At the start of 2023, thousands of Dorset parents took part in voting for their favourite businesses and attractions in a number of categories which included Best Family Attraction, Best Soft Play and Best Children's Entertainer.

Below are this years winners and we are thrilled for each and every one of them.  If you happen to visit a venue or use one of their services then please do give them a great review online and help their business grow.

Best Family Attraction - FARMER PALMERS FARM PARK

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park is a multi award winning family run attraction which has been specifically designed with little ones in mind with slides, bouncy castles, indoor and outdoor play areas, ride on tractors, soft play, animals, tractor trailer rides and so much more. 

Anna voted Farmer Palmers and said: 'We love our visits because there's so much to do and happy children make happy parents.'

For more information, tickets and info on secial events, please visit Farmer Palmers.

best soft play/play cafe - LOLLIPOPS PLAY CAFE

Lollipops Play CafĂ© is situated in the heart of Westbourne, in a beautifully converted church hall.  It offers a fun, safe, clean and friendly haven to parents, carers and children alike.  The modern and inviting coffee shop enables customers to relax while the little ones play on the 3 level playframe or enjoy the garden area.

Holly voted Lollipops Play Cafe and said:  'Great staff, it’s lovely and clean, and a nice menu for a lunch time snack.  Also great for exclusive use parties.'

For more information including prices and special events, please visit Lollipops Play Cafe.

best animal adventure - NICK'S FARM

This family run petting farm welcome you to visit and meet a variety of animals which includes goats, guinea pigs, sheep, horses, pigs, ducks and more.

Mark voted for Nick’s Farm and said:  'Staff are consistently friendly, engaging, outstandingly inclusive and the farm has a great family vibe throughout the place.'

For more information, please visit Nick's Farm on Facebook.

best baby/child class provider - MOO MUSIC CENTRAL DORSET & BORDERS

At Moo Music, you and your little ones will sing, dance, play, learn, and have fun! The weekly lively, interactive, educational and moosical sessions take your under 5's on magical journeys using our very own songs, which are brought to life with instruments, actions, props and role play. There's never a dull moment at the relaxed but active sessions.

Rachel voted Moo Music Central Dorset & Borders and said: 'Moo Music classes are amazing, my toddler loves all the songs and Nikki is brilliant with all the children and very knowledgeable about things.'

For more information on classes and parties, please visit Moo Music Central Dorset and Borders.

best children's entertainer - OUTALIMITS DISCO'S

Oualimits Discos offer a fully interactive 2 hr party experience with music, fun, games and party dances. Great prizes and sweets included.

Catherine voted Outalimits Disco's and said: 'Fight to get Liam at Outalimits to do your party.  He has done our school disco for two years and is quite simply an extraordinary, fun, dance floor packing genius and adored by all the kids.  Worth every penny.'

For more informaion on parties, please visit Outalimits Disco's on Facebook.

best family photographer - ROSALYN JAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Rosalyn is a professional photographer specialising in maternity, newborn, older baby, children and family photography sessions either within her modern home studio or on location.  Rosalyn is a very calm and relaxed person who has over 20 years experience working with children in various settings.

Jo voted for Rosalyn Jay Photography and said: 'Rosalyn is absolutely incredible!  We have had newborn photoshoots, family, Christmas and also gone back for photos of our children’s special birthdays!  Every time we have been blown away and so pleased!  She is always brilliant with our children and so accommodating, we’ll definitely be booking again for our next big occasion.'

For more information on photography sessions, please visit Rosalyn Jay Photography.

best christmas experince - MOO MUSIC CENTRAL DORSET & BORDERS

The Moo Music Christmas Specials were an udderly festive moosical extravaganza with Moo Music songs, activities, crafts, bouncy castle and messy play, plus each child received a gift to take home.

Teresa voted for Moo Music Central Dorset & Borders and said: 'Farmer Nikki is amazing, she fills all sessions and events with so much fun, interaction and music.  My granddaughter just loves it and so does Nana.  Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant, simple the best!'

For more information on upcoming special events and classes, please visit Moo Music Central Dorset and Borders

Thank you to all the lovely local parents who took the time to vote and leave such nice comments for their favourites.  It really is hugely appreciated by Dorsetmums and the businesses you voted for.  Thank you! xxx