Thinking of heading to Dorset this Easter break? Over half of the county is categorised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there are plenty of breathtaking locations to visit. Here are some of the best Easter activities and things to do in Dorset.


Easter Events in Dorset

Please Note:

Given the current climate, many Easter events may not being going ahead.

Please check with the organisers of each event for up to date information.


Easter Things to Do in Dorset

Brownsea Island

An island adventure is a must do in Dorset. Brownsea Island is a wildlife sanctuary in the middle of Poole Harbour, and is a haven to different species including red squirrels, peacocks and a huge variety of birds. There are many activities you can get involved in, such as clay craft, bug hunting, archery, mini golf, orienteering and much more. There are also free guided tours if you wish to learn more about the island’s history. The island has a cafe and gift shop, as well as a Visitor Centre where you can find out more information about the range of activities on offer. Brownsea Island is accessible via ferry from Poole Quay.

Gold Hill

You’ll most likely recognise Gold Hill from the famous Hovis advert from the 70s. The steep, cobbled street in Shaftesbury is often featured in photographs of Dorset, and the view from the top of the hill has been described as “one of the most romantic sights in England”. At the top of the street, you’ll find St Peter’s Church which dates back to the 14th century. Right next door is the Gold Hill Museum, where you can learn about the history of rural life in Shaftesbury. You can also explore the ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey, or take a walk and admire the thatched roofs, stone cottages and quiet country lanes.

The Tank Museum

If you’re interested in wartime history, then the Tank Museum in Bovington should be on your list of things to do in Dorset this Easter. The site of the museum was once a training centre for tanks in WWI, and with almost 300 armoured vehicles, it is currently the world’s largest collection of tanks. The museum has nine interactive exhibitions where you can learn about the history of the tank, including an immersive experience where you can hear stories from veterans and people who built these war machines. The museum often hosts events, including Easter themed activities.

Dorset Adventure Park

No Easter break would be complete without a bit of outdoor fun. Situated in Corfe Castle, Dorset Adventure Park is suitable for the whole family. For a splash about, head to the Waterpark which is spread over two lakes and has a collection of exciting obstacles that you can tackle. If you prefer land over water, then head to the Mud Trail, where you can have a go at 50 different obstacles laid over a 2km trail. When you’re ready for lunch, have a picnic in the picnic area that overlooks Corfe Castle.

Monkey World

Monkey World ape rescue centre is a fantastic opportunity to meet gibbons, orangutans and chimpanzees that have been rescued from around the world. You can join a guided tour to learn about the illegal smuggling of primates and how the centre provides sanctuary for the apes. You can also hear from the keepers and find out what it’s like looking after monkeys every day, and learn about each of their personalities. Kids can play in the Great Ape Adventure Play Area, and there are many picnic areas to relax in.


More Things To Do in Dorset

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6EU

SEA LIFE Weymouth

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7SX

Lyme Rib Rides Ltd

The Cobb Sea Wall, Lyme Regis, Dorset, DT7 3JJ

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LG

Bournemouth Pier

Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AA

Monkey World

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre , Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH