A county of contrasts, offering the very best of countryside, coastline, events and attractions, perfect for families and couples alike.
In Dorset, there’s animals to meet, fascinating museums to discover, great castles to explore, thrilling rides and sports of all sorts.
One thing’s for sure is that we can guarantee you and the family won’t be bored on your family holiday to Dorset. Get ready for some great fun!
Isle of Wight
Situated just off England’s South coast and less than 2 hours from London via the Isle of Wight Ferry, the UK’s Holiday Island and Dinosaur Capital of Great Britain, the Isle of Wight is the perfect destination at any time of year.
Attractions and places to visit are in plentiful supply on the Island, with something to suit everyone.
Get a taste of the Isle of Wight’s history and culture by visiting one of the Museums & Galleries and historic sites.
Possibly the Island’s most recognisable landmark is The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, nearby to which The Needles Landmark Attraction is full of things to entertain all the family.
Alternatively, keep the kids entertained at a fun park like Robin Hill Adventure Park & Gardens, by taking a ride on our fantastic steam railway or by visiting one of our fantastic animal attractions such as the Isle of Wight Zoo.
What do you fancy doing whilst in Cornwall? Maybe a gorgeous garden one day, a gallery or museum the next, or perhaps something a little more active – surf schools, boat trips, cliff top walking, cycling…take your pick.
Don’t forget iconic attractions; St Michael’s Mount, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Minack Theatre, Tate St Ives, Land’s End, Tintagel Castle and the Eden Project are not-be-missed!
From iconic sandy beaches to intimate sheltered coves, Cornwall’s 300+ beaches are gloriously varied. Dog friendly, family friendly, golden, pebbly, bustling or blissfully empty – we love them all!
Get out in the surf at Fistral Beach, dip your toe in turquoise waters at Porthcurno beach or hunt for crabs at Treyarnon Bay. Whatever and whenever beaches in Cornwall are some of the best in the world.
Aviemore is a well known and popular holiday destination with beautiful scenery and an abundance of things to do for all ages. There is a thriving local population and a welcoming atmosphere for all our visitors. Aviemore is a year round destination with snowsports being the popular winter activity and walking, climbing, biking, and a whole host of other activities the main summer draw.
The Cairngorms area is famous for its great range of outdoor Aviemore land activities. From exploring the area on horse back, getting to grips with heights on a high ropes course, quad biking through forest tracks and over moors, trying to stay balanced and going forward on a segway, imagining yourself in the world of Robin Hood practicing your archery skills, going into battle (with paintballs), getting the adrenaline flowing on a clay pigeon shoot or zipping through the trees on a zip wire, orienteering your way around the countryside and fishing on the Spey and many local lochs, Aviemore really is a mecca for the active person of all ages who want to take part in outdoor on land activities.
Tenby’s Welsh name, Dinbych-y-Pysgod (Little Fortress of the Fish), will make perfect sense when you explore the dainty harbour beside Castle Hill. To head out to sea on a mackerel fishing trip, just chat to one of the boat operators.
Tenby has wonderful coastal walks right on the doorstep. One of the most enjoyable routes takes you north to Saundersfoot, an up and down 4.5 mile stretch with fabulous views of Saundersfoot Bay from the headland at Monkstone Point.
Head for Castle Hill where, if you can tear yourself away from the wonderful sea views, you can enjoy paintings of the same scene, along with other notable Pembrokeshire landscapes and portraits. Established in 1878, this is the oldest independent museum in Wales.
Crummock Water lies between Loweswater and Buttermere. It is two and half miles long and three quarters of a mile wide. At 140 feet deep, this clear, rocky bottomed lake is flanked by steep fellsides of Skiddaw slate. It is owned by the National Trust.
The River Cocker starts from here and flows towards Cockermouth where it joins the River Derwent. Crummock Water is fed by numerous streams including the beck from Scale Force, the tallest waterfall in the Lake District with a drop of 170 feet.
A nine mile round the lake walk is possible with great paths through Lanthwaite Woods.