EASTER EGG HUNTS AND HALF TERM EVENTS IN DORSET

From Easter egg hunts to themed trails and fun fairs to crafts, you'll find it all right here in Dorset!

EAST DORSET

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FARMER PALMERS - EASTER EGG HUNT

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Kids will love watching the staff and Easter Bunny spread hundreds of small chocolate eggs across the field.  Then get ready for the exciting countdown and mad dash to look for eggs!
Normal admission prices apply. 

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

For more information, please visit the Farmer Palmers Website.

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POOLE TOWN - EASTER ACTIVITY DAY

Saturday 20 April 2019

An Easter egg trail will lead families throughout the town, collecting answers in order to solve a puzzle and win an Easter prize.  There will also be a show from Mad4Animals, members of the Parkour’s Project showcasing their skills, crafts and face painting.

For more information, please visit the Poole BID Facebook page or call 01202 308800.

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REDHILL FUN FAIR

Thursday 4 April – Sunday 14 April 2019

Open daily from 2pm till 10pm, there’s fun for the whole family with all your favourite thrill rides, children’s rides, games and side stalls, as well as plenty of places to grab a tasty snack.  And best of all, each ride is just £1 per person every day!  (Excluding extreme rides).

Redhill Park, Redhill Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2SP

For more information, please visit the William Cole & Son Amusements Facebook page.

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THE REGENT CENTRE - EASTER ACTIVITIES AND PERFORMANCES

There’s a cracking variety of eggciting Easter family fun on offer at The Regent Centre in Christchurch with special children’s workshops, an Easter trail, big family films and the amazing Horrible Histories show.

The Regent Centre, 51 High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1AS

For more information, please visit The Regent Centre Website.

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COMPTON ACRES - EASTER BUNNY TRAIL

Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 April 2019

Clues have been left across the 10 acres of beautiful gardens and the Easter Bunny needs your help to find them.  Hop along the trail and once you’ve found all the clues and completed the challenge you can return to the ticket desk to collect your surprise reward.
Normal admission charges apply however the Easter Bunny trail is free of charge.

164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7ES

For more information, please visit the Compton Acres Website.  

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SAFEWISE - JUNIOR SAFETY INSPECTOR

Thursday 11 and Friday 12 April 2019

The Junior Safety Inspector event is aimed at children 5-10 years old but all ages are welcome.  The indoor village includes a road, beach, train, bus, house and other real life scenarios.  The whole family can join in with practical and hands on activities, such as escaping a house fire, calling 999, getting on a train and using the road crossings.  Visitors complete a treasure hunt, solve clues and practice being safe whilst exploring the learning village along the way.  And as it's Easter, children will need to hunt for the Easter eggs hidden around the learning village too!

SafeWise Bournemouth, Unit 1 Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH11 8JJ

For more information and booking details, please visit the SafeWise Website.

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BROWNSEA ISLAND - CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Hunt for clues hidden on Brownsea Island to lead you to your very own Cadbury Easter egg prize. 
Normal National Trust admission charges apply plus additional cost for Easter egg hunt.

Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset

For more information, please visit the National Trust Website.  

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RUSSELL-COTES MUSEUM – EASTER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Saturday 6 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Wind in the Willows themed activities during the Easter holidays will include a garden treasure hunt and house trail, garden games and Easter craft activities.

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

For more information about what’s on each day and booking, please visit the Russell-Cotes Museum Website.

HIGHCLIFFE CASTLE - EASTER TRAIL

Thursday 18 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Trail through the grounds and answer questions to win a sweet treat plus there will be Easter crafts.

Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4LE

For more information and prices, please visit the Highcliffe Castle Website.

HALLMARK HOTEL - EASTER EGG HUNT AND ENTERTAINMENT FROM JAMIE JAMBO

Sunday 21 April 2019

This event is being held to support the Poole Hospital Charity.  Children’s entertainer Jamie Jambo will perform a show which will be followed by an Easter egg hunt in the gardens.

