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Visit Dorset with Kids

Reviews on Family Friendly things to do in Dorset. These reviews are from April/ May when lockdown restrictions are still in place.

#1 Farmer Palmar

Great Day out for kids. All pushchair friendly. At the moment indoor activities are still closed (Opening soon), But there is serval outdoor play areas, a tractor ride, a bouncy castle, animal feeding, and a good selection of animal to see. The restaurant is open too, with a good selection and out door seating.

#2 Adventure Wonderland

Is an small amusement park, with themed rides. It is fine, the kids really enjoy it. There’s about 10 rides, a small pitting Zoo, pony rides and a small show. The whole park is pushchair friendly. Most of the rides are suitable for all ages. There’s a restaurant- that’s not great (a lot of different fries)

#3 Upton Country Park

Poole Rd, Upton, Poole BH17 7BJ

Good walks with a lake and birds, off road pushchair friendly. There a nice wooded play area (Ideally for 3years plus). There’s bathrooms close to the parking area and tearoom.

#4 Hamworthy Park

Seafront park, with a great kids play area, suitable for age‘s 1-12 years old. There is an empty splash pool that kids use for skating in the winter, looks like it’s going to be filled with water soon.(I’ll keep you posted) There’s a cafe and bathrooms right by the play area. The parking require’s cash or app payment and can get very busy. On the weekends there is a climbing wall and crawling caves for kids (it’s just around the corner from the play area- towards the bridge)

#5 Blue Pool

Great walk. Incredibly beautifu. We didn’t make it all the way around. But it did seem pushchair friendly. There is bathrooms and a tearoom open for takeaways (tea,coffee, ice creams, pastries). It was £5 entrance fee. Under 5s were free. We had a lovely picnic and there was little fairy doors to find. Kids really liked it.

#6 Arne Nature Reserve

A stunning nature walk, when you park you will need to pay for your parking (I think it’s gone up to £7 you can pay cash or card) Then there is a map, you can choose which loop you would like to take, we took the red line up to the beach, and turned around and walked back the way we came, it took us about 2 hours with my 3 year walking most of the way. We saw deer, birds and loads of amazing trees.

#7 Pamphill Bluebell Woods

If you go to see the bluebells (May/June) There is free parking at Pamphill Green, there are signs showing you where to park. From the parking head back towards Abbott Street. Turn left there will be a chalk sign, head down the stone walkway about 100m then on your right is a small sliver gate, then a wooden gate. Then you are in the Bluebell woods. We missed the gate and went on a amazing long walk. It’s pushchair friendly.

The blue bells are definitely worth a visit. Also worth stopping at Pamphill Dairy. (3 min walk from the Pamphil Green) There’s a takeaway cafe, (coffee, pies, homemade ice-cream, sandwiches) there’s a play area for kids, outdoor seating, a farm shop with homemade meals to eat at home and butcher.

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