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20 Fun things to do in Dorset with the kids this February Half Term

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January 29, 2019

With just a couple of weeks until the kids break up for February Half Term, it is time to start thinking about things to keep them occupied during the week long break.

I have put together my top picks of fun things to do with the kids this half term.

Days Out in Dorset for Sunny Days in February

Meet the Fairy Penguins at Weymouth Sealife Centre

Weymouth SEA LIFE centre became home to twenty fairy penguins in May 2018, who relocated from Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary in Australia to due to the closure of the Manly Sanctuary in February.

Fairy penguins (also known as little blue penguins) are the world’s smallest penguin measuring just over 25cm tall and weighing around 1 kg. They also have a very unusual song!

Weymouth SEA LIFE is the home to more than 1,000 creatures with 13 different zones containing penguins, sharks, turtles and stingrays, plus a large adventure play park, perfect to let the kids run off some steam. This half term, guests will also be tasked with helping Professor Finn locate the large Play-Doh model shark teeth in the tanks as part of their Jawsome Sharks event. At the end of the trail Professor Finn will greet the new Jawsome Rangers and share some of his expert knowledge of the fascinating sharks.

For more information and prices, head to

Lulworth Fossil Hunt

Taking part on Tuesday 19th February and on various dates throughout the year, this hour session begins with a short talk on the fossils of Lulworth before taking a short walk down to the beach to begin a fossil hunt. Booking is essential – head to for more information.

Price: Under 16’s £2.50 | Adults £5

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Strandline Scavenge

Taking part on Wednesday 20th February 2019, at the eastern side of Lulworth Cove. This is an expert led walk along the strandline at Lulworth to hunt out any interesting flotsam and jetsam, some of which could have travelled thousands of miles, each with a different story to tell. The walk will be of around two miles and will be on loose shingle, so not suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.

Price: Under 16’s £2.50  |  Adults £5  |  Under 5’s Free

Lulworth Cove

Charmouth Fossil Hunting Walk

Running everyday over half term, these two hour fossil hunting walks starts up Charmouth Visitor Centre with a 25 minute talk from the Centre Warden about the rocks and fossils of Charmouth and how to find fossils on the beach. The group then heads out onto the beach with the wardens and spends the rest of the session looking for fossils. Head to for more information.

Price: Under 16’s £4.00 |  Adults £8.00  |  Under 2’s Free


Medieval Siege at Corfe Castle

Experience medieval family fun with Corfe Castle’s quest, crafts and workshops and watch missiles launch from the castle’s medieval siege engine.

Corfe Castle

Budding knights and damsels can bring your own brave teddy for the Great Escape and zipwire from the top of the castle to the bottom!

Teddy Zip Wire

This event is free, however normal admission prices apply (£28 for a family ticket). National Trust members are free!

See the Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is one of the best places to see a carpet of Snowdrops and they come into flower throughout January and February.

Kingston Lacy is one of our favourite places to get some fresh air with the kids, with pretty gardens to explore, wide paths to run around and trees to climb.

Tree Climbing: Kingston Lacy

Take the Zog Trail at Moors Valley

The Zog Trail at Moors Valley is a 1.5 km long walk which starts at the Visitor Centre, taking families on a well marked out, buggy friendly journey through the woods with plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained along the way.

Zog Trail

The trail is free to do, but I highly recommend you pick up the activity pack at the visitors centre, for just £3 which contains added fun, plus a cute Zog mask for the kids to wear.


For adventure loving kids, try riding the Ski Bobs or spinning down the slopes in a Ringo at Snowtrax, near Christchurch.

For those a little more wary, there is also the Alpine Adventure park, complete with a huge Pirate Ship climbing frame, numerous trampolines, the alpine fort and plenty of slippy slides.

Farmer Palmers Farm Park

Farmer Palmers is the perfect destination for under 10’s, with both indoor/outdoor play areas, farm animals to see, cuddle and feed, woodland trails, a bumpy tractor ride and the chance to feed their very own herd of red deer.

Farmer Palmers

Monkey World – Wareham

Monkey World is a 65 acre ape and monkey sanctuary and rescue centre near Wool and is most famous for the TV series, Monkey Life, shown on channel 5 which follows the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected primates.

Monkey World

There is plenty of time to learn all about the amazing work that Monkey World does by attending the keeper talks that run throughout the day, however, it is the huge adventure playground that my kids love visiting and I can never tear them away!!

Monkey World

Honeybrook Farm – Wimborne

Honeybrook Farm has plenty of activities to occupy all ages, with a large adventure playground, bouncy airbag, indoor play area, woodland walk, miniature village, miniature train and a tractor trailer ride.

Air Bag Honeybrook Farm

Dorset Heavy Horse Centre

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Rescue Centre is not just about heavy horses: they also have pygmy goats, kune-kune pigs, Inuit snow dogs and more besides.

Dorset Heavy Horse Centre

Daily attractions include regular educational shows, free wagon rides, tractor and trailer rides, miniature pony and cart rides, go karts, swing boats and you even get the chance to drive a vintage tractor.

Dorset Heavy Horse Centre

Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland is an award winning theme park for the under 8’s near Bournemouth. During the winter months you can enjoy the weather-beating giant indoor Aztec soft play centre, Wild Thing. Also open for half term is the maze and play area, Caterpillar ride, Charlie Cool’s Cars, the Jabberwocky double-helix slide and Cuddles Corner.

Adventure Wonderland

Also there will be Titch the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends will be taking up ‘roar’sidence at Adventure Wonderland, from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st February.

Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Old Castle is a romantic 12th-century ruin set in beautiful grounds next to New Sherborne Castle.

