Enjoy Dorset any time of the year
Sadly, the sun doesn’t shine all year round in Dorset but there is no need to be down in the dumps if it does rain on your holiday.
Take a look at some of our rainy-day ideas and we will have you singing in the rain in no time.
Museum’s and workshops
Travel back in time and explore the fossils at the Dinosaurland Fossil Museum in Lyme Regis. The museum contains an excellent collection of local Jurassic marine fossils with over 12,00 specimens on show.
Discover the creatures of the Jurassic sea at Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium. The aquarium is full of local sea creatures, interesting presentations and historical exhibits. Buy tickets online and save 10%.
Explore Dorset’s history at the Dorset Country Museum in Dorchester. There are always museum events and exhibitions happening so check the website out before you go.
If you want to travel a little further afield then be sure to check out The Tank Museum in Wareham. It is Dorset’s largest indoor attraction! The museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays.
Why not try something different and book onto a glassblowing experience with Stuart Wiltshire in Weymouth. You will be fully assisted by Stuart when blowing and shaping the molten glass at 1120 degrees. You will also be able to choose your own glass colours and design your unique studio glass to take home. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Go behind the scenes and watch the action in the historic buildings of Palmers Brewery in Bridport. Palmers have been brewing in Dorset since 1794 and you will be able to watch every stage of the centuries-old brewing process. The tour ends with a beer tasting (or a soft drink) and you will also receive a Palmers glass tankard commemorating your visit. Please be advised that tours only run from Easter to the end of October and booking is highly recommended.
If you are after an award-winning beer from the Jurassic Coast, then pop down to the Lyme Regis Brewery. They have got a Brewery tap where you can try their beers on draught. Their shop on site also sells the full range of beers, local ciders and other local treats.
Ideal for Children
If you are looking for an adventure both above and below the ocean, then check out Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park. With 16 themed zones and over 1,000 creatures to see the Sea Life Park is definitely a full day out attraction.
Why not make a splash at Bridport Leisure Centre’s Big Splash fun session every Saturday and Sunday 2pm-3pm. Floats, mats, woggles and toys will fill both pools in this fun session for all the family. Under- eights must be accompanied by an adult (16+) and no more than two under-eights per adult. Also, on Saturdays 2pm-3pm there is the Big Splash inflatable session, where there is a mega twin-track inflation with jumps, slides and hurdles.
The Fun Factory in Weymouth has everything you need to entertain the kids. There is a huge indoor soft play area with crawl tubes, firing canons and a 4-lane slide. There is also a laserzone and a separate toddler area to keep all ages entertained.
Make a splash at Splash Down in Poole. With 13 thrilling rides both indoor and outdoor, there is something for everyone. Seasonal rides open in April.
The Seaton Jurassic Centre is a great family location – totally interactive and fun for everyone.
A rainy day means only one thing- Cinema time. In Dorset there is a range of cinemas to choose from. Have a look at our list below to see what one you fancy:
- Plaza Dorchester; opened in 1933 as a single screen cinema and now boasts 4. This cinema is perfect if you haven’t had the chance to watch films which were released a while ago or wanted to watch the Royal Ballet live. The pricing of the tickets kept as low as possible to make it accessible for everyone. All seats are £2.50 Monday- Friday/ £3.50 Saturday and Sunday.
- Oden Dorchester; if you want a modern, small chain cinema then Oden is great. Prices range from £3 off peak to £6.25 peak.
- Cineworld Yeovil; if you want a big 10-screen cinema in a small complex which shows all the latest films then Cineworld is for you. Although expensive, you are paying for experience.
- Scott Cinema Sidmouth; a local smaller cinema- perfect if you want to catch up om some of the year’s best films or watch the Royal opera house on the big screen. Tickets range from £5 to £8.10
If you are after a more active activity, then why don’t you go bowling! There are several places near here to go bowling.
- Jurassic Fun Centre, Burton Bradstock; There are six full-sized American 10-pin bowling lanes to enjoy, offering something for everyone. All lanes are bookable from 10am-8pm.
- MFA Bowl, Weymouth; with weekly offers, many lanes and late closing times, you will definitely have a good time.