Purbeck is an area of natural beauty with Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove being a picture postcard must see.  Wareham is a lovely small town perfect for sitting on the Quay with the kiddies and bag of fish and chips.  Swanage is a traditional seaside town with wonderful independent shops, a long sandy beach and the laughter of children watching Punch and Judy on a sunny day.  In between the 2 towns you will find Corfe Castle, National Trust beaches and other wonderful hidden gems.

Wareham Tourist Information Centre - 01929 552740
Swanage Tourist Information Centre - 01929 442885


The Dorset Waterpark is spread over two beautiful lakes overlooking Corfe Castle.  The course includes slides, a trampoline, gladiator rings, jumps, balance beams and lots more.
Facilities include free parking, toilet and changing room facilities.  The Snack Shack sells drinks, ice creams, burgers and snacks.
Children's party pacages are available.

For further information and booking details please visit the Dorset Waterpark.

Dorset Waterpark, Studland Road, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5JG
Contact Tel 01929 505030


The Country Park sits in 280 acres of countryside.  Enjoy fabulous views, walks, the great observatory globe and a variety of wildlife.  Facilities include a visitor centre, restaurant and gift shop.

For details on facilities and events, please visit Durlston Country Park.

Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2JL
Contact Tel 01929 424443


Guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills, the Castle is steeped in history.  You will find the National Trust Tea Rooms at the entrance to the grounds.

For admission prices and special events, please visit the National Trust Corfe Castle.

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


Set in 65 acres of beautiful woodland, Monkey World is home to over 230 primates of more than 20 different species and is a wonderful day out for children and adults.
Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices and special events, please visit Monkey World.

Monkey World, Longthorns, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH
Contact Tel 01929 462537

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Putlake Farm offers plenty including tractor trailer rides, meet and greet the animals, outdoor play area, indoor soft play and much more.  Facilities include the tea rooms selling hot and cold food.
Children's party packages are available.

For Summer/Winter timetable, admission prices and special events, please visit Putlake Adventure Farm.

Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, H19 3EU
Contact Tel  01929 422917


Come and see what the Castle and village would have looked like before its destruction in 1646.  In the grounds of the model village and gardens you will find giant family games, gift shop, tea rooms and much more.

For admission prices and special events, please visit Corfe Castle Model Village.

Corfe Castle, The Square, West Street, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ
Contact Tel  01929 481234

Corfe Castle Model Village Blog Review


Set within an enclosed 1000 acre deer park you'll find the historic buildings and ancient woodlands of Lulworth Castle and park.  Enjoy woodland walks, park trails and a children's playground.
Please note the Castle is closed on Saturdays and occasionally during the week for private events. 

For admission prices and details on special events, please visit the Lulworth Estate.

Lulworth Castle, East Lulworth, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QS
Contact Tel  01929 400352


The Swanage Steam Train takes you on a magical journey and even has popular characters making appearances at certain times of the year.

For ticket prices, Summer/Winter train times and special events, please visit Swanage Railway.

Contact Tel  01929 475800


Set in a deep clay bowl, steps lead down to the waters edge or up to views of the Purbeck Hills.  Take a lovely walk around the Pool and enjoy the ever changing colours and then indulge in a snack or cream tea in the Tea Rooms.  The Blue Pool is now home to the Wareham Bears where you can see a collection of 200+ miniature dressed bears set within their own home and environment.
Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices and special events, please visit The Blue Pool.

The Blue Pool, Furzebrook Road, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5AR
Contact Tel  01929 551408

Blue Pool Blog Review

PLEASE NOTE - The Blue Pool is currently closed due to the passing of the sole owner.


The centre offers a variety of activities all year including children's stone carving sessions for ages 6 years and up.

For full details on special events and activity prices, please visit Burngate Stone Carving Centre.

Burngate Stone Carving Centre, Kingston Road, Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3BE
Contact Tel  01929 439405


At RSPB Arne nature reserve, the visitor hut in the car park has seasonal nest cameras, a 'nature table' where visitors can find out more about the wildlife at Arne, and information about the reserve.  RSPB staff organise a range of guided walks and events to help you see some of our most exciting species.  Adjacent to the car park you will find the shop and cafe.

For details on gate opening times, parking prices, special events and the monthly nature tots session, please visit RSPB Arne.

RSPB Arne, Arne Road, Arne, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5BJ
Contact Tel  01929 553360


Beautiful boat trips on the River Frome and around Poole Harbour.

For more information and sailing times, please visit Wareham Boat Trips.

The Quay, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4LP
Contact Tel 01929 550688
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New for 2018, the Dorset Mud Trail is a 1.5km muddy, obstacle filled trail set in the grounds of the Dorset Waterpark.  It’s suitable for all ages and great fun in any weather - remember, mud washes off but memories last a lifetime.
Facilities include changing rooms, showers, and the Snack Shack selling drinks, ice-creams and burgers.
Children's party packages are available.

For more information and prices, please visit the Dorset Mud Trail.

Dorset Mud Trail, Studland Road, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5JG
Contact Tel  01929 505030

Dorset Mud Trail Blog Review


The visitor centre covers 35 acres of wonderful Purbeck countryside and houses many rescue animals including cats, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, ducks, chickens and rabbits.
Free entry however donations are greatly received.

For more information and details on special events, please visit the Margaret Green Animal Rescue.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue, Church Knowle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5NQ
Contact Tel  01929 480474

Margaret Green Animal Rescue Blog Review


Small but great seasonal amusement park suitable for little one's with a mini train, rides, bouncy castle, arcade games, dinosaur crazy golf and a cafe.

Santa Fe Fun Park, The Recreation Ground, Sandpit Field, Swanage,  Dorset, BH19 1DG


Enjoy the river Frome on one of the many boats you can hire including motor boats, canoes, kayaks and rowing boats.
The ticket box can be found on Wareham Quay.

For boat hire prices and Summer/Winter days/times, please visit Wareham Boat Hire.

Contact Tel  01929 550688


The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crew to life.  Supported by the world's best collection of tanks and action packed live displays.  Facilities include a restaurant and gift shop.

For admission prices plus details on exhibitions and special events, please visit the Tank Museum.

Tank Museum, Bovington, Nr Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6JG
Contact Tel 01929 405096

GOOD TO KNOW - You will receive a free annual pass included with your entry fee!

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