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Keep the kids entertained at half term with one of these half-term activities in Dorset. 

There is so much to see and do in Dorset this half-term. Whether looking after the kids or the grandkids, you can keep the whole family entertained.

Why not treat the whole family to a day of excitement, ice creams and learning? Dorset is a fantastic place to explore this half term.

See what’s on this half term in Dorset below…

When is Half Term in Dorset 2022?


25th October 2021 – 29th October 2021


21st February 2022 – 25th February 2022


30th May 2022 – 3rd June 2022

Half-Term Activities in Dorset 2022

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Dorset is home to many family-friendly activities perfect for entertainment during half term.

Whether you want to teach your children more about nature or keep them active throughout the holidays, there is so much for you to do in Dorset half term 2022.

During the summer months, you can explore without having to worry about the weather.

Or stick to the museums throughout the chilly autumn half-term holidays in Dorset.

Start your search for a Dorset holiday cottage here.

Discover another World in a Coastal Rock Pool

rockpooling half term activity in dorset

With a stunning coastline that stretches over 140 miles, Dorset is a great place to explore the mysterious marine life.

As the tide goes out, the coastline reveals many pools full of creatures from the deep.

You can spot fish, crabs, seaweed, and a variety of unique marine life*.

One of the best places to try rock pooling is Kimmeridge Bay on the Isle of Purbeck.

Keep an eye out for any events the Dorset Wildlife Trust are running. They occasionally run a rockpool ramble for anyone that wants guidance on how to sustainably rockpool.

You can head out with experts to explore safely and educationally. To find out more, head over to the Dorset Wildlife Trust website.

*Please do not remove or destroy any of the marine environment. It is an integral part of the Dorset coastline and provides homes for the weird and wonderful creatures that live on our shoreline. 

By maintaining the local ecology, we ensure that everyone has the chance to enjoy the marine life in Dorset.

Build your own Bug Holiday Lodge

insect hotel half term activity in dorset

Did you know that bugs help us to grow food and pollinate plants?

Spend your half term in Dorset building your very own Insect sanctuary. It is a great project to undergo with your children, creating something you can be proud of for years to come.

An insect hotel provides a place for insects to hide and rest from birds and other predators.

It will even help your favourite plants and flowers to pollinate in the summer.

Take a look at the RSPCA guide to building your own insect hotel.

Hunt for fossils along the Jurassic Coast

fossil hunting jurassic coast

On your day out splashing in the rockpools, why not keep an eye out for some Jurassic Coast fossils as well?

Dorset is one of the best places in the UK to see fossils. While you may not find a tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, there is plenty of crustacean, fish, mammal, and plant fossils along the coast.

Some of the most common fossils you can find along the Jurassic Coast are Molluscs and Brachiopods. They have a beautiful spiral pattern and often show a lot of detail.

Top Tip: The best time to hunt for fossils in Charmouth is as the tide is going out.

Check out our guide to fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast.

Or, if you want to make the most of the impressive coastline, why not check out one of these Jurassic Coast cottages?

Race along on a Bike Ride

cycling at half term in dorset

As well as a stunning coastline, Dorset is home to picturesque countryside. One of the best ways to enjoy this scenery is on two wheels.

Not only is it an enjoyable way to exercise, but it is also a quick way to see more of Dorset. 

Cycling with children can be stressful, so picking a route with no traffic is essential to keep your day out fun for everyone.

Starting in Weymouth, follow route 26 along the National Cycle Network to Portland.

This route takes you along a traffic-free trail passing impressive tourist hot spots like Chesil Beach and Portland Marina.

To keep your day running smoothly, make sure to pack snacks, water and wear the correct protective clothing.

Why not bring your bikes and stay at one of these Weymouth cottages for a half-term treat?

Take to the Skies Flying a Kite

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Another engaging way to get the kids outside and enjoy nature is with an old-fashioned kite.

Run along and see if you or the children can master kite flying. Once you’ve got the kite off the floor, you can try and teach yourself tricks to impress the whole family.

If you want to add a bit of creativity to kite flying, why not see if you can make your own kite?

It is a rewarding activity for the young and the old.

Learn more at the Tank Museum

bovington tank museum

If the weather isn’t great, head to Bovington and look around what the museum describes as the world’s best collection of tanks.

Every May half term, the museum puts on many family-friendly activities to keep visitors of all ages entertained.

Across the weekend, there are live tank displays, top trumps trail and face painting opportunities.

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday:9:00 – 17:00

Address: Linsay Road, Bovington, Wareham, BH20 6JG

Get competitive playing Adventure Golf

adventure golf at sealife in dorset

What’s better on a summer’s day than spending the afternoon on the golf course?

Bournemouth is home to several mini-golf courses. However, in Weymouth, the Pirate Adventure Mini-Golf Course is perfect for the family event.

Located at the Weymouth Sealife, the Pirate themed golf course is more than just a game. Each hole offers a history behind some of the world’s most famous pirates.

The 18-holes mini golf course is the ideal way to finish after an educational visit to Sealife.

Whatever the weather, there is so much to do at half-term in Dorset. 

Keep your children entertained and take them on an educational journey along the Dorset countryside. There are so many family-friendly half-term activities in Dorset.

And, the best way to enjoy half term in Dorset is from the comfort of one of these Dorset holiday cottages.

Image Credits – Michael Garlick – (CC BY-SA 2.0)