Famous for 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, heathlandand 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. The Outdoor centre invites you to follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. Groups of Scouts and Guides can camp here during the summer. The perfect day's adventure - this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore.
Bournemouth Oceanarium Oceanarium, Pier Approach, West Beach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA, Contact Details:- 01202 311 993 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Explore the secrets of the ocean in an adventure that will take you to some of the world's most amazing waters. The Oceanarium Bournemouth brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe - more than just an aquarium, a vibrant experience through the oasis of water. The Oceanarium is a fully interactive experience with touch screen games, feeding demonstrations and talks, plasma screen documentaries, walk-through underwater tunnel and exhibits to help you discover more about this fascinating underwater world
Dorset’s number one family theme park. Fun whatever the weather, combining the outside park and rides with the indoor adventure play centre, Wildthing! With over 27 rides and attractions there’s even more to enjoy this year.
Opening Times: Adventure Wonderland, including Wild Thing, open daily 15 March – 7 September. Then every weekend up to 19 October and half term week. Wild Thing open all year round as a separate attraction (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day) but as an inclusive part of Adventure Wonderland during the season (dates above).
Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park Website: www.farmerpalmers.co.uk ORGANFORD, POOLE, DORSET, BH16 6EU. Tel: 01202 622022 Voted Bournemouth’s Best Tourism Attraction Experience 2007 & given Outstanding Customer Service Award 2007. For children 8 years & under. Must-visit attraction for a fun filled day, whatever the weather.
Opening Times: Sat 9 February – Sat 15 March, Daily 10am – 4pm Sun 16 March – Sat 25 October, Daily 10am – 5.30pm
Moors Valley Country Park Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood, BH24 2ET, it is signposted from the Ashley Heath roundabout at the junction of the A31 and A338. Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is open everyday of the year except Christmas Day, from 8.00am to dusk (8.00pm latest) The Visitor Centre, including the Rangers Office, Seasons Restaurant and Cycle Hire Centre, are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day* (5pm in summer). The Go Ape! High Wire Forest Adventure is open 12th to 20th February inclusive (half term), 18th March to 30th October inclusive, November weekends only, December and January closed. For Further information please see the website or call 0870 444 5562. The Moors Valley Railway is open everyday from Spring Bank Holiday week at the end of May through to early September, during Dorset School Holidays and on weekends throughout the year. 10.45am to 4.30pm (5pm in Summer).
There are no admission charges, so if you walk or cycle to Moors Valley it’s free, however parking charges do apply. These vary depending on the time of year; the maximum charge for 2008 is £8.00 per car per day. To find the parking charge on the day you wish to visit, please click here.
Other charges apply for the Railway, Golf and Cycle Hire, details are given under their sections on the things to do page.
Paultons Family Theme Park in Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest, offers a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price. The variety of things to see and do includes thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages in garden setting.
Home to many different species of British Wildlife, Otters, Badgers, Foxes and Deer to name just a few. Set in 25 acres of woodland – make a day of it. Visit our website to find out what’s new for 2008! Opening Times: 10am – 5pm Everyday except 25 & 26 December, Open weekends only in January. Admission Prices: Adult £7.50, Child (2-15) £5.50, OAP £6.95, Family ticket, £20.50 (2 Adults and 2 Children or 1 Adult and 3 children)
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park EDMONDSHAM ROAD, VERWOOD, DORSET BH21 5RJ, Tel: 01202 820346 / 824040 Website: www.dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk
This great value and entertaining day out suits every age group. Entry includes free wagon / tractor and trainer rides / vintage tractor driving and miniature pony and cart rides. You will be intrigued by the interesting daily shows. Full programme of ‘hands-on’ activities with the friendly farm animals. Children’s play areas for all ages, gift shop / pet shop and café.
Opening Times: 20 March – 2 November (10am-5pm) Winter November & December Weekends (10am-5pm). Closed heavy horse wagon rides, tractor & trailer rides, vintage tractor driving & miniature pony & cart rides.
Reptile Centre Crow Lane, Ringwood, Hants, BH24 3EA elephone: +44 (0)1425 476487 http://www.libertyscentre.co.uk/location.html Open Daily from March to October 10.00am to 5.00pm (last admissions 4.00pm) Weekends Only from November to February 10.00am to 4.00pm (last adm 3.00pm) School Half Terms Open Daily 10.00am to 5.00pm (last adm 4.00pm) Closed for Christmas and New Yea please telephone 01425 476487 for details.
Corfe Castle Model Village CORFE CASTLE MODEL VILLAGE, THE SQUARE, CORFE CASTLE, DORSET BH20 5EZ Website: www.corfecastlemodelvillage.co.uk Tel: 01929 481234
Be a Giant – the Castle and Village recreated to 1/20th scale in landscaped gardens. Lots to see and do; giant games, enchanted fairy garden, croquet and working stocks and pillories. 17th Century courtyard tea room and gift shop. Opening Times: Open Easter to October 6 Days a week (Closed Fridays), During school Holidays open 7 days a week. November to March open weekends only. Admission Prices Adult £3.25, OAP/Concession £2.50, Child £2.00 (under 5s Free) Family £9.25.
