Discount Voucher Accepted -
£2 per adult to a maximum of 4. Cannot be used with any other offer/group rate/Passport/Tesco vouchers. Valid until 1/11/15.
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Abbotsbury Swannery

Off the main A35 on the B3157 between Weymouth
and Bridport. DT3 4JG.
01305 871858

Abbotsbury SwanneryOn the World Heritage Coast. Dorset's World Famous Sanctuary. See over 600 free flying friendly swans, baby swans hatching mid-May to June end. Mass feeding 12 noon and 4pm daily. The Giant Swan Maze (opens May half term). Snacks, lunches and teas served in the licensed Kennels Café by the swinging nest children's play area.

OPEN: 2015
Daily 21st March - 1st November 2015, daily from 10am - 5pm last admission 4pm.

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Mid May - End June - Cygnets hatching

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Adventure Wonderland

Opposite Bournemouth Airport. BH23 6BA.
01202 483444

Adventute WonderlandDorset's number one award winning family theme park. A full day's fun whatever the weather, combining the outside park and rides with the indoor adventure play centre, Wild Thing! With over 30 rides and attractions including new Battle Boats Water Ride, Dragon's Drop Megaslide and Cuddle Corner Farm. Also shows in the Happydrome Theatre and our vast natural maze.

OPEN: 2015
Adventure Wonderland (including Wild Thing!) daily 21st March - 6th September. Then every weekend up to 18th October and half term week 24th October to 1st November. Wild Thing! open every day excluding Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years Day as a separate attraction but as part of Adventure Wonderland in season.

17th - 18th February - Meet The Meercats - The return of the incredibly popular 'Meet the Meerkats' event. There will be a group of meerkats in their enclosure, watch them as one guards as the others play.
9th April - Raph and Leo - Stand back and expect to be blown away with the arrival of two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Raph and Leo will be appearing at various intervals throughout the day to meet up with their fans, so don't forget your camera!!
29th May - Paddington - The excitement mounts at Adventure Wonderland with the news of the forthcoming visit by Paddington! He will be leaving his home in Windsor Gardens, London to be here. Appearing at various intervals throughout the day. Don't forget to bring your camera.
20th June - George Pig - He's coming to visit on his own. George Pig, the younger brother is bravely journeying all the way to Adventure Wonderland without his big sister. He will be appearing at various intervals throughout the day! Don't forget to bring your camera!!
28th July - Spongebob -
2nd August - Dorset Troopers! - The Dorset Troopers are returning to Adventure Wonderland on 2nd August and bringing the Force with them!
5th August - Postman Pat - Everyone is looking forward to the visit of Postman Pat and, of course, his black and white cat Jess. Traveling all the way from Greendale, he will be appearing at various intervals throughout the day to meet friends, so make sure you bring your camera!
18th August - Pepper Pig - Children's favourite Peppa Pig will be here to delight her many fans old and new. Make sure you get here nice and early to take advantage of the opportunity to see her - and don't forget to bring your camera! She will be appearing at various intervals throughout the day - but make sure there are no muddy puddles nearby because you know what she likes to do!
27th October - Scooby-Doo - As part of our Home of Halloween half term week, who better to join in the spooky fun but the ever popular superstar that is Scooby-Doo! The ghost hunting hound will be on hand to meet and greet his fellow Halloween humans at intervals throughout the day and add an extra-ordinary dimension to what has always proved to be a very entertaining experience. You'd be barking mad to miss it!!

Discount Voucher Accepted -
£2.00 off Garden & House admission per adult/senior, children FREE. Valid throughout 2015.
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Athelhampton House & Gardens

5 miles east of Dorchester off A35(T) at Puddletown
Northbrook Junction. DT2 7LG.
01305 848363

Athelhampton House and GardensVisit one of the finest manor houses in England dating from the 15th Century, a fine example of Tudor architecture. Explore the glorious Grade 1 gardens, containing the world famous topiary pyramids, fountains and the River Piddle. Enjoy refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea in our restaurant. Take home a gift, keepsake or plant to remind you of your visit. Ample parking.

OPEN: 2015
Summer Opening Hours (March - October)
Sundays - Thursdays 10.30am - 5.00pm.
Closed on Fridays & Saturdays. Open Good Friday
Topiary restaurant opens from 10am for Coffee & Pastries. Sunday Carvery served from 12 noon - 3.00pm.

