Turtles and angels at Adventure Wonderland
Dorset’s award-winning family theme park Adventure Wonderland is the perfect place to keep the kids entertained this May half term. The park, opposite Bournemouth Airport, has more than 30 exciting outside rides including the Runaway Train, Ghostly Galleon, Battle Boats and Flying Jumbos, plus the ever-popular Cuddle Corner farmyard and the south's largest hedge maze.
On 31 May, there will be not one, but two, of the world-famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arriving at Adventure Wonderland. Raphael and Leonardo have taken time off from battling with the forces of evil to appear at the Park at intervals throughout the day, so don’t forget to take your camera. On 17 June Heart FM’s Angels will be at the park to keep the kids entertained, playing games and face painting. Also, watch out for a thrilling new water ride opening this year!
Don’t forget to book online for a 10% discount. Details of all activities can be found at www.adventurewonderland.co.uk or by calling 01202 483444.
See The Tank Museum’s new Tiger Collection
The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. See almost 300 armoured vehicles as you explore eight powerful exhibitions. There are family-friendly activities taking place every day and the 1pm Tanks in Action display every weekday. Children can let off steam in the outdoor play area or inside soft play, adjacent to the Museum’s Café. New for Spring 2017, don’t miss “The Tiger Collection”, which brings the Tiger tank family together in a world first. Visit www.tankmuseum.org
Ahoy Matey… the Pirate Ship at Snowtrax is now open!
Complete with multiple decks, a pirate’s pole, working helm and spiral slide, the Pirate Ship at Snowtrax is perfect for everyone from land lovers to seasoned buccaneers! Topped with its very own jolly roger, the Galleon is a seriously impressive vessel that’s more than ship shape for a day’s fun for the kids! The pirate ship is recommended for ages 5 and over – Snowtrax can’t wait to welcome you aboard! For details ring 01202 499155 or visit the web - www.snowtraxstore.co.uk
The latest Moos and Views from Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park
Even when it's pouring down with rain, Farmer Palmer’s is a great place to visit. There’s plenty to do under shelter and, anyway, who doesn't love to pull on their wellington boots and splash in muddy puddles. Visitors always receive a warm welcome from the friendly staff and enjoy the peaceful setting of this scenic, countryside attraction. Children can have fun exploring the park – jumping on the inside bouncy castle, watching the piggy racing, pedalling on the go-karts and clambering up the straw mountain. Save money by buying an annual pass and indulge your child in hours of unlimited play! Find Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park at Wareham Rd, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU. For more details call 01202 622022 or visit www.farmerpalmers.co.uk
Discover 1000’s of amazing creatures come rain or shine!
Experience a magical underwater adventure at the Oceanarium this half term. Home to thousands of enchanting creatures, discover a very cute colony of Humboldt penguins, a family of mischievous otters, a cunning croc, menacing piranhas, stunning sharks, mesmerising jellyfish and beautiful clownfish. Don’t miss daily talks and feeds and additional school holiday activities plus make sure you pay a visit to the kids’ play zone, Offshore Café, Bay View Terrace and The Cove shop. Whatever the weather, there’s so much to ‘sea’ and explore. Find the Oceanarium next to Bournemouth Pier. Book online for fantastic savings at www.oceanarium.co.uk
Whitsun Kid’s Club at Osprey Leisure Centre
This school holiday Osprey Leisure Centre has scheduled the usual variety of popular activities for kids aged 5 -14 years into its programme, from 30 May through to 2 June.