Wimborne Model Town Website: www.wimborne-modeltown.com 16 KING STREET, WIMBORNE MINISTER, DORSET BH21 1DY. TEL: 01202 881924
A truly amazing miniature world. Step back in time and explore the hundreds of models and shops set in the 1950s. New this season – ‘The World of Thomas’. Opening Times: 14 March – 2 November, 10am – 5pm everyday Admission Prices: Adult £4, Seniors £3.50, Child £3.00 (under 3s free)
Regent Centre 51 HIGH STREET, CHRISTCHURCH, DORSET. BH23 1AS TEL: 01202 499148 (Box Office) Website: www.regentcentre.co.uk
The Regent Centre is the cinema, theatre and concert hall serving Christchurch, East Dorset and the New Forest. Built in 1931 the Regent Centre has been lovingly restored in Art Deco style. Its long spacious foyer boasts an art gallery, box office and coffee bar. Opening Times: Mon – Sat 10am – 6.30pm Film & Show Nights from 6.30pm
Activities and Leisure Centres
Snowtrax MATCHAMS LANE, HURN, CHRISTCHURCH, DORSET, BH23 6AW Website: www.snowtrax.eu TEL: 01202 499155 A dry ski slope suitable for Ringoing, Ski-bobbing, Skiing and Snowboarding. Also a fully equipped ski shop, a restaurant & licensed bar and an Alpine Adventure Park, close to Bournemouth Airport. Opening Times: Mon - Fri 10am – 10pm (Open every day except Christmas Day) Admission Prices: Admission is free – please visit website for activity prices.
Pelhams Leisure Centre About a half hour's walk from Dudsbury along the picturesque river Stour. website: www.bhliveactive.org.uk/pelhams
Splashdown The South’s ultimate waterpark. Some of the UK’s most exciting waterflumes. Great fun for the whole family whatever the weather. Opening Times: Open Daily from 20 March – October, Dorset School Holidays and Fridays, Saturdays & Sunday all year round (minor exceptions). Please see website as opening times vary. TOWER PARK, POOLE, DORSET BH12 4NY. Website: www.splashdownpoole.com Tel: 01202 716000 (Auto hotline) or 01202 716123 (Direct reception)
Tower Park Admission Prices: Various YARROW ROAD, POOLE, DORSET, BH12 4NY Website: www.towerparkcentre.co.uk Tel: 01202 723671
The South Coast’s Premier Entertainment Destination. The all weather facility includes Splashdown, Bowlplex, Empire Cinemas, Gala, LA Fitness and a plaza of restaurants – Pizza Hut, Flame Oriental, Nandos, KFC, TGI Fridays, Chiquitos and Burger King. Opening Times: Every day excluding Christmas Day. Please call for details.
Conveniently located in the centre of Bournemouth Town Centre, the ceramics café offers a wide selection of high quality ceramics just waiting to be hand-painted by you. Our ceramics café is the perfect place for friends to meet, for families to enjoy time together and for everyone to be creative.
Opening Times: Mon – Tues 9.30am - 6.00pm Wed – Fri 9.30am – 10.00pm Sat 9.30am – 6pm Sun 10.30am – 4.30pm Admission Prices: Adults £4.50, Children (3-16) £3.00, Seniors £3.50 Toddlers FREE when accompanied by a paying adult Picasso birthday party £10.00 per painter.
Littledown Centre The Centre is situated North East of Bournemouth Town Centre close to junction of Wessex Way A338 and Castle Lane (A3060). Telephone: 01202 417600
Situated on the shores of Christchurch Harbour, the centre runs outdoor pursuits and environmental activities for schools during the school day. It also runs courses for groups, organisations and the public. Courses include sailing, kayaking, canoeing, raft building, team building, powerboating, first aid, multi activity and action adventure days. The Centre also provides instructor courses in sailing and kayaking. There are also boredom buster and environmental courses for 7-9yr olds in the holidays The Centre is an RYA training centre, a BCU approved centre and is licensed with the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. also feature under
Watersports.Southbourne Canoe Club River Bank, Wick Lane, Christchurch, Dorset Tel: 01425 673991 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.users.zetnet.co.uk
This friendly club provides an all round canoeing / kayaking experience for novice & experts alike. The club is based at Christchurch rowing club on the quay. Qualified coaches in attendance at all times. Minimum age 8 years. Days/Times: The club meets every Thursday evening at 6.15p.m. during the season (Daylight permitting) Club trips are organised on a regular basis at weekends.
Stocks Farm Equestrian & Examination Centre Christchurch Road, W Parley, BH1 4SX Tl: 01202 570288 Pony trekking, riding instruction, liveries - all in a delightful area of sandy tracks through woodland and off road work. Days/Times: Open every day, except Christmas Day, 9am until dusk