SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES IN DORSET

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MEGA SLIP AND SLIDE

Info: The Slip and Slide is back with an even bigger slide and bigger pool to whoosh into!

Dates: Saturday 20th July – Friday 30th August 2024

Address: Mill Street, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 3RH

Website: Mega Slip and Slide

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THE BOUNCE PARK

Info: The inflatable theme park features nine interconnected inflatables with a wide range of activities, including a climbing wall, obstacle course, drop slide and toddler zone.

Dates: Sunday 27th July – Sunday 18th August 2024

Address: Talbot Heath School, Rothesay Road, Talbot Woods, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 9NJ

Website: The Bounce Park Bournemouth

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BOUNCY FUN PLAY

Info: Make your way to the Walled Garden at Upton Country Park to enjoy big inflatables for the older children and castles dedicated to toddlers only. No need to book in advance, sessions last for 45 minutes.

Dates: Various dates

Address: Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ

Facebook: Get Up and Bounce

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MINTERNE GARDENS dragon & fairy trail

Info: Search for hidden fairy houses in the forests, woodlands and stunning Himalayan gardens.

Dates: Friday 5th July – Sunday 1st September 2024

Address: Minterne House & Gardens, Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AU

Website: Minterne Gardens

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RUSSELL-COTES MUSEUM victorian summer

Info: During the summer holidays, families can pick up an activity passport, visit the different stations to complete activities and receive a small reward.

Dates: Saturday 27th July - Sunday 1st September 2024

Address: Russell-Cotes Museum, East West Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3AA

Website: Russell-Cotes

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SHERBORNE CASTLE nature trail

Info: Follow the trail around the garden discovering interesting facts about the nature within the gardens.  Complete the answers to the questions and collect your prize from the ticket box at the end of the trail.

Dates: Monday 27 July – Sunday 1st September 2024

Address: Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR

Website: Sherborne Castle

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AVON HEATH COUNTRY PARK

Info: Multiple activities are running during the summer holidays including archery sessions, axe throwing, climbing and caving experience, bat discovery evening and a visit from the World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle!  Activity prices apply, however entry to the Country Park is FREE.

Dates: Various dates

Address: Avon Heath Country Park, Brocks Pine, St Leonards, Dorset, BH24 2DH

Website: Avon Heath Country Park

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UPTON COUNTRY PARK walking with elementals trail

Info: The Elementals invite you to come and enjoy nature to see where they live in and around Upton Country Park.  Keep an eye out for fairies, gnomes, elves, pixies and more along the trail.  Trail costs apply however entry to the Country Park is FREE.

Dates: Wednesday 24th July – Monday 2nd September 2024

Address: Upton Country Park, Poole Road, Upton, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7BJ

Website: Upton Country Park

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ABBOTSBURY SWANNERY bramley hedge trail

Info: Based on the Sea Story book, the trail includes stamp points, characters to meet and an activity booklet.  The trail runs alongside the daily mass swan feeds, willow swan maze and pedal go-karts.  

Dates: Ongoing

Address: Abbotsbury Swannery, New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JG

Website: Abbotsbury Swannery

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BREWERY SQUARE kids activities & more

Info: There’s lots of great child friendly activities on in the Square including a Punch & Judy show, mini Olympics, circus skills, balloon workshop, live music, tribute acts and more.  FREE ENTRY!

Dates: Various dates

Address: Brewery Square, 3 Copper Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1GH

Website: Brewery Square

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HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE summer fun

Info: Pirate themed activities include craft sessions on selected days and an indoor treasure hunt! 

Dates: Sunday 21st July – Sunday 8th September 2024

Address: Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE

Website: Highcliffe Castle

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THE ALLENDALE CENTRE family film clubs

Info: Enjoy a different family friendly film each Thursday.  No need to book, just turn up.  FREE ENTRY!

Dates: Thursday 25th July – Thursday 29th August 2024

Address: The Allendale, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1AS

Website: The Allendale

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DURLSTON COUNTRY PARK activity trails & more

Info: The summer holidays start with a Pirates of Purbeck Trail and then moves to a Meadow Discovery Trail around mid August.  Just head to the Castle Reception to collect your booklet. Further events during the holidays include craft sessions, guided walks, orienteering, mini beast safaris and more.  Some trail and activity costs apply however entry to the Country Park is FREE.

Dates: Friday 19th July – Thursday 5th September 2024

Address: Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL

Website: Durlston Country Park

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FARMER PALMERS summer fun

Info: There’s so much for children to enjoy at Farmer Palmers with play barns, inflatables, go karts, dino trail, play areas, soft play and of course lots of animals to see.  During the summer holidays there’s also Wet Wednesdays, Disney princess visits, foam parties every Wednesday and Friday and much more!

Dates: Tuesday 23rd July – Thursday 5th September 2024

Address: Farmer Palmers, Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU

Website: Farmer Palmers

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MUSEUM OF EAST DORSET smugglers & sandcastles

Info: Journey back in time and explore the fascinating world of smugglers and seaside fun!  The exciting trail and activities will uncover tales of daring smugglers and bring to life the traditions of the seaside in days gone by.  Children can also create a secret code, take part in seaside crafts and make their own treasure map.

