things to do with teenagers in dorset

Things to Do with Teenagers in Dorset

Posted on: 31st July 2023

Days Out

If you’re searching for exciting activities for older children and teenagers near Poole and Bournemouth, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best attractions to enjoy during your camping, caravan or glamping break at South Lytchett Manor. All are within easy reach of our Dorset holiday park and well suited to kids aged 10 and over. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities for adults to join in the fun too!

Here’s our list of top things to do with teenagers in Dorset. Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favourites off the list.

Centre VR in Bournemouth

Centre VR is the largest Escape Room and VR arena in Europe and the perfect space to bond with your children through fascinating games and virtual battles. The venue has 30 high tech gaming stations to choose from. Children aged 7+ can embark on otherworldly adventures, solo or as part of a team.

The centre also offers themed escape rooms where you and your kids can work together to find creative ways to escape within the time limit. It is an excellent way to make lasting memories with your family during your stay at our caravan and camping site near Poole.

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Go Ape Moors Valley

Go Ape at Moors Valley has five thrilling outdoor activities to choose from, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. One of the most popular experiences is the Treetop Challenge, which includes tree-to-tree crossings, 11m high climbs, and five exciting zip wires with stunning scenic views from above.

If you’re not a fan of heights, why not try the Forest Segway activity with your child instead? The experienced instructors will teach you how to use a Segway, before taking you on a thrilling adventure through the vast woodland trail. Get ready for an exciting afternoon!

Exciting Boat Trips

If you’re looking for a fun family activity, why not try a Jurassic Coast Cruise from Poole? A boat trip is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of Dorset’s coastline while passing by some of its most iconic landmarks. You’ll see the stunning Old Harry Rocks, the enchanting Sandbanks Beach, and more on your journey to the charming seaside resort of Swanage.

If your teenagers are feeling daring, you could book a spot on a high speed rib ride to get the adrenaline pumping. Get Lost Sailing offer a range of trips, including a popular 2-hour sea safari.

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Splashdown Waterpark in Poole is a must-visit destination for older children and teenagers. They can spend a couple of hours sliding down winding tubes, floating in lazy rivers and splashing in the pools. There are plenty of flumes to keep younger members of the family entertained. You can join in, relax in the hot tub or oversee proceedings from the cafe!

Splashdown is located on the Tower Park entertainment complex. After your swim you could head to one of the other attractions to enjoy an afternoon bowling or watching a film at the cinema.

Pause Cat Café

At Pause Cat Café, you can sample some delicious snacks while your teenagers spend their time gushing over the resident cats. The café spans two floors and has 11 adorable rescue cats roaming around or napping on one of the many cat trees. Your children can keep the cats entertained with the numerous toys available while you relax in one of the comfortable seating areas.

We recommend going in the morning for the most lively cat interactions!

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Dorset Adventure Park

If mud trails and water parks are your teenager’s thing, Dorset Adventure Park is the perfect day out! Head into the lakes next to Corfe Castle and tackle various obstacles as you make your way across the water! Test your agility by climbing up and sprinting across giant inflatables floating on top of the water. Finish the session with a short swim to cool off!

The Mud Trail is also a fantastic option if you don’t mind getting dirty! Younger members of the family can put their athleticism to the test as they jump over tyres, swing on ropes and crawl through muddy trenches. Tumbling your way through the course with big smiles is definitely an entertaining way to spend your day.

Don’t forget to take a spare set of clothes!

Holiday Park Near Poole

Escape to our award-winning camping and caravan park for a relaxing retreat. Our high-quality glamping pods and well-maintained site offer the perfect sanctuary for a tranquil break in Dorset.

You’ll love our fully stocked off-licensed shop, where you can indulge in locally produced products and never have to worry about running out during your stay. If that’s not enough, our onsite café and bakery are the perfect spots to enjoy fresh pastries and a selection of tasty snacks throughout the day. Come and experience Dorset from the comfort of our idyllic holiday park.

Please contact us if you’re interested and one of our friendly staff members will happily help you out.

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