Winter Opening Hours (November - February)
Sundays Only 10.30am - dusk. Topiary restaurant opens from 10.00am for Coffee & Pastries.
Other times may be available by appointment, please call 01305 848363
Sunday Carvery served from 12 noon - 2.30pm
(Closed on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year)

19th March - Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions - We are delighted that Athelhampton is the new venue for the Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions.
3rd April - Easter Egg Hunt - Come and explore our Historical House and Gardens with your children. Take part in our Easter hunt that leads you around the stunning grounds following clues that lead you to the final prize of a large boxed chocolate egg!
9th July - Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions - Catalogues available from DVCA, Stalbridge. Price £12 (admits two). By post £15. Admission for viewing and sale days by catalogue only.
15th October - Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions - Catalogues available from DVCA, Stalbridge. Price £12 (admits two). By post £15. Admission for viewing and sale days by catalogue only.

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One child free with every full paying adult. Not applicable with any other offer. Valid for 2015 season.
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Bennetts Water Gardens

Off the A354 at Weymouth on the B3157. DT3 4AF.
01305 785150

Bennetts Water GardensRenowned for its replica Monet Bridge and National Plant Collection of Water Lilies flowering through the summer with 8 acres of lakeside walks and garden trails for children. Tropical House, Heritage Museum, Gift Shop & Plant Centre.
Licensed Café Monet serves lunches, homemade cakes and cream teas. Under 5s Free.

OPEN: 2015
1st April to 30th September, 10am to 5pm daily, closed Saturdays.

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The Dinosaur Museum

Icen Way, Dorchester. DT1 1EW.
01305 269880

The Dinosaur MuseumCome and explore the enthralling world of dinosaurs in Britain's original dinosaur museum. The Museum combines fossils, skeletons and life-size dinosaur reconstructions with hands on, interactive and AV displays. Regularly featured on TV - this all weather attraction is great fun and a must for kids and families.

OPEN: 2015
All year daily, including Sundays, October to March 10am to 4pm. April to September 10am to 5pm. Closed 13th to 26th December inclusive.

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Third child goes free. Not applicable with any other offer. Valid from 2/1/2015 to 30/12/2015.
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Dorset County Museum

High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA.
01305 262735

Dorset County MuseumAward-winning Museum of Dorset including Jurassic Coast Gallery with monster pliosaur skull. Archaeology displays, Victorian Hall, Roman mosaic floors and Thomas Hardy's study. Explore 6000 years of Dorchester's history and learn about Dorset writers, artists and collectors. With interactives, museum trails and plenty of activities for families and children, this friendly museum has something for everyone.

OPEN: 2015
Monday-Saturday 10am to 4pm November-March (10am to 5pm April-October). We are open on Easter, May Day, Whitsun and August Bank Holidays but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
Central Dorchester. Up to two accompanied children free. Also open Sundays from 19th July to 13th September inclusive.

