Things To Do In Dorset When It Rains

Posted on: 14th January 2019

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There are plenty of things to do in Dorset when it rains. From the many live performances on at the Lighthouse Poole to adventures with armoured vehicles at the Tank Museum. We’re sure you’ll find some inspiration in these Dorset rainy day activity highlights. Many are just a short drive from our grounds at South Lytchett Manor Caravan and Camping site.


Perfect for all ages, Splashdown features a wide range of exhilarating indoor and outdoor flume rides. Ranging from the daring black labelled rides such as the “The Screamer” descending you down a 40 metre slide in only 5 seconds to “Ricky’s Reef”, where younger children can enjoy spotting drawings of corals and rays. There’s something at Splashdown the whole family can enjoy. There’s also an on-site cafe where you can refuel with food and drink after your waterpark adventure.

Splashdown is located in Tower Park which is a short 15 minute drive away from our grounds. So you can enjoy everything it has to offer without venturing very far.

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Tank Museum

At the Tank Museum the history of tanks and their crews and brought vividly to life. They host a vast range of machinery, equipment, uniform, medals and pictures. The museum features almost 300 vehicles from a total of 26 countries, including the only working example of the formidable German Tiger Tank. You can also sit in many of the vehicles at the museum, which makes a visit to the Tank Museum a must for those fascinated by these formidable machines.

The Tank Museum also features a shop and cafe, where you can buy a wide range of tank models, t-shirts, posters and novelty items. A perfect gift for tank enthusiasts.

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Bournemouth Aquarium

Get up close with the wide range of sea life at Bournemouth Aquarium including fish, invertebrates, reptiles, mammals, and birds for one big sea-life adventure. The aquarium features a “Penguin Beach”, designed to replicate Penguin’s natural habitat, that is home to a colony of playful penguins. Fantastic for those who would love to see a glimpse into the birds day to day life.

All the sea-life here is organised into different zones on two levels, so you can pick what you want to see at your own leisure. There is also a cafe and shop, so you can finish your visit with a browse and a bite to eat.

Lighthouse Poole

The Lighthouse Poole is the south’s main venue for many different art forms including theatre, dance, music, contemporary circus and film. There’s always something going with the theatres many events, with highlights for 2019 being UB40, Ian McKellen on Stage plus a host of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performances. The theatre also features a bar where you can enjoy refreshments and even pre-order drinks so you can avoid the rush between the event breaks.

Lighthouse, Poole is one of Dorset’s many theatre highlights. See our list of recommended theatres and cinemas in Dorset.

Wessex Raceway

For those that love an adrenaline rush, a visit to the indoor go-karting facility at the Wessex Raceway is a must. Located to the north of Dorset, the indoor karting facility features a 700m track with many challenging turns and high-speed straights. The adult karts are 270cc Biz Karts and are capable of speeds of 50 MPH! For those aged between 8 and 13, Cadet Karting is available so even the kids can get a taste of karting fun.

There’s also a restaurant and bar located on-site so you can enjoy some much needed refreshments after your karting sessions.

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We hope you find something that takes your fancy in these things to do in Dorset when it rains. The area comes with many exciting activities suitable for all ages.

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