What’s nearby

Yurt holidays in Corfe Mullen, near Wimborne Minster in Dorset.

Situated off the A31 opposite the Coventry Arms pub (10 min walk).

Well positioned for access to the towns and beaches and historic seaside town of Poole and Bournemouth boasting restaurants, Pubs , Cinemas and leisure centres, or venturing further inland to Blandford Forum or Dorchester.

30 minutes south west is the Isle of Purbeck and the Jurassic coast, whilst half an hour to the east is the wonderous New Forest National Park to escape and explore.

Wimborne Minster (7 min drive) has charming streets and hidden courtyards and offers a full day out with a wonderful selection of individual shops and boutiques. Visit Wimborne’s famous market and relax in one of its many pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Local Attractions

Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, The new Forest amongst the many places you can visit

4010.swannery abbotsbury 209Abbotsbury Swannery, Abbotsbury, Dorset DT3 4JG – 01305 871130


Abbotsbury offers a great day out only 40 minutes from Poole for young families. The world famous Swannery is a unique place where you can help feed up to 600 swans at 12 and 4pm each day. The giant swan maze, audio visual show, and the hatching in May June are not to be missed. Whilst at Abbotsbury you should also visit The Subtropical Gardens and the Children’s Farm.

The_Blue_Pool,_Furzebrook_-_geograph.org.uk_-_78921Blue Pool, Furzebrook, Wareham BH20 5AR – 01929 551408


This unique beauty spot is set in the midst of the Purbeck Hills. Sandy paths lead up to views of the hills or down steps to the waters edge. This magical pool is an escape from the world outside. The Tea House serves morning coffee, delicious lunches and cream teas. Gift Shop, Children’s play area, Squirrel hunt. Dogs on leads welcome.

Grounds open daily Mar-November.

Teahouse and Giftshop open from Easter-October.

brownsea-islandBrownsea Island – National Trust, Via Ferry from Poole Quay BH15 1HJ – 01202 707744


Brownsea Island is situated in Europe’s largest natural harbour and has been owned by the National Trust since 1962.In 2012 the National Trust celebrates the 50th anniversary of owning Brownsea Island. Take a short boat trip from Poole Quay or Sandbanks to discover and island rich in history and wildlife. Enjoy peace and tranquility, breathtaking coastal views, walks and family trails. Famous for being the birthplace of the Scouting and Guiding movement, which celebrated its Cenentary in 2007. The Baden Powell Outdoor Education Centre on the island is open to youth and educational groups. Home to BBC’s Autumnwatch in 2008 and described by presenter, Bill Oddie as “the best place for seeing wildlife in Dorset”. Look out for Sika deer, wading birds and the elusive red squirrel. Discover the rich variety of habitats – woodland, Heathland, wetland and shoreline.

Offering many special events throughout the year including the popular Open Air Theatre, activity weekends and guided walks, see website for further details. Boat Service from  Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty, boat trips from Bournemouth Pier. The Island is open daily to the public from 24th March – 4th November 2012. Winter weekend openings 11th Feb – 18th March – National Trust Boat from Sandbanks only.

Please note non National Trust Members have to pay admission fee.

SatelliteCorfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle BH20 5EZ – 01929 481294


A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can’t fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views. In the village square, our shop offers a range of products from pocket money treats to luxury locally made gifts. Indulge in a homemade Dorset cream tea in our delightful eighteenth century tea rooms. Enjoy the summer garden with unrivalled castle views or the glowing open log fire in winter. Offering many special events throughout the year including open air theatre and cinema, living history, and family activities, see website for further details.

1 Mar – 31 Mar 10am – 5pm
1 Apr – 30 Sept 10am – 6pm
1 Oct – 31 Oct 10am – 5pm
1 Nov – 28 Feb 10am – 4pm

Please note non National Trust Members have to pay admission fee.

farmer_palmer_wrestles_a_cow-largeFarmer Palmers, Farmer Palmers Farm Park, Wareham Road, Organford BH16 6EU – 01202 622022


Dorset’s favourite attraction has a full daily timetable of events and lots of baby animals for you to meet. Children can explore both indoor and outdoor play areas, get hands-on with the animals, learn about farming and enjoy the countryside!

Adults can relax in the Hen House Restaurant with a delicious coffee and indulge in a slice of home made cake!

go-ape-zipGo Ape! High Wire Forest Adventure, Moors Valley Country Park, Ashley Heath BH24 2ET – 0845 643 9274


Bring out your inner Ape! Think you, your friends and family can handle 3 hours of tree top adventure taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of high-wire crossings? Wild enough to climb 30ft up a rope ladder, zip wire through trees, tackle tunnels and high wire rope bridges? If the answer’s yes, you’re ready to Go Ape!

Min Age 10 yrs. Min Height 1.4m.No younger, no shorter! Pre-booking essential. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a participating adult. Check website for full details.

Monkey-World-2Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre, Nr Wool, Wareham BH20 6HH – 01929 462537/ Free Info Line 0800 456600


The internationally acclaimed ape rescue centre, set within 65 acres of beautiful woodland, and home to over 240 primates of 16 different species. Now a sanctuary for monkeys and apes from all over the world – Monkey World is the largest ape and monkey rescue centre in the World! Combining fun with conservation and animal education. ‘Monkey around’ in the south’s largest Great Ape Play Area for children. Just minutes off the A31, Monkey World includes a woodland walk, half-hourly keeper talks, cafes, a gift shop and several picnic and play areas. (Situated one mile north of Wool on the Bere Regis Road)

swanage2Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage BH19 1HB – 01929 425800


Look out for the special days, or treat yourself to an evening meal out with a difference – visit the website for latest information. Always dreamed of being a train driver? Give it a try on their unique driver days. For details ring the reservations office on 01929 425207.

wedding-photographer-dorset-upton-country-parkUpton Country Park, Poole BH17 7BJ – 01202 261306


Upton Country Park in Poole has over 100 acres of award-winning gardens, open parkland, woodland and shoreline – together with its centre piece, Upton House, a Grade II listed Georgian mansion. Free Parking, Tea Rooms, Art Gallery, Outdoor Events, Free Access to Grounds & Garden Tours by arrangement. The Park is open seven days a week from 7am-7pm (winter timetable)

How to Find Us:
By Car :  3 miles north-west of Poole town centre (signposted from the A3049 and A35).  Free Parking for 250 cars.
By Bus : Wilts & Dorset 128 to the Park’s car park
By Bike/On Foot : Cycleway routes from Broadstone, Hamworthy & Poole town centre.

tower-park-pooleTower Park Leisure Complex, Yarrow Road, Poole BH12 4NY – 01202 723671


Tower Park in Poole is the south coast’s largest entertainment centre, offering activities for all the family all year round. Just three miles from the centre of Poole & five miles from Bournemouth. Parking is FREE!