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Things to do on a rainy day

1. Spend some active time at Adventure Wonderland with the kids - lots to do on a rainy day. Dorset's number one family theme park.

2. Treehouse Family Play is a brand new and unique concept in indoor play for children with Woodland adventure play frame, baby and toddler garden, dress up, lego and painting walls, crazy indoor golf, mini electric car racing and stunning cafe!

3. Visit the deep blue and experience the wonders of the natural world at the Oceanarium by Bournemouth Pier. Why not visit the world’s first interactive dive cage, so you can swim with the sharks without getting wet?

4. If you’re a culture vulture – take time out to discover the hidden treasures of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum .

5. Sit back and enjoy a show at the BIC, Pavilion or Pier Theatres – with entertainment from leading names in the world of music.

6. Learn a new dance style! From Butoh to ballet, foxtrot to flamenco, the new Pavilion Dance centre, at the back of the Pavilion Theatre on Westover Road means you can just turn up in advance and book yourself onto a lesson. Plus there are lots of activities and dance lessons for children of all ages. The perfect wet weather option!

7. All Fired Up - ceramics cafe open 7 days a week - try your hand at painting a plate or mug!

8. Laser Quest -boasting the largest Laser Tag arena on the South Coast, whether you're 6 or 66 you'll love the adrenaline pumping exhilaration of stalking your opponents and unleashing a volley of Laser Fire in the Battle-Zone of the next Century!

9. Poole Pottery - live demonstrations, paint a pot, exclusive studio range, cafe, gift shop and the largest collection of Poole Pottery including heritage and seconds designs.

10. Regent Centre - in Christchurch, a cinema, theatre and concert hall built in 1931 and lovingly restored in Art Deco style.

11. Indulge in one of the many spa treatments at hotels throughout the resort – feel revitalised and ready for your Bournemouth experience.

12. St. Peter’s Church in Bournemouth is where Percy Shelley enthusiasts come to see the grave where the poet's heart is buried along with his wife, Mary Shelley. She is remembered for penning 'Frankenstein'. Also in the Shelley tomb lie her distinguished parents, William Godwin, author of 'Political Justice' and Mary Woolstonecraft, one of the original liberated women.

13. Dorchester's great family attractions - Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dinosaur Museum, Teddy Bear Museum and Terracotta Warriors - money saving Gold Pass to all 4 attractions.

14. Poole Museum -FREE ENTRY- Poole's rich history is revealed in Poole Museum's four floors of galleries. Displays range from archaeology to art, from pirates to potteries.

15. Bournemouth offers the shopper a fabulous day out for retail enjoyment, Most of the town centre is pedestrianised with shops, boutiques and restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. The town centre is set against the backdrop of our award-winning gardens which run through the centre of the town and lead to the beach.

16. Westbourne is an elegant district of Bournemouth located on the way to Poole and known affectionately as ‘The Village’. Offering a mix of design specialists, beauty stores and delicious delis and restaurants. Boscombe is another area of Bournemouth that should be explored for the quirky gift or bargain. Famous for its antique shops along Christchurch Road and the open air market on Thursdays and Saturdays.

17. Castlepoint and Castlemore outdoor shopping centres are situated just three miles from Bournemouth town centre and are full of brand name stores and restaurants.

18. Tower Park, Poole - the largest indoor centre in the area, making it the perfect place to visit for a fun filled experience all year round. Bowling, a visit to Splashdown, Lemur Landings play area, Gala Bingo, a film in the Empire cinema followed by a meal at one of the many restaurants.

19. The BIC and Pavilion Theatres are two of the town’s premier entertainment venues, showcasing world class talent. From West End musicals, ice shows, rock and pop concerts to opera, ballet children’s shows and exhibitions, group organisers will be spoilt for choice. For the latest event information, visit Tickets can be bought via the dedicated Group Booking Line (10+) on 01202 451865. The Pier Theatre is one of Bournemouth’s traditional landmarks with a great line up of shows throughout the summer. Tel: 01202 306126 or visit

20. Browse the boutiques and check out the designer shops, jewellers and art galleries along Westover Road in Bournemouth.

21. The Tank Museum - Bovington, Dorset. Discover the world's best collection of tanks, incredible true stories and action packed live displays.

22. Get in the water! If it's raining and you're going to get wet, you might as well enjoy some watersports. Often rain means wind and so check out the 25+ different watersports we have to offer and the sea and wind conditions at

23. The Littledown Centre is a great family attraction with two swimming pools, waterslides and large outdoor play area, all set in 47 acres of landscaped parkland. The Zone gym is specially designed for 8-13 year olds. Under Fives swim for FREE.

24. Splashdown, at Tower Park in Poole has 1 km of flumes, slides and tyre rides, a kid's fun pool, sunbathing terraces and a family river ride.Get ready for Red River Roller, Tennessee Twister, Spacebowl or for more calm the enjoy the Relaxation Zone.

25. Choose a restaurant to spend a long lazy lunch. Tantalise your taste buds and sample the superb cuisine at one of the town’s 250 restaurants, bistros, wine bars and clubs.

26. The Royal Signals Museum - Blandford. Spies, codes, cyberspace and electronic warfare with new exhibitions: Afghanistan, Special Forces, Cyber Warfare, Clandestine Radios, Electronic Warfare and Electronic Counter Measures.

27. Dorset County Museum - see the Weymouth Bay Pilosaur here. Includes exhibitions on Thomas Hardy, Dinosaurs, Jurassic Coast, Mosaics and much more.

28. Sherborne Castle Lake and Gardens - Enjoy a great day out at the famous castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and stately home to the Digby family since 1617.

29. Swanage Railway - what better than a leisurely trip behind a historic steam engine through an area of natural beauty. The 30 minute ride takes passengers through the beautiful Purbeck countryside including stunning views of the ruins of Corfe Castle.

30. Longleat Safari & Adventure Park - There's more to see and do than ever at Longleat. Feed giraffes by hand in the African Village, take the Deadly Safari, sail to the new Gorilla Colony, meet the meerkats and much, much more!

31. Cheddar Gorge - Cheddar -  A day at Cheddar is full of wonder and magic with underground caves, calcite sculptures and incredible mirror pools.

32. Haynes International Motor Museum - Yeovil - all weather family fun, bringing motoring to life!

33. Fleet Air Arm Museum - Yeovilton, see the Aircraft Carrier Experience and Concorde!

34. Mid Hants Railway - Watercress Line. Sit back, relax and travel by steam train through ten miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside at this living attraction.

35. Salisbury Cathedral - Admire the beauty of the Gothic architecture, climb to the base of England's tallest spire, see the original Magna Carta and unwind in the peaceful Cloisters.

36. Buckler's Hard - on the banks of the Beaulieu River, in the heart of the New Forest, you'll find the unique and picturesque village of Buckler's Hard where warships for Nelson's navy were built.


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