Fun things to do with the family
The Teddy Bear Museum, with Edward Bear and his family of people-sized bears in Teddy Bear House. From the earliest antique teddy bears to today’s TV favourites. Tithe Children’s Farm is ideal for under 11’s and features lots of friendly animals that you can pet and feed at regular times.
Abbotsbury Swannery is also worth a visit – one of the few places in the world where one can walk amongst swans. Corfe Castle Model Village, features life size soldiers, fairy garden, village punishment area, fossil corner, wildlife garden, giant games, and miniature museum.
Swanage Railway offers a more intensive heritage steam and diesel timetable experience than virtually any other preserved railway.
Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. At the Monkey World Centre, refugees of this illegal trade, as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect, are rehabilitated into natural living groups.
Great picnic spots
Take a boat to Brownsea Island, an old haunt of smugglers but now a nature reserve. Watch red squirrels, deer, and seabirds nose-diving into the sea, see spectacular views of Old Harry Rocks and the Purbeck Hills. Try out the new cliff top walk or the Smugglers’ Trail to the treasure chest on this car-free island where you can take your picnic anywhere. Have a ‘Famous Five’ picnic at Corfe Castle, Enid Blyton’s inspiration for Kirren Castle. Take a hamper and rug and find a grassy spot in the outer bailey or west bailey within the Castle.