There’s no better place for a family getaway
On the doorstep of Summer Lodge, families can enjoy endless activities, outdoor pursuits and plenty of fresh country air.
Dorset is blessed with stunning countryside and plenty of beautiful beaches to explore, as well as a vast range of attractions to discover. Here are some of our top picks in the surrounding area.
Discover Dorset’s enchanting 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, over 100 years of teddy bears from all over the world are displayed within the museum. Just be warned – you’ll want to take them all home!
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. Particularly good for young families. Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area, jump around on the new bouncy castle (don’t forget your socks!) and bottle feed the lambs.
Established by Benedictine Monks and now under the stewardship of the Ilchester Estates, Abbotsbury Swannery is also worth a visit – this is one of the few places in the world where one can walk amongst swans, and home to the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans, spread over 25 acres.
Corfe Castle Model Village, features life size soldiers, fairy garden, village punishment area, fossil corner, wildlife garden, giant games, and miniature museum. Afterwards, 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.
Seatown, a pebbly beach with views of Golden Cap, the south coast’s loftiest cliff, and good fossil-hunting potential. Stop for lunch at The Anchor Inn, a chocolate-box pub right on the beach. Its large outdoor dining area is ideal for children who want to go out and explore under the watchful eyes of their parents.
Swanage Railway offers a more intensive heritage steam and diesel timetable experience than virtually any other preserved railway. Experience a unique journey through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the ruins of Corfe Castle, travelling to the blue flag beach at Swanage. You can even drive and fire a steam train with our one-hour footplate taster experiences.