Adventure Wonderland

Dorset’s number one family theme park offers a full day’s fun whatever the weather, combining the outside park and rides with the indoor adventure play centre, Wild Thing! With over 30 rides and attractions including The Ghostly Galleon, Animal Cuddle Corner, Wild Bill’s Runaway Train, Turbo Teacups and the South’s largest maze. Wacky show time entertainment in the Happydrome Theatre. Regular appearances by park and visiting characters through the season.

Visit the website for details of events, birthday parties and opening times. Find us in Merritown Lane, Christchurch opposite Bournemouth Airport

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Bournemouth Air Festival

After many years the Air Festival has been an incredible success, welcoming more than 4.5million people to the UK’s leading resort since 2008. The Patrons scheme was launched in 2010 and has raised nearly £40,000 for Air Festival charities.

Award-winning and internationally renowned we have welcomed incredible jets and display teams, had year-on-year increased assets from the RAF and RN (who regard the event as a key in their events calendar), won the Green Apple environmental award in 2011 and has been recognised for Marketing and PR activity by the European Airshow Council (2010 and 2012).

For more information please check out their website.

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Brownsea Island – National Trust

Brownsea Island is situated in Europe’s largest natural harbour and has been owned by the National Trust since 1962. In 2013 the National Trust celebrates the 50th anniversary of Brownsea Island being open to the public, with its outdoor festival programme.

Take a short boat trip from Poole Quay or Sandbanks to discover an island rich in history and wildlife.  Enjoy peace and tranquility, breathtaking coastal views, walks and family trails.

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Compton Acres Gardens

Compton Acres –invites you to escape to a different world in the South’s finest privately owned gardens.

From the authentic Japanese garden to the grandeur of the Italian, a visit to Compton Acres promises surprise and delight at every turn.

We have the Harbour view cafe, Compton Acres Cafe Tearooms, The Ark, Compton Acres Visitor Centre/Craft Shop and a well stocked Plant Centre.

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Corfe Castle

A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can’t fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views.

Discover 1000 years of the castle’s history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner. Spot the ‘murder holes’and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife which has set up home in these fascinating castle ruins.

Offering many special events throughout the year including open air theatre and cinema, living history, and family activities, see website for further details.

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Monkey World

The internationally acclaimed ape rescue centre has been rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing primates from around the world for over 25 years! With daily keepers’talks, a huge adventure play area and more than 240 primates of 17 different specifies, there’s something for everyone!

Monkey World is the largest ape and monkey rescue centre in the World combining fun with conservation and animal education.

Just minutes off the A31, Monkey World includes a woodland walk, half-hourly keeper talks, cafes, a gift shop and several picnic and play areas.

Check website for opening times and events.

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New Forest

The New Forest’s ancient landscape is one of peace and tranquility –a break from the hectic pace of life and a chance to indulge yourself in the natural beauty of England’s newest National Park.

There are a few places better for quiet country walking and relaxing but if you want to be more active there are more than 100 miles of off-road cycle tracks. There are many horse riding schools catering for all levels of experience and fishing from the lakes, streams and rivers.

For more information check out their website.

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The Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium is the perfect all weather attraction –discover the mysterious beauty of our watery world in a spectacular underwater journey.

From stunning sharks, curious rare green sea turtles and brightly coloured clownfish, to menacing piranhas, venomous lion fish and the weirdly wonderful octopus –they are all waiting to be discovered!

Located next to Bournemouth Pier, on the beach front, just a 5 minute walk from the town centre.

For more information check out their website.

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Poole Quay

With its bustling atmosphere, busy marina, spectacular views, factory price shopping, boat cruises and a wide choice of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs to visit, Poole Quay offers a great day out to suit all tastes.

The Quay is a great base to just sit back and watch the visiting yachts in the marina, fishing boats and feature vessels and don’t miss the luxurious, globally renowned Sunseeker Motor Yachts being built just across the water.

Royal Signals Museum

A voyage of discovery through hands-on, family-friendly interactive science and technology displays:Special Forces, Spies and secret agents, guide a laser beam, “DF”the enemy, Satellite networks, break codes, practice Morse and more!

For more information check out their website.

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Swanage Railway

The stations at Norden, Corfe Castle, Harmons Cross, Herston and Swanage provide access to historic villages, country walks and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Look out for special events such as Peppa Pig or “Santa Specials”or treat yourself to an evening meal, lunch or afternoon tea on the “Wessex Belle”Or try Sea Train Adventure, – boat, train and a castle at the end

For more information please check out their website.

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The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum brings the story of tank crews to life, boasting action packed live displays and supported by the world’s best collection of tanks. Explore the Museum’s 6 large halls , and come face to face with over 200 tanks;from the very first to the very latest.

Four modern exhibitions guide you through the most powerful story in history. It’s Tonnes of Fun at the Tank Museum!

For more information please check out their website.

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Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park in Poole has over 100 acres of award-winning gardens, open parkland, woodland and shoreline –together with its centrepiece, Upton House, a Grade II* listed Georgian mansion.

– Free Parking
–  Tea Rooms
–  Art Gallery
– Outdoor Events
– Free Access to Grounds

Garden Tours by arrangement.

For more information please check out their website.

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