The Great Dorset Steam Rally covers over 600 acres and is one of Europe's largest outdoor events.
The Dorset Steam Fair offers a unique blend of nostalgia and entertainment. The show has a
special festival atmosphere that you can enjoy as a day visitor or camping
on site for 5 days. There is something for everyone at the show and visitors arrive from all over the world.
Things to do in Dorset
WaterPark is a great day out with something
for everyone. They have lots of different rides
and slides with exciting waterflumes such as the
Screamer with its sheer vertical drop, Black Thunder
where you plunge into darkness or become a human
pin-ball on Spacebowl. For those who prefer it
a little more relaxing there is the Mississippi
Drifter lazy river. Young children have special
play areas and toddler pools. Unlike some waterparks
this one is open all year as they have indoor
rides in the winter.
Snotrax Ski Centre - Christchurch
Ski Centre has professional instructors
to help with taster lessons through to advanced
coaching. You can learn to ski or snowboard or
just try riding the Ski Bobs or spinning down
the slopes in a Ringo. Your day wont be complete
without a visit to the Alpine Adventure Park,
full of trampolines, swings & a huge fort.
Oceanarium - Bournemouth
Bournemouth has a number of different environments
to showcase fish and creatures from different
parts of the world. The Oceanarium has a shark
tunnel plus other tanks with large viewing windows.
is a chimpanzee rescue and Rehabilitation
centre., based in Wareham, for the Rescue of primates.
The keepers have regular talks that are very informatitive
and inspiring, they are also approachable and
willing to answer questions.The whole experience
was very thought provoking and valuable. Well
Over half of Dorset is designated an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty and houses 10 nature reserves plus
200 confirmed sites of natural interest. Three
Quarters of the coastline is recognised as being
of outstanding natural beauty. Here are a few
New Forest National Park is an area of
220 square miles that contains villages and businesses
as well as beautiful countryside. Many people
expect to visit a huge forest but this is a living
and working landscape with a population of approximately
35,000. The area is rich in wildlife and many
rare species are found here.
Boat & Train trips
Railway - is a 6-mile long heritage railway
that follows the route of the old Purbeck branch line from
Norden, via Corfe Castle, Harman's Cross and Herston
Halt to Swanage.
Line Cruises Bournemouth / Poole / Swanage.
Their vessels Jurassic Scene and Solent Scene
cruise along the coast passing Old Harry Rocks
and the cliffs of Ballard Down before crossing
Swanage Bay to Peveril Ledge. They then cruise
on past Durlston Head to meet the massive cliffs
of the Jurassic coast. From there they sail on
past the Tilly Whim Caves, the Ragged Rocks and
Blacklers Hole and on to Dancing Ledge.
Dorset Belles - Bournemouth Poole harbour
cruises and boat trips. Visit Brownsea Island, Old Harry rocks, Swanage, Bournemouth, Isle of Wight.
Things to do in Dorset with kids
Abbotsbury Swannery -
This is the only place in the world
where you are able to walk through
the heart of a colony of nesting Mute
Swans. If your family is looking for
unusual things you can help hand feed
600 swans at 12.00 noon and 4.00pm
daily. The centre also has Sub-tropical
gardens, a childrens farm and a giant
willow maze. Children can cuddle the
guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race
the tractors, play in the large undercover
play area and bottle feed the baby
goats. The baby goats also race around
a track twice a day.
Brownsea Island National Trust
Island National Trust
Island is located
in Poole Harbour,
with spectacular views
across to the Purbeck
Hills. Thriving natural
habitats - including
and a lagoon - create
a haven for wildlife.
NB/ The island is
closed for winter.
The Tank Museum
Tank Museum is the best collection
of tanks in the world with over 200
tanks on display. The tank museum
also has an outdoor arena and in April,
May, Summer, October School holidays
visitors can watch Tank Action displays.
The museum has a behind the scenes
tour and an experience day were you
learn to drive an FV432 Armoured Personnel
Carrier and sit in the commanders
seat and take charge of a 30 tonne
war machine as you thunder around
our tank arena.
Wonderland has over 30 family
rides and attractions. Some of the
popular favourites that can be found
here are: The Ghostly Galleon, Wild
Bills Runaway Train, Turbo Teacups
, Flying Elephants and lots more.
New attractions such as The Pollydrop
Ride are regularly added. Adventure
Wonderland also has a magnificent
beech hedge maze with over one and
half miles of pathways. The theme
park has a large indoor play centre
for rainy days that includes Python
Drop, Rollerball Alley and the spectacular
Montyzoomers Ball Firing Thunderdome!
Dinosaur Museum combines life-sized reconstructions
of dinosaurs with fossils and dinosaur skeletons
to create an exciting hands-on experience. Dorset
is well known as the Fossil country and many visitors
come to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage
Site or visit Dinosaur themed exhibitions such
as this in Dorchester.