Days out with the kids
There are a large number of great places to take the kids in and around Swanage and the Purbecks. Here are some of our suggestions:
PUTLAKE FARM Why not visit a family run adventure farm set in the beautiful purbeck countryside, at Langton Matravers only 2 miles from Swanage town centre. Putlake is a great place on a sunny or wet day with an indoor play area, goat and lamb feeding, tractor rides and lots of outdoor play fun. Visit the website for more information http://www.putlakeadventurefarm.com/.
MONKEY WORLD is a must for you animal lovers and houses a number of rescued apes from around the world, as well as having fabulous play areas for both older and younger kids. Visit their website for more information http://www.monkeyworld.org. Just a 25 minute drive from Swanage and a great day out.
For all of those tank lovers, The BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM is the ultimate day out! Only a 25 minute drive from Swanage and right near Monkey World, the exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War One to the present day. As you explore the Museum's six large halls you will come face to face with vehicles that have seen action in all the major wars of the 20th Century and hear first-hand accounts from those who fought in them. http://www.tankmuseum.org.
FARMER PALMERS is a farm park aimed at kids aged 8 and below. There is a mix of indoor and outdoor play giving all the benefits of fresh air and exercise, whatever the weather. To keep our farming links the animal barn has predominantly farm animals and pets which provide a busy day of animal orientated events. This gives your children the opportunity to get 'hands on' experiences. http://www.farmerpalmers.co.uk
SWANAGE STEAM RAILWAY The award-winning Swanage Railway currently operates on the six miles of track between Swanage and Norden, through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck, passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk
STUDLAND BEACH AND NATURE RESERVE A glorious slice of
natural coastline in Purbeck featuring a four-mile stretch of
golden, sandy beach, with gently shelving bathing waters and views
of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. Ideal for
water sports and includes the most popular naturist beach in
Britain. The heathland behind the beach is a haven for native
wildlife and features all six British reptiles. Designated trails
through the sand dunes and woodlands allow for exploration and
spotting of deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild
Studland was the inspiration for Toytown in Enid Blyton's Noddy. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/studland-beach/.
CORFE CASTLE One of the most evocative ruined castles in England with over 1,000 years of turbulent history. Why not get the steam railway to Corfe, visit the castle, the model village and take lunch at one of the wonderful cafes and pubs. The Castle is run by the National Trust, visit their website here http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle/.
BROWNSEA ISLAND is home to the endangered red squirrel and famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding. A haven for wildlife, including Sika deer and wading birds. Escape the noise and stress of modern life and discover nature in this unspoilt setting. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island/.
OCEANARIUM is based in Bournemouth and is home to a number of sealife including sharks, various fish, octopus and terrapins. http://www.oceanarium.co.uk/
ADVENTURE WONDERLAND is a fun day out for all of the family. Situated in Bournemouth Adventure Wonderland is an all inclusive Park which combines the timeless fun and games of the Alice in Wonderland story with the thrilling outdoor Adventure rides of the Main Park and the undercover Lost Aztec World of Wild Thing! http://www.adventurewonderland.co.uk/
GO APE at Moors Valley Country Park offers breathtaking scenery; smattering of tree-top wires, crossings & wind-in-your-face zip wires; finished off with a dose of people in search of their inner Tarzan. http://goape.co.uk/