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Christmas

Cool Coast Ice Rink

14th December-23rd February 2019

Venue: Bournemouth International Centre

Address: BH2 5BH

Website: www.bic.co.uk

It’s time to take to the ice as this hugely popular indoor seasonal ice rink returns once again for the winter. With Ice Skating penguins for the youngest novices. Call 01202 055555.

Sports

Cool Coast Ice Rink

4th-23rd February 2019

Venue: Bournemouth International Centre

Address: Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

Website: www.bic.co.uk

Get fit and have fun at the same time on this huge indoor seasonal ice rink until 23 February. There is a separate kids’ area and ice skating penguins to help steady the children on the ice. For details...

Outdoor events

February Half Term Fun

16th-24th February 2019

Venue: Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens

Website: www.kmc.ac.uk

With fun activities for all the family taking place every day and special discounts for Dorset residents.

Indoor activities

February Half Term Fun

16th-24th February 2019

Venue: The Tank Museum

Address: Bovington, BH20 6JG

Website: www.tankmuseum.org

Explore this huge indoor attraction and experience the big ‘explosive’ day out in history. Take part in a range of family activities. Climb inside a Modern Battle tank and be wowed with talks and tours.

Outdoor Events

February Half Term Fun at King John’s Castle

16th-24th February 2019

Time: 10am to 3.30pm

Venue: Corfe Castle

Address: Near Wareham, BH20 5EZ

Budding knights and damsels can take part in the 'Great Escape' (teddy bear zip wire) and watch missiles launch from the castle's medieval siege engine. Medieval fun continues with the family castle quest....

Outdoor events

Get Toasty Around the Campfire

16th-16th February 2019

Time: 12pm to 2pm

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE

Go for a walk to the Outdoor Centre where you will find tasty treats toasted on an open campfire. For details call 01202 707744

Outdoor events

Half Term Fun

16th-24th February 2019

Venue: Kingston Lacy

Address: Blandford Road, Wimborne, BH21 4EA

Discover the first signs of spring this half-term. Explore the gardens and parkland with a family activity pack and spring themed crafty fun. For details call 01202 883402

Indoor activities

Half Term Fun at Farmer Palmer’s

16th-24th February 2019

Venue: Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Address: Wareham Road, Organford, Poole, BH16 6EU

Website: www.farmerpalmers.co.uk

Children can enjoy all the fun at Farmer Palmer’s this February. With lots of fun-filled play and cute and friendly animals.

Outdoor events

I Love Wildlife

16th-16th February 2019

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Celebrate Valentine's weekend and make gifts for the animals in your garden to show how much you love wildlife. Crafts starting from £1, Children must be accompanied. For details call 01305 206191

Outdoor events

Introduction to Orienteering

16th-16th February 2019

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Learn to read an orienteering map and navigate a course. This is an event for all the family. Booking essential. Cost: £3 each. Call 01929 424443 for details.

Outdoor events

Durlston Rocks!

17th-17th February 2019

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Discover the stories written in the rocks at Durlston. Cost: £3 each. Call 01929 424443 for details.

Outdoor events

Fossil Hunting Walk

17th-24th February 2019

Venue: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Address: Near Bridport, DT6 6LL

Website: www.charmouth.org/chcc

Daily until 24 February. A two-hour session starting at the Centre with a 20-minute talk about the rocks and fossils of Charmouth. Then head to the beach to look for fossils. For more details call 01297...

Indoor activities

Animation Workshop

18th-19th February 2019

Venue: Kids Camera Action

Address: Wimborne, BH21 2AR

Website: www.kidscameraaction.co.uk

Get some hands-on experience of stop-motion animation. Create 3D backdrops, crazy characters and animate a mini-story. Contact Kids, Camera, Action for venue details. For more details call 01202 509089

Indoor activities

Family Feb Fest

18th-22nd February 2019

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park

Address: Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Family Feb Fest includes all the family favourites live on stage every day. There will be performances from The Sooty Show, Little Chix – a lively and bright new tribute act and Krazy Kev and Dinky Dino...

Outdoor Events

Fossil Workshop

18th-22nd February 2019

Venue: Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre

Address: West Lulworth, BH20 5RQ

Website: www.lulworth.com

Also on 22 February. A fun session where children of all ages can have a go at fossil casting and ammonite slice polishing. Also includes top tips for finding fossils on the beach. For more details call...

