Things to do this half term

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The kids are breaking up for the half term holidays in Dorset ... but what to do with them?  

Here are ten free or low cost ideas for local trips out!


1. Safewise, Community Firestation, Weymouth

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On the 19th and 20th of February, children can sign up as a Junior Safety Inspector to discover how to stay safe, build confidence and learn valuable skills for life.

The fun and interactive family tours are also back by popular demand, which involves solving clues whilst exploring the Safe Wise, real-life learning village that has a full-size road network, streetscape and demonstration fire safety scenarios.

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2. Shire Hall, Dorchester

Shire Hall Dorchester

All half term week, it’s superheroes week at the Shire hall historic courthouse and museum on High West St in Dorchester. Normal entry prices apply, but dressed up children can go for free.
There will be activities daily between 10am and 4pm including the comic book superhero trail and superhero tests.

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3. Lorton Meadows, Upwey, Weymouth

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A real hidden gem for your little nature lovers is Lorton Meadows reserve and conservation area.
At the bottom of the Lorton Lane, the gravel track opens up into a peaceful haven of hedgerows and woodland. It’s also completely free!

Contact the team to find out about the current programme of activities.

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4. Newtons Cove (Rock Pooling) 

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In the midst of an important geological area! Newton’s cove, just off the Nothe Gardens is perfect for a hearty walk along the beach and a stop at the rock pools.

As anyone will know that has visited this special place before. Half an hour exploring can easily turn into many hours of fun finding all sorts of interesting creatures. It’s also free!


5. Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre

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The centre is open weekdays between 10 and 4pm with lots of interactive fun and activities perfect for the whole family.

You can take a look under the fleet lagoon with their underwater camera and find out lots about the local wildlife and history that is unique to Chesil.

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6. Bridport Museum

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Bridport Museum is open between 10am and 3pm for lots of family fun.

On Wednesday (20th) there is a special chance to join local archaeologist and Dorset’s Finds Liaison Officer Ciorstaidh Hayward-Trevarthen, to handle real finds up to half a million years old.

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7. Dragon Making, Littlemoor Library

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Littlemoor library is a friendly local library just off Louvers road, near the main shopping centre.

On Wednesday (20th) starting at 2:30pm, there’s an afternoon of dragon making with Lego. There will also be other dragon themed activities and stories. A perfect event to breathe fire into the half-term holidays!

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8. The Bones Museum, Dorchester

half term bones museum

Who knew that bones could be so fascinating? It’s only been open a short while but the Bones Museum in Trinity Street, Dorchester is already growing in popularity for its educational and fascinating insight into bones!

You only need to see the fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor to get an idea of how popular this new attraction is already.

The Bones museum is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 12pm until 4.

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9. Fancy’s Farm, Portland

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Fancy’s Farm on Portland is always a family favourite. It’s definitely worth a visit over the half term as it’s a chance to see the Joey wallabies poking their heads out of their pouches.

There are lots to do at the farm, every day between 10am and 4pm including the inside play area.

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10. Weymouth Library

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Despite the building work, there are lots of daily events on at the town library this half term for all age groups, including a Harry Potter Quiz and a free half term family raffle to enter!

The friendly staff will be more than happy to talk you through the activities throughout the week.

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