Places to go and Things to do
Things to do – Places to go, at and around Rowlands Wait. There is just so much to do and see in this area that we find a lot of our customers need to come back because they haven’t had enough time to do everything. And because everyone is different we have tried to categorise some of the things you can do and places to visit in the area.

5 – 30 minutes drive: 
Bovington Tank Museum
Monkey World
Kingston Lacy
Athelhampton House & Gardens
The Blue Pool
Dorset County Museum
The Tutankhamun Exhibition

The Dinosaur Museum
The Teddybear Museum
The Keep Military Museum
Sealife Centre
Weymouth & Portland
Badger Brewery
Jurassic Kayaking Tours
Corfe Castle

30 – 60 minutes drive:
Poole Harbour
Brownsea Island
Alice in Wonderland
Bournemouth Air Museum
Sherborne Castle

Places to eat: The village has two very good pubs, The Royal Oak & The Drax Arms, both are within walking distance from the park. Further afield in Dorchester, Blandford, Poole & Wareham are many restaurants, pubs and take-aways.

Walking/Cycling: There is everything from a 5 minute to 5 hour walks/cycle trails from the park itself. Bike hire is also available locally.

Beaches: The nearest sandy beaches are at Swanage &Studland and also Sandbanks (Poole), 25 – 30 minutes away. Nearer still is the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

Fishing: We are not far for Coarse Fishing (, Fly Fishing ( and Sea Fishing,

Some other things to do
Wessex Raceway
Whirlwind Lake
Ferndown Golf Club
Wareham Golf Club
Purbeck Golf Club
Go Zorbing
Diary Dates
You can access the full Purbeck Events Diary at the following website:

Local Markets: There are many local markets around rural Dorset, please ask at the office or check local press for details.

Useful Contact s: For a list of other places to go and things to do in the area, visit