Indoor activities

Junior Safety Inspector Family Tours

18th-20th February 2019

Time: 10am to 1.30pm

Venue: Safewise

Address: 1 Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8JJ

A fun and interactive family experience. Complete a treasure hunt, solve clues and practice being safe whilst exploring a learning village along the way. For children aged five -10 years old. Cost: £5...

Outdoor events

Build Your Own Bird Box

19th-19th February 2019

Time: 10.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Make a bird box, as part of National Nest Box Week. Take it home to provide wildlife with a safe nesting site and encourage birds to nest in your garden. Booking essential. For ages 6 years+. Call 01425...

Outdoor events

Clay Creatures

19th-19th February 2019

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Explore Durlston’s wildlife and create an animal to take home. Booking essential. Cost: £3 each. Call 01929 424443 for details.

Outdoor events

Forest School Fun

19th-19th February 2019

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: Upton Country Park

Address: Poole, BH17 7BJ

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Enjoy some forest school fun with the rangers. Cost: £5 per child. Must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential and to confirm venue details. For details ring 01202 692033

Outdoor Events

Fossil Hunt

19th-19th February 2019

Venue: Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre

Address: West Lulworth, BH20 5RQ

Website: www.lulworth.com

An hour session beginning with a short talk on the fossils of Lulworth. Then, walk along the beach to start the fossil hunt. For more details call 01929 400587

Outdoor Events

Half Term Welly Walks

19th-21st February 2019

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

Address: Wareham, BH20 5BJ

Also 21 February. Pull on your wellington boots and head over to Arne for an adventure. Children will be taught about how to use journey sticks and explore this amazing reserve. Cost: children £5, adults...

Outdoor events

Titch the T-Rex roars into Adventure Wonderland

19th-21st February 2019

Venue: Adventure Wonderland

Address: Christchurch, BH23 6BA

Website: www.adventurewonderland.co.uk

Titch the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends will be taking up 'roar'sidence during February half term. Plus, small children will be able to sit on Gretel, an animatronic Triceratops. Also, enjoy the Caterpillar...

Outdoor Events

Bird Watching for Children

20th-20th February 2019

Time: 10am to 11am

Venue: Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands

Address: Colyford Road, Seaton, EX12 2SP

Website: www.eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events

Learn about the different species of birds found at Seaton Wetlands with an experienced volunteer guide. Complete the bird spotting sheets using binoculars.

Outdoor events

Build a Bug Hotel

20th-20th February 2019

Time: 10.30am to 11.30am and 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Work on constructing a shelter for a range of minibeasts to install in your garden ready for spring. Booking essential. For ages 6 years+. Call 01425 470721

Indoor activities

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

20th-20th February 2019

Time: 10.30am to 11.30am

Venue: Poole Museum

Address: High Street, Poole, BH15 1BW

An Early Years session for 0-3 year olds that links with the Calm Before the Storm exhibition. Sing nautical songs, make ship shape crafts and look at some real sea-faring objects from the collection....

Outdoor events

Spring Ranger Day

20th-20th February 2019

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE

Budding young rangers can discover how to conserve nature and learn some bush craft skills. Outdoor Centre rangers will show children how Brownsea's habitats are looked after. For ages 8 years+. Booking...

Outdoor events

Stormy Seashore Scavengers

20th-20th February 2019

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Walk along Chesil Beach and hunt the strandline for wildlife treasure blown in with the Atlantic storms. Look for rare pink sea fans, shark eggcases and lots more! Cost: Adults £3; Children £2. Children...

Outdoor Events

Strandline Scavenge

20th-20th February 2019

Time: 11.30am

Venue: Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre

Address: West Lulworth, BH20 5RQ

Website: www.lulworth.com

Search the strandline to hunt out interesting flotsam and jetsam, some of which could have travelled thousands of miles, each with a different story to tell. For details call 01929 400587

Outdoor events

Torchlight Safari

20th-20th February 2019

Time: 5.45pm to 7.45pm

Venue: Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Address: Horton Road, Ashley Heath, BH24 2ET

Website: www.moors-valley.co.uk

Early February is the time when frogs, newts and toads head to the ponds to spawn. So wrap up well, grab your wellingtons and take a torch. Booking essential. For ages 6 years+. Call 01425 470721

Outdoor events

Wild Wednesdays

20th-20th February 2019

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Free activities and crafts for all the family. Call 01929 424443 for details.

Outdoor events

Caterpillar Kids at Lorton: Beasts, Bugs and Slugs

21st-21st February 2019

Time: 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/Lorton

Explore the woods of Lorton Meadows, uncovering minibeasts, then create a beautiful beetle to take home. Featuring family fun and wildlife inspired crafts and games. Cost: Children £3. Booking essential....