29th January - Dorset: A Contemporary Response. - Dorset: A Contemporary Response is the annual exhibition from Bournemouth Arts Club. The exhibition will be a display of high quality work bringing together members' individual responses to Dorset.
10th - 14th January - Dorset: Lunchtime Concert Bernardo - Continental Guitarist - An illustrated talk by Dr. Jonathan Murden.
29th January - Traveller's Tales – Archaeology in Malta .-
6th February - Archaeology Lecture: Members Evening. - Presentations on recent archaeological research by DNHAS Members.
7th February - Salon Baroque presents 'From the Beggars' Opera and Beyond!' - Popular, fashionable and satirical songs from the concert halls and theatres of 18th century England.
11th February - Geology Lecture: Our Changing Climate. - An overview of the latest science with Dr Felicity Liggins.
12th February - Travellers' Tales Two Trips to North Korea. - Travellers’ Tales Two Trips to North Korea 18th february - Family Activity: Make a Replica Round House. - Try your hand at creating a replica Prehistoric Round House.
18th February - Adult Craft Workshop - Paper Basket Weaving Dorset. - Paper Basket Weaving (bring at least two newspapers - the more colourful the better) Introductory craft sessions for Adults are held between 1.00pm and 3.30pm on Wednesdays and are sometimes led by external tutors. The standard cost is £10.00 per person, per session. Certain sessions may involve the use of more expensive materials for which an additional charge will be notified at the time of booking. Pre-booking is essential for all sessions as group sizes are limited Please note that these sessions are designed specifically for beginners who wish to try out new crafts and techniques.
19th February - Literary Talk - Here lies the Body: Dorset Tenant Farmers and their Tombs. - Lecture by Tim Connor.
25th February - Lunchtime Concert with Thomas Hardye School. - Music performed by Thomas Hardye Students.
6th March - Archaeology Lecture: The Roman Invasion of Britain. - Lecture by Mark Corney.
6th March - Geology Lecture: Mr Smith’s Amazing Map. - Lecture by Tom Sharpe.
12th March - Art Talk. Kingston Lacy’s Paintings. - Lecture by Helen Lange .
18th March - Lunchtime Concert with Thomas Hardye School - Music performed by Thomas Hardye Students
18th March - Adult Craft Workshop - Flower Arranging - make your own Buttonhole. - Introductory craft sessions for Adults are held between 1.00pm and 3.30pm on Wednesdays and are sometimes led by external tutors. The standard cost is £10.00 per person, per session. Certain sessions may involve the use of more expensive materials for which an additional charge will be notified at the time of booking. Pre-booking is essential for all sessions as group sizes are limited Please note that these sessions are designed specifically for beginners who wish to try out new crafts and techniques.
26th March - Lunchtime Concert: Dorchester Piano Trio. - Performed by Sally Flann, Russell Dawson and Peter Oakes.
28th March - 29th September A Poetic Eye: John Craxton on Cranborne Chase and Crete. - John Craxton was one of the most interesting and individual British artists of the 20th century. A new exhibition curated by Ian Collins charts Craxton's journey from Cranborne Chase to Crete, exploring his discovery of colour, light and warmth. Many previously unexhibited drawings and paintings are included, covering an extraordinary range of work.
1st April Family Activity: Brilliant Burials and Skeletons. - Family Activities run from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesdays in the school holidays. For the activities adults must remain with their children at all times. Up to two children per adult. These sessions are being kindly sponsored by Battens Solicitors through its Charitable Trust and are FREE.
8th April Geology Lecture Series: A Long, Long Road … the development of an innovative concept for a geological museum. - Lecture by Steve Etches.
8th April Family Activity: Make an Ooser Mask. - Create a scary Ooser Mask as displayed in the Writers Gallery at the Dorset County Museum.
8th April Adult Craft Workshop - Natural Soap Making. - Introductory craft sessions for Adults are held between 1.00pm and 3.30pm on Wednesdays and are sometimes led by external tutors. The standard cost is £10.00 per person, per session. Certain sessions may involve the use of more expensive materials for which an additional charge will be notified at the time of booking.
9th April A John Craxton Talk: Artist Cecil Waller. - Lecture by Brian Davis.
10th April After the Romans – the early Saxons in Dorset. - Lecture by Dr James Gerrard.
16th April Lunchtime Concert Bernardo – Continental Guitarist. - Lunchtime Concert Bernardo – Continental Guitarist.

Discount Voucher Accepted -
10% of an adult ticket (cannot be used with concessions or family tickets). Not applicable with any other offer. Valid from 30/3/2015 to 30/10/2015.
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Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

Edmondsham Road. BH21 5RJ.
01202 824040

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm ParkInteresting and entertaining for all ages!! At this award winning unique park. Enjoy FREE wagon and tractor rides. Drive a REAL tractor! Facinating talks and tours. Interact with heavy horses and friendly farm animal. Exhibits from days gone by. Pony rides. Go carts. Various play areas. Homely Café. Lots undercover and Great Value. Educational fun for all.

OPEN: 2015
30th March - 30th October 2014. 10am - 4pm. Closed Monday low season and bad weather. For October openings call or see website.

Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

4 miles from Poole in Organford near Poole BH16 6EU. Clearly signposted from the A35 and A351.
01202 622022

Farmer Palmer's Farm ParkAward winning Farmer Palmer's Farm Park is designed specifically for children 8 years and under. Our knowledgeable team are dedicated to giving you an action packed fun days out. Many attractions claim to be all-weather and Farmer Palmers really is, from indoor play to "deer safari" there are activities every half hour and more! Superb interactive animal events, tractor rides and woodland walk. It represents great value for money and a full day of entertainment.
Unique cow milking demo with the real Farmer Palmer. The attention to detail proves they understand the needs of families. The café has brilliant home-made meals and cakes. If your little ones are asking to come back tomorrow you can get 50% discount if you return within 5 days. Excellent!

OPEN: 2015
Saturday 7th February - Sunday 29th March daily 10.00am - 4.00pm.
Monday 30th March - Sunday 25th October daily 10.00am - 5.30pm.
Monday 26th October - Sunday 20th December daily 10.00am - 4.00pm.

