Great family days out in Devon & Dorset
Devon and Dorset are wonderful parts of the UK to visit, and what better way to spend a day than at a National Trust property? They’ve moved towards putting children at the heart of many of their locations, with plenty to see, do and explore. From country houses and estates to parkland and adventure playgrounds, there’s something for all to enjoy.
If you’re looking for ideas on where to go, here’s our list of National Trust days out in Devon & Dorset. You can also check out the Blackmore Vale Magazine.
Arlington Court is an intriguing regency house with peacocks roaming the picturesque gardens. There is plenty here for children to enjoy, from the hands on carriage museum to the forts and mudslides in the outdoor play areas.
Louise, from A Strong Coffee, says: “The flyers just talk about the carriage museum. We didn’t even make it there as the grounds were so lovely. Peacocks roamed around the gardens and we went on a long trail. Best of all was the children’s playground area. Woods stepping stones, ropes to climb up hills. We could have stayed here for hours”
Find out more about Louise’s family day out at Arlington Court.
Brownsea Island is the largest of the islands in Poole harbour and is famous for it’s diverse habitats and amazing wildlife, especially the red squirrels. The island is perfect for budding bird watchers with five bird hides, most of which are accessible for wheelchair and pushchair users.
Louise, from The Life of Spicers, says: “With the recent bad weather, there were some trees that had been felled, and chopped up after falling. It gave the children lots of opportunity to climb and explore between the trunks. Some of the larger trees were stamped with their dates of approximate planting and fallen date”
Read Louise’s review of Brownsea Island.
Burton Bradstock is the ideal place to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Children will love following the Jurassic trail, building dens or simply enjoying a picnic on the beach.
Kara, from Are We Nearly There Yet? visited Burton Bradstock during the annual Spring Tide Festival. She says “No trip to Burton Bradstock would be without exploring the delights of the beach and we spotted a break in the clouds and some glorious sunshine that we had to take advantage of, so wandered down to explore the almost empty beach. The kids enjoyed a spot of stone throwing and wave chasing before deciding they wanted to build a stone tower which was soon converted into a mermaid, complete with sea weed hair and stone jewels”
Discover more in Kara’s Burton Bradstock review.
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