Hallmark Hotel, Grove Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3DN

For more information and ticket prices, please see the Hallmark Hotel Facebook event.

LITTLEDOWN PARK - CHILDREN'S EASTER FUN FAIR

Saturday 6 – Monday 22 April 2019

The Easter fun fair will be perfect for children under the age of 12 with many rides and attractions.

Littledown Centre, Chaseside, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7DX

For details on session times and armband costs please see the BH Live Facebook event.

SCIENCE ZONE – HALF TERM WORKSHOPS

Saturday 6 – Thursday 18 April 2019

Workshops at the Science Zone change daily and include Dry Ice, Dinosaurs and Fossils, Apollo Moon Landings and Rockets, Planetarium Shows and Easter Science.

Science Zone, 21 Royal Arcade, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 4BT

For more information and workshop dates and prices, please visit the Science Zone Website.

POOLE MUSEUM - BOUNCING BUNNIES EASTER TRAIL

Saturday 6 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Head to the Museum to find the hidden bunnies in the cases and complete the trail to claim your chocolate treat prize at the end.
FREE activity!

Poole Museum, 4 High Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

For more information, please visit the Poole Museum Website.

STUDLAND BAY - CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Hunt for clues hidden around Studland Bay to lead you to your very own Cadbury Easter egg prize. 
Parking fees apply plus small additional cost for the Easter egg hunt.

Studland Beach, Near Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3AQ

For more information please visit the National Trust Website.  
  

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UPTON COUNTRY PARK – EASTER EGG TRAIL AND ACTIVITIES

The fun Easter egg trail will see you complete Easter inspired tasks and games as you go.  There will also be Easter themed crafts in the Education Centre and donkey rides in the activity area.

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

For more information and activity prices, please visit the Upton Country Park Website.

RURAL AND NORTH DORSET

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AVON HEATH COUNTRY PARK – EASTER ACTIVITIES

There are several activities running during half term including meet a bird of pray, pop up pottery, archery, making sock bunnies, lace making, ladybird box building, tree climbing experience, sheep shearing and an Easter egg treasure trail where children will follow the trail of egg clues around Avon Heath.

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

For more information, please visit the Avon Heath Country Park Facebook page.

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DORSET HEAVY HORSE FARM PARK – EASTER QUIZ, CRAFTS AND MORE

There’s plenty to do at the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park with minuature pony cart rides, drive a vintage tractor and plenty of animals to see plus there will be an Easter quiz around the park, arts and crafts and a visit from the Easter Bunny from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, Edmondsham Road, Verwood, Dorset, BH21 5RJ

For more information, please visit the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park Website.

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HONEYBROOK ADVENTURE FARM - SPECIAL ENTRY PRICE AND EASTER ACTIVITIES

Friday 5 April – Good Friday 19 April 2019

Honeybrook Farm have lots of fun planned with play areas and animals plus additional activities which include an Easter egg hunt with prizes, colouring competition, slime making, go karts, new straw play and much more.

Honeybrook Adventure Farm, Cranborne Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4JD

For more information, please visit the Honeybrook Adventure Farm Facebook page.

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KINGSTON LACY - CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Hunt for clues hidden around Kingston Lacy to lead you to your very own Cadbury Easter egg prize. 
Normal National Trust admission charges apply plus additional cost for the Easter egg hunt.

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EA

For more information please visit the National Trust Website.

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MOORS VALLEY COUNTRY PARK – HALF TERM ACTIVITIES

There’s so much to do at Moors Valley for the day with play areas, Zog activity trail, woodland walks about the Railway. Half term activities include pond dipping, Close Encounters in the Ranger Den, orienteering, Meet a Moth and Owls at Night.

Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ringwood, BH24 2ET

For more information, dates and times, please visit the Moors Valley Country Park Website.

