May half-term family fun in Dorset

There's loads to do this half term. There's a castle and an island to explore, natural play areas, trails, history to discover and nature to get closer to. Find out what family fun you can have this half term.

Get closer to nature at Kingston Lacy this summer

Explore. Seek. Imagine: Half-term fun at Kingston Lacy

Get the kids out and about this half term with our family activity booklet aimed at encouraging children to explore and care for nature.

Two girls on a bug hunt

Half term at Corfe Castle

Meet our wild neighbours, hear tales from the natural world, visit the May Fair and go on an all new Castle Quest this half term at Corfe Castle.

Musketeers firing

Civil War: Besieged, Saturday 26 May-Sunday 27 May

Join Brave Dame Mary Banks and a cast of Roundheads, Cavaliers and traitors as the drama of the English Civil comes to life on Saturday 26 May-Sunday 27 May.


Family activities

This summer you can have a go at our new nature based, crayon rubbing trail, test your agility skills on our tree climbing trail or find out about the creatures that make our shorelines their home on our coastal creatures trail.

Children exploring the garden at Hardy's Cottage, Dorset

Hardy's medicine trail

Explore the Hardy family home with this new children’s trail. Find the medicinal herbs growing in their garden and learn how they can treat different ailments.

A young girl examines a sea shell

Seashore Explorers

We spot sea shells on the sea shore in Seashore Explorers Week this half term. Join us at Knoll Beach from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June for walks, crafts and hands-on experiences. Pick up a free sea shell spotters guide and turn your finds into marine mobiles. See What's On for more information.

Discover new parts of the parkland on the Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy

The Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy

Venture off the beaten track on the new 4.7 km Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy. Suitable for walkers, runners, adapted wheelchair users and cyclists of all ages and abilities, the trail reveals stunning views of the house and previously inaccessible parts of the parkland.