This week we are visiting another one of our beautiful Dorset parks – Rockely Park! Only a couple of miles from the centre of Poole, this park is perfect if your the kind of family that like to wander. Don’t worry if you are planning an relaxing break, Rockley Park is also for you! With a Spa on site and a nature reserve next door you don’t have far to travel if you are looking for somewhere to sit back and take in the calm air. We asked Johnny to track down the top five things to do while staying at our Rockely Park…
Europe’s largest natural harbour and Brownsea Island
Whilst visiting Rockley Park why not take in everything this beautiful coastline has to offer! You can take a stunning cruise along the coast which includes 5 islands and the world famous Sandbanks peninsular, home to the rich and famous. We highly recommend going to the stunning Brownsea Island, which Bill Oddie referred to as ‘the best place for seeing wildlife in Dorset’.
The Outdoor Centre provides a tree climbing trail which is an excellent way for your kids to really get back to nature. Need we say more?
We not take your little monkeys to this internationally-acclaimed ape rescue centre! You can see the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and then monkey around in the largest play area in the south! They offer regular talks about apes and help explain our close relation with them. This is a must see when visiting Dorset and it is sure to be a fun day out for the whole family!
This former winner of the Dorset Family Attraction of the Year is the only museum in mainland Britain to be solely devoted to dinosaurs! The Dinosaur museum combines realistic reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exhilarating hands-on experience. At this museum touching the reconstructions is encouraged, which I am sure many children will find refreshing! The life-size T-Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops are awaiting you!
This fantastic Castle has won Bournemouth Tourism Attraction of the Year 2013 and Trip Advisor awarded it a Certificate of Excellence. Here you can discover 1000 years of history, you must keep your eyes peeled for the ‘murder holes’ and try to count the arrow loops from when this castle was a fortress.This attraction also boasts 18th century tea rooms with a garden.You can also take in the breathtaking view across Purbeck!
Farmer Palmers Farm Park
Farmer Palmer‘s is a park aimed at those eight years and under where they can enjoy all the wonders that a farm has to offer! You will find different animal activities every half hour and dedicated natural play areas where children can easily have full day of entertainment. That’s not all; there is milking, feeding and even pig racing which is all really entertaining! The park really offers great value for money and a really fun day for all.
Do you agree with our top five choices? We’d love to hear your ideas!