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.

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

Chisel Barn Foxditch in Hanford, Dorset, South West England

Chisel Barn Foxditch, Hanford

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Chisel Barn Foxditch in South West England has a 5 star rating and can sleep up to 4. This 2 bedroom luxury Cottage is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Chisel Barn Foxditch does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. It is listed as wheelchair accessible but please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Chisel Barn Foxditch start from £292 3 night stay from but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Chisel Barn Foxditch customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Chisel Barn Foxditch

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966


Sleeps 4 Disabled/Wheelchair Access Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Luxury self catering Chisel Barn Foxditch Customer Feedback and Reviews

105 Ocean Views in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

105 Ocean Views, Weymouth

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105 Ocean Views in South West England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 4. This 2 bedroom luxury Apartment is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break and features include: Swimming Pool . It also has Internet access. Prices at 105 Ocean Views start from £335 3 night stay from but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about 105 Ocean Views

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966


Sleeps 4 Indoor pool Internet WIFI available Luxury self catering

Stones Throw in Portland, Dorset, South West England

Stones Throw, Portland

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Stones Throw in South West England has a 4 star rating and can sleep up to 4. This 2 bedroom luxury House is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Garden . It also has Internet access. Stones Throw is close to the beach. Stones Throw does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Stones Throw start from £248 3 night stay from but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. See selected Stones Throw customer reviews/feedback by clicking More Info button. ... more about Stones Throw

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966


Sleeps 4 Close to the Beach Pet friendly Garden Internet WIFI available Luxury self catering Stones Throw Customer Feedback and Reviews

Canford Premier Lodge in Wimborne, Dorset, South West England

Canford Premier Lodge, Wimborne

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Canford Premier Lodge self catering accommodation in Wimborne, Dorset sleeps 4. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Swimming Pool Hot Tub . Canford Premier Lodge does allow pet dogs although this may be limited, so please check direct prior to booking. Prices at Canford Premier Lodge start from £348 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Canford Premier Lodge

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Indoor pool Pet friendly Hot tub

SeaCrest in Christchurch, Dorset, South West England

SeaCrest, Christchurch

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SeaCrest self catering accommodation in Christchurch, Dorset sleeps 8. This 4 bedroom House is ideal as a holiday base or for a fun short break . It also has Internet access. Prices at SeaCrest start from £1396 7 night stay from but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about SeaCrest

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966


Sleeps 8 Internet WIFI available

Ash Gold Lodge at Osmington Holiday Park in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

Ash Gold Lodge at Osmington Holiday Park, Weymouth

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Ash Gold Lodge at Osmington Holiday Park self catering accommodation in Weymouth, Dorset sleeps 6. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Swimming Pool . Ash Gold Lodge at Osmington Holiday Park is close to the beach. Activities close by include horse riding fishing . Prices at Ash Gold Lodge at Osmington Holiday Park start from £455 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Ash Gold Lodge at Osmington Holiday Park

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 6 Indoor pool Close to the Beach Fishing close by

Sandhills Platinum Lodge 2 at Sandhills Holiday Park in Christchurch, Dorset, South West England

Sandhills Platinum Lodge 2 at Sandhills Holiday Park, Christchurch

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Sandhills Platinum Lodge 2 at Sandhills Holiday Park self catering accommodation in Christchurch, Dorset sleeps 4. This Lodge is a perfect base for your holidays and features include: Swimming Pool . Prices at Sandhills Platinum Lodge 2 at Sandhills Holiday Park start from £547 for a weeks stay but this will depend upon length of stay and time of year. ... more about Sandhills Platinum Lodge 2 at Sandhills Holiday Park

Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152


Sleeps 4 Indoor pool

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

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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