Amongst the usual mix of activity days Osprey is now offering a full or half day option on Tuesdays and Thursdays which, if desired, can include the pool inflatable session for 9-14 year olds in the afternoon. Although available for birthday parties, this inflatable session is not otherwise available, other than during the school holidays for only £3 per child for a full 2 hours or free if incorporated in the activity day. Now that the Legacy Cafe is open, parents have the chance to add a lunch for only £3. For any further information call 01305 824378 or visit www.ospreyleisure.co.uk
Population Boom at the Heavy Horse Farm Park
Heavy Horses are the true stars of the show at The Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park and Rescue Centre. The Park has recently welcomed two Suffolk Punches, Uno and Abbey Rose who is in foal, as is Orestes, a rare Ardennes breed, who is loving all the attention from visitors. The attraction has launched a Heavy Horse campaign to raise awareness of how rare and endangered these breeds are. As well as the Heavy Horses, there are plenty of activities to be enjoyed, such as horse drawn carriage and pony rides, tractor trailer rides, engaging daily talks and tours, extensive play areas, go carts, vintage fairground rides, exciting bygone exhibits and a must visit to Smokey Joe’s ranch café. Visit www.dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk
Melon Madness at Monkey World
On Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Spring and Summer Bank Holiday weekends, every child that enters Monkey World bringing a melon for the primates will receive a free Monkey World badge. Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is open every day of the Bank Holiday weekend from 10am till 5pm (last entry 4pm) so take your family to see Monkey World’s family. Read more at www.monkeyworld.org
Lemur Landings - Bigger and better than ever!
Lemur Landings has always been a great place for the kids to let off steam but after a winter of refurbishments and new installations, this popular children’s entertainment and party centre is bigger and better than ever!
There’s still stacks of fun to be had on the enormous play frame, ball pool and cannon blaster arena, but now, there’s a brilliant new climbing zone with exciting interactive DigiWall, and confidence building Sky Tykes for younger visitors. Plus of course there’s everyone’s favourite, brand-new role play village and street scene. Littlies are not forgotten either, with a new baby sensory area and a dedicated play frame for those under 110cms.
A new suite of party rooms await, which is just the job for stress free parties and happy birthday memories. Better still, there’s no mess to clear up afterwards. A range of affordable party options are available for tiny tots to the most adventurous climbers. See the website www.lemurlandings.co.uk or call 01202 740500.
Take the Plunge at Splashdown
With summer just around the corner Splashdown is open every day right round until the end of September with all the flumes flowing and the slides sliding. It’s a great place for some good old fashioned fun for the whole family. Take a spin and choose a tune on Infinity, with its funky lights and disco sound effects. Plunge down the Grand Canyon or pick up speed on super-fast Velocity and don’t forget to say hello to the resident dragon in his lair! With loads of other exciting flumes and a toddler’s pool, book online at www.splashdownwaterparks.co.uk or call 01202 716000.
A new ride and swashbuckling shenanigans at Crealy
This May half term, join Crealy Adventure Park and Resort at its annual swashbuckling event, Pirate Week, and enjoy an adventure with Captain Crealy and his crew! The second brand new ride for 2017, The Jolly Roger, will be setting sail for its maiden voyage, so why not hop on this all-new giddy galleon, which will have the whole family in a spin. Throughout the week, Captain Crealy and his shipmates will be performing live shows on the Piazza Stage including family favourite Off the Pirates Cove. The resident Captain will also be looking for new recruits, and to do so will be holding his cutlass workshops, do you have what it takes?
In addition, Pop in the Park is back on Sunday 4 June with top tribute acts performing family friendly sing-along hits on the Piazza Stage. Book in advance online and save up to 20% off the gate price, and don’t forget to validate your ticket before you leave Crealy to receive seven days of fun for the price of one. Full details can be found at www.crealy.co.uk
Fun for all ages at RockReef Activity Attraction on Bournemouth Pier!
RockReef is open 7 days a week providing healthy, challenging fun whatever the weather! With 28 climbing challenges, a Highline aerial obstacle course, Pier cave, Vertical slide, leap of faith challenge and pier to shore zip wire, there’s plenty to keep all ages entertained.
Do you have a birthday coming up? If so, RockReef is one of the best birthday party venues in Bournemouth, with all parties including 1½ hours of activity and a choice of party food in a designated party area in the RockReef café.
During term time, RockReef's popular After School Club ‘RockStars’ is full of fun challenges and adventure activities and gives huge savings on regular prices. Visit www.rockreef.co.uk for more information or call 01202 237912.
