Rainy Day Activities in Dorset

May 24th, 2018

The Great British weather can change with a moment’s notice, and even with the micro-climate that blesses the area, Dorset does get some rainy days! If rain suddenly starts to pour, you may be left wondering what there is to do without the staple trip to the beach. But with so much variety nearby you needn’t let the bad weather blues get you down.

Dorset Waterpark

Embrace the wet weather with a trip to Dorset Waterpark. This huge park spans two lakes and overlooks Corfe Castle – not that you’ll be taking too much of it in as you navigate round the two epic inflatable obstacle courses. Sessions are an hour long and prices start at £12.50 in advance.


Weymouth SEA LIFE Centre

Discover the world beneath the waves at Weymouth SEA LIFE Centre. Journey through different habitats as you learn about the creatures from the deep, as well as finding out about rescue, breeding and conservation efforts. With both indoor and outdoor sections, this is a great day out for all the family, and you can even save up to 40% when buying tickets online.


Bournemouth Oceanarium

Sitting right next to the beach is Bournemouth Oceanarium home to fish, penguins and even otters. Watch sharks feed and feel like you’re truly under the sea as you walk through the Great Barrier Reef tunnel. What’s more, if you book tickets online you can also save up to 15% on food too.


A trip to the cinema

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With so many cinemas in the area you’re spoilt for choice. Housed in a building built in 1889, The Rex in Wareham offers a cinema experience oozing with history. The Mowlem Theatre in Swanage offers cinema screenings, as well as nights of live theatre. Of course, if you’re after a more familiar cinema experience, then Tower Park in Poole offers all the mod cons, as well as a bowling alley and plenty of eateries nearby.



Grab your swimmers and head to Splashdown in Poole. With a great variety of indoor and outdoor flumes, a fantastic spiral flume, lit with laser lights and under 5 facilities – there’s plenty for all ages! Tickets start at £12.20 for two hour sessions, it’s an ideal rainy day activity.



Coasteering in Dorset with Cumulus Outdoors

Explore the exceptional Jurassic coastline from a new perspective by coasteering in Dorset. In the hands of experts and with top quality kit, you’ll feel like you’re truly conquering the elements and learning new skills to uncover hidden coves and caves. This is an outdoor adventure for all the family that doesn’t matter if it’s a little grey outside!


The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum is home to over 300 historic vehicles, including the world’s first ever tank. You’ll be able to take a step back in time and encounter tanks and vehicles that have seen combat in major wars through time.


Pub lunch

From beachside pubs, to those nestled in the countryside there’s great places to cosy up next to the fire and enjoy some hearty Dorset grub – you could even sip on some local ciders too. See our Top 5 Pubs in Purbeck for some inspiration.


Swanage Railway

This preserved railway offers a steam and diesel timetable to take in the beautiful scenery through Swanage, Corfe Castle, Norden and Harman’s Cross. With family tickets available from £26 you’ll enjoy the snug carriages of the Swanage Railway and watch the rain outside.


Chocolate afternoon tea

At The Cottonwood Boutique you’ll experience a chocolate-lover’s paradise. Tuck into a chocolate afternoon tea, or if you’re lucky enough to experience rain on a Sunday, you can enjoy a wide selection of treats at the Chocolate Buffet at £22.95.

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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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.


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