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.
Experience Christmas as it used to be at the Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester, as a large family of people size bears celebrate in their festively decorated period home, complete with a visit from Bearfather Christmas. An enchanting and magical experience not to be missed, with sounds, lights and smells! Children can also win a christmas bear worth £5.99 in the Reindeer Hunt. Great fun for all – until Thursday 2nd January (closed 23rd to 26th December).
Get Festive at the Farm in the Longdown Farm Christmas Barn where children and adults alike will delight in the festive atmosphere with its traditional theme and real live animals. Twinkling lights, Christmas trees and festive decorations set the scene where fluffy baby chicks and lots of other favourite farm animals will be waiting to meet the children and share their excitement. Father Christmas will be waiting inside the Farmhouse Grotto to greet the children and their parents. The Christmas Barn is open daily from 30thNovember to 23rd December 2019, opening at 10.30am.
For more fun head to The Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester for the Dinosaur Hunt. Explore this award winning museum and discover the answers to the clues to win a prize. Open daily over Christmas except between (13th and 26th December when closed.
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.
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. The Cheddar Gorge and Caves is a spectacular sight with amazing views of the gorge and stunning stalactites to be seen in the caves. Farmer Palmers is great for young children, they can get up close to the animals.
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. Moonfleet is the only tall ship sailing experience in Dorset.
Ride on the miniature steam railway at the Pecorama, Beer. 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. Whilst in Abbotsbury explore the beautiful Subtropical Gardens.
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. Have a thrilling time at Bournemouth’s RockReef & PierZip.
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.
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. The Etches Collection has the finest collection of Late Jurassic marine fossils in Britain. Experience unique Alpine outdoor activities at Snowtrax.
There is a whole host of things to do, places to visit, and experiences to be had in the South and South West.