Dorset has some great family friendly pubs offering a variety of children's menus, activity packs for the tables and highchairs however the one thing on a lovely sunny day that a family loves the most is a secure safe garden with a play frame or toys to keep them entertained and happy while you have the rare opportunity to relax.

Below is just some of Dorset's great pubs and restaurants which have been recommended by local families. 



Family friendly pub offering great value classic meals.  Outside in the beer garden is a large wooden playframe with swings and slide.

The Acorn, Northmead Drive, Creekmoor, Poole, Dorset, BH17 7XZ

For more information, please visit The Acorn Facebook page or call 01202 601708.

This family friendly pub sits next to Sandford Holiday Park and has an enclosed wooden play area for children plus a delicious children's menu.
Please note the pub closes mid afternoon and re-opens for dinner late afternoon.

The Claypipe Inn, Organford Road, Holton Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JY

For more information, please visit The Claypipe Inn Facebook page or call 01202 632636.

The Dorset Soldier Pub is situated in the heart of Corfe Mullen and has a reputation on being a good honest and traditional pub.  They offer a varied menu with children's meals and an adventure play area in the garden which includes a wooden play frame with slides and a bridge.

The Dorset Soldier, 117 Wareham Road, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, BH21 3JZ

For more information, please visit The Dorset Soldier or call 01202 694403.

Ideally situated for those exploring the Dorset countryside this pub prides themselves on good pub food and has a large garden with a children’s play area too.

The Horns Inn, Burts Hill, Colehill, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7AA

For more information, please visit The Horns Inn or call 01202 883557.

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Children will love this family friendly and welcoming pub which has a large play area with a wooden play area.  Excellent food is served with children's meals on offer and activity packs to keep them occupied.

The Yachtsman, Lake Road, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4LW

For more information, please visit The Yachtsman or call 01202 674568.

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This family run pub serves delicious homemade food at a good price and welcome children and dogs. The new play area at The Old Thatch has a fun climbing frame and kids colouring area. Step inside this 17th Century thatched pub and you’ll find a children’s menu with a variety of options and colouring kits to keep them happy while they wait.

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The Old Thatch, 285 Wimborne Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7NW

For more information, please visit The Old Thatch or call 01202 406779.


The Royal Oak has a large wooden play frame at the bottom of the spacious garden and serves a variety of meals on the children's menu.

The Royal Oak, Dorchester Hill, Milborne St Andrew, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0JG

For more information, please visit The Royal Oak or call 01258 837248. 

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Family friendly pub with large outdoor play area and a smaller indoor area for the children.

The Woodman Pub, 246 Ringwood Rd, St Leonards, Ringwood, BH24 2SB

For more information, please visit the Woodman Pub or call 01202 874526.

The Langton Arms has a huge garden and wonderful play area plus children’s meals and an original skittle alley which is great for parties.

The Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8RX

For more information, please visit The Langton Arms or call 01258 830225.

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Lovely pub with a recently refurbished outdoor area. There is a small play frame for children to enjoy with a larger section being installed in the near future.

Tap and Railway, 195 Station Rd, West Moors, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 0HX

For more information, please visit the Tap and Railway or call 01202 897166.


The Crows Nest is a family friendly pub in the heart of Swanage with a large wooden play frame with slide in the garden. The owners have children themselves which is why they pride themselves on serving fresh children’s meals.

The Crows Nest Inn, 11 Ulwell Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1LE

For more information, please visit The Crows Nest Inn or call 01929 422651.

The Halfway Inn is a beautiful thatched 16th Century Pub with a lovely garden and small enclosed children's play area.
The varied menu offers children's meals plus colouring in pictures and pencils to keep the children entertained.

The Halfway Inn, Norden, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5DU

For more information, please visit The Halfway Inn or call 01929 480402.

The new owners of the Sandford Pub have doubled the size of the main play area in the garden as well as giving Pets Corner a complete new face lift.  Children can enjoy a home cooked meal from the children's menu and a colouring in book and crayons will keep them busy while waiting for food.

The Sandford, Wareham Road, Sandford, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 7AE

For more information, please visit The Sandford or call 01929 550800.

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A family run pub where children and dogs are welcome. Traditional pub with menu serving classic dishes and a safe outdoor area for the children to play.

Black Dog Inn, Stokeford, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6AN

For more information, please visit the Black Dog Inn Facebook page or call 01929 405827.


The Lodmoor is a great family friendly Brewers Fayre Pub situated by the Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park and Sandworld.  The indoor themed soft play is a fantastic size for children of all ages and even has a TV area and little tykes cars.  They offer a wide variety of children's meals and even have tables within the soft play so you won't have bored children before and after the meal. 
Please note that there is an admission charge for the soft play.

The Lodmoor, Preston Beach Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

For more information, please visit The Lodmoor or call 01305 767964. 

The Black Dog is a very family friendly pub with a children’s menu and huge fun play area in the garden which is sure to keep the kids entertained for a long time.

The Black Dog, 50 Main Street, Broadmayne, Dorset, DT2 8ES

For more information, please visit The Black Dog or call 01305 854021.

The New Vic can be found on the Esplanade which is perfect for locals and those visiting the seaside town for the day.  Within the pub you’ll find Jolly Ollie’s two storey soft play perfect for children up to the age of 10.  The large menu has something for everyone with a good choice on the children’s menu too.
Please note that there is an admission charge for the soft play.

The New Vic, 43 The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8DH

For more information, please visit The New Vic or call 01305 784692.


The Springhead has a beautiful location by the River Jordan with ducks swimming happily on the millpond.  The restaurant chef uses good quality fresh food from local suppliers and takes pride in their homemade dishes.  In the garden you will find a 2 wooden play areas with climbing frames and slides.

The Springhead, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6LW

For more information, please visit The Springhead or call 01305 832117.

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At certain times of the year you can visit Martin's Bar and Restaurant and young children can play in the Little Fire Engine Soft Play (entry charges apply).  In addition to this there is also an outdoor play area for older children.

Highlands End Holiday Park, Eype,
Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6AR

For more information, please visit Highlands End Holiday Park.

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The Trumpet Major has a lovely large garden with wooden play equipment, slides and a climbing frame. They also serve a 'Little Monster Menu' with a large variety of children's meals.

Trumpet Major, Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2AB

For more information, please visit the Trumpet Major or call 01305 262091.

This family friendly pub has a good sized outdoor dining area plus climbing frame and swing slide. A varied kids meal is offered with children being able to choose their favourite combo.

Famous Old Spa, 229 Dorchester Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 5EQ

For more information, please visit the Famous Old Spa or call 01305 785231.

The George is a family run and child friendly pub in the heart of the Jurassic Coast. In addition to a children’s menu on offer there is also a spacious outdoor area with seating, children’s play area and animal corner.

The George Inn, The Street, Charmouth, Dorset, DT6 6PE

For more information, please visit The George or call 01297 560280.

The Frampton Arms is a delightful country pub with an enclosed orchard garden with climbing frame, slides, swings and animal corner.

Frampton Arms, Moreton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8BB

For more information, please visit the Frampton Arms or call 01305 852253.

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 a Pub/Restaurant may close at any time and you should consider contacting beforehand.