10 Things to do in Dorset for Teenagers

April 25th, 2019

As your children grow older it can become increasingly difficult to find activities to keep them entertained. Teenagers can be difficult to please, especially when on holiday with mum and dad! There’s no need to worry – there are so many exciting things to do for teenagers in Dorset, all located just a short drive from our Swanage Holiday Park. They’ll be spoilt for choice and want to return year on year!


Go Ape at Moors Valley Park, Ringwood

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Go Ape is a self-guided high ropes course set within the grounds of Moors Valley Park. The hour-long trail takes you through the treetops, where you will tackle a number of challenging obstacles, including rope ladders, swings and even a skateboard zip wire! If you’re looking for an adrenaline fuelled activity that is a little closer to the ground, you can also hire an all terrain Segway, which you can use to manoeuvre around the hills, twists and turns of the forest trails.

The Front Skate Park, Weymouth

The Front Skate Park is a must visit for any skating or scootering enthusiasts. With wooden ramps and street obstacles designed for all levels and abilities you’ll be able finesse your skills and take your tricks to the next level. If the great British weather takes a turn for the worse, there’s an indoor mini park, which is perfect for beginners.

Hollywood Bowl at Tower Park, Poole


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Challenge the family to a game at Hollywood Bowl in Poole. With 24 lanes, a VIP area and an amusement arcade, you can enjoy hours of fun at this fantastic indoor attraction. After the game, there’s even a diner serving American classics to reward yourself after a fun filled day.

Dorset Adventure Park, Corfe

Set beneath the picturesque ruins of Corfe Castle, Dorset Adventure Park offers an abundance of outdoor fun! Start the day at the water park where you can clamber over the inflatable obstacles and jump into the lake. If you’ve still got energy to burn, why not try the infamous mud trail!

Snowtrax, Christchurch

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You don’t have to be in the Alps to hit the slopes, when you’ve got Snowtrax dry ski slope on your doorstep! Enjoy a skiing or snowboarding lesson with one of the qualified instructors or try ski bobbing or a ringo!

Rock Reef, Bournemouth

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 Located at the end of Bournemouth’s iconic pier, Rock Reef is jam packed with exciting activities. With 28 innovative ‘clip and climb’ walls, a high ropes course and giant vertical drop slide, it’s the ideal place for any budding adrenaline junkies! If you’re feeling brave there’s even a zip wire from the end of the pier to the shore.

Splashdown, Poole

Thrill seekers can enjoy 13 indoor and outdoor waterslides at Splashdown, a fantastic waterpark in Poole. From lazy rivers to fast flumes, it’s the ideal place to spend a couple of hours. During the warmer summer months there’s even an outdoor area, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine!

Bush Craft with Cumulus Outdoors, Corfe

Take a digital detox and get back to basics on a Buschcraft course with Cumulus Outdoors. Spend time in the forest and learn survival skills such as fire making, shelter building and foraging to help you survive in the great outdoors.

The Water Sports Academy, Poole Harbour 


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What can possibly be better than spending time on the water learning something new? The Water Sports Academy at Sandbanks have an impressive array of activities to try in the capable hands of qualified instructors. Whether it’s stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing or sailing that takes your fancy, you’re guaranteed to find something to keep the older kids happy!

Skirmish Paint Ball, Bere Regis

 With 800 acres of woodland and 20 game playing areas, Skirmish is the place to be when it comes to paintball. Think tactics and lead your team to victory!

Ulwell Holiday Park is located within walking distance of Swanage Beach. With luxury caravan holiday homes to hire as well as spacious touring and camping pitches, it is the perfect place for a family holiday in Dorset for children of all ages.

What our guests say

  • A lovely quiet site

    Andy Blackwell

    A lovely quiet site, nice warm amenities with good sized shower cubicles, shop not open yet as it’s too early but the local pub is ideal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you’re reasonably fit you can walk into Swanage but the bus service is great so why would you want to. Overall a very nice break, we will be back.

  • Super swimming pool

    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

  • Excellent quality caravan site

    Peter Skrobacz

    Excellent quality caravan site, top quality, small and friendly, location fantastic. Been visiting Ulwell for over 25 years now and every year is special.

  • An amazing week at Ulwell

    Jenny H

    We have just returned back from our weeks stay at Ulwell Holiday Park with our 2 small children and dog. It was an absolute brilliant week! The site has everything you need, and more! A lovely comfy pub on site for drinks and a bowl of chips, a small shop, swimming pool, large play are with park, and the bus stops right outside.. what more could you want

  • Easter break


    We have just returned after a brilliant Easter break. Couldn’t fault anything at all and we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t visit the pub but the shop is stocked with local produce and essentials. The facilities are great and the location convenient. Our van was spotless and had everything we needed. We will definitely be back

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Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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