ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES TO GO IN WEST DORSET

You'll find so much to see and do in West Dorset with pretty towns, harbourside bars and restaurants, watersports, parks and gardens, castles and fortes, long sandy beaches with donkey rides, great shopping, attractions, museums and much more.  There are some wonderful annual events being held throughout the summer with festivals, carnivals, fun days and regattas.

Dorchester Tourist Information Centre - 01305 267992
Bridport Tourist Information Centre - 01308 424901
Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre - 01297 442138

ABBOTSBURY SWANNERY

This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting mute swans.  There's lots of other things to do including tractor trailer rides, play area, giant maze, café and much more.

For admission prices and details on special events, please visit Abbotsbury Swannery.

Abbotsbury Swannery, New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JG
Contact Tel 01305 871858  

Abbotsbury Swannery Blog Review

ABBOTSBURY CHILDREN'S FARM

Meet and feed lots of lovely farm animals, visit the walk in aviary, play in the soft play, barn and slides and much more.  Facilities include the café and gift shop.
Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices and details on special events, please visit Abbotsbury Children's Farm.

Abbotsbury Children's Farm, Church Street, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 4JJ 
Contact Tel 01305 871817

Abbotsbury Children's Farm Blog Review

ABBOTSBURY SUBTROPICAL GARDENS

The amazing subtropical gardens has a wonderful mixture of formal and informal flowers, ponds, stunning view points, a sculpture trail, Burma rope bridge and even a children's play area.
Facilities include toilets with baby change, a restaurant, gift shop and plant centre.

For admission prices and details on special events including the amazing enchanted illuminations in October, please visit Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth,  Dorset, DT3 4LA
Contact Tel 01305 971387

KINGSTON MAURWARD GARDENS AND ANIMAL PARK

Enjoy stunning formal gardens set in 35 acres, visit the many farm animals and let the children run around the play park.  Facilities include a small café, larger restaurant and gift shop.

For admission prices, location, details on special offers and annual events, please visit Kingston Maurward.

Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, DT2 8PY
Contact Tel 01305 215003

Kingston Maurward Blog Review

MUNCHKINS PLAY CAFE

This wonderful and friendly play café is ideal for Mums and Dads to relax and enjoy a cuppa with a slice of cake while the children play and have fun with little tykes cars, dress up, trains and much more.
Children's party packages are available.

For further information, please visit Munchkins Play Cafe.

Munchkins Play Cafe, 33 Trinity Street, Dorchester, DT1 1TT
Contact Tel  01305 753435

SEALIFE ADVENTURE PARK

There's over 1000 marine creatures to see plus a huge fun play area and splash zone.  Facilities include toilets, baby change, restaurant and cafe. 
Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices, events and special offers, please visit SEA LIFE Weymouth.

Sealife Adventure Park, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

Sealife Adventure Park Blog Review

NOTHE FORT

The Fort is a labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas and stands at the entrance to Weymouth harbour.  There's plenty to see and do with the family and perfect picnic spots or a cafe selling lucnhes and snacks.

For location, admission prices, opening dates and special events, please visit Nothe Fort.

Contact Tel 01305 7666626

SHIRE HALL HISTORIC COURTHOUSE MUSEUM

Shire Hall Courthouse brings over 200 years of justice and injustice to life.  Walk in the footsteps of people whose lives were forever changed in the historic court.  Immerse yourself in the cells before ascending to the dock.

For details on facilities and events, please visit Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum.

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UY
Contact Tel 01305 261849

Shire Hall Blog Review

LEISURE RANCH

Cresta run slide, go carts and super fun for all the family.

For prices and opening days/times, please visit Leisure Ranch.

Leisure Ranch, Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Road, Weymouth, DT4 7SX
Contact Tel 01305 761420   

THE FRONT SKATEPARK

Skatepark with a range of ramps, skateshop, café and lounge area.
Children's party packages are available.

For details on membership fees, session times and events, Weymouth Skate Park.

Front Skatepark, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX
Contact Tel 01305 771301

TEDDY BEAR MUSEUM

From the earliest antique teddy bear to today's TV favourites you will find them all waiting to greet you in the museum.

For admission prices, special events and details on '5 Museums for the price of 2' pass, please visit the Teddy Bear Museum.

Address Eastgate, Dorchester, DT1 1JU
Contact Tel 01305 266040    

SANDWORLD

Sandworld is a unique attraction with huge detailed sand sculptures.  There is also a playsand pit, have a go sculpture area, fill a sand bottle, cafe and gift shop.
Children's Party Packages are available.

For admission prices and information on special events, please visit Sandworld.

