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Studland Bay

To the Beach and Beyond

Fri 29 Jul 2016
Discover dragons, jump for joy and take the dune trail challenge.
Corfe Castle

Tudor Adventure

Fri 29 Jul 2016
Back by popular demand for 2016, step back in time to the late Tudor period 1572 - 1603 at Corfe Castle. Discover life in Purbeck and the castle under the ownership of Sir Christopher Hatton in the Tudor Dynasty of Elizabeth I.
Brownsea Island

Get sticky on Brownsea Island

Fri 29 Jul 2016
Pick up a Stick Kit activity bag from the visitor centre to discover lots of things you can make and do with a stick. Storytelling will be on offer every Tuesday.
Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy House Ticket

Fri 29 Jul 2016
Explore Kingston Lacy, a lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace. There's plenty to see, from grand, beautifully detailed carvings, to intimate family souvenirs.
Kingston Lacy

Summer holiday craft sessions

Fri 29 Jul 2016
This summer join Walford Mill Crafts for a series of craft sessions taking inspiration from William John Bankes' love of tortoises and collecting. These sessions will be run in the kitchen garden on Mondays and Fridays, 11am - 1pm.
Hardy's Cottage

Jemima's Cookbook

Fri 29 Jul 2016
Join the team at Hardy's Cottage as they attempt to cook the various dishes that Hardy's mother cooked for the young Hardy.


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