Summer fun for all the family - Public Health Dorset


Summer fun for all the family

School's out! It's summertime in Dorset and there is no shortage of exciting activities to keep you busy right here in our beautiful county. Getting out and about is great for our wellbeing - from Nature trails to local festivals, not forgetting a wealth of local museums, libraries and galleries. Dorset has so much more to offer on your doorstep that you might imagine!

Over the summer holidays many supermarkets and restaurant chains are offering kids eat free or cheap deals. These offers and discounts help families eat well and save money while staying entertained. See what deals are available over the summer holidays.


Here's 3 great reasons to make the most of activities this season:

1. Reconnect with nature is a natural tonic for our overall wellbeing. We have the best of both worlds with coast and countryside in Dorset; so whether it's a nature trail through shady cool woods, a picnic in one of our many parks or a simple stroll by the beach – it's sure to lift your mood and reduce stress.

2. Getting outdoors is always a boost to our physical health too. Walking, cycling, beach volleyball, or swimming in open waters - it's always good to raise the heat rate,  improve stamina and move our bodies to keep us feeling great.

3. Socialising and making connections helps foster a sense of belonging, creates memories and provides a sense of fulfilment. Taking part in group activities and community events is a great place to start. Making plans with friends doesn't have to be complicated or expensive, time spent together enjoying the simple things can be a real mood-booster!

Looking for family fun activities to enjoy in Dorset?

Here's what's on offer this summer:

Visit Dorset:
This official tourism website features a dedicated section for family-friendly activities. Browse through their events calendar for the latest happenings in the area. Visit to find out more.

Dorset Council:
The Dorset Council website offers information about parks, recreation facilities, and community events throughout the county.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council:
See what's happening in your local area using the BCP Council website

National Trust:
Explore National Trust sites in Dorset, which often host family-oriented events and workshops during the summer months. Visit to find out more.

Wessex Orienteering Club:
A friendly and active Dorset club, providing local orienteering courses all over the county. Find your nearest course.

The Parks Foundation:
A charity providing activities for residents in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole to improve health and enhance local parks and green spaces. See what events are happening this summer.

Your local library may have activities happening this summer for the family to enjoy. Find out what's happening in libraries in Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

10 Minute Shake Up:
Get the kids moving with these fun games inspired by some of their favourite Disney characters - helping them to reach the 60 active minutes they need every day. Find out more about the 10 Minute Shake Up.

They have created a extensive list of activities to do inside and outside, for your little ones and bigger ones too. There are things to see, create, experience and feel. Check out the school holidays survival kit to find out more.

Ellen Finlay

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