ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES TO GO IN SOUTH EAST DORSET

Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch are some of Dorset's most popular 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 annual events and Christchurch with it's great eateries, Priory Church and picture postcard Quay.

Poole Tourist Information Centre - 01202 253253
Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre - 0845 0511700
Christchurch Tourist Infomation Centre - 01202 471780

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.

For admission prices and special events, please visit the Farmer Palmers Website.

Farmer Palmers, Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU
Contact Tel  01202 622022

Farmer Palmers Blog Review

GIGGLES SOFT PLAY

Large soft play area with fun obstacles and slides and a smaller separate area for toddlers.  The Cafe offers a variety of hot meals, snacks and drinks.
Children's party packages are available.

For more details and admission prices, please visit the Giggles Website.

Giggles Soft Play, 25c Elliott Road, West Howe Industrial Estate, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH11 8LQ
Contact Tel  01202 331952

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 Project Climbing Centre Website.

The Project Climbing Centre, The Dolphin Centre, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UD
Contact Tel  01202 660153

ROCKREEF

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.

For activity prices, special events and offers, please visit the RockReef Website.

RockReef, Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AA
Contact Tel  01202 983983

RockReef Blog Review

LOLLIPOPS PLAY CAFE

Multi level soft play centre with baby area and small outdoor play area perfect for under 5's.
Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices, fun classes and special events, please visit the Lollipops Play Cafe Website.

Lollipops Play Cafe, 16 Lansdeer Road, Westbourne, BH4 9EH
Contact Tel  01202 766710

MONKEY MADNESS PLAY CENTRE

Monkey Madness has a large multi levelled play frame with obstacles and slides plus a smaller soft play area which is ideal for babies and toddlers.

For admission prices, classes and special offers, please visit the Monkey Madness Website.

Monkey Madness, Reid Street, Christchurch, BH23 2BT
Contact Tel  01202 481015

Monkey Madness Blog Review

HARBOUR PIRATES GOLF GLOW

Mini Golf with a difference, children will love the dark room with bright glowing obstacles.  
Children's party packages are available.

For more information and prices, please visit the Harbour Pirates Facebook page.

Harbour Pirates Golf Glow, Poole Quay (above the amusement arcade), Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HJ 
Contact Tel  01202 250838

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 the tea rooms and gift shop.

For admission prices and special events, please visit the Highcliffe Castle Website.

Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE
Contact Tel  01425 278807

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.

For the summer/winter timetable, admission prices and special events, please visit the Adventure Wonderland Website.

Adventure Wonderland, Merritown Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BA
Contact Tel  01202 483444 

PLEASE NOTE - Adventure Wonderland is 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.

For pottery painting prices, special events and offers, please visit the All Fired Up Website.

All Fired Up, 35-37 Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 6DT
Contact Tel  01202 558030

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.  Brownsea Island is located within Poole Harbour with ferries leaving from Poole Quay and Sandbanks Pier.

Please visit the National Trust Website for admission prices and special events.

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.

For studio fees and special events, please visit the Clay Studio Website.

The Clay Studio, The Fountain, High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, 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 CafĂ© in the Gardens offering outstanding views of the Harbour.  Admission charges to gardens apply however entry to the cafe and gift shop are free.

For opening times, admission prices and special events, please visit the Compton Acres Website.

Compton Acres, 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, Dorset, 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.

For opening times and special events, please visit the Courtyard Craft Centre Website.

Courtyard Craft Centre, Huntick Road, Lytchett Minster, Nr Poole, Dorset, BH16 6BA

HOLLYWOOD BOWL

Hollywood Bowl at Branksome and Tower Park have both recently been refurbished and offer fantastic bowling fun for all the family.  Facilities include an American Diner and arcade games.
Children’s party packages are available.

For game prices and special offers, please visit the Hollywood Bowl Website.

BRANKSOME - 382 Poole Road, Branksome, Poole, Dorset, BH12 1DA
Contact Tel 0844 4770 483

TOWER PARK - Yarrow Road, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NY
Contact Tel 0844 4770 495

Hollywood Bowl Blog Review

KIDZ 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.

For more information and admission prices, please visit The Junction Website.

