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Family Friendly Attractions in Purbeck

Purbeck is a great destination for a family holiday. There’s plenty of family friendly attractions to keep everyone entertained, whatever their age!

Inspire them with nature and adventure

Purbeck certainly has an amazing abundance of natural wildlife spaces for families to get out and explore. 

Spot the abundant local wildlife at the stunning nature reserve on the banks of Poole Harbour at  RSPB Arne (home to all six of the UK’s native reptiles).

Take a trip to Purbeck Park near Corfe where you catch a steam train to Swanage, or hire a bike and explore the stunning Purbeck Heathland, part of the National Nature Reserve. You could even book a special jeep safari tour to as a fun and exciting way to explore the area. 

Or have fun on the river at Wareham Quay with boat trips down the river or to Poole Harbour. Or for the more adventurous you can hire a boat or paddle board at Wareham Quay.  

Cycling trails at Wareham Forest near Purbeck

Wareham Walls

The earthworks that surround Wareham are one of the best examples of Saxon Walls in the country!

Studland Bay and Beach

Stunning natural beaches and heathland

Wareham Quay River Cruises

Enjoy a trip down the River Frome

Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve

The UK’s First Super National Nature Reserve!
Find out about visiting Monkey World near Wareham, Purbeck Dorset

A great way to entertain your little monkeys!

Don’t miss a chance to visit Monkey Worldthe UK’s largest primate rescue centre. It’s just a few minutes drive away from Wareham, and offers an amazing opportunity to get up close to these amazing animals.

The Blue Pool Visitor Attraction near Wareham in Purbeck Dorset
Careys Secret Garden near Wareham

From Famous Five to The Secret Garden

Don’t miss a visit to the stunning Blue Pool with it fun nature trails and traditional tea room, and the inspiration behind one Enid Byton’s Famous Five books. 

Or take them to the mysterious hidden Careys Secret Garden to get up close with nature. Many of these attractions offer special events and children’s activity trails during the school holidays.

swanage railway family attraction in Purbeck

Inspire them with tales from the past

Inspire your family with some amazing history by visiting the iconic ruins Corfe Castle, and discover exciting battles and daring deeds from Purbeck’s historic past. You can also visit the nearby Lulworth Castle, where you can discover the story of the tragic fire, climb the tall tower or play games on the lawn. 

There’s also a chance to discover Purbeck’s military connections at The Tank Museum which has the world’s best collection of Tanks as well as an arena with regular displays during the school holidays! 

Wareham Walls

The earthworks that surround Wareham are one of the best examples of Saxon Walls in the country!

Wareham Town Museum

Interesting local museum

Tyneham ‘ghost’ Village

Where time stopped in 1943

The Tank Museum

Nearby Attractions
The world’s best collection of tanks
Restored School at Tyneham Abandoned Village Wareham Dorset
Durlston Country Park and Castle Swanage Purbeck
Purbeck Mining and Mineral Museum

Family holidays on a budget in Purbeck

The UK’s First Super National Nature Reserve!
Stunning Landscapes and Amazing Wildlife
Interesting local museum
A great place to explore and discover the famous heaths and woods near Wareham
Where time stopped in 1943
A great base to explore nearby attractions and coast by steam train, bike, bus or foot.
Come and meet the animals, set in some of Dorset’s most beautiful scenery!
World famous Jurassic Coast Landmark

For family holiday on a budget Purbeck is a good choice of as a base. Home to the Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve, the area offers a fantastic opportunity to explore a really diverse and wildlife rich landscape.  Many of these outdoor spaces are free for families to enjoy (there may still be parking charges). 

Check out the National Trust’s Studland Bay and Beach with miles of sandy beaches and natural heathland to explore.Explore the Jurassic Coast at  Durlston Country Park which has some lovely coastal walks where you may be lucky enough t spot a Dolphin at sea.

Don’t miss a trip to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, although the steep walk to Durdle Door may be difficult for some younger children.

There is also some lovely heaths and woodland at Wareham Forest with miles of tracks to explore – and parking is free!

Take the children on an amazing  trip back in time at Tyneham Ghost Village. As well as exploring the abandoned village you can explore the local coastline at Warbarrow bay.

On a rainy day why not try some of the small town museums in Purbeck,  which are often free entry (donations welcomed). Check out Wareham Town Museum which includes some fun displays dinosaur fossil displays for children; Purbeck’s Mineral and Mining Museum which tells the story of Purbeck’s quarrying industry. 

Find more family friendly attractions around Purbeck

Swanage Pier

Traditional Victorian Seaside Pier with stunning views over Swanage Bay

Wareham Boat Hire

Motor Boats, Kayaks, Canoes and more

The Etches Collection

Museum of Jurassic Marine Life

Swanage Railway

A fun way to enjoy a family day out on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Family Friendly events around Purbeck...

There’s plenty of family friendly events to find in Purbeck, whatever the time of year.

From family films and shows at the local cinema, family friendly festivals and fun activities, adventurous trails and seasonal fun events at popular local tourism attractions. Find more details below…

December 2023

15 Dec
All Day
The Rex Cinema Wareham


16 Dec
11:30 am
The Mowlem Theatre and Cinema


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