Discount Voucher Accepted -
£1 Off Per Person (To a maximum of 6 people). Valid 1/4/2015 to 31/10/2015. Not applicable with any other offer or special events.
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Forde Abbey and Gardens

4 miles south east of Chard, 7 miles west
of Crewkerne. TA24 4LU
01460 221290

Forde Abbey and GardensEnjoy Forde Abbey, a beautiful 850 year old former Cistercian monastery, now a welcoming family home surrounded by 30 acres of award-winning gardens including a working kitchen garden and the highest powered fountain in England. Delicious homemade lunches and cakes available, with gift shop, plant centre, pottery exhibition and children's garden trail. Free entry for under 15s.

OPEN: 2015
The Gardens. The Gardens are open every day throughout the year from 10am. Last admission is at 4.30pm and the gardens close at 6pm. The Fountain will come on daily at 1.30pm between November 2014 and February 2015, weather and maintenance permitting.
The House. The House is now closed for the season, but will re-open on Wednesday 1st April 2015, from when it will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12 noon to 4pm (last admission) until 30th October 2015.

Sunday 1st March - Plant & Gardening Fair. Over 30 stalls offering plants and horticultural sundries. Free admission to the Fair, open 10am – 4pm. Tearoom, Plant Nursery and Shop open.
Sunday 1st to Monday 9th March - Crocus Week. The lawns will be covered with glowing crocus and daffodils. Reduced winter-rate garden admission. Tearoom, Plant Nursery and Shop open.

Go Ape! Live Life Adventurously!

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Moors Valley Country Park, Horton Road,
Nr Ringwood. BH24 2ET.
0845 643 9248

Go Ape! Live Life Adventurously!UK's No.1 Forest Adventure
at Moors Valley, Dorset.

Best Tourism Attraction Experience 2012 at Bournemouth Tourism Awards.

Set in a Great Park with Adventures for Everyone.

Our 'classic' Tree Top Adventure - We'll brief you for safety before you fly down our zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery.
And you can get off road and enjoy our epic forest adventure with Go Ape Forest Segway - an awesome segway experience in Dorset with a down to earth twist.
Then there's our Go Ape Tree Top Junior adventure for Junior Tarzans. Up to an hour of exploring the tree tops for all to enjoy.

OPEN: 2015
All year-round but opening times vary – find out more and book at goape.co.uk/days-out/moors-valley or call 0845 643 9248.
The Tree Top Junior course will be staying open all year, whereas Tree Top Adventure and Segways will be open February-November.

Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park

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1 Child Free with 2 FULL paying adults. Valid 2015 season. Not applicable with any other offer or special events.
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Kingston Maurward is signposted from the roundabout at the Eastern end of the
Dorchester bypass. DT2 8PY.
01305 215003

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal ParkKingston Maurward Gardens are laid out in the Jardin Anglais style popularised by Capability Brown in the 18th Century. These comprise a matrix of themed small gardens, lakeside walks and a delightful walled garden. Picnic by the lake or try the delicious menu at our Coach House Café. Plus have fun at the Animal park, feeding our farmyard friends - cows, pigs, chickens, ducks and more - the perfect day out for all the family! For further details contact Kingston Maurward 01305 215003.

OPEN: 2015
5th January 2015 to December 2015. 10.00am until 5.30pm (except Christmas period) or dusk if earlier.

7th - 8th March - Lambing Weekend
3rd - 6th April - Easter Egg Hunt
10th May - Animal Festival
9th August - Family Fun Day
29th September - Apple and Garden Day

Discount Voucher Accepted -
£1.00 Off Admission Price. Valid 2015 season. Not applicable with any other offer or special events.
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Lulworth Castle Park

5 miles south-west of Wareham. Follow brown signs from A352. BH20 5QS.
0845 4501054

Lulworth Castle ParkClose to the famous Lulworth Cove on the World Heritage Coast, Lulworth Castle is a 'must do' during your visit to Dorset. Walk in the footsteps of Kings and Queens, climb the tower and marvel at the spectacular views and glorious grounds of this ancient hunting lodge. Take in the peace and tranquillity of the historically important 18c Roman Catholic Chapel of St. Mary. Picnic in the grounds, enjoy woodland walks and savour the atmosphere of this special place. Pay and display parking. Admission charge applies to Castle and Chapel. Visit our website for details.

OPEN: 2015
March to October- 10.30am - 5.00pm. November to March 10.30am - 4.00pm. Typically Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays). Please check website for exceptions. Last admission 1 hour before closing.

