Dorset Wildlife Centres

Bournemouth Oceanarium

Take an underwater adventure around the waters of the world and come face to face with hundreds of awesome creatures. Immerse yourself in a sea of colour, with ten spectacular recreated environments.

Home to all your favourites, from tiny terrapins and stunning sharks to graceful stingrays and a weirdly wondderful octopus.

With plasma screen documentaries, fantastic interactive displays and regular feeding presentations, you can discover more about the spectacular aquatic world.

Be enchanted by the latest additions to the Oceanarium family, two very cute Oriental small clawed otters! Watch them swim, splash, feed and play in their exotic, naturally themed oasis.

Oceanarium is open daily from 10am, with extended opening hours during the summer evenings. Closed Christmas Day. And remember, your ticket is valid throughout the day!

Monkey World

Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating day out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham.

The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world.

Some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species including Europe’s official orang-utan crèche!

Daily keepers’ talks provide a captivating insight into life at the park and its inhabitants – staff are so enthusiastic about what they do, giving a real feel-good factor.

Abbotsbury Swannery

This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.

The 600-year-old swannery is a natural history paradise. Home to the only managed colony of free-flying mute swans in the world that visitors can walk among. During the nesting and hatching period (end May-end June), it is possible to be standing next to hatching eggs. On average, over 100 nests produce over 600 cygnets for visitors to literally walk amongst. Self-service coffee shop, gift shop, audiovisual show, free car parking and rustic play area.

Farmer Palmer’s

Whatever the weather, Farmer Palmer’s near Poole has stacks of indoor and outdoor play areas with lots of exciting activities. Watch the kids run, slide, climb and bounce as they explore the farm park.

Relax in the Hen House Restaurant with a delicious coffee and indulge in a slice of home made cake!

Our team of happy, friendly staff are ready to deliver excellent customer service so busy parents and excitable children will be well looked after at our award winning farm park!  Remember to keep an eye out for the real Farmer Palmer! – “Arguably the best value for money visitor attraction for the under 8’s in the south of England!”

New Forest

New Forest Activities are the experts in delivering outdoor activities in this wonderful National Park. Our vision is to draw the areas best experiences into one place, making it easy for you to make the most of your time in The New Forest.

With our expert instructors and guides, you will feel safe whilst enjoying the best range of things to do in Hampshire. Find out more about things to do in the New Forest and how you can have the most fun possible.

Choose from a wide range of activities to build your own perfect adventure in the New Forest National Park.