Sandworld, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX
Contact Tel 07411 387529

Sandworld Blog Review

ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE AND GARDENS

This stunning 15th Century house is steeped in history and set in breathtaking gardens.  The Topiary Restaurant is a must and serves wonderful food, freshly made cakes and scones.

For admission prices, opening days/times and details on special events, please visit Athelhampton House and Gardens.

Located 5 miles East of Dorchester, off the A35 at Puddletown Northbrook.
Contact Tel 01305 848363

GONE POTTY

Gone Potty art studio has lots of fantastic pottery to paint plus a lovely free play area for under 5’s.  Choose from one of the many pieces or pop in with your baby to create a baby/hand print keepsake.  Facilities include toilet with baby change and refreshment are available.
Children's party packages are available.

For more information and special events including crafts and ladies night, please visit Gone Potty.

Gone Potty, 12A Frederick Place, St Thomas Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8HQ
Contact Tel  01305 458549

WARMWELL SNOWSPORT CENTRE

In acres of woodland at Warmwell Holiday Park you'll find one of the top ski and snowboard slopes.  There are many other things to do including zorb sessions or you can brave the jumps.  

For activity prices, please visit Warmwell Holiday Park.

Warmwell Snowsport Centre, Warmwell, Nr Weymouth, Dorset, DT2 8JE
Contact Tel 0344 335 3450

Dorset Snowsports Centre Blog Review

DOODLES PLAY CAFE

Doodles is a family friendly cafe, where you can drink great coffee, eat freshly prepared food and enjoy homemade cake while the kids play in the free play area. They also offer children's parties, private hire, discos, monthly supper clubs and a playgroup called Doodletots.
Doodles ‘out and about’ offers small events catering, bouncy castle hire and celebration cakes.

For more information, please visit Doodles Play Cafe.

Doodles Play Cafe, 1 Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LE
Contact Tel 01935 812888

THE PALM HOUSE

The Palmhouse is a fabulous café-bistro and activity centre.  Blooming Kids indoor and outdoor play area is perfect for under 5's and the outdoor decking and play area is ideal for long sunny days.  New for 2018 is the Kraft Shack which runs a variety of activities including messy play sessions.

For more information, please visit The Palm House.

The Palmhouse, Melcombe Regis Car Park, Commercial Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7DW
Contact Tel 01305 458089

BELLA CERAMICS

This recently opened studio is located in the centre of Weymouth and has lots of pottery pieces to choose from.  You can also go in to have your baby/foot prints put onto a tile, mug or plate for a keepsake.
Facilities includes toilets and refreshments are available.
Children's party packages are available including the fun 'Paint and Pizza' option.

For further info and special events including kids craft sessions, pre school sessions and ladies night, please visit Bella Ceramics.

Bella Ceramics, 9a St Mary Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8PU
Contact Tel  01305 780343

BENNETTS WATER GARDENS

The gardens are set within 8 acres of land and include ponds and lakes and are surrounded by plants, trees and flowers.  Visit the tropical house to see exotic plants and visit the museum to read about local history.  Facilities include a restaurant and gift shop.

For admission prices and special events, please visit Bennetts Water Gardens.

Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Chickerell, Weymouth, DT3 4AF 
Contact Tel 01305 785150

PIRATE ADVENTURE MINI GOLF

Situated right next to the Sealife Adventure Park is an exciting and unique themed 18 hole adventure golf course with galleons, treasure chests and gunpowder barrells.

For admission prices and opening days/times, please visit SEA LIFE Weymouth.

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

VURLANDS ANIMAL FARM

Vurlands Animal Farm strives to provide a fun and adventurous day out for all the family.  They have a large selection of animals including Guinea Pigs and Rabbits, Tortoises, Poultry and Winston the Wallaby plus larger animals such as Donkeys, Sheep, Lambs, Pigs, Goats, Alpacas and Rheas.  They also have a fab play area with monkey swing and exploring tunnel, plus an establishing Willow Maze and in the good weather conditions a bouncy castle.

For further information, opening times and special events, please visit Vurlands Animal Farm.

Vurlands Animal Farm, Coast Road, Swyre, Dorchester, Dorset
Contact Tel  01308 897160

LYME REGIS MARINE AQUARIUM

Discover the local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast in an exciting interactive environment with the possibility of being able to handle certain live specimens.

For prices, opening days/times and 10% online booking discount, please visit the Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium.

Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium, The Cobb, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JJ
Contact Tel 07903 955300 / 01297 444230

THE FUN FACTORY

The huge playframe is spread over 5 levels and has a separate sports area and toddler activity area.  Facilities include a restaurant selling hot and cold food.
Children’s party packages are available.

For admission prices and information on toddler mornings, please visit The Fun Factory.