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THE TOY BARN - EASTER EGG HUNT

Good Friday 19 April 2019

Children are encouraged to arrive in fancy dress and they can enjoy a traditional Easter egg hunt plus fun on the climbing frames, swings, trampolines and Wendy houses. 

The Toy Barn, Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4JX

For more information and ticket prices, please visit The Toy Barn Website.

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WIMBORNE MODEL TOWN – EASTER EGG HUNT QUIZ AND MORE

Saturday 6 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

The Easter egg hunt quiz will be running daily plus there’s Easter crafts and family fun and magic shows on selected dates.

Wimborne Model Town, 16 King Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1DY

For more information, please visit the Wimborne Model Town Website.

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PRIEST’S HOUSE MUSEUM AND GARDEN – LITTLE EXPLORERS

Tuesday 9 April 2019

The Little Explorers activity event will see the children making Easter themed Spring crafts in the walled garden.

Priest’s House Museum and Garden, 23 - 27 High Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1HR

For more information, please visit the Priest’s House Museum and Garden Website.

ALLENDALE CENTRE – EASTER ACTIVITIES

Wednesday 10 April 2019

Under 10’s Disco – Children will enjoy lots of music, dancing, and games.  Ticket price includes juice and a biscuit.

Thursday 18 April 2019

Fun Science – Little scientists will enjoy getting involved in the hands on science activities.  3 sessions will be running and last 45 minutes.

The Allendale Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1AS

For more information, dates and times, please visit The Allendale Website.

PURBECK AREA

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LULWORTH CASTLE – DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE EASTER EVENT

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Expect a whole host of fun activities with themed trails, Easter hunts, crafts, bouncy castle, soft play for under 4’s, crazy golf, white rabbits and lots of Easter eggs!

Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS

For more information and ticket prices, please visit the Lulworth Estate Website.

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TANK MUSEUM – EASTER EGG HUNT AND ACTIVITIES

Saturday 6 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

You can see tanks roll into action every weekday, daily vehicle rides in an M548 tracked vehicle, Easter crafts, Easter egg hunt and Paint a Tank.

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

For more information, please visit the Tank Museum Website.

DURLSTON COUNTRY PARK – WILDLIFE SUPERHEROES EASTER TRAIL

Friday 5 April – Tuesday 23 April 2019

Join this egg-citing Easter trail for kids and head out for a superhero adventure through the park and return to the Castle for your prize.  Additional activities during half term include Dinosaurs at Durlston, Spring Wildlife, Beachcombing Crafts, Bottle Rockets, and Wild Wednesdays.

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

For more information, please visit the Durlston Country Park Website.

CORFE CASTLE - CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Hunt for clues hidden around Corfe Castle to lead you to your very own Cadbury Easter egg prize. 
Normal National Trust admission charges apply plus additional cost for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ

For more information please visit the National Trust Website.  

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THE WALLED GARDEN MORETON – EASTER ACTIVITIES

Dinosaur and Fairy Sessions - On selected dates, children can create their own mini garden, filled with mystical fairies or roarsome dinosaurs.  Choose your own seeds, stones and paths and let the fairies or dinosaurs move in!

Saturday 6 April – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Shaun the Sheep Hunt – Collect your map from the Café and enjoy exploring the gardens and play area.

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

For more information and activity prices, please visit The Walled Garden Moreton Facebook page or call 01929 462243.

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MONKEY WORLD – EASTER TRAIL AND ACTIVITIES

Saturday 6 – Monday 22 April 2016

Join us in fun at Monkey World with games, activities and trails, and learn all about the work the charity, EAST (Endangered Asian Species Trust) are doing in Vietnam.

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

FREE Easter eggs for the first 100 children to enter the park on each day.

Monkey World, Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH

For more information, please see the Monkey World Facebook event.