Step back in time at Corfe Castle
On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May, the walls of Corfe castle will echo to the sound of swords and shields at its Medieval Living History event. Historia Normannis will bring the history of 900 years ago to life with combat displays, humorous historical presentations, demonstrations and talks. The following weekend, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May, explore an exciting period when falconry developed into a stylish, sophisticated and noble sport at the special Medieval Falconry event. During May half term week, from Tuesday 30 May to Sunday 4 June, there will be a performance of The Spice Box, a captivating, humorous story about a mysterious spice box washed up and captured on the shores of Purbeck. The performance, which will happen at intervals throughout the week, will be full of eastern promise with tales of spices, pillaging, pirate ships and kidnappings. For details see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle
Green fingers and family explorers at The Priest’s House Museum
The Priest’s House Museum and Garden in Wimborne has fun planned for all the family this spring. ‘Family Explorers’ on Tuesday 30 May, 10am to 2pm, will be a fun packed day of hands on, creative activities for all the family, and admission is just £1.75 per person. Other big attractions include the museum’s current special exhibition - ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’, which will appeal to green-fingered visitors of all ages. Plus, there are a range of self-directed children’s activities available throughout the year. Find the Priest’s House Museum and Garden at 23-27 High Street, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1HR. Call 01202 882533 or visit www.priest-house.co.uk
Into the Water at Pavilion Dance
Step into the blue with the foot-stomping and hand-tapping family dance adventure Into the Water by Up and Over It on Sunday 21 May, at Bournemouth’s Pavilion Dance. Featuring Riverdance alumni and Britain’s Got Talent duo, Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding, the beautiful, fast-paced adventure of discovery is set in a magical wasteland where anything is possible and friendship is everything. Packed with dance and percussion, this playful hour sees hands and feet fly at breathtaking speed in a cheerful jumble of rhythmic precision and folk-filled fun. For tickets, bookings and further information call 01202 203 630 or visit www.pdsw.org.uk
Bella To Go from Bella Ceramics
Bella Ceramics pottery painting studio in Weymouth is excited to offer a new way to enjoy pottery painting at a venue of your choice. The new service is titled ‘Bella to Go’, and it enables children to choose ceramic pieces, which are then packed in a box with everything that is needed to paint them with. The box can then be taken to any event, making it particularly good for kids’ birthdays, hen-do’s, girls’ nights in - or any gathering. Call 01305 780343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Love desserts? Love Creams Café Dorchester
As temperatures start to soar over the next few months, why not treat the kids to a delicious ice-cream or dessert at Dorchester’s Creams Café in Dorchester’s Brewery Square. This Italian/American ice-cream parlour serves up over 39 different types of ice-cream, along with freshly-made waffles, crepes and American cookie dough. The Italian gelatos are renowned for their smooth, rich and creamy taste. Get a taste of what’s in store by visiting www.creamscafe.com
Get spotted at the Martin Sheppard Football Academy
Martin Sheppard has been coaching football for many years in the Bournemouth area and is a very experienced level 2 coach. He runs training sessions that are designed to develop players of all abilities, while at the same time keeps the fun in football. Marc Scrimaglia who is the talent scout for Southampton will be attending various sessions, and will be looking to invite some players into the Southampton development programme. For more details visit www.sheppardcoaching.co.uk
Elves and Fairies at Wimborne Model Town
It’s Elves and Fairies week during Whitsun half term, from 27 May to 4 June, at Wimborne Model Town. Included in the fun line-up is Mervin Cole’s Family Fun and Magic Shows on 30 May and 1 June at 12noon and 2pm. Fun elves and fairies storytelling sessions will take place on 31 May at 11.30am and 2.30pm – so why not dress up in a magical costume to add to the special atmosphere? Throughout the week there will be a quiz around the model buildings where children can look for clues from the little people. Visit www.wimborne-modeltown.com
