13 Things To Do Near Rockley Park

Things to do near Rockley Park

Situated on the beautiful Ham Common nature reserve, a stone’s throw from spectacular Poole Harbour in Dorset, Rockley Park is the perfect holiday location for families for water sports, wildlife, and relaxation. 

The Haven-owned holiday park is packed with exciting activities and entertainment for the whole family. 

But if you want to also explore the local area, there are plenty of things to do near Rockley Park.

Adventure Wonderland

Located 12 miles from Rockley Park in Christchurch, award-winning Adventure Wonderland is one of Dorset’s most popular attractions.

Adventure Wonderland has fun rides, entertainment, and themed activities aimed at families with younger children aged 2-10 years. 

During the summer season and school half-term holidays, the entry price includes 30 popular activities such as crazy golf, Shetland World, Alice in Wonderland Maze, theatre shows and Wild Thing!

Children get to meet their favourite cartoon characters on special events days, and at Christmas, there’s a pantomime and a visit from Father Christmas. 

With refreshments, ice cream and tasty food in the cafes, this is an all-around fantastic day out with the children.

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Corfe Castle

Explore 1000 years of history at romantic Corfe Castle in the heart of Dorset. 

Discover its heritage as a fortress and a royal palace. This enchanting, iconic castle is positioned on top of a hill, full of stories of treachery and civil war, which come to life as you wander around its medieval walls.

The Model Village, set in an acre of beautifully landscaped gardens, portray what the village and castle were like before Cromwell. 

Corfe Castle is a top attraction for visitors to Dorset, with breathtaking views across the Isle of Purbeck and cream teas to die for in the 18th-century tea rooms. 

Activities at the Model Village include:

  • Giant family games
  • Croquet
  • Punishment area for naughty people with working stocks and pillories
  • Fossil corner
  • Magical fairy garden
  • Wildlife garden with bird feeding station and hide
  • A visitor centre, a small museum
  • Realistic model soldiers in civil war uniform
  • Refreshments terrace with stunning views
  • Gift shop

Upton Country Park

Located a 10-minute drive from Rockley Park, the award-winning Upton Country Park is home to a Grade 2 listed Georgian Mansion set in beautiful, tranquil grounds, with a creative natural timber play park for the children. 

The art gallery above the tea rooms features exhibitions by local artists. 

For relaxation, there are walled gardens, shrubberies and lovingly tended flower beds, woodland walks, and an abundance of wildlife to watch along the shore.

For a family picnic, games on the front lawn, or time out for reflection, an afternoon at Upton Country Park offers a peaceful retreat from all the excitement at Rockley Park. 

Upton hosts events, fairs, shows and music festivals, so check the local What’s On.

Dorset County Museum

The museum houses 250 million years of local Dorset natural history and heritage. 

From Jurassic coast fossils, Roman mosaics, Thomas Hardy original manuscripts and much more, the collections and interactive exhibits are sure to capture your imagination and inspire all ages, especially dinosaur fans.

Dorset County Museum has special events, a cafe and a gift shop.

Farmer Palmers Farm Park

A firm favourite among families with young children, award-winning Farmer Palmer’s is custom designed for children up to 8 years. 

Farmer Palmers is a wonderful, fun day out for the whole family, whatever the weather. 

Children love meeting and feeding the animals, the goats and guinea pigs, the outdoor and indoor play areas, and the popular World of Dinosaur discovery trail. 

There is also a splash park, ride-on toys, and bouncy castles for the little ones to play on.

Farmer Palmers is open daily from 930am, and online pre-booking is essential.

Eating options include the Hen House Restaurant, homemade meals, cakes, snacks and picnic areas.

Lulworth Castle

This beautiful 17th-century castle is set in lovely parkland, with woodland walks and a children’s adventure playground. 

Lulworth castle is just a 30 minutes drive from Rockley Park.

The attraction is open from 10.30 until 5pm, Sunday to Thursday.

Dogs are welcome. 

Durdle Door

Durdle Door is a world-renowned iconic landmark, an impressive 10,000 natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast. 

The Jurassic Coast is the most famous area on the spectacular coast; an absolute must-visit if you’re exploring Dorset. 

There are unparalleled views from the clifftops, and access to the stunning beach is via a steep, stoney slope and steps, so suitable footwear is essential.

Monkey World

There’s always fun and laughter at Monkey World, an endangered and rescued ape, monkey centre, and sanctuary in Wool, Dorset. 

There are 65 acres of enclosures where you can watch and learn about the residents, rescue stories, and individual personalities through enthusiastic guided keeper talks and Q&A sessions. 

Monkey World participates in international breeding programmes for endangered species, such as the official European orang-utan creche. 

The Great Ape Play Area houses three adventure playgrounds for the children to run wild. Adopt a primate, and you’ll get free entry to Monkey World for one year.

Eating options include a cafe with excellent value meals and picnic areas.

Paulton’s Park

Although located a 1-hour drive from Rockley Park, a visit to Paulton’s Park is a must for any Peppa Pig fan.

Several worlds of adventure await at the ever-popular Paulton’s Park near the village of Ower, Hampshire. 

There are over 70 different rides and attractions, including Peppa Pig’s theme park, Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride and George’s Dinosaur Adventure soft play zone. 

With wild west-themed Tornado Springs, Critter Creek, Little Africa’s exotic birds and animals, and much more, this is a fabulous day out for adults with children.

Poole Harbour

The second largest natural harbour in the world, Poole Harbour is a stunning location edged by unspoilt woodlands and beautiful beaches. 

The area is a haven for all watersports, especially sailing, coastal walks with beautiful views and nature lovers. 

Poole Harbour is a conservation site with wetlands home to wading birds and many species of wildfowl. It is also a Site of Specific Scientific Interest as one of the most spectacular and beautiful habitats. 

Poole Marine Conservation Area comprises 4 square kilometres of sea bed, home to over 360 marine creatures.


Exclusive Sandbanks is one of the most gorgeous beaches in the UK, with soft, golden sands, clear waters, and unbeatable views across the Purbecks. 

This award-winning beach is perfect for sunbathing, beach games swimming, and unforgettable beach walks. 

Volleyball nets, sports equipment and deckchairs are available from the beach office. 

There are also excellent restaurants, cafes, pubs, and shops nearby.

Brownsea Island

The National Trust owns Brownsea Island, the largest island in Poole Harbour, a short ferry ride from Poole Quay. 

Brownsea Island is home to various rare species, including seabirds and the famous red squirrels. 

There are stunning views across the Purbecks from the scenic trails which cross the diverse, protected island habitats. 

There’s a new natural playground for the children and refreshments at the Villano Café.

Bovington Tank Museum

Bovington Tank Museum is located a 45-minute drive from Rockley Park. 

Described as the best family day out in Dorset, Bovington Tank Museum is home to the world’s most extensive collection of tanks. 

With more than 300 military vehicles from a century of military history in 9 awe-inspiring exhibitions to see, quizzes, trails, games, indoor and outdoor adventure play, and the chance to climb inside a tank, you can easily spend an entire day at Bovington.

The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.

There is a cafe and restaurant at the museum.

Staying At Rockley Park

Rockley Park in Poole, Dorset, is a large holiday park with plenty of accommodation opportunities. There are static caravans for rent as well as holiday homes for sale.

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