Spring Bank Holiday Adventure in South West England
Seize the long weekend and set off for an action-packed family camping holiday in England's sunny South West. Home to sandy beaches, National Parks, historic attractions and oodles of family attractions, there's no better place to spend quality time together.
If you need a little inspiration, check out the list of ideas below. We've collected a number of local family-friendly events and activities taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. They're all within a short drive of our fabulous Club Sites at Verwood in the New Forest, and Moreton - our scenic gem near the beaches of South Dorset.
From treetop adventures to powerboat rides, these activities and many more are right on the doorstep of our popular Club Sites. Take a look at these Spring Bank Holiday highlights and let's get your family camping expedition off to a flyer!
Day 1 - Friday
Kick off your Spring Bank Holiday weekend with a day in Portland. This beautiful 'island' is in fact a plate of Jurassic limestone connected to the mainland by a causeway. Visit Portland Castle, one of Henry VIII's formidable forts; explore Chesil Beach, a vast pebbly bank with a wildlife-filled lagoon; and climb up Portland Bill Lighthouse for magnificent views along the Jurassic Coast.
Wrap up your day with a thrilling evening powerboat ride around Studland Bay with the kids. Rides take place between 5.30 - 6.30pm and 6.30 - 7.30pm from Studland Watersport centre on Knoll Beach. Top it off with a delicious wood-fired pizza cooked fresh at Knoll Beach Café. Powerboats and pizza? Friday nights don't get much better than that!
Day 2 - Saturday
After a thrilling Friday evening on the water, get your Saturday morning off to a splashtastic start at the Watersports Academy on Poole Harbour. Youngsters aged 8 - 16 can discover their sea legs by joining the Weekend Kids Club from 9.30 - 11.30am and learn new watersports in a fun and friendly environment, complete with equipment hire and tuition.
After lunch, head to Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. It's a thriving island nature reserve with its own lagoon, woodlands and an abundance of wildlife including rare red squirrels. On arrival, head to the Visitor Centre and pick up the National Trust's Great Brownsea Storybook Adventure trail, where you can follow in the footsteps of island scouts and discover all there is to know about this fascinating castaway.
Day 3 - Sunday
It's back on the boats on Sunday morning for a fascinating voyage along the Jurassic Coast. Set off from Lulworth Cove and enjoy a unique view of spectacular landmarks like Stair Hole, Man O'War cove, St. Oswalds Bay and Durdle Door - the famous 160ft limestone arch. Tours depart regularly throughout the day and last around 15 minutes. Watch out for dolphins too!
Enjoy a relaxing spell on Lulworth Cove and grab lunch in one of the local restaurants, before heading off to Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest. There's plenty to do at this lively activity centre, including the Start of Summer Garden Pool Party between 1.30 - 5.30pm. It's open to all ages and promises plenty of wet 'n wild fun with music, field games and watersports in the outdoor pool.
Day 4 - Bank Holiday Monday
The award-winning Moors Valley Country Park & Forest is home to miles of criss-crossing walking and cycling routes, a woodland play trail, a fishing lake, its own mini steam train, Segways, and Go Ape Treetop Adventure. Kids can make their mark with an awesome archery lesson, which are held throughout the day on Monday. Various sessions are available for youngsters of all ages, and big kids are welcome too!
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