm

Vurlands Animal Farm strives to provide a fun and adventurous day out for all the family.  They have a large selection of animals including Guinea Pigs and Rabbits, Tortoises, Poultry and Winston the Wallaby plus larger animals such as Donkeys, Sheep, Lambs, Pigs, Goats, Alpacas and Rheas.  They also have a fab play area with monkey swing and exploring tunnel, plus an establishing Willow Maze and in the good weather conditions a bouncy castle.

Please visit the Facebook page for further info, opening times and events.

Address  Coast Road, Swyre, Dorchester

Contact Tel  01308 897160

*Now open for 2017 season*


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Fun in West Dorset