Sherborne Castle

A residence of the Bishop of Salisbury for half its history, this castle has been home to kings, earls, sheriffs and courtiers and is reputed to be where the Exchequer system was invented and is perfect for exploring!

Days Out in Dorset For Rainy Days in February

Being February Half Term, chances are we will also experience some rainy days, but there is still plenty to entertain the kids indoors.

BH2 Bournemouth

Situated slap bang in Bournemouth town centre, BH2 is an entertainment complex with lots to do for all the family, including Odeon Cinema’s, Centre VR – VR Experience and Mr Mulligans indoor adventure golf.

Mr Mulligans

Tower Park Entertainment Complex – Poole

At Tower Park there are numerous attractions available to occupy all age groups, including Splashdown Water Park, Lemur Landings Soft Play, Hollywood Bowl and Cineworld as well as Bingo for the adults and a range of restaurants to suit every taste and budget.

Lemur Landings

At Lemur Landings, there is not one, but two fantastic evenings of phaser tag! Climb aboard their giant space station themed playframe for 6 exciting phaser missions & Digiwall fun!

Rockreef Climbing Centre

Rockreef is a climbing activity centre situated on Bournemouth Pier which offers 28 unique Clip ‘n’ Climb walls, the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ climbing challenge, a HighLine aerial obstacle course and endless amounts of fun for participants, whilst pushing and testing their agility, confidence, climbing and problem-solving skills. 

Sebby Rockreef

Bournemouth Oceanarium

Situated next to Bournemouth Pier, the Oceanarium takes you on an underwater adventure as you journey through the amazon, Great Barrier Reef and the Gange, to see over 150 species of fish.

They also have a family of otters, penguin beach encounter, spot the terrifying crocodiles on crocodile rock, look out for friendly sea turtles or, if you’re feeling brave, why not enter the visual interactive dive cage to see the sharks in a different way?

Penguins Oceanarium

The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum is home to the world’s biggest collection of tanks and is a great day out for all the family.

Tank Museum

As well as being able to explore the museum and climb aboard some of their famous tanks, kids can also let off steam in the indoor and outdoor play areas, take part in craft activities and find out more about life in the trenches with their interactive displays.

Tank Museum

Cool Coast Ice Rink

The Cool Coast Ice Rink at Bournemouth International Centre is open until 23rd February with a large rink for the more experienced skater and a mini rink for those first nerve-racking glide, with skate mates available to hire for the youngsters.

Ice Skating

Is there anywhere else you would add to my list?

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    January 29, 2019

    My girls loved the teddy bear zip wire when we went to Corfe Castle last year. Alice would love that fossil walk too x

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    Laura Dove

    January 29, 2019

    What a fab list! We are down in Dorset in February, I can’t wait!

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    Kate Hackworthy

    January 30, 2019

    Ooh I needed this great list. We aren’t far from Dorset but never seem to go. I’ve got lots on my ‘to do’ list now.

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    Rebecca | AAUBlog

    January 30, 2019

    we are so looking forward to half-term, really excited as we’re going to Disney. These look like fab days out though

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    January 30, 2019

    I love the look of the farmers Parmers under 10s play. The girls would love it there

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    Cath - Passports and Adventures

    January 30, 2019

    You’ve got so many great places near you for days out or days indoors. We’d love to do the Zog trail as we’re huge fans. And either of the castles you mentioned would be a hit with our son. I do miss the UK for its abundance of great family-friendly places to take this kids. We’ve nothing like this list near us!

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    Bella at Dear Mummy Blog

    January 30, 2019

    There really is so much for you to do in your area! We’d love to visit Corfe Castle as we’ve heard nothing but good things about it! Fingers crossed the weather holds!

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    January 30, 2019

    Great places to visit here. Need to start planning our February half term.

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    Tracey Kifford

    January 30, 2019

    The Tank Museum is top of our list when we have a free day one weekend. Toby has been begging to go there for months now …

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    Mudpie Fridays

    January 30, 2019

    My eldest loves fossil hunting and the Zog trail is on our to do list too. Love Dorset we had such a great break there last year x

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    January 31, 2019

    Those penguins are the most adorable thing ever! I’ve only ever been to Dorset once, and I loved what I saw. I’d go back again in a heartbeat!

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    Michelle Murray

    January 31, 2019

    I really want to do the Zoo trail and hope it comes to our local forest.

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    January 31, 2019

    I never knew Dorset had so many activities to offer. Visiting the fairy penguins would be on the top of my lsit as they are my favourite animals ever. I do love the sound of trying the Rockreef climbing centre as well, I think these types of activities would be fun for my daughter when she is older.

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    January 31, 2019

    I never knew Dorset had so many activities to offer. Visiting the fairy penguins would be on the top of my lsit as they are my favourite animals ever. I do love the sound of trying the Rockreef climbing centre as well, I think these types of activities would be fun for my daughter when she is older for sure

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    Kaz | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels

    January 31, 2019

    Oh wow – there is so much to do! A lot of our local attractions are still closed here until Easter. Kaz

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    February 1, 2019

    There’s so much to do! The adventure playground looks great

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    February 1, 2019

    What great places to visit. My children love sea life I think they would also enjoy the fossil hunt as well

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    Super Busy Mum

    February 3, 2019

    This is a fab list and even though we live in N.I – I can bet clip’n’climb & ice skating will be on the kid’s list for half term fun!

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    February 4, 2019

    Its just awesome . very much excited to visit after looking these scenarios.

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    February 11, 2019

    It looks like there’s loads to do in Dorset. I think my two would love to head down for a visit 🙂
    Louise x

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