The winter sun is peeking through the clouds and the whole family is free to enjoy adventures together… half term has arrived! From a deep dive into Dorset’s history, to an adrenaline-packed afternoon amongst the waves, there’s no shortage of fun to find when you stay with us this February half term – we’ve rounded up some of our favourite spots to inspire you.

The Tank Museum

Green and brown tank vehicle at The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset.
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Have a blast at The Tank Museum! Just outside Wareham, it’s home to nearly 300 armoured vehicles – you’ll find the world’s largest collection of tanks in Bovington, along with fascinating tales from military history that’ll blow you away! From 13th to 19th February, celebrate The Tank Museum’s 100th birthday and get stuck into tonnes of family fun, including cake, themed crafts, and face painting, along with the chance to see working tanks in action in the arena. If you’re gunning for adventure, look no further!

Lyme Regis

Child in yellow shirt touches a large ammonite fossil in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

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Can’t get enough of Dorset’s history? Enjoy a journey through time at one of the most picturesque locations along the Jurassic Coast. Not only is Lyme Regis home to plenty of classic, British seaside cheer, from fish and chips to glittering amusement arcades, its greatest claim to fame is being the home of famed fossil hunter, Mary Anning. A stroll along Monmouth Beach at low tide is the perfect opportunity to get hands-on with history and spot some fossils yourself, followed by a visit to the Lyme Regis Museum or one of the town’s many fascinating fossil shops.

Swanage Railway

Steam locomotive travels through Swanage railway station, Dorset.

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It’s full steam ahead for a fantastic February half term at the Swanage Railway. Take advantage of Swanage’s ‘Kids for a quid’ offer and pay just £1 for adventurers between the age of 5 and 15, when accompanied by a paying adult. Take in Purbeck’s stunning countryside views, with its rolling hills and the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle, aboard a splendid steam locomotive.


Man travels through water park ride on yellow inflatable ring.

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Make a splash at Poole’s indoor water park. With 13 flume rides for older children and parents, plus 3 play zones for little ones, Splashdown will bring a dose of adrenaline to your February break. Coast through the rapids of the Mississippi Drifter or twist and turn under dazzling laser lights as you zoom around the Infinity Bowl. Come rain or shine, a ticket to Splashdown is a recipe for excitement this half term.

Don’t forget to tag us in snaps of your half term escapades in Dorset – find us on Instagram and on Facebook!