Youth Theatre workshops at the Bournemouth Pavilion
Now in its 5th Year, 2017 see’s the return of the successful Bournemouth Pavilion Summer Youth Theatre School in partnership with Enchanted Entertainment. This summer, why not take part in an 8-day long series of workshops based in the Pavilion Ballroom, aimed at improving musical theatre skills. The workshops will centre on singing, acting, dancing, performance techniques and general stage craft. At the end of the week, there will be two staged performances in front of a live audience in the Pavilion Ballroom. Visit www.bic.co.uk or call 01202 055555
New train ride and trail at Honeybrook
This half term exciting things will be happening at Honeybrook Farm. There’s a new train ride, running along the beautiful River Allen, and a fun Riverside trail to explore and meet the wildlife. There’s plenty of opportunities to cuddle a rabbit, meet the farm animals and enjoy the play areas. Also, Children can take an adventure on the pre-bookable Wild Skills Wednesday and Forest School Friday. 2017 admission prices now include train and tractor rides. Visit www.honeybrook.org
Enjoy outdoor activities at Brenscombe Outdoor
During the school holiday, children aged 8 - 14 can have a go at new activities, polish their skills and enjoy a fun, packed programme at Brenscombe’s Adventure Day Camps. Activities include canoeing, climbing, high ropes, bush craft, archery, air rifles, team games, raft building and much more. For bookings and information visit www.brenscombeoutdoor/daycamps
Outdoor Adventures at Lulworth for the whole family
This half-term, children aged 8 years+ can join the Lulworth Outdoors team for one of Dorset’s fastest-growing adventure activities – Coasteering. Traverse, swim, climb and jump through millions of years of earth’s history on this unique Jurassic experience. Book a session between 26 May and 4 June and try a three hour coasteering session for half price, costing just £25 per adult and £17 per child. For this discount, just quote ‘JUMP’ when booking on 01929 400155. Visit www.experiencelulworth.com
Herb garden tips from Orchard Park
Herbs are easy to grow, so are especially good plants to introduce children to gardening. Try planting a selection of tasty herbs valued as much for their ornamental appeal as their flavour. From sage to thyme, rosemary to clipped bay and flowering chives, combine herbs valued for their ornamental beauty to produce long-lasting displays as well as regular pickings for the kitchen. In small spaces herbs can be grown in pots, either planting them individually and grouping pots together into displays or creating bold combinations in larger containers. As many herbs have Mediterranean origins they relish a site in full sun where they can bake during summer. For details call 01747 835544 or visit www.orchardpark.biz
Pop into Poole Pottery this half term
This half term pop in to Poole Pottery to have fun designing and painting a piece of ceramic. Choose from a wide selection of pieces from plates and mugs to money boxes and ornaments. Your item will be fired in the Poole Pottery kilns, ready for collection a few days later. Prices start from just £7 – see their advert for a money-off voucher. Find Paint a Pot at Poole Pottery at The Quay, Poole. For details ring 01202 668681
A convenient way to transport all your summer items
Roll on Summer’s trolleys and waterproof based beach bags make perfect accessories for festivals, camping and beach days out with the family. Load up with all your essentials; towels, buckets, spades, boogie board, wetsuits, picnic and sun umbrella and still have a hand free for your coffee, child, phone - whatever you choose! Plus, the beach bags are perfect for carrying the family’s wet swimmers home. See Roll on Summer’s advert on page 20 of the latest magazine and take advantage of 20% off all the range. Visit www.rollonsummer.co.uk
Bubble Football and Bubble Mayhem Parties with Vertigo Zorbing
Footie gets a bubble-shaped upgrade with Vertigo Zorbing! With torsos encased in a clear, protective sphere, players can hurl themselves into an hour-long session full of different games. Opposing teams will collide, rebound and roll head-over-heals as they battle for the win, safely cushioned by their inflatable Zorbs. Visit Vertigo Zorbing in Bournemouth or Poole for a fun packed experience. Visit www.vertigozorbing.co.uk.