Rural Dorset has so much to offer.  Wimborne Minster is a wonderful market town with the historic Wimborne Minster Church at the heart.  The picturesque town has lovely shops and eateries and hosts popular annual events such as the Wimborne Folk Festival.  Blandford Forum is also a thriving market town which sits on the River Stour.  You can enjoy wonderful river walks and a wide range of shops and restaurants.  Explore the surroundings and you'll find quaint villages, unspoilt countryside and famous landmarks including Bradbury Rings and Milton Abbas.

Blandford Tourist Information Centre - 01258 454770
Sherborne Tourist Information Centre - 01935 815341
Shaftesbury Tourist Information Centre - 01747 853514


Explore the 8500 hectare National Trust Estate and discover the country house, rivers, woodland, beautiful gardens and much more.  Facilities include a gift shop and restaurant.

For admission prices and special events, please visit the National Trust Kingston Lacy.

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA


There's always plenty for the family to do at Moors Valley Country Park including woodland walks and trails, play parks and the steam train which is all set in wonderful woodland surroundings.  You'll find the visitor centre near the car park with friendly staff ready to answer any questions you may have and provide a map to help you find your way.
Children's party packages are available. 
No admission charge however parking charges do apply. 

For trail maps and details on special events, please visit Moors Valley Country Park.

Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET
Contact Tel  01425 470721


Enjoy heavy horse wagon rides, tractor and trailer rides, meet the animals, run around the play areas and much more.
Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices, daily activity schedule and special events, please visit the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park.

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, Edmondsham Road, Verwood, Dorset, BH21 5RJ 
Contact Tel  01202 824040

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Situated in an idyllic location in Wimborne you can hire a rowing boat and take a lovely trip off down the River Stour.  Perfect location for a picnic and stroll after.

For boat hire prices and details on special events, please visit Dreamboats.

Dreamboats, Riverside Park Industrial Estate, Nr Wimborne Market, Dorset, BH21 1QU 
Contact Tel 07761 816796


Large indoor and outdoor play area featuring slides, ball pools, bouncy castles, laser invaders, trampolines and much more.
Facilities include a café selling hot and cold food.
Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices and details on activities, please visit Coolplay on Facebook.

Coolplay, Rivers Corner, Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Contact Tel 01258 474666


Large 3 tier adventure play zone with smaller toddler area and café serving hot and cold food.

Children's party packages are available.

For admission prices and opening times, please visit Crazy Monsters.

Crazy Monsters, Unit 8 Sunrise Business Park, Higher Shaftesbury Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8ST
Contact Tel 01258 456688

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The Castle is a 16th Century Tudor mansion and sits overlooking a 50 acre lake.  Explore the 42 acres of beautiful gardens and enjoy the tea rooms and gift shop.

For admission prices, opening times and special events, please visit Sherborne Castle.

Sherborne Castle, New Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR 
Contact Tel  01935 812072


Children will love to wander through the Model Town and play in Wendy Street.  You will also find a tearoom, putting green, outdoor chess area and gift shop.

For admission prices and special events, please visit Wimborne Model Town.

Wimborne Model Town, King Street, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1DY
Contact Tel  01202 881924


Enjoy walks and wildlife on the heath plus treasure trails and a fantastic wooden play area.  Facilities include the discovery centre, cafe, gift shop and BBQ hire.
Children's party packages are available.

For details on special events and parking charges, please visit Dorset For You.

Avon Heath Country Park, Birch Road, Avon Heath, Dorset, BH24 2DA
Contact Tel  01425 478082

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Laser tag is a mixture of the best elements of painball and laser quest and is suitable for all abilities. Enjoy adventurous laser tag play using precise equipment in the fun arena which is located next to the riverside.
Children’s party packages are available.

For more information, please visit Laserguys Laser Tag.


Roller Disco fun suitable for children and adults.
Children's party packages are available.

For disco dates, times, admission prices and special events, please visit Oli's Roller Disco.

Ferndown Leisure Centre, Cherry Grove, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9EZ
Contact Tel  07990 503826


The studio is a hidden gem in the heart of Blandford Forum town centre and has pottery classes, children's craft activities, pottery wheels and creative workshops.
Children's party packages are available.

For studio location and pottery fees, please visit The Pottery Parlour.

Contact Tel  01258 455232


The Museum tells the story of East Dorset using collections rich in archaeology and local history.  Period rooms show how life has changed in the historic townhouse.  Facilities include a tearoom and gift shop.

For admission costs and special events, please visit the Priest's House Museum and Gardens.

Priest House Museum, 23-27 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1HR
Contact Tel  01202 882533

GOOD TO KNOW - Your admission ticket entitles you to free entry for 1 year!


The Museum has many exhibitions plus virtual and interactive activities and is the UK National Museum of Army communications.
Please note that the museum is in the confines of Blandford Camp and all adults must bring valid ID to be permitted entry.

For opening days/times, admission prices and special events, please visit the Royal Signals Museum.

Royal Signals Museum, Blandford Camp, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8RH
Contact Tel  01258 482248

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StreetLight was set up to support and benefit the local community.
The Skate Park has different ramps, all abilities are catered for, from those who have been riding for years to first timers.  It is recommended that if it’s a new sport to you or your child that you start with a lesson from one of the team riders.  StreetLight's Cafe has been designed to be a friendly, spacious, child friendly place.  There is a pool table, table football and a soft play area with a ball pit.  The cafe has a great menu and offers views of the Skate Park.  Minimum age on the park is 6 years.  Children's Party Packages are available.

For more information, please visit StreetLight Project.

StreetLight Project, Stone Lane, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 1HB

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Marlowe’s Makes Imagiplay is an indoor and outdoor children’s play centre for under 8’s. The focus is very much on inspiring children to be creative and use their imaginations through loose parts and role play.
Children’s crafty party packages available - SandArt, Make-A-Bear, Pottery.

For more information, please visit Marlowe’s Makes Imagiplay.

Marlowe's Makes Imagiplay, The Square, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4AY
Contact Tel 01747 229429


Go Ape is an amazing tree top adventure for children and adults.  You'll find tree top high wires, walkways, tunnels, zip wires and much more. 
Please note that parking charges do apply.

For full details and ticket prices, please visit Go Ape.

Go Ape, Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

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Attractions and places to go in Rural and North Dorset