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April 2, 2019

Things to Do In Dorset with a Young Family

With miles of beach and coastline, West Dorset is a paradise playground for young children – and the adults. When the kids have had enough of sandcastles and splashing about in the sea, fear not. Dorset is a treasure trove of fun activities for young families.

We love welcoming young families to our holiday cottages in Bridport. Below, you can find a list of some of West Dorset’s best attractions loved by little ones as much as the parents! Each attraction is just a short drive from your Bridport holiday rental and is sure to be a place of great fun and lasting memories.

Abbotsbury Children’s Farm

For young families in Dorset, Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is a hub of fun, learning and love. Just 10 miles from Bridport, your children are guaranteed a fantastic day at this friendly family farm. The farm welcomes children of all ages to meet and pet the plethora of child-friendly animals, including sheep, pigs, ponies, rabbits, goats, owls, alpacas, donkeys and Molly the Magic cow. Throughout the day get stuck in with scheduled activities and displays like owl flying, bottle feeding and sheep racing.  Complete with a hay bale mountain and slide, pedal tractors, soft play zone and water play zones, Abbotsbury Children’s Farm is great for young families in Dorset, whatever the weather. Oh, and children under five go free!

Sea Life Weymouth

For young families visiting West Dorset, there a few places that offer as much family fun as Sea Life Weymouth. From sharks to clownfish and sea turtles to penguins, there are hundreds of species to greet and discover, so children and adults alike are sure to be entertained all day long.

Jurassic Coast Fossil Hunting Walks

A short drive west of your Bridport holiday cottage is another adventure opportunity for young families. At Lyme Regis Beach and Charmouth Beach, you and your little ones can take an exciting walk into the past on the hunt for fossils along West Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. The team at Guided Fossil Hunts have been taking individuals, mixed groups, school children and more for fun and fact-filled expeditions for more than 10 years. They are great at tailoring their walks and talks for their audience, so a child-friendly tour is bound to make avid explorers of your kids!

The Dinosaur Museum

In case the kids haven’t had their fill of fossils, we suggest a visit to the award-winning Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. A converted Victorian warehouse, The Dinosaur Museum is jam-packed with interactive displays, fun facts and real fossils including dinosaur heads, teeth and eggs. Take a trip from the comfort of your holiday cottage in Dorset and let your children experience walking amongst life-size reconstructions of Stegosaurus, T-Rex and more!


Overlooking the sea in the village of Beer is Pecorama, a nine acre attraction dedicated to model railways. With models-galore, outdoor play areas, indoor soft play, crazy golf and the much-loved Beer Heights Light Railway, Pecorama promises a day of family fun a short drive along the coast from your holiday cottage in Bridport.

Beer Quarry Caves

A stone’s throw from Pecorama, you and your family can enjoy a guided tour of the 2000 year old man-made caverns at Beer Quarry Caves. Depending on the time of year that you visit, you may also catch an amazing sight of Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats. There are 17 varieties of English bats using the cave to hibernate. Children under five go free!

If you are a young family making the most of your stay in Bridport, West Dorset is bursting with wonderful family-friendly attractions. Why not have a look at our selection of family holiday cottages in Bridport now.

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