The Junction Leisure Centre, Station Approach, Broadstone, Dorset, Poole, BH18 8AX
Contact Tel  01202 777766

LASER QUEST

Exhilarating fun and excitement in an interactive environment.
Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices and special events, please visit the Laser Quest Website.

Laser Quest, Glen Fern Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, 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.

For admission prices, special events and details on the toddler mornings, please visit the Lemur Landings Website.

Lemur Landings, Tower Park (above the Cinema), Yarrow Road, Poole, BH12 4NY
Contact Tel  01202 740500

SCIENCE ZONE

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.  
Children's party packages are available.

For more details including upcoming workshops, please visit the Science Zone Website.

Science Zone, 21-22 The Royal Arcade, Boscombe, Bournemouth, BH1 4BT
Contact Tel  01202 729206

SNOWTRAX AND THE ALPINE ADVENTURE PARK

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.

For more information, prices and special offers, please visit the Snowtrax Website.

Snowtrax, Matchams Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6AW
Contact Tel  01202 499155

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.

For admission prices and full details please visit The Ark Website.

The Ark, Poole Park, Poole, Dorset, 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.

For admission prices and special events, please visit the Bournemouth Aviation Website.

Bournemouth Aviation Museum, Merritown Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BA
Contact Tel  01202 473141

LITTLEDOWN CENTRE PARKLAND

Altitude high ropes adventure, play park, circuit track, miniature railway, eisure orienteering and paddling pool which is open in the summer months.

For full park details, please visit the BH Live Website.

Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth, BH7 7DX
Contact Tel  01202 417600

LITTLE PICKLES PLAYROOM

2 level adventure play area suitable for children under 5.
Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices and special events, please visit the Little Pickles Website.

Little Pickles, 723 Wimborne Road, Moordown, BH9 2AX
Contact Tel  01202 533311

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.

For further details, current play zones and special offers, please visit the Role Play World Website.

Role Play World, 280 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9RT
Contact Tel 01202 989494

Role Play World Blog Review

SANDBANKS CRAZY GOLF

18 fun challenging holes for all the family to enjoy.

For prices, opening times and special offers, please visit the Sandbanks Crazy Golf Website.

Sandbanks Crazy Golf, Banks Road (next to the main car park), Poole, Dorset, BH13 7QQ
Contact Tel  01202 706561

OASIS FUN

Oasis Fun 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.

For more information and activity prices, please visit the Oasis Fun Website.

Oasis Fun, Glen Fern Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2LZ
Contact Tel  01202 311611 

Oasis Fun 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.

For admission prices and special events, please visit the Oceanarium Website.

The Oceanarium, Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA
Contact Tel  01202 311993

Bournemouth Oceanarium Blog Review

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.

For full details on slides and admission prices, please visit the Splashdown Website.

Splashdown, Tower Park, Yarrow Road, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NY
Contact Tel  01202 716000

TOWER PARK

You will find many fun things to do at Tower Park with 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.

For full complex details and special offers, please visit the Tower Park Website.

Tower Park, Yarrow Road, Poole, Dorset, 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 splash area.      

For seasonal events and a nature trail map, please visit the Upton Country Park Website.

Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Upton, Dorset, BH17 7BJ
Contact Tel  01202 262753

STOUR VALLEY NATURE RESERVE

The Stour Valley Nature Reserve is located on the north-west edge of Bournemouth and has a two mile stretch of riverside footpath, meadows, hedgerows, woodland and visitor centre.

For full details including the regular nature clubs and special events, please visit the Stour Valley Nature Reserve Website

Stour Valley Nature Reserve, Granby Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 3NZ
Contact Tel 01202 451548

MR MULLIGANS

Taking adventure golf to the next level.  This unforgettable venue is jam-packed full of excitement as you are taken on a spectacular journey through a comic book, unearthly light experience and apocalyptic crash scene.  Showcasing some of the most unique holes in the UK, you will not be disappointed!
Children's party packages are available.

For game prices, special events and food menu, please visit the Mr Mulligans Website.

Mr Mulligans, BH2 Leisure Complex, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AF
Contact Tel 01202 837850

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Attractions and places to go in South East Dorset