Family Fun in Dorset

Family friendly self catering cottages and apartments

Rural Dorset has a wonderful variety of activities and places to visit, no matter hold old or how young you are, so here are a few suggestions to help keep your days fun packed.

Moors Valley Country Park. One of our personal favourites with so much to do. Enjoy some outdoor fun with miles of forest walks, bikes for hire, Play and Tree Top Trails to tackle, train rides and Go Ape experience. While it is the perfect location for a family picnic there is also a restaurant and country shop so you can easily spend all day there.

Wimborne Model Town. A miniature version of what Wimborne town looked 50 years ago. There are also fun quizzes for the kids that keeps them searching the tiny houses for hours!

Adventure Wonderland. Dorset's top theme park with lots of rides, shows and attractions to keep the family entertained.

Farmer Palmers. Fun for all the family with tractors, play areas and animals galore.

Dorset Heavy Horse and Farm Park. Wagon, tractor and trailer rides, hands on with animals and lots more.

Compton Abbas Airfield. Witness the exciting atmosphere as you watch planes, helicopters take off and land or wonder at the aerobatic displays (selected dates).

The Priests House Museum and Garden. 'Cabinets of Curiosity' will intrigue young and old, as will the Victorian Kitchen and School room.

The Country Parks at Moors Valley and Avon Heath have lots of great activities running through much of the year from pond dipping to building ladybird boxes and building dens. Of course there is also plenty of off-road cycling from Broadstone to Poole on the Castleman Trailway or along the North Dorset Trailway at Blandford.

Family fun doesn't have to cost the earth, why not experience the exhilaration of kite flying with breathtaking views at Badbury Rings or Bulbarrow, Hambledon or Hods Hills or Fontmell Down?

There is so much to do, it's difficult to know where to start. But if you need some more ideas check out our Dorset attractions guide.

 

Selected Family Favourite Dorset Cottages

Below is a selection of family friendly self catering cottages, apartments and lodges close to all the best and exciting attractions in Dorset.

Odd Nod Cottage in Coombe Keynes, Dorset, South West England

Odd Nod Cottage, Coombe Keynes

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Odd Nod Cottage self catering accommodation in Coombe Keynes, Dorset sleeps 5. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Odd Nod Cottage is close to the beach. Activities close by include golf fishing . Prices at Odd Nod Cottage start from £530 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Odd Nod Cottage


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Fishing close by Golf close by Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Blagdon Lower Barn in Martinstown, Dorset, South West England

Blagdon Lower Barn, Martinstown

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Blagdon Lower Barn self catering accommodation in Martinstown, Dorset sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . Blagdon Lower Barn does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Blagdon Lower Barn start from £658 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Blagdon Lower Barn


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly Garden Ideal for a romantic break Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Peppard in Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset, South West England

Peppard, Sydling St Nicholas

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Peppard self catering accommodation in Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Activities close by include golf . Prices at Peppard start from £483 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Peppard


Sleeps 6 Golf close by Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner

Veronica Cottage in Anvil Point Lighthouse, Dorset, South West England

Veronica Cottage, Anvil Point Lighthouse

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Veronica Cottage self catering accommodation in Anvil Point Lighthouse, Dorset sleeps 6. This 4 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays . Veronica Cottage is close to the beach. Prices at Veronica Cottage start from £386 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Veronica Cottage


Sleeps 6 Close to the Beach Ideal for a romantic break

Rampisham Hill Farm Barn in Hooke, Dorset, South West England

Rampisham Hill Farm Barn, Hooke

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Rampisham Hill Farm Barn self catering accommodation in Hooke, Dorset sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Rampisham Hill Farm Barn is close to the beach. Activities close by include fishing . Prices at Rampisham Hill Farm Barn start from £443 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Rampisham Hill Farm Barn


Sleeps 6 Close to the Beach Fishing close by Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Magna Cottage in Ashmore, Dorset, South West England

Magna Cottage, Ashmore

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Magna Cottage self catering accommodation in Ashmore, Dorset sleeps 8. This 4 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Magna Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Magna Cottage start from £483 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Magna Cottage


Sleeps 8 Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner Easy walking close by

Rowena Cottage in Anvil Point Lighthouse, Dorset, South West England

Rowena Cottage, Anvil Point Lighthouse

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Rowena Cottage self catering accommodation in Anvil Point Lighthouse, Dorset sleeps 5. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays . Rowena Cottage is close to the beach. Rowena Cottage does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Rowena Cottage start from £411 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Rowena Cottage


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Pet friendly Ideal for a romantic break

Rose Cottage in Powerstock, Dorset, South West England

Rose Cottage, Powerstock

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Rose Cottage self catering accommodation in Powerstock, Dorset sleeps 5. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. Rose Cottage is close to the beach. Prices at Rose Cottage start from £483 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Rose Cottage


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner

The Old School in South Perrott, Dorset, South West England

The Old School, South Perrott

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The Old School self catering accommodation in South Perrott, Dorset sleeps 6. This 3 bedroom Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden Open Fire/woodburner . It also has Internet access. The Old School does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at The Old School start from £483 for a short break but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about The Old School


Sleeps 6 Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Open fire or wood burner

Larch Barn in North Perrott, Dorset, South West England

Larch Barn, North Perrott

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Larch Barn self catering accommodation in North Perrott, Dorset sleeps 4. This Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . Larch Barn is close to the beach. Activities close by include golf . Prices at Larch Barn start from £303 but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Larch Barn


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Golf close by Garden Ideal for a romantic break Easy walking close by

 

 

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