Dorset is a dream destination for children, who will love playing amid the natural scenery, and its classic cottages and self-catering accommodation options are perfect for family holidays.
If you are planning a family beach trip, head to Weymouth. The sandy beach has safe waters for children to play and splash around in and it's a popular destination with sea bathers. The beaches at Swanage, Poole, and Bournemouth are good choices, too.
Visit the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre to get close to the primates and see how endangered and rescued monkeys are rehabilitated in the sanctuary. Explore the sylvan park with a guided tour and let the children have fun in the huge play area.
For a more active family adventure, visit Henley Hillbillies, where you can take part in fun motorsport and shooting activities that are suitable for individuals and families. Children over 8 can even try quad biking, with prices starting at £35/head.
Fossils are an integral part of the Jurassic Coast, and a guided fossil hunting walk is the perfect family activity during a Dorset holiday. Such hunts are organised regularly by the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, which also has an excellent fossil collection.
Head to the Moors Valley Country Park for a fun time outdoors as you go on treetop adventures, explore the cycle routes and footpaths, and ride around the Moors Lake on a steam train. Moreover, there are wildlife discovery sessions for children.
Adventure Wonderland is an award-winning theme park with various attractions and rides for families with children under the age of 10. Wild Bill's Runaway Train, Dance with the Stars, Cuddle Corner petting area, and the live shows are popular activities here.