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Minterne House has been the home of the Churchill's and Digby's family for the last 350 years and now the seat of the 12th Lord Digby. It was rebuilt in 1905 by Leonard Stokes after the previous house was destroyed by dry rot. Minterne nestles in 1,300 acres of beautiful Dorset Countryside and is described by Simon Jenkins in his book ‘England’s 1,000 Best houses,’ as a “Corner of Paradise.”

Tourist Information: Family Outings
We note below a selection of many of the local family activities available in our area.  To have the latest information please also check
a site maintained by South West Tourism.  You will also be able to get discount vouchers to print off for many of the attractions.

Alice in Wonderland
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01202 483 44401202 483 444
Open end of March until beginning of September, then just weekends until the end of October.
Opposite airport at Hurn, Christchurch (Just of the A338) Delightful park and maze based on the timeless Alice theme. Especially appealing to younger children with rides, play areas and panto-style shows with the Mad Hatter, Alice and friends.

Suitable for Children
Tel: 01590 61234501590 612345
Open daily from 10am.
Near Brockenhurst in the New Forest.
Featuring The National Motor Museum, Palace House, The Abbey and Exhibitions, glorious gardens and rides and drives.

Bowling - Weymouth
Suitable for Children
Tel: 0843 290 8935

Bowlplex, Yeovil
Tel: 01935 4345550843 290 8945

Cheddar Caves and Gorge
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01934 74234301934 742343
Open every day
B3135 Mendip Hills off A371.
Beautiful showcaves in Britain's biggest gorge.

Deep Sea Adventure and Sharky's Playzone
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01305 76069001305 760690
Open daily from 9.30am until 7pm
9 Custom House Quay, Weymouth.
Two separate attractions under one roof. Deep Sea Adventure takes you on a unique journey, encountering underwater exploration and featuring "The Titanic Experience". Sharky's Playzone is an all weather kids adventure play zone.

Leisure Ranch
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01305 761 42001305 761 420
Open seven days a week
Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth
Formula K go-karts, mini cars/karts for children, double go-karts for an adult and child to go together, cresta run giant slide.

Mill on the Brue
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01749 81230701749 812307
Bruton, near Castle Cary.
Outdoor pursuits centre for activity days. Booking essential.

Pecorama Gardens Games and Trains
Suitable for Children 10.00 to 5.30 most days - closed Saturday afternoons.
Tel: 01297 2154201297 21542
Beer, Seaton, Devon
Home of the world's foremost manufacturer of model railway track and the location for the award-winning Beer Heights Light Railway. Also enjoy the gardens with glorious views across Lyme Bay to distant Portland Bill. Safety surfaced children's activity areas feature play equipment ranging from toddler's swings to a wooden maze, cable slide and giant climbing frame, whilst the adults can try their skill and stamina on the crazy golf course and fitness trail.

Sea-Life Park
Suitable for Children
Tel: 01305 788 25501305 788 255
Open daily
Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth.
Features an incredible array of marine creatures, from sharks to sea horses.

Smuggler's / Tithe Barn -
Suitable for Children part of Abbotsbury Childrens farm,
Tel: 01305 87181701305 871817
February half-term - October, daily.
New barn road, Abbotsbury, signposted on entering the village.
Themed soft play zone, pony rides, toy tractor racing, all weather fun, friendly animals to meet.

Wookey Hole Caves
Suitable for Children
(01749) 672243(01749) 672243
Open all year from 10.00am
Wells, Somerset. From M5 junction 22 follow brown and white signs A38 & A371. From Bath follow A39 to Wells. Britains most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey. Opportunity for visitors to make paper themselves and see Victorians at play featuring the popular Pier with the Old Penny Arcade, Magical Mirror Maze, Hall of Crazy Mirrors and Cave Museum.

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