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Perfect kids days out, children's rainy day activities, fun days for kids, historical attractions, animal attractions, parks, zoos, museums, gardens and places of interest for the whole family.

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Wessex Raceway in Salisbury, Wiltshire is the South of England’s biggest and fastest indoor karting track. Established for over 12 years, Wessex Raceway is a leading member of the National Karting Association and offers a fun and safe environment for children to learn how to kart.

Our industry leading training sessions are available for drivers from age 8 to 13 years, whilst our super quick track and expert staff guarantee that you will enjoy your time with us no matter what age you are.

Why not combine your karting with our breath-taking laser combat games next door in Virtual Warfare. With the latest technology and massive 11,000 sq. ft. indoor arenas, Virtual Warfare features 3 types of gun, random weapon generation and medic boxes, and what’s more our family open sessions work for adults and kids alike.

Unlike any other laser gaming in the region, our action satisfies everyone!

Take a virtual streetview tour round Virtual Warfare here!
View the massive Wessex Raceway track on streetview here!

Karting birthday parties for children in Wiltshire

Address: Blandford Road ,Salisbury SP5 5RL

Tel:

01725 519010

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The Tank Museum houses the world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting vehicles from unique WW1 tanks to the latest main battle tank of the British Army - Challenger.

Address: Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

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(01929) 405096

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Compton Acres

Compton Acres is a 10 acre site with twelve individual gardens offering one of the most varied selections of gardens in one place anywhere in Europe.

Compton Acres\' model railway - opened in November 2002 - will be of interest to visitors of all ages. Sited in a separate and dedicated building 1,200ft.of track has been laid with 15 trains - both steam and modern - running through a variety of landscapes.

Address: Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset BH13 7ES

Tel:

(01202) 700778

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Tumble Tots is the UK’s leading physical play programme for children from 6 months to seven years. Since 1979 we have been helping to develop children’s essential life skills through our highly respected physical activity programme. Taking part in our fun-filled regular weekly sessions, using our colourful, specifically designed wooden and foam equipment, children are encouraged to build and develop their:

  • Agility
   
  • Language
 
  • Co-ordination
  • Listening
 
  • Social skills
 
  • Self-confidence
  • Balance
 
  • Self-esteem
 
  • Gross motor skills
  • Climbing
 
  • Fine motor skills

Parents with children under three actively participate in sessions. The Tumble Tots Programmes are carefully structured in five age groups according to your child’s age and stage of development:

Gymbabes: Six months to walking
Tumble Tots: Walking to two years
Tumble Tots: Two to three years
Tumble Tots: Three Years to school age
Gymbobs: School age to seven years

To find your nearest exciting, activity packed centre and to book a class on-line, visit our website now.

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(0121) 585 7003

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The Keep Military Museum

The museum chronicles the military life of the following regiments: The Devonshire Regiment, The Dorset Regiment, The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, The Dorset Yeomanry, The Queen\'s Own Dorset Yeomanry, The Dorset Militia, The Royal Devon Yeomanry and 94 Field Regiment RA. The museum includes a tea shop and gift shop and has wheelchair access to all floors.

Web: www.keepmilitarymuseum.org

Address: Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RN

Tel:

(01305) 26406

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The Dinosaur Museum

Britain's original and award winning Dinosaur Museum located in Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, only 7 miles from the Jurassic Coast.

Great day out for children and grown ups alike! The museum combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and dinosaur skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Hands-on displays help tell the story of the giant prehistoric animals and their enthralling world millions of years ago.

Address: The Dinosaur Museum Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EW
Web: www.thedinosaurmuseum.com

Tel:

01305 269880

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The National Cycle Network is 5000 miles of safe, signed, attractive cycle routes, open and mapped in June 2000. It is made up of traffic-free sections and traffic-calmed road and minor roads, running right through urban centres and reaching all parts of the UK.

Sustrans is the charity co-ordinating the project and will continue to work with local authorities to expand the Network to a target of 10,000 miles by 2005.

For more information on the National Cycle Network and Sustrans and a copy of their free catalogue of maps, information sheets and technical publications please call the number above or visit their website.

E-Mail: info@nationalcyclenetwork.org.uk

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(0117) 929 0888

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Kingston Lacy

Outstanding 17th century house containing many treasures with beautiful gardens and woodland walks. Amenities include children\'s woodland play area, restaurant and gift shop.Exciting events organised throughout the year. Please phone for full details.

Address: Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA

Tel:

(01202) 883402

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Max Gate

Novelist and poet Thomas Hardy designed and lived in this house from 1885 until his death in 1928. Here he wrote Tess of the d\'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge, as welll as much of his poetry.

Address: Alington Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2AB

Tel:

01297 489 481

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UKClimbing.com

UKClimbing.com offers a comprehensive list of local climbing centres throughout the UK.

