things to do in Dorset

things to do in and around Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat, Dorset

Discover fairy-tale woodlands, magical blue waters and glittering golden beaches when you choose to stay at Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat.

Holiday breaks in Dorset with Darwin Escapes can be whatever you want them to be – from an intimate coastal couple’s getaway to a rip-roaring family get-together. Take a trip off the beaten track to hidden forests or head to fantastic family attractions, beaches and landmarks just moments away.

discover Wareham Forest and the local area

There’s plenty to discover in and around Wareham Forest. Explore the countryside by bike or take a hike through the local woodlands. Or, if you prefer a more lively atmosphere, head to the nearby towns of Bournemouth and Poole.

here are our top highlights of the area

Lulworth Cove

West Lulworth | 11 miles away | 25 minutes’ drive

Spend the day relaxing in the beautiful Lulworth Cove and visit the world-famous Durdle Door rock arch. Swim in the deep blue waters or jump in your canoe for a unique viewpoint as you travel through the amazing structure.

Created around a thousand years ago, Durdle Door is a must-see on your visit to the coast.

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Corfe Castle

8 miles way | 15 minutes drive

Explore centuries of history at the incomparable Corfe Castle. The ruins are one of the iconic remnants of the English Civil War, showcasing arrow loops in the walls and unbeatable views of Purbeck.

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Bournemouth Pier

Bournemouth | 12 miles away | 30 minutes drive

Along with the sandy beach for sunbathing, adventure is the name of the game for the attractions on Bournemouth Pier.

Get a whole new view of the beach and shoreline on the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire. Everyone will love the Rock Reef and Adrenaline Package indoor assault courses, just perfect for thrill-seekers!

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The Blue Pool

Wareham Forest | 6.6 miles away | 15 min drive

A stunning natural body of water that constantly changes colour, ranging from green to turquoise, The Blue Pool is truly an enchanting place to visit on your stay in Wareham Forest.

Explore the beautiful, deep woodland surrounding the pool and visit time and time again to soak up the exquisite magic of this spot. Refresh and indulge with a visit to the tearooms and enjoy some fresh cake, light lunches and delicious afternoon tea.

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White Pepper

Poole | 1.4 miles away | 4 min drive

With over 20 different cookery school days to choose from, you will be able to learn all there is to know about a range of cooking and baking courses at White Pepper Chef Academy & Cookery School.

You will learn a range of techniques and skills that you can put into future cooking and the courses to choose from range from things like Mexican to Knife Skills and French Patisserie to Sushi and Ramen.

must-visit attractions for children

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Poole | 0.9 miles away | 3 minute drive

A fun day out for families with little ones, Farmer Palmer’s is filled with activities and meet and greets.

The play zones include indoor and outdoor areas, and there’s also a stacked calendar of events to enjoy. Meet adorable lambs, fluffy guinea pigs, brand new piglets and even friendly alpacas on your trip to Farmer Palmer’s!

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Dorset Adventure Park

Corfe Castle | 8 miles away | 15 minute drive

Set in the grounds of Corfe Castle, the Adventure Park is a fun-filled and wild day out for all ages!

Test your skills and have the best time navigating the inflatable obstacle course on the lake, while on land there’s a mud trail and a mini obstacle course for all ages to get stuck into!

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Monkey World

Wareham | 10.5 miles away | 20 minute drive

The ape rescue centre is home to a whole neighbourhood of cheeky monkeys who have been rescued from the UK pet trade, animal testing and other similar situations.

The conservation centre gives them a permanent home to relax, have a family and generally monkey around! For true animal lovers, there’s even the opportunity to adopt one of the monkeys on your visit. Pop along to meet the loveable characters and their highly-trained and dedicated keepers.

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