22nd February - Wedding Fair - A must for all brides to be - an open day at this exclusive wedding venue crammed full with wedding suppliers. It's here you'll find ideas for themes, jewellery, services, wedding dresses and outfits, entertainment, catering, stationery - and everything else your wedding needs.

Discount Voucher Accepted -
Discount: £2 off a standard indivdual ticket. Not applicable with any other offer or voucher. Valid 14/02/2015 to 01/11/15.
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Pirate Adventure Mini Golf

Pirate Adventure Mini Golf - Weymouth. DT4 7SX.
01305 781797

Ahoy there me hearties! Are ye ready for a game of golf like no other? Pirate Adventure Mini Golf it is! It's a swashbuckling game for the whole family, from lads and lassies to experienced seadogs! There be a new challenge at every hole. Navigate yer very own Jolly Roger round galleons, treasure chests and gunpowder barrels.

OPEN: 2015
Daily from February Half Term, please check website for times and details.

Portland Castle - English Heritage

Discount Voucher Accepted -
Discount: Two for one on admission with a full paying visitor. Not applicable with any other offer or on event days. Valid 28/3/2015 to 1/11/2015.
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Liberty Road, Castletown, Dorset. DT5 1AZ.
01305 820539

Portland Castle - English Heritage
Overlooking Portland harbour, just 4 miles from Weymouth stands one of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts and a 'must' visit whatever the weather. Let the fascinating audio tour and informative displays take you through 450 years of history. Enjoy the dramatic sea views as you explore the garden then relax in our tearoom.

OPEN: 2015
Daily from 1st April to 30th September 10.00am-6.00pm.
1st October to 1st November 10.00am-5.00pm.
Closed 2nd November 2015 to 24th March 2016.
See website for full opening details.

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One child free with every paying adult. Valid to December 2015.
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Royal Signals Museum

DT11 8RH.
01258 482248

Royal Signals MuseumDiscover the rapidly evolving story of the British Army's dynamic cutting edge ... The Royal Signals.
From semaphore to high tech cyber space, and electronic warfare. A voyage of discovery through hands-on, family-friendly interactive displays: explore the history science and technology of communications from semaphore to satellites.
Prize Winning Discovery & Fun Trails for Toddlers & Children. Prizes for all Participants.

Adults MUST bring ID.

OPEN: 2015
Monday - Friday all year 10.00am - 5.00pm, last entry 4.00pm.
Open Weekends from 15th February - 27th October 10.00am - 4.00pm. Last entry 3.00pm.
Check website or ring for exceptions.

Sherborne Castle & Gardens

Discount Voucher Accepted -
Discount £1 per person on full price Castle and Gardens entry. Maximum 6 people. Valid 2015 season.

Sherborne, Dorset. DT9 5NR.
01935 812072 Ext 2

Sherborne Castle, Lake and GardensDiscover the historic Digby stately home built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and its great stories. See magnificent state rooms; Raleigh's kitchen, relics from the Civil War and a museum in the castle's cellars. Explore acres of impressive lakeside gardens and pleasure grounds in a stunning setting. Have fun with the children's quiz and garden trail.
Children U16 FREE.

OPEN: 2015
Castle, Gardens, Gift Shop & Tearoom 1st April - 31st October, Daily except Mondays & Fridays 11am to 5.00pm. Last admission 4.30pm. Castle interior & Shop 2pm on Saturday. Open Bank Holiday Mondays.

28th - 29th March - Spring Bulbs & Daffodils Weekend - Reduced admission to only £4.00 per adult for entry into the garden and grounds with children under 16 free. View spectacular spring colours in one of the finest 'Capability' Brown landscapes found anywhere. Explore the magnificent gardens and grounds surrounding the 50-acre lake before taking lunch or afternoon tea in the tea rooms. Please note the castle is closed this weekend.
2nd - 4th May - Craft and Garden Fair - Artists, woodworkers and jewellers. Children’s entertainment. Food and refreshments.
25th May - Sherborne Castle Country Fair, Retriever Event & Rare Breeds Show - The Sherborne Castle Country Fair presents a rich and fun programme of events, country activities, stands and entertainment including one of the largest Rare Breed Shows in the country.
7th June - Sponsored Dog Walk in aid of the Weldmar Hospicecare Trust - Dog walking starts at 10am.
13th June - Behind The Castle Music Festival - Behind the Castle is a spectacular one day music festival! Come and enjoy 3 great stages packed full of top class names and festival favourites.
21st June - Cancer Research UK 'Race for Life' 5k Ladies Charity Run -
19th July - Classics at the Castle - Vintage & classic car displays, classic car run, trade & craft stands, autojumble, children’s entertainments.
24th - 25th October - Autumn Colours Weekend - Reduced admission to only £4.00 per adult for entry into the gardens and grounds with children under 16 FREE. Take a leisurely stroll through acres of impressive gardens surrounding the lake to witness the spectacular colours of autumn.
7th November - Firework Extravaganza - Entertainments, music, food from 5.00pm; Bonfire 7pm, Fireworks 7.30pm.


