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Dorset is made for half term fun, with a huge array of free activities available, ranging from coastal exploring, to nature trails and crabbing.

We have compiled a list of some of the fantastic days out that are to be had in our beautiful county for young and old alike.


Exploring in land.

Maiden Castle – Dorchester

Discover one of the oldest and largest hill forts in Britain

Roman Town HouseDorchester

Tucked away in the heart of Dorchester, this preserved Roman home is one of the best examples in the country.  

Views from St Catherine’s Chapel – Abbotsbury

Take in the breathtaking views of Abbotsbury, Chesil beach and out to Portland from this remote little chapel on a hill. 

Tout Quarry – Portland

Explore Portland’s quarrying heritage in this unique sculpture park, with  pieces designed by internationally acclaimed artists such as Anthony Gormley.

Portland Tout Quarry

Portland Tout Quarry

Country walks, parks and playgrounds.

Thorncombe Woods – Dorchester

The home of Thomas Hardy sits nestled in these peaceful woodlands. With resident ponies, easy access trails and countryside views. 

The Rodwell trailWeymouth

Tread the path of the old railway line, taking in Sandsfoot Castle, with views accross Portland harbour.  

Moors Valley parkRingwood

With play trails, a Gruffalo hunt and more then one adventure playground along the way, its a great place to run off some steam. 

Durslton Country Park Swanage

Enjoy the huge array of diverse wildlife, flowers and plants, take a stroll to Durlston castle and while away the hours taking in the sea views.

West Bay playground – West Bay

 This innovative and exciting playgound was designed by children for children, with a nod to West Bays rope making history, it combines traditional swings and slides with rope climbing frames and bridges.   

Geo caching – All over Dorset

Join in the treasure hunt, simply down load the app, or join an account and find hundreds of Geo Caching trails in Dorset 

RSPB Arne bird watchingArne

 With an array of protected habitat, rare species of birds and the old place in the UK you will find all 6 native reptiles, Arne is 

Fancies Farm – Portland

Home to the old flock of rare breed Portland sheep on Portland, this family friendly farm also has resident wallabies, donkeys and ducks, as well as a large soft play area.  

Thorncombe woods

Thomas Hardy’s cottage, nestled in Thorncombe Woods.


By the Coast

Kimmeridge marine centre – Kimmeridge

 Learn all about the local marine life at this informative centre. 

Walking StudlandStudland

Walk the sandy beaches and natural heath land, spot the wild birds and deer. 

Rock pooling – Most Beaches, but check the safety signs

Indulge in a spot of traditional beach combing, while away the hours looking for crabs, small fish and shrimp. 

Fossil hunting – Most beaches, but check the safety signs

It wouldn’t be a trip to the Jurassic Coast with out including fossil hunting, you can find ammonites, fossilised plants, and maybe even a dinosaur footprint.  

Crabbing from Weymouth harbour – Weymouth

Try the hugely popular hobby of crabbing, all you need is a bucket, line and bait and you are ready to go.

Paddling – Most beaches, but do check safety signs

With crystal clear waters, and some of the warmest weather in the UK, you are spoilt for choice for paddling locations. 

Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove cliff top walk – Lulworth

Walk the iconic cliff top walk and take in two of Dorset’s most famous landmarks. This short walk is suitable for all ages. 

Durdle Door Dorset

The iconic Durdle Door

Dorset is home to some world class food producers, so why not make the most of your trip and seek out some of the finest we have to offer. You can find a guide to Dorset food here.