Family friendly things to do in Dorset

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Posted 28th July 2016 by Lewis Murray

At Protect Line our offices are based in Poole close to the heart of Bournemouth, and if we don’t say so ourselves, it’s a beautiful part of the country that we’re all very fortunate to live in. So we want to share a few of our favourite family friendly things to do here in Dorset that may entice you to jump on the first train down here!

  • There are 7 miles of sandy beach from Hengitsbury Head to Sandbanks and every spot in between. Each section with it’s own character, from the surfers paradise off Bournemouth Pier to glorious Fish & Chips at Durley Chine beach, you’ll find your sweet spot.
  • Bournemouth also is host to a large handful of restaurants we don’t think you should miss; firstly you need to head over to Turtle Bay, a quirky Caribbean it’s a refreshing way to spend a lunch time or evening. Another one of our favourites is Cosy Club, with a decadent interior, smashing cocktail menu and food menu to boot, as you walk around the town centre you’ll notice many independent and artisan places that are also worth checking out.
  • The Smallest Cinema, if you’re schedule won’t allow for a film (child friendly showings at the weekend), then you must have a snoop around the adorable UK’s smallest cinema as if time stood still in the 20’s it’s a vintage style treasure to be enjoyed. And while you’re in Westbourne, there are plenty of other food and drink establishments to be enjoyed by the whole family.
  • Now every seaside town has their pier and Bournemouth is no different, from arcade games to a zip wire there’s lots to be entertained by, as well as weekly firework displays during the height of summer.
  • Just off the pier you’ll find cafe’s and bars dotted around serving the best ice cream you’ll ever taste! But also the Aquarium, a fun place for a family to spend together.
  • If you’re into your light water sports, why not kayak from Poole Bay over to another National Trust Treasure that is Brownsea Island, famous for its Red Squirrels. There’s also an abundance of family oriented activities, a great piece of land to explore!
  • If the weather isn’t on your side during your visit then don’t panic, you could spend a whole day at Tower Park, Poole where there’s; a heap of restaurants, a HUGE indoor activity centre, swimming pool and cinema ALL in one place. If you’re also on the lookout for other soft play areas, check out local independent businesses such as The Ark and Lollipops both offering lovely home-made food and a place for you to take your toddler to waste a rainy afternoon.
  • Take a walk or cycle along Sandbanks and hop on the Chain Ferry over to Swanage where you can continue onto Studland Bay and the Isle of Purbeck.
  • The famous Durdle Door which is a sight that takes will take your breathe away: it is stunning come rain or shine. If you head over that way, you may as well see what else Lulworth Cove has to offer, just a hint: it’s best at low tide!
  • Weymouth is also just around the corner and is known for its perfect sand for impeccable castle building, you’ll have to bring your best spade and bucket!
  • Discover Corfe Castle in the heart of a splendid village, if you reach the top you may notice a gust of white steam in the distance which would be the..Just around the corner from Portland Lighthouse you’ll find Chesil beach, stretching over 18 miles it’s a natural wonder and beauty in itself. Peaceful and calming where folk enjoy fishing and open fires on a mild evening.
  • … swanage steam train. A must if you have train obsessed children!
  • If you thought we only had gorgeous coastline to offer, you were wrong. Gold Hill is just one of the stunning views that can be found nestled into the rolling countryside.
  • All this and we haven’t even mentioned The New Forest yet! Acres and acres of peaceful green terrain with villages nestled in between.
  • And if that wasn’t enough fun to keep you going, why not take a look around Monkey World? Once you’re done hanging around there you may be in need of a bit of rest and recuperation.

Until next time!