Web: www.ukclimbing.com/databases/listings/clubs.html

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Bridge Street, Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Museum stands in the heart of the town, just where the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Built on the site of the home of Lyme’s renowned fossilist Mary Anning, the museum is one of the architectural gems of the town and is packed with fascinating displays. Find out about Lyme’s early and maritime history, its internationally important geology, its fossils and the many significant writers connected with the town, from Jane Austen to John Fowles.

Why not visit and see the Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur, the huge fossilised skull of a predator that swam the Dorset seas in the age of the dinosaur? The museum also runs its famous fossil walks where you can walk in the footprints of Mary Anning and discover your own fossil treasures from 200 million years ago.

Tel:

01297 443370

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Oceanarium Bournemouth

The Oceanarium contains marine life from both oceans and rivers all in naturally-themed habitats. Attractions include a 350,000 litre ocean tank recreating Australia’s barrier reef. A fantastic day out for the whole family.

Visit onto their great website where you will find all the information about the oceanarium plus many interesting marine facts, competitions and stories.

Web: www.oceanarium.co.uk

Address: Pier Approach, West Beach. Bournemouth BH2 5AA

Tel:

(01202) 311 993

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Wimborne Model Town & Gardens

Visit this exact replica of the town centre as it was in the 1950’s. You will be impressed with the sheer attention to detail. Even the many shop windows display the goods and services which were available to the good folk of the town all those years ago, providing a most fascinating insight into the life and times of the period.

Discover the many streets and shops fronts as you find yourself being gripped by the timeless quality of the models. It is hard to imagine the skills and dedication of the model makers who toiled away at their task over half a century ago.

Web: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

Address: King Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1DY

Tel:

(01202) 881924

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Possibly the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture; Highcliffe Castle is situated on the cliff top overlooking Christchurch Bay in Dorset.

Once home to Mr Selfridge, Highcliffe Castle is a fabulous day out for the whole family, the castle offers regular exhibitions and seasonal events as well as The Real Mr Selfridge Experience

Visit the extensive grounds and take a stroll down the Zig-Zag path to the beach.

Highcliffe Castle is open daily from 1st Feb to 23rd Dec

Address: Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 4LE

Tel:

01425 278807

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Corfe Castle

One of Britain's most dramatic ruins, this 1000 year old castle dominates the skyline of the Isle of Purbeck. Visit the family interactive visitor centre, superb gift shop and beautifully situated tea rooms. Exciting living history events, children\'s activities and guided walks organised regularly.

Address: Wareham, Dorset BH20 5EZ

Tel:

(01929) 481294

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Meet some of the watery world's craziest creatures, from prehistoric horseshoe crabs and sharp-shooting mantis shrimp, to the amazing puffer fish - which can expand to over twice its size when threatened! Whether it's odd, incredible or downright deadly Weymouth Sea Life Park lifts the lid on some of the marine world's strangest secrets.

Address: Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth DT4 7SX

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+44 (0)1305 788 255

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Serendipity Sam's

Children's Indoor Play, Party & Activity Centre

Lots of fun for toddlers whatever the weather at Serendipity Sam’s, the award winning family entertainment centre

We also organise Serendipity Sam’s Fantastic Parties.

Address: Reid Street, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2BT
Web: www.serendipitysams.co.uk/christchurch/

Tel:

01202 481015

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Hardy's Cottage

The small, thatched cottage where poet and novelist Thomas Hardy was born in 1840. It was built by his great-grandfather and is little altered since.

Address: Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester DT2 8QJ

Tel:

(01305) 262366

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With 18 Centres across the UK, Bowlplex, The Great Indoors, provides entertainment for all the family. There’s tenpin bowling, a late-licensed Stadium Sports Bar & Grill, Video World with all the latest arcade technology, the American Pool Pit, and much more.

Don’t let your little ones miss out on their special day. Our weekly Birthday Bash package is complete with unlimited games of bowling, a live entertainer and a visit from our own company mascot, Roley. This is no ordinary birthday party, this is a party charged with fun, laughter and energy, so join in the fun and let Bowlplex do the rest!

For bookings and further information on our packages or any excuse for a great day or night to remember, simply log on to our website where you will find full contact and address details of your local Centre.

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Monkey World

Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates. Monkey World works in conjunction with foreign governments from all over the world to stop the illegal smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia. At the park visitors can see more than 15 different species.

Web: www.monkeyworld.co.uk

Address: Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH

Tel:

(01929) 462537

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Blandford Leisure Centre

Address: Milldown Road DT11 7DB

Tel:

(01258) 455 566

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Littledown Leisure Centre

Address: Chaseside BH7 7DX

Tel:

(01202) 417 600

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Splashdown Waterpark

Address: Tower Park, Poole BH12 4NY

Tel:

(01202) 716 123

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Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre

Address: Blandford Road, Wimbourne, BH21 4DT

Tel:

(01202) 888 208

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Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre

Address: Stony Lane, Christchurch, BH23 1HW

Tel:

(01202) 477 987

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Purbeck Sports Centre & Swimming Pool

Address: Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PH

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(01929) 556 454

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