Other Local Attractions
There is so much to see and do in this beautiful part of the world, from great days out exploring the forests and beaches, to a wide range of world-class attractions to visit. If you’re running out of ideas, here are our recommendations for some other great places to take a trip to whilst you’re here.
The surrounding Dorset and Hampshire area offers a wide range of things to do, from relaxing experiences for couples to exciting family days out. There truly is something for everyone.
Whatever the weather, and regardless of the time of year, there’s always something to see and do. With our local areas offering a wide variety of activities and attractions, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
You’re sure to find plenty of things to do while exploring with a wealth of attractions, activities, entertainment and adventure. With great shopping and eating out experiences as well as a programme of events all year round there’s something for everyone.
We have listed here some of the very best attractions and things to do from within a short distance from all of our parks.
Come and discover this artillery fortress built by Henry VIII at the seward end of a spit. Commanding the entrance to the Solent, it offers one of the best views in England. With an audio tour to help you navigate, fantastic views of the Isle of Wight from the top of the Tudor keep and plenty of open spaces for children to run free and explore, it's a great day out for the whole family. Access to the castle is a leisurely ferry ride from Keyhaven (charges apply) or a 1.5 mile walk along Hurst Spit. Cafe open daily and dogs on leads welcome.
Based in the beautiful village of Milford on Sea in the New Forest The New Forest Paddle Sport Company offers you the chance to explore the scenic coast line of the New Forest and beautiful salt marshes with views over to the Isle of Wight from Keyhaven by Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board.
Everything you need for a full day's fun! The theme park in Bournemouth features over 30 rides and attractions aimed at children up to the age of around 11 years old, from battle boats and runaway trains to mazes and slides. There's even an incredible indoor soft play centre to explore.
A visit wouldn't be complete without stopping by the Happydrome Theatre for one of the magical shows. There's also regular appearances throughout the year from some of your favourite characters, including Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol to name just a few!
Set within a spectacular 200 acre site, Exbury Gardens are home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection, which features a stunning selection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs. Children will love the adventure play area, and dogs are welcome too!
Top the day off with an ice cream or tea and cake in Mr Eddy’s Tea Room.
The park features an outdoor, floating, inflatable aqua park, which includes trampolines, monkey bars, flippers, slides, hurdles, rockers, rollers, an overhang climbing wall, a swing, a giant iceberg and much more. Explore the Course, beat the Obstacles, race your friends & family and watch them totally wipe out!
Set in 50 acres of beautiful New Forest countryside and lakes, there’s something for everyone. You can also learn and enjoy a host of WaterSports, including WakeBoarding, Kayaking and Stand-up Paddle Boarding.
Whether you want to enjoy a peaceful walk or cycle ride through the Forest, experience a ride on an authentic narrow-gauge steam train or even 'Go Ape' on a high wire forest adventure swinging through the tree tops, there is something for everyone.
Moors Valley is widely known as one of the best countryside recreation facilities in the country.
Rock Reef, is an all year round activity centre on the end of Bournemouth Pier. It includes the world's first zip line from pier to shore, as well as themed indoor climbing walls and challenges.
On a sunny day you will have blue skies in the background and the beautiful, award winning beaches. Off season it's free to get on the pier, during the main season there is a small fee to get on. At the pier entrance you'll find a large arcade with the latest games, plus everything from ice-cream to sun hats, postcards and lots more.
Famous for our red squirrels (we sponsor two!), wildlife and the scouting movement.
Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck hills on one side, and across the nature reserves to the beautiful Sandy beaches on the other. The island is accessible by ferry from both Poole Harbour and Sandbanks.
The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle stand on a natural hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills. In the latter half of the 11th Century the Castle was rebuilt in stone by William the Conqueror and for the next six hundred years was a royal fortress used by the monarchs of England.
The village surrounding the castle offers a unique range of independent shops, pubs, restaurants, teahouses and two free museums.
Visitors can experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.
You can even take charge of a train by taking one of the railways Driving Experience courses!
The Tank Museum is a brilliant collection of armoured fighting vehicles at Bovington Camp in Dorset. It boasts Brad Pitt as one of its recent visitors.