Tower Park, Poole, Dorset. BH12 4NY.
01202 716123

Splashdown PooleExperience some of the UK's most exciting water flumes at the South's favourite waterpark. Complete with sun terraces and a newly refurbished café for 2015; whether it's thrilling tubes, tumbling twists, downpours & deluges or interactive waterplay in our under 8's splashzone & learner pool - from big kids to little ones - it's flumin' good fun for everyone!

OPEN: 2015
Hours of operation vary by season - please see website or call 01202 716000.

Swanage Railway

Swanage Railway Co. Ltd, Station House, Swanage, Dorset. BH19 1HB.
01929 425800

Swanage RailwayWhat better than a leisurely trip behind an historic steam engine through an area of outstanding natural beauty. The journey between Norden Park and Ride and Swanage takes you through the beautiful Purbeck countryside including stunning views of the ruins of Corfe Castle. Parking is available at Swanage and Norden Park & Ride.

OPEN: 2015
Run daily April to Oct. Open most weekends throughout the year daily April to October Check website for full opening details and timetables.

Events listing available soon 14th Februaury - Valentines Belle - Enjoy a romantic evening, travelling behind a histroric steam engine whilst dining in style.
21st Februaury to 14th March - Taster Experience - This is a chance to savour the thrill of driving and firing a steam locomotive with a short freight train, under the close supervision of a qualified Swanage Railway crew.
17th to 19th April - Spring Steam Gala - Join us for our Spring Steam Gala.
8th to 10th May - Diesel Gala - Special Fares apply for this 3 Day Event.
16th May - Class 52 Western, D1062 'Western Courier' Driving Experience - SOLD OUT.
11th to 13th September - Classic Transport Rally - Park easily at the 350 space park and ride just off the A351, sit back in heritage coaches and travel in style behind our steam locomotives.
16th to 18th October - Classic Steam Gala - More information to come.
5th to 24th December - Santa Specials - Meet Santa in Dorset at the Swanage Railway this Christmas!

The Blue Pool    1935-2015

Discount Voucher Accepted - 2 Adults for the price of 1 Admission. Valid from Mid March to end November 2015. Not applicable with any other offer.
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Signposted off the A351 south of Wareham.
BH20 5AR.
01929 551408

The Blue Pool and Wareham BearsThis Magical Pool surrounded by tranquil woods and heathland crisscrossed by sandy paths which lead up to views of the Purbeck Hills or down steps to the waters edge, let your imagination take you to many mysterious places. The Teahouse will then welcome you with a delicious luncheon or a cream tea with homemade scones. Don't forget to visit the gift shop before entering the facinating world of the Wareham Bears.

OPEN: 2015
Grounds open daily March to November. Tea House, Shops and Wareham Bears open Easter to October. Closing times vary. Dogs on leads are welcome.

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Tank Museum

Bovington, Wool, Dorset. BH20 6JG.
01929 405096

Tank MuseumThe Tank Museum brings history to life with the world's best collection of tanks and action packed live displays during school holidays. See almost 300 vehicles as you explore five powerful exhibitions, including; "The Tank Story", "Battlegroup Afganistan", "The Discovery Centre", "The Trench Experience" and "Warhorse to Horsepower".

Gift Aid It! - Free annual pass included in your entry fee. T&C's apply - see our website.
Registered Charity No. 1102661

OPEN: 2015
7 days a week, 10.00am - 5.00pm. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day.

31st January - An Events Evening with Murray Walker - Magical Monaco - Murray recalls some of the most exciting times from his 60 years behind the microphone SOLD OUT
14th - 22nd February - February Half Term - Find out More - Camouflage.
2nd May - Tiger Day - See Tiger 131 in action on this day dedicated to our most famous tank!

