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Tourist Information: Animals
Abbotsbury Swannery
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01305 871 858
www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
Open Easter to end October - 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Swannery, Gardens & Children's Farm
Located between Weymouth and Bridport on theB3157 Over 600 free flying swans, baby swans hatch May end to June end, help feed daily 12 noon until 4pm. Children's ugly duckling trail, shire horse and cart service.

Badger & Wildlife Night Watch

Suitable for Children
Tel: 01300 345293
www.badgerwatchdorset.co.uk
Old Henley Farm, Buckland Newton, Dorchester Purpose built heated hide for 12 people to watch badgers foraging for food, plus owls, foxes, rabbits. Also quad bikes, clay pigeon shooting and archery. Stay for an hour or all night. Early booking essential.

Farmer Palmer's
Suitable for Children
www.farmerpalmers.co.uk
Tel: 01202 622022
Various opening times from April - September. 10am - 5:30pm
Organford, off A25 nr Wareham Fun filled farm for children, trailer rides, feeding lambs, straw barn.

Ferne Animal Sanctuary
Suitable for Children
Dogs Allowed
Tel: 01460 65214
www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org
Open every day except Christmas and New Years Day.
Chard, Somerset. Signposted from the A30 Free entry 51 acres of lovely Somerset countryside, over 300 animals including horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, sheep, cats, dogs, cattle, terrapins, poultry, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs. Dogs welcome on leads. Supported solely by public donations.

Heavy Horse and Animal Centre
Suitable for Children
Tel:  01202 824 040
Open daily from 10am - 5pm.
On the B3081, Verwood, Dorset. Well signposted from the village centre. The home of the Shire and the Clydesdale, Percheron, Suffolk and Ardenne. Visit them in their stables and also see them paraded throughout the day with live commentaries. They also have miniature ponies, donkeys, llamas, pygmy goats, pigs, baby lambs, trailer rides and play area. Children can also have a riding lesson at our fully licensed Equestrian Centre with qualified staff.
dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk/

Kingston Maurward Gardens
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01305 215 0030
www.kmc.ac.uk/gardens
Open from end of March until end October
Signposted off the A35 just before Dorchester. Farm animal park with various commercial and rare breeds for children to see and touch, plus walled Edwardian gardens, 35 acres of gardens and lawns five-acre lake with nature trail. Children can help feed some of the animals or perhaps see chicks hatching.

Longleat
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01985 844400
www.longleat.co.uk
Safari Park open April to October
Just off A36 between Bath and Salisbury. Located within a fantastic parkland setting, Longleat offers a great family day out. From lions and tigers and monkeys to giraffe, discover many of the worlds most majestic and endangered creatures as they roam within the magnificent Safari Park.

Monkey World - approx 23 miles.
Suitable for Children and a White Horse Farm favourite for many guests.
Tel: 0800 456 600 or 01929 462537
www.monkeyworld.org
Open all year
Between Bere Regis and Wool on the A35. You will have a great day out at this Ape Rescue Centre. It is a 40-acre park set in the Dorset countryside. The park is home to chimpanzees, orangutans, siamang gibbons, lemurs and more. There are keeper talks throughout the park at set times, children can test their skills on the fifteen stage obstacle course and enjoy the three outdoor play areas including mini motor bikes, mini boats, swings and slide.

Putlake Adventure Farm
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01929 422 917 or 01929 423 751
www.putlakeadventurefarm.com
Open Easter until end October
Langton Maltravers, Nr Swanage. on B3069. Visitors are encouraged to explore and make contact with a variety of friendly animals in a relaxed atmosphere. You can bottle feed the lambs and goats and at 4pm have a go at the hand milking. There are indoor and outdoor picnic and play areas, gift shop, tearoom, farm trail to walk, pony rides and trailer rides. 8,600 sq ft of fun under cover.

Radipole Lake Nature Reserve
Suitable for Children www.rspb/radipolelake
Tel: 01305 778313
Swannery Car Park, Weymouth. Nature haven of peace yards from busy town centre, swans, wild birds, visitor centre, walks, events. Nearby is Lodmoor Country Park and RSPB reserve.

Sea-Life Park
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01305 788255
www.sealife.co.uk
Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth. Set in spacious landscaped grounds, the parks unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions makes it a great day out whatever the weather.
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