Dates: Wednesday 24th July – Thursday 5th September 2024

Address: Museum of East Dorset, 23-29 High Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1HR

Website: Museum of East Dorset

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THORNCOMBE WOODS olympic trail

Info: Pick up a leaflet from the visitor centre and follow the family friendly trail around the reserve.  You will find hand painted discs with challenges to complete on the marked pink and blue routes.  FREE EVENT!

Dates: Saturday 20th July – Saturday 7th September 2024

Address: Hardy's Birthplace, Higher Bockhampton, Dorchester, DT2 8QH

Website: Hardys Birthplace

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THE HIDEOUT SOFT PLAY the lovely bubbly show

Info: The Lovely Bubby Show will be visiting with 3 exciting events which include a bubble show, soft play fun, crafts and ice cream.

Dates: Thursday 1st, Monday 12th & Tuesday 27th August 2024

Address: The Hideout Soft Play, 7a The Neighbourhood Centre, Canford Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH17 9DW

Facebook: The Hideout Soft Play

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ITSY BITSYCCHINO themed events

Info: Itsy Bitsycchino Role Play have the wonderful Sing and Sparkle joining them for a host of events which include character meets, tea parties and activities.

Dates: Various dates

Address: Itsy Bitsycchino, Westover Retail Park, Wimborne Road, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 3JS

Website: Itsy Bitsycchino

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THE DORSET MUSEUM wildlife wednesdays & more

Info: Every Wednesday during the summer holidays, children can enjoy art activities and explore the handling trolley which is brimming with incredible objects.  Further events include story time in the museum, amazing archaeology days and changing exhibitions.

Dates: Various dates

Address: Dorset Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

Website: Dorset Museum

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TANK MUSEUM ingenious inventions

Info: Experience the biggest day out in history with interactive exhibitions, 300 tanks, children’s invention themed activities, tanks in action displays, tours and trails.

Date: Monday 22nd July – Sunday 1st September 2024

Address: Tank Museum, Linsay Road, Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG

Website: Tank Museum

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RED HOUSE MUSEUM trail, crafts & workshops

Info: Families can enjoy a Teddy in Toga Trail, Roman crafts, Squidge & Pop family bubble workshop, ceramic workshop, outdoor theatre and more.  Activity costs apply however entry to the museum is FREE!

Dates: Various dates

Address: Red House Museum, Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BU

Website: Red House Museum

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STOUR VALLEY NATURE RESERVE summer trail

Info: The trail theme is all about animals of the River Stour and children will learn some fun facts about different species that use the river as their home.  Trail costs apply however entry to the Nature Reserve is FREE!

Dates: Saturday 20th July – Tuesday 3rd September 2024

Address: Stour Valley Nature Reserve, 43 Granby Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 3NZ

Facebook: Stour Valley Nature Reserve

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WEST BAY DISCOVERY CENTRE creative kids activities

Info: All activities are inspired by a new exhibition and include arts & crafts, games and puzzles.  Entry and activities are FREE!

Dates: Various dates

Address: West Bay Discovery Centre, West Bay Road, West Bay, Dorset, DT6 4EN

Website: West Bay Discovery Centre

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BOURNEMOUTH NATURAL SCIENCE SOCIETY open days

Info: Celebrate all things natural history during a museum open day.  Explore the different rooms and take part in insect and snake handing (if you dare!)

Dates: Various dates in August

Address: BNSS, 39 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3NS

Website: BNSS

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BROWNSEA ISLAND summer of play

Info: Discover a world of adventure with activities for kids big and small. Fun has no age limit and there are games and activities for all. Family bushcraft sessions will also be running on selected dates.

Dates: Saturday 20th July – Sunday 1st September 2024

Location: Poole Harbour

Website: National Trust Brownsea Island

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CORFE CASTLE summer games

Info: Immerse yourself in the different play zones around the castle ruins.  Pick up the new family quest and discover what it takes to be a castle conservator.

Dates: Saturday 20th July – Sunday 1st September 2024

Address: Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ

Website: National Trust Corfe Castle

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KINGSTON LACY summer of play

Info: Explore the festival field of fun, dance at the bug ball, put on a performance at the giant puppet theatre and find lots of games and activities.

Dates: Saturday 20th July – Sunday 1st September 2024

Address: Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA

Website: Kingston Lacy

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SEAL'S COVE character visits

Info: A few special characters will be visiting Seals’ Cove during the holidays including Elsa, Mirable and Sonic.  Children will be able to enjoy time in the soft play, dancing, meet and greets and photo opportunities.

Dates: Various dates

Address: Seal’s Cove, Shoe Lane, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3EX

Website: Seal’s Cove

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PLAY STREET mobile play sessions

Info: Play Street has 12 colourful role play areas, quality toys, dressing up and ride on vehicles for your little ones to enjoy.

Dates: Various dates

Locations: Poole, St Leonards and Christchurch

Facebook: Play Street Dorset

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POP UP PLAY VILLAGE mobile play sessions

Info: Pop Up Play Village is a mobile role play village where children can become doctors, chefs, artists, vets, builders, adventurers, explorers… Imagination knows no limits and no two play sessions are ever the same!

