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Children swordfighting at Corfe Castle, Dorset
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Family-friendly places in Dorset

There's all sorts of things to do in Dorset with the family, including discovering places to explore in gardens, parks, the countryside and on the beach.

Places to visit with the family

Find all the best places to make a memorable day out for all the family.

A child on wooden play equipment

Kingston Lacy 

There's an autumn of fun to discover at Kingston Lacy. From natural play areas to family crafts, taking your bike for a spin or scrunching though leaves on a woodland trail. A visit here is a great day out.

Family visiting Corfe Castle at Christmas time

Family fun at Corfe Castle 

There is always something new for families to explore at Corfe Castle. This Winter, Monty Mouse and friends need help hunting for a festive family feast and wayward children are invited to join our rather curious Christmas storytelling tour.

An adult and child walk barefoot beside the sea on South Beach at Studland Bay, Dorset

Family-friendly things to do at Studland Bay 

With miles of sandy beaches, dunes and woodland to explore, Studland Bay is the perfect place for a family adventure. Find out more and plan your visit.

Family-friendly coastline and beaches in Dorset

Discover walks along the coastline or build a sandcastle on the beach.

A woman and a man with a baby carrier looking out over the Jurassic Coast from Golden Cap in Dorset, on a bright summer's day

Golden Cap 

Visiting Golden Cap is always a big adventure. Discover treasure on the Stonebarrow Smugglers' Trail, take on a big challenge and climb Golden Cap, or try out geocaching on the wider estate.

Couple walk beside the sea at Hive Beach, Dorset in spring

Burton Bradstock 

From bracing coastal walks to views of the Jurassic Coast, a visit to Hive Beach has a number of highlights to look out for.

The shingle beach with the sun rising behind the cliffs in the background at Ringstead Bay, Dorset

Ringstead Bay 

Unspoilt beach, farmland and cliffs on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

near Weymouth, Dorset

Fully open today
Visitors exploring the beaches at Studland Bay

Studland Bay 

Four miles of beautiful beaches line the sheltered waters of Studland Bay. The area is ideal for family beach trips and coastal walks.

An early morning view across Corfe Castle, Dorset in winter

Discover more in Dorset

Home to everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle and a house inspired by an Italian palace.