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:
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/.
SANTE FE FUN PARK
Featuring 2 crazy golf courses - Pirate and Jurrasic Park themes, The Hungry Shark Restaurant, arcade, and consession stand. https://santafe-funpark.com/
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.
BOVINGTON TANK MUSEUM
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.
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 flowers.
Studland was the inspiration for Toytown in Enid Blyton's Noddy. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/studland-beach/.
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/.
Home to the endangered red squirrel and famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding. A fun boat ride away is 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/.
The south's favourite all action waterpark. From the Mississippi Drifter to the Dragon's Lair, there is something for everyone! Visit their website for the full slide run-down here: https://www.splashdownwaterparks.co.uk/poole/explore-the-park/
Based in Bournemouth and is home to a number of sealife including sharks, various fish, octopus and terrapins. http://www.oceanarium.co.uk/
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/
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/
SEA LIFE CENTRE
Great for all ages and includes animals from sharks to turtles and rays to otters. Now featuring Pirate Mini Golf. https://www.visitsealife.com/weymouth/