On our second day in West Dorset, we set out to visit some of the region’s many fun-filled family attractions.
We start our morning at Abbotsbury Swannery, and the adjacent Sub Tropical Gardens. The swannery is the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans, and visitors might also recognise it as a location in the Harry Potter films! A nature trail, nesting areas and lots of family activities are in store. We enjoy getting lost in Dorset’s largest willow maze, swan-shaped of course, and stayed to see one of the attraction’s best spectacles, the hand-feeding session. Taking place at 12 noon daily (and again at 4pm for those visiting a little later on), more than 600 swans descend the fleet lagoon to feed, in what is an impressive sight and a unique brush with nature.
Afterwards we take a short walk along the famous Chesil Beach, covering just a fraction of its 18 miles, to enjoy the sea air. But, hunger calls and it’s time for a spot of lunch!
Just a hop skip and a jump away, or a 15 minute drive to be precise, is the delightful Weymouth. Our base for the afternoon, we head straight for the waterfront for a bite to eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Our choice today is a delicious portion of Dorset’s finest fish and chips to take away from Marlboro Restaurant, but you’ll find a huge selection wherever you lay your hat with locally caught fish and seafood a plenty.
Feeling restored, and also in need of a walk to work off our lunch, we head for the resort’s Blue Flag beach. In contrast with Chesil Beach, here you’ll find a family-friendly expanse of gorgeous golden sands, and yet more stunning views.
Families will enjoy a visit to the Sealife Adventure Park, giving an insight into life under and above the sea. Take the trip to the top of its viewing tower, Jurassic Skyline. Standing proudly at a height of 53m, you’ll be treated to unrivalled panoramic views of the bay and beyond
Weymouth is home to an array of traditional seaside attractions to while away an afternoon and a beautiful Georgian harbour, making it a perfect resting point for taking life at a slightly slower pace. We spend a leisurely couple of hours soaking up the atmosphere and perusing the shops, providing the perfect end to our Dorset getaway.