Spring is only a week away and what better way to get ready for those sunnier warmer days than to start planning some fun family outdoor adventures. Living in Somerset and Dorset means that you’re often only a few miles away from what could be argued as the most stunning scenery that Great Britain has to offer.
For those non-rainy weekend days, lighter evenings and Easter half term holidays there are always loads of things to do outdoors (with or without the kids). As long as you have a plan for adventure, a mode of transport and a few travel essentials then you’re pretty much set for days of memory making and fun times.
This Spring Dorset County Council have come up with the most wonderful guide of places to visit in Dorset. They’ve entitled it ’40 days in Dorset’ which you can download here. It really is one of the most easy to follow and information rich guides that I’ve come across in a long time. There are just so many beautiful gardens, castles, beaches and countryside walks to explore!
Getting outdoors is one of the top things to do for families living or visiting the South West. Walking is a great form of exercise. It works wonders for your mental health and it provides the perfect opportunity to have some quality family time without iPads and iPhones getting in the way.
If you’re on a family day out try making your outdoor adventures even more fun for the kids with a bit of pre planning:Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. An outdoor fitness bootcamp - Work up an appetite for your family picnic by designing your own mini outdoor bootcamp. All you need is a timer, a few plaque cards (with core, upper body and lower body exercises) and a big open space. Get everyone exercising together and having fun then finish up with a healthy tapas style picnic.
2. Bring some travel games or an easy to set up outdoor badminton net. Games can provide hours of entertainment whether you’re young or old. They’re very low cost and easy to carry with you on a day out.
3. Kit out your family with some headphones and have an outdoor silent disco. This can be so much fun. You can dance to your favourite tunes and burn calories at the same time!
4. Take a palette of water colours and a sketch pad. Explore colour and composition. Make your very own Picasso while becoming at one with nature.
So there you have it. 40 great places to visit in Dorset. Some ideas of things to do with the kids (or on your own) while out in the great outdoors.
All you need now is get planning and look ahead to fun filled Spring adventure!