Summer holidays in Dorset

Dorset has everything from an island of adventure, glorious coast, beaches and hidden gems to an ancient castle, cottages and an Italian inspired palace – find your favourite family day out this summer.

An English Civil War re-enactment at Corfe Castle

A Civil War summer

Seventeenth-century life and death are revealed in a civil war summer at Corfe Castle. Characters from the past take you on a journey of discovery into the everyday life of the period as well as the conflict that defined it.

summer fun at Kingston Lacy

Summer fun at Kingston Lacy 

Keep your little explorers busy all summer at Kingston Lacy. From self-led art and nature trails to storytelling sessions by award winning storyteller Michele O'Brien, there is something going on every day throughout the holidays. Our open-air theatre productions including family favourite, Treasure Island, are also not to be missed.

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

New 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.

A male sand lizard

Reptile Discovery Trail at Studland Bay

There’s more to Studland Bay than just a great beach. Follow our family trail to track down fascinating facts about the rare reptiles that make their homes here.

A paddleboarder in Studland Bay

A summer of watersports

Make the sheltered waters of Studland Bay your marine playground this summer. Paddle your own canoe or join in taster sessions combining kayaking or paddleboarding with delicious food from the café at Knoll Beach.

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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.