Dates: Various dates

Locations: Poole, Bournemouth & Wimborne

Facebook: Pop Up Play Village Bournemouth & Poole

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TRAINMASTER mobile play sessions

Info: Trainmaster has loads of motorised trains, electric ride on trains, a ride on train coaster, tents, build your own areas, puzzles, books and more!

Dates: Various dates

Locations: Christchurch, New Milton, Wimborne, Ringwood & Dorchester

Website: Trainmaster Dorset

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TUCKTON TEA GARDENS summer craft days

Info: Join Turner Parties for a morning of creativity and fun.  

Dates: Fridays (excluding 16th August) 2024

Address: Tuckton Tea Gardens, Belle Vue Rd, Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 3BA

Website: Bournemouth Boating

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SCIENCE ZONE themed workshops

Info: Science zone is an exciting discovery science centre offering themed workshops and activities during the summer holidays.

Dates: Various dates

Address: Science Zone, 21 Royal Arcade, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4BT

Website: Science Zone

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MOORS VALLEY COUNTRY PARK gruffalo party trail

Info: There's always plenty for the family to do at Moors Valley Country Park with woodland walks and trails, play parks and the steam train which is all set in wonderful woodland surroundings.  During the summer there’s an interactive Gruffalo Party Trail which features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

Dates: Ongoing

Address: Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: Moors Valley Country Park

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CHARMOUTH COAST HERITAGE CENTRE fossil walks & scavenger hunts

Info: Join one of the guided Fossil Walks with the wardens to find and take home your very own Jurassic fossil.

Dates: Various dates

Info: Join the marine warden on a seashore safari and strandline scavenger hunt, learning all about the seashore creatures of Charmouth.

Dates: Wednesday 24th July & Wednesday 7th August 2024

Address: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6LL

Website: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

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SHIRE HALL MUSEUM olympics summer trail

Info: Inspired by this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics, the summer trail takes a look at the history of these incredible games. From how the games first started to some Olympic heroes, discover a fascinating history of sport whilst exploring the cells and courtroom at Shire Hall Museum. Every Tuesday and Thursday in the holidays, children can also take part in themed craft activities.

Date: Saturday 27th July – Saturday 7th September 2024

Address: Shire Hall Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UY

Website: Shire Hall Museum

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NICKS FARM

Info: Nicks Farm has plenty of animals to meet and greet and there’s an outdoor play area for the children to enjoy. Additional activities during the summer holidays include a Magic Jay show, face painting, princess appearances and bird displays.

Dates: Various dates

Address: Nicks Farm, Valley Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 0EB

Website: Nicks Farm

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LIGHTHOUSE POOLE

ROCK THE FUTURE
Date: Saturday 27th July 2024

THE POP PARTY
Date: Wednesday 31st July 2024

Address: Lighthouse Poole, 21 Kingland Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1UG

Website: Lighthouse Poole

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THE WALLED GARDEN dinosaurs in space trail

Info: The Dinosaurs are back, but this time they're on a mission...to SPACE!  Find the dino characters hidden in the garden, answer 12 space themed quiz questions, learn facts, find all the planets hidden in the trees and claim your prize at the end.  Trail costs apply however entry to The Walled Garden is FREE!

Dates: From Saturday 20th July 2024

Address: The Walled Garden, Station Road, Moreton, Dorset, DT2 8RH

Website: The Walled Garden

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PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL cinema under the stars

Info: Pack a picnic and enjoy a film at a stunning outdoor venue under the stars.

Dates: Various dates

Locations: Studland, Swanage, Corfe Castle & Wareham

Website: Purbeck Film Festival

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TOTAL WIPEOUT INFLATABLE WORLD

Info: Total Wipeout has obstacle courses, spinning wipeout beams, human wrecking balls, bouncy castles, slides, warrior wall, gladiator duels and much more!

Dates: Monday 22nd July – Saturday 31st August 2024

Address: Purbeck Sports Centre, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PH

Facebook: Wipeout World

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INFLATAPLANET

Info: Inflataplanet has immense inflatables with helter skelter slide, drop slide, large obstacle, warrior wall, slide and more.

Dates: Friday 26th July, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th August & Sunday 1st September 2024

Address: Bournemouth School for Girls, Castle Gate Close, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9UJ

Website: Inflataplanet

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WIMBORNE'S OLYMPIC HIGH STREET SAFARI

Info: Walk around the town and meet team GB as the characters reveal themselves through the art of augmented reality.  See them in action and complete your own mini sporting challenges along the way as well as learning about local sporting heroes.  The clever technology allows you to take selfies and make your own videos with these quirky characters.

Dates: Ongoing

Location: Wimborne High Street

Website: Wimborne Info

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KINGSTON MAURWARD GARDENS & ANIMAL PARK treasure trail

Info: Purchase your map from the shop, find the pirates' treasure around the Animal Park and Gardens, and then return to the shop with your completed map to collect your prize.

Dates: Saturday 20th July – Sunday 4th August 2024

Address: Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, DT2 8PX

Website: Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park

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