Discount Voucher Accepted - Save up to £4 (50p per person, max 8) off full admission. Not applicable with any other offer/discount. Valid until 28/2/2016.
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The Tutankhamun Exhibition

 High West Street, in the centre of Dorchester.
 DT1 1UW.
01305 269571

The Tutankhamun ExhibitionBe there at the world's greatest discovery of ancient treasure and experience its wonder and excitement. Tutankhamun's tomb, treasures and mummy are superbly recreated in this stunning exhibition. An experience spanning time itself. Frequently featured on television, it is not to be missed.

OPEN: 2015
Open all year, daily, 10.00am-5.00pm (April-September), 10.00am-4.00pm (October-March). Closed 13-26 December.

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Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park & Tower

Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX.
01305 788255. Info & Bookings: 0871 423 2110*

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure ParkDiscover over 1,000 amazing creatures including penguins, sharks and seals! Journey down Crocodile Creek log flume and climb aboard the rides in Adventure Island. Also includes the Weymouth Tower where you can take in unrivalled views of the Jurassic Coast. Book online to save up to 30% at www.sealifeweymouth.com

OPEN: 2015
Every day except Christmas Day.

* Calls cost 10p/min+network extras.

14th - 22nd February 2015 - Underwater explorers Academy - Discover mysteries of the deep during our Underwater Explorers event this February Half Term!
28th March - 12th April 2015 - Under the sea adventure - Dive into an underwater adventure this Easter for lots of splashy fun. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
15th - 31st May 2015 - Jawsome Sharks BRP Roadshow - In this event find out about the plight of Jawsome Sharks in the wild and what you can do to help their conservation.
23rd - 25th May 2015 - Hawk Experience - Join us for a weekend of incredible action with Toby Puddle from South Wilts Falconry.
18th July - 4th September 2015 - Everything is Awesome Summer Event - Full details coming soon….
5th - 20th September 2015 - Meet the Octonauts - Meet the Octonauts Crew and take part in a brand new mission.
3rd - 18th October 2015 - Totally Awesome Turtles - Learn how you can help turtles in the wild by signing up to our conservation.
24th October - 1st November Face Your Fears featuring Bug Fest - Back by popular demand this October Half Term! The Wild and Deadly Show challenges you to face your fears and learn about how amazing bugs are.
5th - 24th December Meet Father Christmas at Sea Life - Be guided through the festive forest by a jolly Elf to meet Father Christmas in his enchanting Christmas Cabin.

Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA.
01202 883402

Kingston LacyElegant country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland. Explore Kingston Lacy, a lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. There's plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs and even strange curiosities such as an 'I owe you' note from a king.

OPEN: 2015
Open all year except 24, 25 & 26 December. House (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays) 11.00am-5.00pm, Garden and Park 10.30am-6.00pm, Restaurant and Shop 10.30am-5.30pm.

Events listing available soon

Brownsea Island

Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset BH13 7EE.
01202 707744

Brownsea IslandFamous for our red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting. Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a unique haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers.

There is plenty to do with special trails and the public bird hide. Families can make the most of our tracker pack challenge, children’s trails, tree climbing and our brand new natural play area.

OPEN: 2015
Open all year. Boats from Sandbanks Jetty 10.00am-5.00pm. Boats from Poole Quay 10.00am-5.00pm.
Group bookings - Open all day.

Studland Beach

Studland, near Swanage, Dorset.
01929 450500

Studland BeachA glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. Ideal for water sports and includes the most popular naturist beach in Britain. The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native wildlife and features all six British reptiles.

OPEN: 2015
Open all year. Café and Shop 9.30am-5.00pm.

Corfe Castle

The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5EZ.
01929 481294

Corfe CastleThousand-year-old royal castle shaped by warfare. Enjoy one of Britain's most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War, partially demolished in 1646 by the Parliamentarians. A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can't fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck.

OPEN: 2015
Open all year. Castle 10.00am-6.00pm, Shop, Tea-room and Visitor Centre 10.00am-5.30pm.

14th - 22nd February - Half Term at Corfe Castle - Back for half term by popular demand, bring along your own brave teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge, 10.30am to 3.00pm.
14th February - Valentine's Day at Corfe Castle - Explore the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle on Valentine's Day then enjoy a delicious Valentine's Day Tea.
15th March - Mother's Day at Corfe Castle - Treat your mum to a day out at Corfe Castle, where you will also discover the story of Lady Bankes, the last resident of the castle and mother of 14 children.
3rd - 6th April - Cadbury Easter Egg Trails - It will be fun for the whole family as you take part in the Easter Egg Trail around Corfe Castle.
7th - 12th April - Medieval Archery: The Grand Muster - The Wolfshead Bowmen come to Corfe Castle and bring the past to life. A medieval encampment, demonstrations of combat, skilled archery displays, talks on the longbow and have-a-go sessions.

