Monkey World

Top Ten Things To Do

Fun-filled family days out and amazing things to do in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch!

1. Monkey World

Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim and Alison Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a permanent, stable home.

Today 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 150 primates of 15 different species in relaxed surroundings giving the monkeys happiness and freedom that they would have otherwise not experienced.

Monkey World offers families both an educational and extremely exciting day out. With an Adventure Play area, picnic area, themed & seasonal events, Monkey World is definitely top of our list for a fantastic family day. Just be careful not to leave Dad behind!

Go Ape

2. Moors Valley - Forest Segway

Go on an epic adventure at Moors Valley!

Using the latest, state of the art technology, you and your friends can glide around the forest on these fantastic self-balancing electrical segways!

Segways are tremendous fun and they are suitable for all ages! There's no better way to explore the beauty of the New Forest!

Moors Valley offers lots of other attractions for families from the Steam Railway to walks & cycling, golf, wildlife and much much more.

Adventure Wonderland

3. Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland is brimming with your favourite themes and characters, making it Dorset's Number 1 Theme Park for boys and girls alike.

So if you're a would-be Pirate, an intrepid Explorer, a Mad Hatter or just a plain old fashioned Fun Lover, then you and your family have got a real treat in store! At Adventure Wonderland there is something for everyone. Seasonal events, theatre groups, rides, baby soft play area, gift shop etc.

Matchams Karting

4. Matchams Karting

At Matchams Karting you can be a racing car driver for the day!

Matchams has 420 metres of outdoor karting circuit for you to zoom around. The circuit is perfect for parties, corporate functions, open events or just a great day out with friends and family.

At Matchams you will race around on 200cc Biz Karts, which are perfect for twisting and turning around corners and nipping past your opponents on the circuit's long straights, fast corners, and tight hairpin bends...Matchams have it all!

Oceanarium

5. Oceanarium

Explore the secrets of the ocean in an adventure that will take you to some of the world's most amazing waters. The Oceanarium at Pier Approach Bournemouth brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe -more than just an aquarium, a vibrant experience through the oasis of water.

The Oceanarium is a fully interactive experience with touch screen games, feeding demonstrations and talks, plasma screen documentaries, walk-through underwater tunnel and exhibits to help you discover more about this fascinating underwater world.

Tower Park

6. Tower Park

Tower Park is jam-packed with restaurants, entertainment and things to do. With everything from a modern multi-screen cinema that plays all of the latest films, to countless restaurants including Frankie & Benny's, Pizza Express and Nandos - There is something for everyone, no matter what mood you are in or what tasty treat you fancy. That's not all, Tower Park is also home to the Lemur Landings play area, Bowlplex, Gala Bingo, Amusements and a Sweet Shop!

One of the main attractions at Tower Park is Splashdown, the South's Ultimate Waterpark. Throughout the year Splashdown have brilliant water slides and rides with twists, turns and drops that are sure to make you scream! Don't worry, if you would rather relax then there are swimming pools too.

Tower Park is the perfect place to visit for a fun filled experience all year round!

Brownsea Island

7. Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, offering spectacular views across to Studland, Old Harry Rocks and the Purbeck Hills. It offers a peaceful, natural setting - ideal for walks, picnics and exploring. The island is home to nationally and internationally important wildlife, including rare red squirrels. Natural habitats include pinewoods, heathland, shoreline and lagoon - where breeding and overwintering birds collect. The island has a fascinating and varied history, including use as a daffodil farm, pottery works and a decoy to protect Poole in the Second World War. Robert Baden-Powell held the first experimental scout camp here in 1907 and the island is now known worldwide as the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding.

Today Brownsea Island has many different activities all year round including open theatre groups, family activity days, wildlife walks and much more.

Falmer Palmer's

8. Farmer Palmer's

Set on the outskirts of Poole, Farmer Palmer's offers a superb afternoon for families with younger children. Whether it be feeding the lambs or piglets, or meeting the other animals, Farmer Palmer's is a great way to bring the countryside to young children.

With a variety of different play zones, walks & tractor rides, you really get a taste of life down on the farm

heavy horse centre

9. Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

A true treasure located in the Dorset countryside, this Heavy Horse Farm Park gives fascinating talks, tours and displays throughout the day, mesmerising audiences with fantastic facts, information and stories of the past when heavy horse power was used across the country.

Get up close and personal with these beautiful beasts, and even take a free wagon ride around the park! Whilst you enjoy your wagon ride, you can discover how these horses were trained to plough fields, work the land and why it is important to keep them in ‘employment.’ 

You will be intrigued and stunned at how majestic and intelligent these horses are. Other animals at the park include chickens, ducks, cows, pop-bellied pigs, rabbits, Shetland ponies, sheep, goats and even lamas!

The park has a play area, trampoline, gift shop and picnic benches. You can even indulge in a spot of lunch at the café and then take the kids on a free tractor trailer ride! Kids can even drive a tractor too!

It is a fantastic day out for all of the family that not only entertains, but educates you too.

Bournemouth Eye

10. Bournemouth Eye

Not one for the weak hearted! The Bournemouth Eye, Bournemouth's Highest attraction, is a spherical helium-filled balloon with an enclosed gondola that carries 25-30 passengers.

Tethered by a high tensile steel cable, the balloon lifts to a height of 500 feet while providing a panoramic view of the English Channel and surrounding area (over 20 miles) from the highest public observation point in Bournemouth.

For fantastic views across the Dorset countryside and along the Jurassic Coast!

To read about the History of Bournemouth, click here.

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