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RSPB ARNE – GO WILD AT EASTER

Tuesday 9 and Tuesday 16 April 2016

Follow the trail to the woods and try your hand at some fun woodland activities. Become Kings and Queens of the woods by making a leaf crown, take part in the woodland Olympics, create a mini village for fairies (and woodlice!). Children will also get a small Fairtrade chocolate egg after completing the challenge.

Friday 12 and Friday 19 April 2019

Celebrate the signs of spring in the wonderful café garden and start by hunting for hidden clues to a secret word, plant your own sunflower and have a go at making a recycled bird feeder.

RSPB Arne, Arne Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5BJ

For more information and activity prices, please visit the RSPB Arne Facebook page.

WEST DORSET

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BREWERY SQUARE – DR RANJ’S TEDDY BEAR HOSPITAL AND EASTER EGG HUNT

Saturday 20 April 2019

Popular children's entertainer Dr. Ranj is coming to Brewery Square to perform his much loved show Dr Ranj's Teddy Bear Hospital. This fun and informative family performance is guaranteed to entertain, as Dr Ranj and his friends sing and dance during this spectacular show.  Two free performances will take place on the day at 11am and 1pm.

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Take part in the Easter egg hunt and search for the eggs hidden around Brewery Square and return your form for a FREE Easter prize.  Pick up your form from the Concierge Office which can be found opposite Dorchester South Train Station.

Brewery Square, 21 Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1QR

For more information, please visit the Brewery Square Website.

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KINGSTON MAURWARD GARDENS AND ANIMAL PARK – EASTER EGG TRAIL AND ACTIVITIES

Saturday 6 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Fun at the farm includes an Easter trail where children will have the chance to win a return day pass if you find one of the special golden eggs.  Activities are also running every day in the Animal Park and you might even meet a special guest! 

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PX

For more information, please visit the Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park Website.

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SEALIFE WEYMOUTH – JAWSOME SHARKS EASTER EGG HUNT

Saturday 6 – Sunday 28 April 2019

Take a dive into the deep and become the newest recruits of the Jawsome Rangers and fulfil the mission of finding the missing shark teeth.  Guests will be tasked with helping Professor Finn locate the large Play-Doh model shark teeth in the tanks and once completed they can have a go making their own Play-Doh models.  In addition to this, children can join the Jawsome Sharks Easter egg hunt and claim their FREE Easter gift. 

Weymouth SEA LIFE, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

For more information, please visit the Weymouth SEA LIFE Website.

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DEWFLOCK FARM - LAMBING WEEKEND

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2019

Meet the ewes and their newborn lambs as well as seeing new lambs being born and there may even be the chance to hold or feed any of the orphans. The event will also feature other countryside skills demos and children activities.  Food and drink is available to purchase on site.  Please note, this event is not suitable for pregnant women.

Dewflock Farm, Winterbourne Monkton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8NP

For more information, please visit the Dewflock Farm Facebook event or call 07977 079144.

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BENNETTS WATER GARDENS – EASTER EGG HUNT

Sunday 7 – Tuesday 23 April 2019

A special Easter trail leads children around the gardens.  Find the clues to complete the trail and get rewarded with a chocolate egg. There will also be an Easter colouring competition for a chance to win a prize.

Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4AF

For more information, please visit the Bennetts Water Gardens Website.

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THE DINOSAUR MUSEUM – GREAT DINOSAUR EGG HUNT

Saturday 6 – Sunday 28 April 2019

Someone has mixed up all the eggs in the Dinosaur Museum and children will need to match all the dinosaur eggs to their parents to receive a great dino prize.

The Dinosaur Museum, Icen way, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EW

For more information, please visit The Dinosaur Museum Website.

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ABBOTSBURY CHILDREN’S FARM – EASTER FUN

Saturday 6 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Children will enjoy a full day of fun at the farm with additional activities on selected days which include owl displays, children’s entertainment, trampolines, children’s toy ride and archery.

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm, Church Street, Abbotsbury, Dorset, DT3 4JJ

For more information, please visit the Abbotsbury Children’s Farm Website.