Clouds Hill

King George V Road, Bovington, near Wareham, Dorset BH20 7NQ.
01929 405616

Clouds HillThe rural retreat of T. E. Lawrence. This tiny isolated brick and tile cottage in the heart of Dorset was the peaceful retreat of T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). The rooms are much as he left them and reflect his complex personality and close links with the Middle East, as detailed in a fascinating exhibition.

OPEN: 2015
11th March - 1st November. Wednesday to Sunday. 11.00am-5.00pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays. Last entry 4.30pm.

Max Gate

Alington Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2AB.
01305 262538

Max GateMax Gate, an austere but sophisticated town house a short walk from the town centre of Dorchester, was the home of Dorset's most famous author and poet Thomas Hardy. Hardy, who designed the house in 1885, wanted to show that he was part of the wealthy middle classes of the area, to reflect his position as a successful writer, and to enable him to enter polite society.

OPEN: 2015
11th March - 1st November. Wednesday to Sunday. 11.00am-5.00pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays.

Hardy's Cottage

Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8QJ.
01305 262366

Hardy's Cottage Evocative cob and thatch cottage - birthplace of Thomas Hardy. Few authors have such strong associations with the natural and cultural heritage of their local area as Thomas Hardy. This cottage, where Hardy was born in 1840, was built of cob and thatch by his grandfather and has been little altered since the family left.

OPEN: 2015
11th March - 1st November. Wednesday to Sunday. 11.00am-5.00pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays.

Discount Voucher Accepted -
Children FREE - with fee paying adults.
Not applicable with any other offer or voucher. Valid from 1/4/15 to 20/7/15.
Click the discount button to print vouchers.

Nothe Fort

Located at the end of the Nothe Peninsula on the opposite side of the harbour to the main beach. DT4 8UF.
01305 766626

Lulworth Castle ParkAward winning visitor attraction offering low cost entry and great value come rain or shine. Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, Nothe Fort is one of the best preserved forts of its kind. Explore the many displays, exhibits and audio visual facilities located on the ramparts, gun decks and maze of underground passageways. Fort View Café & Gift Shop available.

OPEN: 2015
Daily from Apr - Sept 10.30am to 5.30pm. Please check website for times and details for rest of year.

2nd and 4th Sunday of the month up to and including 13th December - Nothe Fort Artillery Display Team - The Fort's Artillery Volunteers show off their musketry and cannon handling skills with several big bangs.
18th and 20th February - Hands on History - This is a chance for all the family to experience an old 1940s school room supervised by a very strict headmaster complete with cane, Air raid shelter drill, Weymouth at War, World War II shop and rationing plus Mrs Mop doing the washing at home.
5th April - Pirates & Princess Day - For all the family. • Pirate Ghost Walk • Treasure Hunt • Crafts • Fancy Dress Competition • Pirates of the Caribbean Bouncy Castle • Face Painting • Cannon Firing and lots more.
2nd to 17th May - Artwey Exhibition - A number of Weymouth and Portland’s artists are currently engaged in preparation for this important exhibition, which will focus on the theme of conflict.
30th May - The Fab Beatles - Formed in 1991, The Fab Beatles have risen through sheer hard work & dedication to be one of the most sought-after Beatles tribute bands in the world today.
12th June - Matchstick Fleet - Come and be amazed at the detail and accuracy of the scaled matchstick replicas of modern warships on display.
27th June - Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer - Nothe Fort is proud to be working in partnership with the Wessex Actors Company who will be performing for the Third time at this fantastic venue.
22nd & 23rd August - Victorian Weekend - A colourful event involving re-enactors from the Nothe Fort Artillery Volunteers with Bugles, Drums and Cannons.
7th to 31st August - Matchstick Fleet returns - The whole of our exhibition area is filled with these exquisite models that have taken one man a lifetime to build.
28th October - Bedlam & Broomsticks - Come and enjoy Halloween Activities at The Nothe fort Ghosts, Ghosts, Ghosts...
30th & 31st October - Halloween Dinners - This will be admission by ticket only and limited places will be available. More Details will follow shortly.
6th December - Christmas Fayre - Come and get into the true spirit of a Victorian Christmas. Santa Grotto, Children's crafts, seasonal food and craft stalls, treasure hunt, face painting.
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