The Fun Factory, 7 Albany Road, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9TH
Contact Tel 01305 777334

PORTLAND CASTLE

Built in the 1540's to protect against French and Spanish invasion Portland castle stands overlooking the Harbour.  Stroll around the Castle and enjoy relaxing in the Captains Tea Room.
Admission prices apply for non English Heritage members.

For admission prices, opening days/times and special events, please visit English Heritage Portland Castle.

Portland Castle, Liberty Road, Castletown, Dorset, DT5 1AZ

FANTASY ISLAND FUN PARK

Hidden away in Bowleaze Cove is a fun park with lots of entertainment for the whole family including rides, amusement arcade, indoor soft play, seaside food and drink and much more.
Free entry to the park however ticket prices for rides and the soft play apply.
Children's party packages are available.

For opening days/times and details on special offers, please visit Fantasy Island Fun Park.

Fantasy Island Fun Park, Bowleaze Coveway, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6PW
Contact Tel 01305 834746

LODMOOR COUNTRY PARK

The Country Park covers 350 acres and features a whole host of attractions for all the family including the Rio Grande Model Railway.

For further information and events, please visit Dorset For You.

Lodmoor Country Park, Preston Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX 

TERRACOTTA WARRIORS MUSEUM

The museum is one of the only museums outside China exclusively dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors.  The displays have been created to give an insight into China 2200 years ago.

For admission prices, special events and details on the '5 Museums for the price of 2' pass, please visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum.

Terracotta Warriors Museum, High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1JU
Contact Tel 01305 266040

DINOSAUR MUSEUM

The Museum combines life sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and dinosaur skeletons to create an exciting hands on experience.

For admission prices, special events and details on the '5 Museums for the price of 2' pass, please visit the Dinosaur Museum.

Dinosaur Museum, Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EW
Contact Tel 01305 269880

MFA BOWL

Bowling fun for all the family with a restaurant and games.
Children's party packages are available.

For game prices and special offers, please visit MFA Bowl.

MFA Bowl, St Nicholas Street, Weymouth, DT 4 8AD
Contact Tel 0843 290 8935

TOLPUDDLE MARTYRS MUSEUM

The Museum tells the harrowing story of the Martyrs arrest, trial and punishment leading to modern day unionism.
Free admission and free parking.

For further information, please visit the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum.

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7EH
Contact Tel 01305 848237

MUMMIES EXHIBITION

A unique exhibition displaying exact facsimiles of some of the Royal Mummies and the amazing stories that surround them.

For admission prices, special events and details on '5 Museums for the price of 2' pass, please visit the Mummies Exhibition.

Mummies Exhibition, Armarna Centre, Alington Street, Dorchester
Contact Tel 01305 269741

FANCY'S FAMILY FARM

This is a community farm in Portland and home to lots of animals including sheep, wallabies, goats, horses and pigs plus they have a large soft play room and a café selling hot and cold drinks.
Free entry but donations are greatly received.

For details on opening times and special events, please visit Fancy's Family Farm.

Fancy's Family Farm, New Ground, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2EN
Contact Tel 07810 485351

THE BONES MUSEUM

A fascinating exhibition of real and cast bones and skeletons, commonly found in the animal kingdom.  Be in 'Roar' at the cast of the extinct Sabretooth Tiger.  The Mythological Marvel – discover the Centaur Skeleton.  Plus many more animal skeletons to study and examine. 

If you need a break then there is also a small tea room that serves hot/cold drinks and cakes plus a small gift shop.

For admission prices and opening times, please visit The Bones Museum.

The Bones Museum, Trinity House, Trinity Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1TT

UPDATE MAY 2019 - Please note, the Museum is currently closed until further notice

TUTANKHAMUN EXHIBITION

The Exhibition offers a travel back in times of ancient Egypt where you can discover the amazing recreation of Tutankhamun's Tomb, treasures and much more.

For admission prices, special events and details on '5 Museums for the price of 2' pass, please visit the Tutankhamun Exhibition.

Tutankhamun Exhiibition, 25 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UW
Contact Tel 01305 269571

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JIGSAW PLAY CAFE

This recently opened cafe in the centre of Weymouth town has a play area with imaginative toys to stimulate play plus tablets for older children in a separate area.  Jigsaw Play Café also offer freshly prepared food, organic and fair trade tea and coffee in a relaxed environment.

For more information including upcoming special events, please visit the Jigsaw Play Cafe Facebook page.

Jigsaw Play Café, 104 St Mary Street, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8NY
01305 457170

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Dorset Falconry Park (home of Xtreme Falconry - the off site display team) has over 100 birds and daily shows.  This is a brand new centre for 2019 with much more to come for the future.

For more information, please visit Dorset Falconry Park.

Dorset Falconry Park, Lewell Mill Lane, Lewell, Dorchester, DT2 8AN

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