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 gem of a place

    Sandra, Winchester

    What a find. I almost don’t want to tell you about it.

    It’s a family park with lovely, mostly new, fresh, clean spacious caravans – all set out almost in steps on the side of a small hill. The larger hill rises behind you, the sea spreads out in front and the swimming pool beckons behind the bar.

    The people are friendly, the site is clean and welcoming and the scenery unbeatable. It’s a gem of a place.

  • Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage


    Always my no.1 choice when visiting Swanage. A truly wonderful location, lying under the stunning Ballard Down and surrounded by beautiful countryside. Being only a 10 min walk from Swanage and the coast means it’s conveniently located for all amenities.

    The staff are always very helpful to sort out any problems and keep the site in fantastic condition. A 5-star park.

  • Friendly, clean & well kept

    Cheshire, UK

    Stayed here as a base to tour Isle of Purbeck and go on to Air show in Bournemouth. Not the cheapest site but definitely the cleanest and well thought out.

    Swimming pool , shop and pub/restaurant all in proximity and well kept/stocked. Bus stop right outside entrance. Grass pitches have plenty of space and well drained with shower blocks water/ drain points really handy.

    Will definitely be using this site again.

  • Lovely weekend

    Tina, London

    We have just returned from a lovely weekend caravanning at Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park.
    Lovely clean site with indoor heated pool. We went in the pool around 5pm and were the only ones in there (apart from life guard) it was lovely and warm and clean.

    We walked to old Harry’s rock and then Down into Swanage itself and had fish and chips and an ice cream.
    Staff on the site were helpful and friendly. Lovely stay.

  • Our second, lovely Christmas at Ulwell

    Jane P, Cheltenham

    After the success of Christmas 2016 at Ulwell, we returned again for Christmas 2017 and had another great time. Lovely warm caravan, peaceful and relaxing on site and a fantastic carvery on Boxing Day at The Village Inn.

    Thanks to all staff who were working and made sure we had such a great break away.

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We are currently at an amazing 4.5 score at TripAdvisor, based upon 200+ reviews from verified guests.

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Finding us


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

Please note: The Sandbanks Ferry will be out of action until at least October.

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.


1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North

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