Top family attractions in Dorset & Hampshire

Top family attractions in Dorset & Hampshire

efc94c66146e1b28a9bd53591164616e.jpgWhether you’re local or visiting the area, these are our top family attractions across Dorset and Hampshire that have re-opened for you to enjoy while taking all pre-cautions to keep you safe! 


Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre

Avon Tyrrell is an amazing outdoor activity centre, not only are their staff incredibly friendly and helpful but they have a fantastic range of activities such as stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, bike trails and holiday camps.  Speak to them if you have additional needs as they are incredibly committed to inclusivity. Stay in one of their lodges, on their campsite or just visit for your activity the choice is yours.

Golden Gecko Climbing Centre

Golden Gecko in Romsey will make you feel at home whether you’re an experienced climber or it’s your first time.  Their centre includes 10 auto belays which are suitable for just about anyone aged 5+, Challenge Wall and Climbing Tower for the more advanced.  The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and there’s plenty of free on site parking too.

Lower Gardens Mini Golf

You can find a classic holiday game of mini golf with plenty of twists, turns, fun and blagging rights in the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth and Boscombe Chine alongside Squirrel Café.


An amazingly fun and memorable trip at the South's favourite waterpark, Splashdown Poole awaits.  With exciting flume rides, tyre waterslide, Infinity bowl slide and so much more.  Close to the seaside resorts of Bournemouth and Poole and ideally placed 06f1b3e3244eca36cde4755a00380181.jpgwithin an easy driving distance of the Jurassic Coast, The New Forest and beautiful Dorset countryside and an easy day trip drive from London. It's an essential part of a family day out, short-break or holiday.

 Pier Zip

Pier Zip is the original pier to shore zip wire.  Climb the tower and enjoy the rush as you “zip surf” 250 metres across the waves below from Bournemouth Pier down to the beach.  Enjoy access to the pier too as pre-booking gives you free access to the Victorian pier.


This family friendly centre is full of exciting kids activities! Try riding the Ski Bobs or spinning down the slopes in a Ringo. Your day won’t be complete without a visit to the Alpine Adventure Park, full of trampolines, swings & a huge fort, it couldn’t be more fun!

For the time being, everyone attending a Ringo or Ski Bob Session will need to bring their own helmet. Cycling, kayaking and of course skiing or snowboarding helmets are acceptable.


New Forest Wildlife Park

Are you after fun, adventure, animals and the great outdoors all in one place then the New Forest Wildlife Park is the place for you?
Listen to chatter between the playful Otters and watch Asian Shortclaw cubs Dash and Daisy play together.
New to the park are Inga and Tora two young Northern Lynx, can you spot them? Leszek our impressive European bison now has two companions Pola and Iwona, learn all 870bb0fb6c3af4da565e63a9b9ce678d.jpgabout them at a Keeper Talk.
Visitors to the park can see harvest mice, polecats, pine martins, wolves, wallabies, bison, Scottish wildcats, wild boar, partridge, otters, owls and so much more. There are two fantastic adventure playgrounds, gift shop and the Forest Kitchen Café.

Liberty’s Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre

Liberty’s is a family run centre and charity in Ringwood with the areas largest collection of birds of prey, many of them rescued. Since re-opening families can enjoy seeing their scaly and feathered residents around the centre as well as watching some of the birds being exercised from 12noon – 3pm.

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

They’ve been delivering buckets full of family fun for ‘little farmers in training’ for over 20 years! You can meet friendly fluffy ponies, cute cheeky goat kids and gentle graceful deer.

There’s so much to do at Farmer Palmer’s, come rain or shine – you’ll have a farm-tastic time!

Online pre-booking is essential (morning or afternoon sessions available) and we suggest you bring your camera! Let them take care of the rest! There are entertaining and educational animal events throughout the day and the Hen House takeaway is perfect for a re-fuel!

Go along and make some magical memories to last a lifetime in the beautiful Dorset countryside.


Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

We love visiting Exbury as it’s an incredibly relaxing family day out exploring the paths and enjoying the sights and smells across their 200 acres. The 5ea9f0db279a4115d9b69f6c73826d9b.jpgreviews since their re-opening all seem to agree with us as families and couples post photos of their day.  With so much space, physical distancing is a lot easier as we start to venture out again plus Exbury have taken extra measures so that they can re-open their beautiful steam railway for all to enjoy (even dogs on leads are welcome!)

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