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 May half-term

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.

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May half term on Brownsea

Crayons at the ready! This May half term we are rolling out our brand new nature based, crayon rubbing trail plus we're lifting the lid on island conservation on our ‘Wild About Nature Day’ and playing interactive games on Church Field.

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.

Cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy the wider estate

New Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy

The new 4.7 km Woodland Trail leads you through beautiful forest and along old carriage drives that were created by the Bankes family. The flat route is accessible for walkers, runners and cyclists of all ages and abilities.