Half term at Moors Valley

Half term at Moors Valley

Whether you’re looking for things to keep the kids entertained, spend time with loved ones, or enjoy a relaxing day outdoors, we have something just for you.

Please be aware, for the safety of our visitors and staff the information below is subject to change at short notice.

Mini Land Rover Adventure

Girl driving a mini Land Rover over a rumble strip in the park

25 May – 2 June 2024
10.30am – 4pm

The ultimate off-road adventure, designed exclusively for your little adventurers.

Let your children unleash their inner explorer as they navigate through an exciting off-road journey in electric Mini Land Rovers.

Our team ensures a safe and fun-filled experience that will create lasting memories for your children.

£8 per car for 2 laps. Age 3 – 10 years.

No need to book, just come along and join in.

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18 hole Adventure Golf

Family playing adventure golf together

25 May – 2 June 2024
10.30am – 4pm

Get ready to immerse yourself in nature and challenge your nearest and dearest to a round of Adventure Golf.

Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or a first-timer, our Adventure Golf promises an enjoyable experience for everyone. A perfect way to spend quality time with family and friends.

£8 per player. Age 4+

No need to book, just come along and join in.

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Gruffalo Party Trail

Rangers in the forest posing with a picture of the Gruffalo

Open every day from 9am 5.30pm

Trail packs available to buy from the Visitor Centre for £4

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure. The interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

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Frames in the Forest

Ranger smiling underneath a floral arch in the forest

18 May – 3 June 2024

Wander through the pine trees to discover six unique photo opportunities made from sustainable silk flowers and foliage foraged from our very own park.

‘Frames in the Forest’ will be here especially for May half term and will be interactive fun for families, budding photographers, and art lovers.

Pond Dipping

A ranger and a child pond dipping with a net.

29 May 2024

10.30am – 11.15am and 11.30am – 12.15pm

Come and see what you can net in a guided pond dipping session with the rangers. Newts, diving beetles, raft spiders and pond snails are all regulars, as well as others.

No dogs please except guide dogs and assistance dogs.

£3 per child. Age 4+.

Booking essential – click to book your space

Ranger Den

28 – 31 May 2024

1.30pm – 4pm

Come and see how the Ranger Den tadpoles are growing, and see who else has emerged ready for the summer season.

Plus favourites including microworld, looking up close at creatures barely visible with the naked eye.

No need to book for Ranger Den, just come along and join in. You can find Ranger Den at the back of the Visitor Centre, opposite the toilets.

Ranger Den is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs. All ages and abilities are welcome.

Moors Valley Railway

25 May – 2 June 2024

10.45am – 5pm

Enjoy a ride on an authentic steam train around Moors Valley Country Park.

The 7 ¼” gauge miniature narrow gauge railway provides a picturesque journey of just over a mile. From Lakeside Station travel alongside the lake, through tunnels before going through the goods yard and Kingsmere Station before travelling back to Lakeside Station.

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Play Trail

Wooden palace structure in the forest

Open every day from 8am

Out in the Forest, discover the Play Trail with its unique pieces of wooden play equipment.

You can wriggle through giant snakes in the ‘Snake Pit’, attempt the ‘Crocodile Crossing’ and balance on the fallen forest of ‘Timber’. The trail is only a mile long but with so many exciting pieces of play equipment, you should allow at least an hour to complete it all. The trail is suitable for pushchairs and most mobility scooters.

No need to book, just turn up.

Play Areas

Sand play area with children on swings

Open every day from 8am

There are two imaginative play areas close to the Visitor Centre.

The Adventure Play Area, designed especially for older children, includes a zip slide, huge space net, climbing boulder, and a fortress of towers and crossings with a long tube slide.

Younger children will be enthralled in the Castle and Sandworks area with its gentle slides and swings, all set inside a safe sand area so don’t forget to bring your bucket and spade too.

No need to book, just turn up.

Cycle Hire

Man cycling on boardwalk in forest

Open every day from 9.30am

Spring is here so why not blow away those cobwebs and hop on a bike?

We have a large fleet of adults bikes and a good selection of child bikes in various sizes, plus child seats, trailers and tag-a-longs.

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Music Trail

Boy playing with musical toys in the park

Open every day from 8am

Discover our lakeside Music Trail. At each station you’ll find a musical or percussion instrument, each beautifully tuned to produce a soft ambient sound.

Accessible for all ages and abilities, play alone or as a group.

No need to book, just turn up.

Go Ape, Nets Adventure and Forest Segways

Man on zip wire in forest smiling

The Go Ape Moors Valley team offer five different activities at Moors Valley – three Tree Top courses, Forest Segways, and Nets Adventure.

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Tree Top Trail

Half-Term raised wooden walkway through trees in the forest

Open every day from 8am

Halfway along the Play Trail, there is the option to divert onto the Tree Top Trail. This 5 metre high and 200 metre long wooden walkway takes you up amongst the trees and allows you to get a real bird’s eye view of the Forest.

Please note: The Tree Top Trail is not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs however, there is a connecting path from start to finish.

Food and Drink

Open every day throughout half term

Treat yourself to a bite to eat from Seasons restaurant or Norris and Binglewort Ice cream Kiosk.

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Gift Shop

Toys and books displayed in a gift shop

Open every day from 9am – 5pm

Fans of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s popular storybooks will delight in our large range of Gruffalo merchandise, alongside some of the other much-loved characters such as Zog and Stick Man.

We also stock a selection of carefully chosen produce from a range of local suppliers including From Dorset with Love, Filberts, Moores Biscuits, the Dorset Ginger Company and Dorset Tea.