Taking the kids away to one of the great holiday parks in Dorset for the summer is a fantastic choice. An ideal spot for the school holidays, the county receives more sun and less rain than Cornwall or Devon. But there’s more to it than just good weather, beautiful scenery and comfortable holiday parks. In Dorset you’ll also find a range of summer events that make it the ideal holiday destination for families. Here are some of the favourites.
Torchlight Procession at Bridport Carnival
Bridport Carnival is a yearly event taking place in mid-August, and while children are sure to love the whole thing, the Sunday night Torchlight Procession is a particular highlight. Thousands of people carry beautiful burning torches in a spectacular parade from Bridport to West Bay, and you can even buy your own torches and join in as a family. Your kids are sure to delight in the opportunity to be a part of something big and special like this.
Pirates of the Pavilion
You might not think of the summer holidays as pantomime season, but the warmer months perfectly fit the tropical feel of the hilarious Pirates of the Pavilion. This piratical panto runs from the end of July to the end of August at the Weymouth Pavilion theatre, putting it in a central location that’s easy to get to from most of the holiday parks in Dorset. Packed with jokes, songs and seafaring fun, this is a swashbuckling event that the kids are guaranteed to love.
For an amazing family day out, head to Adventure Wonderland, a theme park aimed at younger children. There are over 30 rides and attractions here for children under the age of ten, and during the school holidays there’s also a busy entertainment schedule, so the little ones will never run short of things to do.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that a holiday in Dorset will be all sun, so if the weather takes a turn or your kids just fancy getting out of the heat for a while, there’s also a huge indoor play centre for them to explore.
A Day at the Beach
Kids of all ages love the beach, and the county boasts such a beautiful coastline that you’re sure to find a tempting stretch of sand close to any of the holiday parks in Dorset.
Weymouth is an old favourite and still maintains the traditional feel of the British seaside during the summer months, offering donkey rides and even a Punch and Judy show! You’ll also find a range of classic rides such as carousels and slides, as well as amusement arcades with a variety of games and machines, so there’s plenty of ways for children to keep themselves busy.
Further along the coast, the calm and sheltered beach at Swanage makes a great spot for a more peaceful outing with little ones. It’s a perfect place for young children to play in the sand or paddle in the sea, and the Victorian pier is great for a gentle stroll.
As you can see, there’s plenty to do in this beautiful county, and with a home base at one of the superb holiday parks in Dorset, you and the kids can look forward to a fantastic summer break.
Michael Paul is the Managing Director of Michael Paul Holidays, a holiday property agency offering a handpicked range of accommodation in wonderful UK locations. Whether you are looking for the best holiday parks in Dorset or the cosiest cottages and log cabins in Scotland, he and his team will find you that perfect property for an unforgettable trip.