Outdoor events

Festival of Light

21st-23rd February 2019

Venue: Poole Quay and Old Town

Address: Poole, BH15 1AU

Website: www.lightuppoole.co.uk

This festival will be transforming Poole’s familiar townscape after dark with an ambitious programme of more than twenty light art spectacles that follow the theme of ‘Tides’.

Outdoor events

Caterpillar Kids at Lorton: Natty Nests and Brilliant Birds

22nd-22nd February 2019

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/Lorton

Discover just how tricky it is to build a nest with just a beak and feet. Featuring family fun and wildlife inspired crafts and games. Cost: Children £3. Booking essential. For details call 01305 816546

Outdoor events

Build a Nest Box Day

23rd-23rd February 2019

Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Studland Bay

Address: Near Swanage, BH19 3AQ

Build a nest for an animal of your choice. Prepare your garden for spring by building a home for wildlife. Join the Rangers to build a bird, bat or bug box to take away with you. Call 01929 450500

Outdoor events

The Chesil Challenge

23rd-23rd February 2019

Time: 11am to 12.30pm

Venue: Chesil Beach Centre

Address: Portland Road, Portland, DT4 9XE

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Youngsters aged 5 years+ are encouraged to complete the Chesil Challenge. Look for clues to solve puzzles about Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon on this children's treasure trail inside and outside the...

Outdoor events

Wildlife Wander

24th-24th February 2019

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Durlston Country Park

Address: Lighthouse Road, Swanage, BH19 2JL

Website: www.durlston.co.uk

Go on a walk with a ranger to discover more about Durlston's wildlife. Cost: £3. Call 01929 424443 for details.

Indoor activities

Weymouth and Dorset Music Festival

2nd-2nd March 2019

Venue: St Aldhelm’s Church Centre

Address: Spa Road, Weymouth, DT3 5EW

Website: www.weymouthmusicfestival.co.uk

A non-competitive festival open to all musicians of all ages and abilities.

Arts & Crafts

Communal Craft

3rd-3rd March 2019

Time: 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Venue: Oakdale Library

Address: Wimborne Road, Poole, BH15 3EF

Join in with the fun afternoon filled with crafts at Oakdale Library. For details ring 01202 674213

Indoor activities

World Book Day

8th-9th March 2019

Time: 11am to 4pm

Venue: Hardy’s Cottage

Address: Higher Bockampton, Dorchester, DT2 8QJ

Also 9 March. Celebrate World Book Day at Hardy's Cottage. There will be a ‘Ten Little Bookworm’ children's trail to enjoy and £1 World Book Day books will be available to buy. For details ring 01305...

Outdoor events

Caterpillar Kids at Lorton: Astounding Owls

9th-9th March 2019

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm

Venue: Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre

Address: Lorton Lane, Weymouth, DT3 5QH

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org/Lorton

Discover the astounding night-life of nocturnal owls and make a cute owlet to take home. Featuring family fun and wildlife inspired crafts and games. Cost: Children £3. Booking essential. For details...

Outdoor Events

What's That Bird?

9th-9th March 2019

Time: 11am to 1pm

Venue: Seaton Wetlands

Address: Colyford Road, Seaton, EX12 2SP

Improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of Seaton Wetlands. Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session. For details call 01395 517557

Outdoor events

The Great Winter Nurdle Hunt

17th-17th March 2019

Venue: Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre

Address: Near Bridport, DT6 6LL

Website: www.charmouth.org/chcc

Collect nurdles (tiny plastic pellets used to make most plastic products) on Charmouth beach and share your findings with The Great Nurdle Hunt Project. For more details call 01297 560772

Outdoor events

Seashore Ramble

22nd-22nd March 2019

Time: 11am to 1pm

Venue: Brownsea Island

Address: Poole Harbour, Poole, BH13 7EE

Explore Brownsea's coastlines on this free guided wildlife walk. Join one of the experienced rangers as they talk you through the curious creatures that make the shoreline their home. Booking essential....

Outdoor events

Get Dorset Buzzing Roadshow

26th-26th March 2019

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Dolphin Shopping Centre

Address: Poole, BH15 1SZ

Website: www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Dorset Wildlife Trust's Get Dorset Buzzing campaign kicks off this month. Have fun finding out how to help pollinators at the Eco-Hub in Poole's Dolphin Shopping Centre. Call 01202 692033

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