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Local things to do with the kids this summer holiday


There is so much to do with children in the local area. Below we've put together our top tips for you to do with your little ones in Corfe Castle and surrounding areas in Dorset.

  1. Tyneham & Worbarrow Bay. Often referred to as Dorset’s ‘lost’ village, only the memories of who used to live here now remain.The village was evacuated in December 1943 during WWII and has been deserted ever since. Explore the deserted village and find out what life was like. A 1 mile walk from the village leads to Worbarrow Bay – part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

  2. Dorset Adventure Park, Corfe Castle If you’re looking for an exciting and memorable experience, Dorset Adventure Park is the perfect destination for you! With its vast 18 acres of picturesque woodland, the park offers a wide range of fun and challenging activities that will appeal to all ages and interests.

  3. Ringstead Beach, near Weymouth. Spend a day on this quiet stretch of the West Dorset coast where you can take a walk across the cliff tops above Ringstead, bring a kite, or pack a picnic and follow one of the steep ancient tracks down to the shingle beach. The water is incredibly clear and safe for bathing. There are great rock pools at low tide.

  4. Wareham Boat Hire offer a one hour boat trip leaving five times a day from Wareham Quay. The river cruise takes you down the River Frome towards Poole Harbour with full commentary.

  5. Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills.Thriving 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.Free trails help you explore the island and with the new natural play area and fantastic picnic spots, there's an adventure waiting for the whole family.

  6. Corfe Castle 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, all ages are captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck. Discover 1,000 years of our history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner.Spot the 'murder holes' and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife that has set up home here.

  7. Knoll Beach is sandy and shallow for quite a long way out making it a safe and popular choice with families. The National Trust try to leave the beach as natural as possible and sometimes this can result in seaweed washed up on the beach. It gets cleared away from time to time when it starts to smell.

  8. Corfe Castle Model Village Opened to the public in 1966, Corfe Castle Model Village depicts the castle and village as it was in 1646. You can compare the real castle with the model castle from our garden; this gives a fantastic idea of how it used to look prior to its destruction by Oliver Cromwell’s troops during the English Civil War, when it was home to Lady Bankes.

  9. Putlake Farm Children aged under 10 years will love Putlake Adventure Farm. It is a real working farm, with animals, tractor rides, outdoor play equipment, pedal Go-Karts, picnic areas, trampolines, birds, a pet centre, tearooms and much more. It has a broad range of animals, large and small, which can be bottle fed and even held in your own hands. Come along and run around in scenic views while cows moo and alpacas graze.

  10. The Tank Museum the world's finest collection of tanks and Dorset's best family day out! Home of TANKFEST and Tiger 131.

  11. The Blue Pool Nature Reserve & Tearooms and the colour phenomenon of its waters (caused by light diffracting from minuscule particles of clay suspended in its still depths) is steeped in history and is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  12. Swanage Railway Located in the Isle of Purbeck, the rebuilt Swanage Railway is the perfect place to enjoy a great family day out on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Whether your camping locally or staying with us we're more than happy to help with tips so you get the most out of your break in Corfe Castle.

We've got a new summer kids menu which is full of delicious fodder for little folk.. Bookings are advisable 01929 288188

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