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If you fancy getting away from your caravan park and want to know what there is to see and do in Dorset the list below offers some ideas of places to visit on your holiday.

Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland is the only theme park in Dorset so it’s an essential day out for those looking for some excitement during their caravan holiday! Based loosely around the Alice adventures, the theme park offers rides, thrills, a Wonderland Maze, indoor play centre and much more, all easily accessible from much of Dorset.

The park holds events and special shows in the Happydrome Theatre, so it’s worth watching out for what’s upcoming, and while the park is outdoors, it is perfect for all weathers with many undercover areas and the Wild Thing indoor play centre too.

Access at the park varies throughout the year, so if you go in low season you might find some of the facilities closed. High season and everything should be available to explore, but it’s probably best to check all the details on the Advernture Wonderland website first. www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Sealife Adventure Park And Tower

With over 1,000 different creatures, a visit to the Sealife Adventure Park and Tower is a must if you’re holidaying in the Dorset area. Located right in Weymouth it’s easily accessible wherever you’re holidaying and offers a rainy day guarantee for that unpredictable British weather!

The Sealife Centre itself is the closest you’ll get to marine life without getting your feet wet and there’s everything here from sharks to stingrays, crabs and octopuses for you to explore and investigate with all the family.

Wander around the Adventure Park and enjoy all the features, get hands on with some of the creatures, and then enter the tower for a 50 foot high ride over Weymouth itself! The Sealife Adventure Park and Tower is open through most of the main season, but to avoid disappointment there’s a full calendar on the website.

Dinosaur Museum

If you’re visiting Dorset for a glimpse at the Jurassic Coast then you’ll be pleased to know that the area also has the only dinosaur museum in Britain. Situated near Dorchester it’s a treat for all the family, and offers plenty of rainy day fun too!

There are bones and fossils, real dinosaur reconstructions, and hands-on displays so the kids can really get involved too. It’s little wonder it’s an award winning venue. If you’re off to Dorset because you have dinosaur mad kids who want to go and look for fossils, then this is definitely one for the itinerary!

Throughout the year the Dinosaur Museum holds events and special themed days, so it’s always best to check the diary on the website to make sure you get the most fun out of your visit! www.thedinosaurmuseum.com

Portland Castle

Portland is a beautiful place to visit if you’re in the area with stunning coastline, its famous lighthouse and of course Portland Castle. Built in the early 1540s to protect against Spanish and French invasion, today it’s one of the busiest tourist attractions in the area.

There’s lots included in the entrance fee, and you can explore the entire castle taking advantage of the audio tour function provided. Whether you’re interested in the sea platforms and fortifications, or the Tudor kitchens and herb gardens, it’s a lovely day out and the Captain’s Tearoom offers plenty in the way of food and refreshments too.

Portland Castle is open for much of high season, but it does close through the winter months, full opening times and entry costs can be found on their website: www.english-heritage.org.uk