Days Out: Monkey World, Dorset.

On Wednesday, day five of our holiday to Dorset, we visited Monkey World in Wool. In comparison to our last visit to Dorset, Monkey World was just down the road from our holiday site this time. We had purposefully saved Monkey World until now as Wednesday was looking like the best day weather-wise (and the weather folks were right!) and you really do need good weather for Monkey World if you want to see some monkeys!

Although Sharon and I have visited Monkey World before, I’ve actually followed the park for a number of years thanks to the long standing TV series Monkey Business and the later Monkey Life on Animal Planet. To say I was obsessed with the show is an understatement. I adored watching it.

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Days Out: Sea Life Adventure Park, Weymouth, Dorset

On Tuesday, day four of our holiday in Dorset, it was expected to be miserable so we thought we’d visit somewhere that was both an indoor and outdoor attraction – so not the beach – whilst also offering a lot of entertainment, so we thought we’d take T to the Sea Life Adventure Park in Weymouth, just down the right from our holiday park.

The last time we went it was just me and Sharon but we had travelled from Poole on that occasion as we’d heard so many nice things about it, so of course we wanted to take T this time. What’s also great about the location of the Adventure Park is that it’s sat on the edge of Lodmoor Country Park. If the weather was better, and we had some more time, we probably would have liked to explore this a lot more – especially with our scooters!

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Days Out: Corfe Castle, Dorset {National Trust}.

Although technically day three of our holiday to Dorset, Monday was our first day where it was just the three of us.

Seeing as we’d just visited Corfe village the previous day, we thought we’d go back the next day, but visit the castle this time. It looked so pretty as the backdrop for the steam train that we had to visit it up close with T.

Sharon and I have actually visited Corfe Castle before, but this didn’t put us off visiting again. It really is a stunning location and with a toddler in tow we’re bound to experience it in a whole new light.

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Days Out: Swanage Railway, Dorset.

It feels like a long time ago that we were starting our holiday at Swanage Railway. What with being rushed back in to the every day, not to mention the weather taking a turn for the worse just as we arrived home, we are no longer in holiday mode.

Arriving on the Friday, we decided to spend that weekend visiting family, so we all thought it would be nice to take a family trip on the trains and visit the Swanage Railway and take a trip to the village of Corfe. Our clan had a variety of ages on board so we had to find something that was fun for all.

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Our Holiday to Dorset (2018)

For this year’s family holiday, we decided to visit Dorset in the West Country. Although Cornwall will always have a special place in our heart, Dorset is a lot closer (a beautiful 3 hours from Brighton in comparison to 5-6 hours with good traffic) and is in close proximity to family. Plus, we hadn’t taken T to Dorset before outside of Camp Bestival!

Dorset is now becoming a very close second when it comes to the West Country. The beaches are gorgeous, the lifestyle is just as relaxed as Cornwall, and the cider is a pretty good compromise. I would move here in an instant and whenever we visit I always end up talking to Sharon about our imaginary house which is located near Sandbanks.

For this holiday, we decided to stay at a local Haven site in Weymouth. Last time when it was just me and Sharon we stayed in Poole, which is only a 40-45 minutes away so not a massive distance, but it meant certain excursions (eg. Monkey World!) were a lot closer this time round.

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8 Reasons (of many!) Why You NEED To Go To Camp Bestival. [AD – Press Trip]

Last week, Camp Bestival announced the theme for their 2018 festival: Camp Bestival Sets Sail.

Last year we had so much fun. It was our first EVER festival and T’s first time camping, and despite the hit and miss weather we vowed to return every year.

Based in Dorset, it’s only 3-4 hours away from us with one toilet stop; meaning we were able to get there before the gates opened and have the tent built before lunchtime!

If you’ve never been to Camp Bestival (or camping for that matter) Camp Bestival is a brilliant place to start for the family. There’s a reason why it’s recently been voted the best family festival by Family Traveller!

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