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Things to do in Dorset

Take a walk along the coast path, explore a ruined castle, or go donkey riding on the beach…

There are so many things to do in Dorset, from touring quaint towns and villages to wandering untouched countryside, that you won’t know where to start.

If you’re short on ideas, our obliging staff can recommend plenty to do. 

On sunny days, there’s a whole coast-full of wonderful beaches to explore: nearby Weymouth is a classic seaside resort with donkey rides, deckchairs on the prom and ice cream aplenty, while there’s a wealth of rocky coves and secluded beaches along the coast. Just a few miles away is the dramatic rock arch of Durdle Door, abutted by two sheltered shingle beaches. The South West Coastal Path is easily accessible from Moonfleet for more energetic families.

Just 45 minutes away by car is the famed ‘Jurassic coast’, where ancient life can be glimpsed through layers of rock. Charmouth and Lyme Regis are great places to spend a day searching for fossil ammonites, sea creatures, or even a dinosaur.

For family days out, there are lots of local attractions to visit. See monkeys, tanks and even a large pile of dinosaur dung!

Near Moonfleet Manor luxury family hotel in Dorset, a father and son stand on the beach looking out to sea

Local Attractions

Whatever the weather, we’ve a range of local attractions to engage, entertain and stimulate enquiring minds.

Children taking part in an event at Moonfleet Manor in Dorset

Events Calendar

There's plenty to keep little ones, and adults, occupied during a stay at Moonfleet Manor hotel. Check our events planner to see what's on in the local area.