We love going on adventures! I think you’d notice if you went and opened our boot: Wellies, splash suits, spare clothes, sun hats, sun cream, wet suit, shades, umbrella, car potty… They’re all in there 24/7, because you just never know where today might take you, right!? 🙂
Where do we normally go? Living right by Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, we generally go for a splash in the sea, for a hike up and down the coastal path, for a long beach walk in Studland or a quick excursion down to Durdle Door, finished off with a pub lunch… We are spoilt for choice in terms of outdoor activities. Having been in this area for nearly 3.5 years, we still haven’t quite got used to the fact that wherever you go, people always assume you’re on holiday (“Enjoy the rest of your holidays!” “Have a nice holiday!” “Hope you have a nice stay!”) — we’ve stopped explaining ourselves now and often just smile and say Thanks.
What can we recommend?
My favourite place in Dorset is Shell Beach in Studland, followed by the stunning views of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Our big girl likes Houns Tout for the sea view and Swanage Beach (definitely for the ice-cream!).
For a rainy day, Putlake Adventure Farm with their large soft-play area and all sorts of animals will do the trick. If you take coffee and cake just as seriously as we do, there’s no better place than Love Cake Etc. in Swanage. They are child-friendly and provide high chairs and childrens’ portions.
Corfe Castle not only has one of the most photographed castles in the country, but also a lovely tearoom with great views. Our girls love it there, especially in the summer.
In winter, the steam train running between Corfe Castle and Swanage has Father Christmas on board, which is our family highlight every year (presents for children, mulled wine for grown-ups, what could possibly go wrong?) 🙂
If you’re into crabbing, locals recommend smoked bacon as bait. Who would have thought! A good place for crabbing is along the far end of Swanage Beach (by the pier) or, of course, Kimmeridge Bay.