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Searching for exciting summer activities for your kids without spending a penny? Look no further! Explore our handpicked list of local places that offer delightful adventures for children, all for free. From enchanting parks to creative learning centres, let your little ones explore and create unforgettable memories this summer.

Potterne Park, Verwood, BH21 6RS

Skate Park, Playground, Café, Picnic

Christchurch Splash Park, Wick Lane, Christchurch BH23 1BU

Splash Park, Skate Park, River, Picnic Area

Carvers Recreation Park, Ringwood, BH24 1JD

Skate Park, Playground, Café, Summer Activities

Avon Heath Country Park, St Leonards, BH24 2DH

Woodland Walks, Play Area, Picnic Area, Café

Blashford Lakes, Ellingham Drove, Ringwood, BH24 3PJ

Nature Reserve and Trails

Gullivers Farm and Café, Station Road, West Moors, Ferndown, BH22 0JG

Animals, Play Area, Orchard Gardens, Ride n Toys, Nature Trail


Linford Bottom, Ringwood

Stream, Woodland Walks, Picnic Area, Ice Cream Van


Moors Valley Country Park, Ashley Heath, BH24 2GT

Loads to do  Woodland Walks, Wooden Climbing Structures, Café, Train, Lake, Picnic Areas, Summer Activities

Car park is expensive!  Park in side roads and short walk through


Sandpits – Moyles Court, BH24 3LZ

Great Forest Walks

Paddle in the stream at Moyles Court,

Great picnic area, Ponies, Donkeys, Ice Cream Van

Mudeford Quay, Christchurch, BH23 4AB

Crabbing, Playground, Cafes, Ferry over to Hengistbury Head


Bournemouth Lower Gardens

Mon-Fri 11am – Free children’s entertainment

Mini golf 2 adults 3 children family ticket £17.50


Bournemouth Fireworks – Beach, Gardens

4th, 11th, 18th August Fireworks from 10pm


Sopley Pick Your Own, BH23 7AZ

Pick your own fruit and flowers, Farm Shop & Café


Bolderwood Deer Santuary, SO43 7GE

Viewing platform to spot deer – Deer fed daily by keeper.

Close to main Bolderwood Car Park – Picnic Area, Ice Cream Van


Hobbycraft Ferndown

Check on their website as they offer craft workshops for as little as £3/£4


Nicks Farm Valley Road, Bournemouth, BH8 0EB

Only £5 per person

Petting Farm, Feed the goats, Snack Shop


Ringwood Health & Leisure Centre, BH24 1PX

Fun Swims & HAF funded holiday camps


Cricket on the green, picnic areas,

the famous ice cream lady! 

Lots of ponies and donkeys


A day on the beach!

Southbourne, Sandbanks, Bournemouth – often all have summer activities on the beach

Castleman Trailway

Cycle from Ringwood to West Moors/Moors Valley

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