Days Out - Dorset

Moors Valley 'The Highway Rat" Activity Trail.

Families are invited by the Forestry Commission to escape the rat race by visiting Moors Valley Country Park and Forest to enjoy the exciting new character activity trail.

Families can explore the new themed Activity Trail that will be launching at Moors Valley’s beautiful forest location on Saturday 20 January 2018.

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Poole Greyhounds

A night at the Greyhounds offers the perfect night out for parties of all sizes and is great fun for all. Poole Greyhounds is based at Poole Stadium, within easy reach of Bournemouth, Christchurch and surrounding areas of Dorset and Hampshire.

At Poole Stadium you can enjoy a great evening out, full of delicious food and drink, and heart-fluttering races.

Greyhound Racing runs every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday evening throughout the year, and Saturday afternoon races also take place at the Stadium.

If you are looking for a fun and inexpensive night out with your friends, family or as a party group then Poole Greyhounds is the perfect venue for you.

Adventure Wonderland Family Fun Parks

This theme park is most certainly a family favourite, guaranteed to provide an exciting day crammed with themed rides and entertainment! Visit the Ghostly Galleon, an exciting pirate swingboat, and the Queen's Big Bouncer. There's also the ever-popular Space Orbiter, the Duchess' fragrant Herb Garden, Alice themed croquet plus much, much more! The Park also contains one of the largest mazes in the UK, which is based on the characters from the Alice in Wonderland stories.

During weekends and school holidays, the characters of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit present a hilarious panto-style show in the Alice Theatre or outside on the Storytelling Lawn in good weather. Lounge, cafe, shop and party room.

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Bournemouth Oceanarium

Bournemouth Oceanarium is situated next to Bournemouth Beach.

There are so many different habitats and creatures to explore and learn about that you will be provided with hours of family entertainment and fun. What’s more, you can watch documentaries, witness the animals being fed and learn some amazing truths about the strange creatures that lurk in our world’s waters.

The latest additions to the oceanarium are two very cute, and very charming oriental small-clawed otters. Watch them feed, splash, swim and play in their purpose-built enclosure and learn about their species. Other animals that can be seen at the oceanarium include nursing sharks, blacktip reef sharks, lined seahorses, catfish, sea urchins, frogs, stingrays and even water dragons. Their habitats range from the tropical Amazon to the deep abyss, and all can be explored at the Bournemouth Oceanarium.

The oceanarium is open daily from 10am, with extended opening hours during the summer months. Facilities include a café, gift shop and toilets.


Athelhampton House and Gardens

One of the premium manor houses in England with some parts dating back to as early as the 15th century. The house was built by Sir William Martyn, and almost became derelict after several hundred years of neglect, until it was restored in the 1890s by Alfred Cart de Lafontaine. Athelhampton was bought by the Cooke family in 1957 and is still their family home today.

The magnificent gardens contain spectacular fountains, pools and the River Piddle as well as camellias, magnolias, roses, sub-tropical plants and rare trees providing interest in season.

The Topiary Restaurant, Bar and Tearoom serve snacks, light lunches, cream teas and a la carte or a carvery for Sunday luncheon. Gift shop.


Mathams Karting

At Matchams Karting in Ringwood you can be a racing car driver for the day!

Matchams has 420 metres of outdoor karting circuit for you to zoom around. The circuit is perfect for parties, corporate functions, open events or just a great day out with friends and family.

At Matchams you will race around on 200cc Biz Karts, which are perfect for twisting and turning around corners and nipping past your opponents on the circuit's long straights, fast corners, and tight hairpin bends...Matchams have it all!


Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks is famous for its golden sands, but there are so many other aspects to see and activities to take part in while you are there. Take the family to play crazy golf and tackle the windmill and tricky courses, or eat an ice cream whilst you walk along the shore; build a sandcastle, play a game of beach volleyball, have a BBQ or try your hand at windsurfing in the bay.

Sandbanks also plays host numerous events that take place throughout the year, including Windfest, Polo Tournaments and Firework Displays.

Sandbanks is a must for everyone to visit.


Poole Pottery

Poole Pottery is a world-renowned name, and it is right on our doorstep! The famous factory outlet offers a range of unique handcrafted products, from kitchenware to vases and ornaments.

Poole Pottery is situated on Poole Quay, and has been responsible for the development of some of the UK’s most prolific designers and ceramicists. Throughout the years, Poole Pottery has been renowned for creative innovations in pottery and has pushed the boundaries of ceramics and design over the past century. Today, you can watch the professionals at the factory as they throw clay and create their items in front of your very eyes.

Poole Pottery also offers pottery-painting activities for children. During these sessions, the children can paint their own designs and be as creative as they want to be. Their pieces are then fired in the pottery’s kilns in order for the children to take home their work.


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Tower Park

Tower Park is a hive of activity. There is so much to do that you and the family can spend an entire day at the park enjoying all the facilities.

Spend an hour or two at Bowlplex and challenge your friends and family to a bit of friendly competition. There’s nothing quite like getting a strike!

Tower Park’s Empire Cinema shows all the latest blockbusters. Their state of the art cinemas are comfortable and stylish, with excellent legroom and shoulder space. What’s more, the lobby is spacious and full of delicious treats that you can nibble on during the film. Breathe in the smell of popcorn and sip on a giant drink as you take in the thrills and excitement of the latest on-screen action. It’s a fantastic facility to enjoy throughout the year.

Tower Park has numerous restaurants including Frankie and Benny’s, Pizza Express, Chiquitos, TGI Friday, Pizza Hut and Nandos. Whatever you are in the mood for, Tower Park’s restaurants can cater to every appetite.

Splashdown is one of the most popular facilities at Tower Park. The water park is full of thrill seeker water rides that will leave you spinning in circles but eager for more water fun. There’s also the fabulous Little Buccaneers SplashZone with a starter flume, water play area and Buccaneer Bay, a toddler swimming pool.

Bring the kids to Tower Park, and enjoy a day of non-stop fun.


Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle was crushed by Cromwell's men in 1646 and its impressive ruin is now a popular tourist attraction. The ruins we see today are actually an 11th century re-build of a wooden castle dating back to the 9th century.

The castle and village of Corfe are built largely from the local Purbeck stone, which is probably the best limestone available for building and polishing in England.

Corfe Castle, which has been described as "one of the most evocative ruined castles in England", is now owned by the National Trust. There is an extensive country estate to discover and explore and the Swanage Railway operates a steam train service to Corfe.


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