Are you looking for a fun, exciting and welcoming attraction to make your holiday go with a bang?
There are magical museums, historic houses and gorgeous gardens, fun family attractions, tremendous trains, thrilling theme parks, fantastic farms and amazing animal parks, and awesome adventure parks.
Over the Autumn Half Term don’t miss the DinosaurDNA at The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester. It’s great fun for kids and there is a prize for every participating child. Get all steamed up on Swanage Railway’s spooky Halloween Special Bistro Dining Train! There is a special Halloween inspired menu including gory delights such as Twisted Intestines and Hellfire Chicken! It’s Frightfully Fun at the Longdown Activity Farm this Autumn Half-term with lots of spooky stuff from Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th October. Enter the haunted barn at your peril and have a go at carving pumpkins. See cygnets learning to fly at Abbotsbury Swannery. The home of Halloween – Wookey Hole – opens its doors again for spooky fun throughout the autumn half-term. Costume characters will be on on site including Wookey’s very own Witch of Wookey Hole who will be giving a treat to every child. At Haynes International Motor Museum follow the Haynes Halloween Trail to hunt down the pumpkins hidden amongst the Museum’s cars and bikes and unearth some fascinating Halloween facts. The Halloween trail is suitable for children of all ages.
Super Family Attractions
Go to Britain’s original Dinosaur Museum and see T rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops and other dinosaurs. Steam in to Swanage on an historic steam train on the Swanage Railway as it winds through the beautiful Purbeck countryside; Marvel at the Tutankhamun’s tomb treasures and mummy at the stunning Tutankhamun Exhibition. Unleash your inner Tarzan at one of three Go Ape Centres in the area – Moors Valley, Itchen Valley or Haldon. For a full day’s fun visit Adventure Wonderland, Dorset’s number one award winning theme park.
Ride on the miniature steam railway at the Pecorama, Beer. There’s an enchanting experience for the young and the young at heart at the Teddy Bear Museum where there is over 100 years of teddies. Visit the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a memorable family day out. The Cheddar Gorge and Caves is a spectacular sight with amazing views of the gorge and stunning stalactites to be seen in the caves.
Great Days Out
Escape to the land of adventure at Longleat home to the UK’s original drive-through safari. Slow the pace a bit with a wagon ride at the award winning Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park. Get in touch with your wilder side at Marwell Zoo that has over 170 exotic and endangered species. Cool down at Splashdown Poole, the South’s favourite waterpark with some of the UK’s most exciting water flumes. Switch on to plenty of nostalgic fun at the Montacute TV Radio and Toy Museum.
Gaze in awe at the terracotta warriors in the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Stroll through the delightful walled gardens whilst the kids have fun feeding the farm animals at Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park. Take an amazing fun and action packed day out at the world’s largest heritage and cultural event, the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Be part of the mass feeding of up to 600 mute swans at Abbotsbury Swannery. Discover the Priest’s House Museum’s rich collections of archaeology, costume, childhood and local history of the local area. Visit U-Escape for an exhilarating escape game experience.
Amazing Places to Visit
See the newly expanded Haynes International Motor Museum with the UK’s largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. For a great Somerset family day out visit Wookey Hole Caves with its many attractions. Swing into action at Monkey World. Find out how crews are trained at the RNLI centre in Poole.
Relax and unwind as you take a stroll around the Blue Pool with its enchanting and tranquil waters. Explore the history, science and technology of communication at the Royal Signals Museum. Discover the secrets of ancient Egyptian magic and mummies at the Mummies Exhibition. Sample cider at its best in Perry’s Cider Mill and Rural Museum.
Guaranteed to thrill all the family the Fleet Air Arm Museum is a great day out. Get thrills the thrills of quad biking and other outdoor activities at Gorcombe Extreme Sports. Sail the high seas with City Cruises Poole and explore the Jurassic Coast. There’s plenty of farmyard fun to be had at Longdown Activity Farm. Create at the Cove is a unique indoor attraction located a stone’s throw from Lulworth Cove. Three hundred years of history can be found at the Keep Military Museum of the Devon and Dorset regiments. The Etches Collection has the finest collection of Late Jurassic marine fossils in Britain
There is a whole host of things to do, places to visit, and experiences to be had in the South and South West.