The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Originally a grain house, this grade II listed building sits on the banks of the river Frome. Enjoy alfresco dining on the roof terrace overlooking the water or warm up in front of warming woodburning stoves in winter.
Rockley Sands beach in Poole is a small sand and mud beach, with facilities including a cafe, shop, toilets, equipment hire and parking. There is also disabled access and the beach is dog-friendly all year. Swimming at low tide should not be attempted due to strong currents.
Not suitable for dogs
Not very dog friendly as too rocky at shore edge.
Choose from two circular walks of between two to four miles which follow footpaths and quiet roads along the rivers Frome and Piddle. Take a look at the Visit Devon website for further details and other lovely walks in the area.
Set on the banks of the River Frome, there's a lot of history to be had in this lovely little market town. The quay is the setting for many traditions and celebrations, such as the annual carnival in July, and make sure you wander round the Old Town Wall walk for a true appreciation of what the place is all about. With many literary connections, it could become the stuff your holiday story is made from - there are not many places where pubs have their own ice cream shop!
A National Trust nature reserve, this three-mile curve of sand is home to many breeds of rare bird. Voted the UK's 4th top beach by Which? Magazine - though locals would probably place it higher. Studland is also a popular family beach famous for its nudist section at Knoll Bay, the National Trust's only designated naturist beach. With safe shallow waters, sandy beach and a cafe this is a great place for children. National Trust members can park for free.
Gets pretty busy at peak times, but it's a great place all year round - as sandy as the Bournemouth beaches but totally sheltered from the prevailing south westerly breezes. National Trust Membesr park for free. Use the road from Corfe or chain ferry from Sandbanks.
The whole spectrum from chimpanzees and orangutans to marmosets - most have been rescued and all are incredible. This sanctuary does an amazing job at looking after the animals, yet allowing the public to enjoy them, without making too much of a spectacle. Fascinating, sad, heart-warming and fun - you can't tire of the monkey antics but there are impressive play parks for the kids to imitate the apes, should they so wish.
NOT a zoo-more a monkey rest home!
Had a fantastic day at Monkey World.We were a party of four with ages from 10 to 73 and to be honest the two older ladies didnt expect much.I can honestly say that every one of us thoroughly enjoyed everything about it(not least the wonderful monkeys!)Very well set up for disabled and spotlessly clean everywhere.Food good and not too expensive.All in all a great place to enjoy a day out.
If you like monkeys, this is the place to go. Initially we were disappointed as on a cold November day, the monkeys were keeping warm inside, plus we thought it was really small. But then we realised we were being silly and discovered the other 90% of park - amazing! It's big, beautiful and all about the monkeys. The monkeys are incredible and the work done at this sanctuary is heartwarming (though the back stories heartbreaking). It is primarily a rescue centre, not an entertainment venue, but there are play parks for the kids, picnic areas and shops. Highly recommended.
Great Day Out
Thoroughly recommend Monkey World - its fantastic but avoid busy holiday periods if you really want to study the primates.
Monkey World is a great day out for adults as well as kids! It's a rescue centre for all kinds of apes, so your visit is also doing some good.
High on a windswept hill, this atmospheric castle is a dark and brooding place indeed.
Rich history - combine with Kinsgston Lacy
William the Conqueror founded a castle on this site but the current ruins date from the 12th Century. Sir John Bankes bought the castle in 1635, and was owner during the English Civil War during which his wife led the defence of the castle when it was twice besieged by Parliamentarian forces. The ultimate settlement of the siege involved Lady Banks 'retiring' to Kingston Lacy House, near Wimborne. Now owned by the National Trust (as is Kingston Lacy, and Studland Bay, also originally owned by the Bankes family), it is a great visit, particularly for history buffs. The NT shop in Corfe is one of the Trust's biggest and busiest.
Events at Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle is a great setting for open-air theatre and cinema events. Living history days and castle quests during school holidays help to bring the history of these fascinating ruins to life.
Explore the Jurassic Coast and Isle of Purbeck by bike. There's over 100 miles of cycle routes to choose from and bikes are specially chose for the terrain of Purbeck. Ring for further details and bookings.
Right in the centre of town, the farmers' market coincides with a popular weekly street market. Held on the fourth Thursday of the month, 9am-1pm.
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