Splashdown waterpark

Summer holiday fun in Dorset

Posted on: 2nd June 2023

Days Out

It won’t be long now until school is out for summer! There are so many amazing things you can see and do here in Dorset over the summer holiday.

Why not use our award-winning campsite as your base and explore some fantastic summer days out?

Here are some of our top ideas for summer holiday days out you can do in Dorset…

farmer palmers

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

A short drive (or a quick hop on the bus) from South Lytchett Manor and you’ll be at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park.

This large farm park has lots on offer for all children, but is mainly geared towards under 8s. Expect hay bale slides, indoor and outdoor play areas, opportunities to meet the animals, tractor-trailer rides and no doubt a range of fun-filled events taking place across the summer holidays.

Tickets are cheaper when pre-booked.

Farmer palmers

Splashdown Water Park

The perfect way to cool down on those hot summer days, Splashdown offers lots of fun with a variety of flumes – some taking you outside. For younger children, the indoor splash areas are great fun. There’s also an on-site café where you can grab light bites to eat.

Splashdown waterpark
Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

Practice being your inner knight or princess at the National Trust’s Corfe Castle. Hop on the number 40 bus from outside our gates for a direct route to Corfe.

Climb the castle ruins, learn about some of the castle’s more gruesome history and lock mum or dad up in the stocks! Look out for special events taking place during the school summer holidays.

Elsewhere in the village of Corfe, little ones will also love the Corfe Castle Miniature Village.

Images credit to Richard Murgatroyd and Visit Dorset.

Corfe, Dorset

The Swanage Steam Railway

Step back in time and hop aboard the Swanage Steam Railway as it whisks its way through the beautiful Dorset countryside. Join the train at Wareham, Corfe or Swanage and choose to travel the whole route or sections of it. We love catching the train from Wareham down to Swanage and then taking the short route down to Swanage beach for sandcastle building and ice creams!

swanage railway
Moors Valley Country Park

Moors Valley Country Park

Explore acres of woodlands, hire bikes or segways, follow the woodland play trail and take in the views from the Tree Top Trail. In addition to this, there’s a miniature railway, large children’s play area, big picnic field and café.

The park’s rangers often run nature-based events throughout the school summer holidays so be sure to look out for these.

Find out more about Moors Valley.

Miniature railway at Moors Valley Country Park


With its stretches of golden sands, pier amusements and Oceanarium, Bournemouth makes a great day out from South Lytchett Manor.

Just 25 minutes’ drive from our campsite, you’ll be in sandcastle making heaven. There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Bournemouth too and you’ll find opportunities to take part in various water sports.

Bournemouth beach

Poole Park

Catch the bus from outside our gates into Poole and head to Poole Park. Here, you’ll find a miniature railway, soft play, mini golf and a café. The park has recently had a heavy investment of money to rejuvenate it. A perfect place for all the family to enjoy.

Poole Park

Hire bikes for some family cycle rides

Hire bikes from our Reception and follow some of the cycling routes that you can do directly from our campsite, with many being off-road. Take a look at some of the routes available or ask in Reception for our recommendations.

Discounts are available for multiple day hire too!

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Booking your summer break to South Lytchett Manor

Our award-winning holiday park is situated in the heart of Dorset, just outside of Poole. It the ideal holiday destination for exploring the Jurassic Coast and delightful towns and villages, including Swanage, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Wareham.

We have a wide selection of superb accommodation options to ensure a pleasant break. Stay in one of our Glamping Pods, Shepherd Huts or Romany Caravans or book a classic Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Pitch. However you decide to stay you can make use of the excellent on-site facilities set within our tranquil grounds. We’re constantly investing in the park to ensure you have nothing but a 5-star holiday!

This is just a sample of what you can see and do in Dorset. You’ll find plenty more things to do on our website and leaflets galore in our on-site Information Hut.

To secure your unforgettable holiday in Dorset, you can simply book online or call our friendly reception team who will gladly assist you with any queries that you may have.

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