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SAFEWISE – JUNIOR SAFETY INSPECTOR

Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April 2019

The self-guided tour with an Easter theme consists of a treasure hunt, problem solving and practicing being safe whilst exploring the interactive learning village.  The Junior Safety Inspector event is aimed at children 5-11 years old and their families, but all ages are welcome.

SafeWise, 481 Radipole Lane, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 0QF

For more information and booking, please visit the SafeWise Website.

MAX GATE - CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Hunt for clues hidden around Max’s Gate to lead you to your very own Cadbury Easter egg prize. 
Normal National Trust admission charges apply plus additional cost for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Max Gate, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2AB

For more information please visit the National Trust Website.

HARDY’S COTTAGE - CADBURY EASTER EGG HUNT

Good Friday 19 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Hunt for clues hidden around Hardy’s Cottage to lead you to your very own Cadbury Easter egg prize. 
Normal National Trust admission charges apply plus additional cost for the Easter Egg Hunt.

Hardy’s Cottage, Higher Brockhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8QL

For more information please visit the National Trust Website.  

CHARMOUTH HERITAGE COAST CENTRE – HALF TERM ACTIVITIES

Visit the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre to see amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach.  With free entry to the Centre, come and meet the Charmouth dinosaur and explore the past and present of this incredible coastline.  Additional activities running on selected days during half term include fossil hunting walks, fossil slice polishing, rockpool ramble, microfossil sieving and magic shrinking monsters!

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

For more information and booking details, please visit the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre Website.

RSPB WEYMOUTH WETLANDS – EASTER TRAIL

Good Friday 19 – Easter Sunday 21 April 2019

Follow the Easter trail around the reserve and win a chocolate egg.

RSPB Weymouth Wetlands, Swannery Car Park/Radipole Park Drive, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7TZ

For more information, please visit the RSPB Weymouth Wetlands Facebook page.

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MAPPERTON HOUSE AND GARDENS – SECRET GARDEN EASTER TRAIL

Sunday 7 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

Discover the Secret Garden Easter Trail where tiny little doors from another world have miraculously appeared, nestled among the trees in the lower gardens.  Behind each door lives native fairies and wood elves who guard the arboretum from mischievous creatures.  Children will need to crack the secret woodland code by collecting the letters noted on the tiny doors, which will spell out a special word.  Let Peaseblossom in the Fairy Tavern know the word in return for a mini Easter egg filled with chocolate buttons. 

Easter Sunday 21 April and Easter Monday 22 April 2019

In addition to the secret trail, there’s also an Easter egg hunt with extra entertainment from Strawberry Jam the Clown.

Mapperton House and Gardens, Mapperton, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3NR

For more information, please visit the Mapperton House and Gardens Website.

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SHIRE HALL HISTORIC COURTHOUSE MUSEUM – COUNT YOUR CHICKENS EASTER TRAIL

Saturday 6 – Easter Monday 22 April 2019

The 'Count Your Chickens' Easter trail will take you around the museum and there will also be Easter biscuit decorating and craft activities.  The trail will be free with the admission price, while there will be a small extra charge for the biscuit decoration.

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UY 

For more information, please visit the Shire Hall Museum Website.

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VURLANDS ANIMAL FARM

Good Friday 19 – Easter 21 April 2019

Follow the Easter trail whilst looking for clues to win an Easter prize.  Plus there's Easter themed competitions and a 50ft inflatable assault course.

Vurlands Animal Farm, Coast Road, Swyre, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9DB

For more information, please visit the Vurlands Animal Farm Website.

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MORE EASTER BREAK EVENTS!

For more events during half term and further in the year, please join the Dorsetmums Family Friendly Events group on Facebook.

Dorsetmums has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this site and does not accept liability for any errors or omission.  Please also note that an event or venue may cancel or close at any time and therefore you should consider contacting beforehand.