10 Things to do in Dorset in Winter with Kids

Finding things to entertain the kids in winter can be a real challenge with many local attractions shutting down for the coldest months, but there are still lots of fun things to do with the kids.

Bournemouth Wheel

Bournemouth Wheel

Fancy seeing Bournemouth from 100ft in the air, then this is for you. Hurry though, it is only open until 7th January.

Ice Skating

Ice Skating

We have three rinks to choose from locally although the open-air one in Bournemouth Gardens operated by Ice Skate Bournemouth is only open until 3rd January. The Cool Coast Rink at the BIC is open until 19th February and The Ark Ice Rink is open all year round, although only suitable for children due to its size.

Climbing Walls at Rockreef


Rockreef on Bournemouth Pier is home to 28 climbing walls, vertical slide, high-ropes course, a stairway to heaven, indoor caving and a challenging leap of faith. Suitable for children aged 4 and above it is a great way of getting some exercise and having lots of fun learning new skills. On our last visit with spent a good three hours scaling the climbing walls and caving with a spot of lunch in their cafe.

Weymouth Sea Life Centre

Weymouth Sealife Centre

Situated at Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth Sea Life Centre is a lovely day out for all the family and we visit regularly, with the kids favourite part being the new rockpool zone where they are encouraged to gently handle creatures, shown how to squirt a natural water pistol and got to see creatures up close with special underwater camera equipment that they can man themselves.

Moors Valley Country Park

Moors Valley


Situated in Ashley Heath, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest has something for everyone, whether you want to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the Forest, swing through the trees at Go Ape, explore the play trail with the kids or ride the miniature railway. They currently have a self-led Percy the Park Keeper trail for the kids at the moment too.

Explore the Dorset Coastline

Lulworth Cove

Dorset is home to some amazing beaches all along the coast. From the 7 miles of sand at Bournemouth to the fossil hunters paradise of the Jurassic coast there is so much to see and do. Our favourites stretches include West Bay, Burton Bradstock, Lyme Regis, Lulworth and Durdle Door.

Lyme Regis

Activate Trampoline Park

Activate Trampoline Park

Based in Ferndown, Activate Trampoline Park is bouncing good fun for all ages. They have the free jump section, tumble track, a dodgeball court, walk the wall, skyball court and a giant air bag to enjoy.

Soft Play


Soft play may not be everyone’s cup of tea but the kids love it and Dorset has lots of soft play centres to choose from. Our favourite has to be Lemur Landings in Poole as it has a large climbing frame, phaser nights and even their own create a bear station.

Fluming Good Fun at Splashdown

For older children and teenagers a visit to Splashdown is lots of fun and one of our favourite rides has to be the new Wave 105 Infinity Bowl where you can choose the music you slide down to.



Snowtrax is Dorset’s premier outdoor activity centre which offers skiing lessons, snowboarding tuition, Ringos, Ski Bobs and ski training at the outdoor wet ski slope. They also have the alpine adventure park behind which is packed full of lots of fun activities for the kids to try.

What activity would you add to the list?

21 thoughts on “10 Things to do in Dorset in Winter with Kids

  1. Your photos are so fab! I’d love to visit Dorset, the beach pics look stunning and I love the look of Moors Valley Country Park. We used to spend so much time outdoors when the kids were younger, sadly they are not so keen anymore on coming for walks with us 🙂

  2. We loved our trip to Bournemouth in the summer. The first real English beach visit for my poor deprived English children! 😀 Loved this post, will be remembering it for the future! 🙂

  3. I’ve only ever been to Bournmouth once and that was for a wedding and sadly I did’t get to see much. Would love to go back and take a look at some of these atrractions

  4. I didn’t realise there was so much to do in Dorest! I have never actually been but I like to visit different places round the country and theres loads to do with my little boy. He will love the climbing wall

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