Activities in Dorset

Stony Lane South, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1HW

A beautifully landscaped golf course that enjoys panoramic views of Christchurch Harbour, The Priory and Hengistbury Head. It is an 18-hole, par 3 golf course with the longest hole being 148 yards and the shortest just 51 yards. Visitors of all ages and standards are welcome, with club hire available for a small fee.

Parley Green Lane, Hurn, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6BB

A flat golf course with nine holes, 2469 yards, SSS 68. Golf bag sharing or club sharing is not permitted. Juniors between 10 and 14 years of age who are non-members must be with an adult golfer or have a Council of National Golf Unions (Congu) handicap certificate.

107 Lymington Road, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 4LA

This is a flat, wooded course with 18 holes, 4776 yards, SSS 63. Two practice nets. Visitors are welcome after 9.30am if they are a member of a recognised golf club. It is recommended that you phone to check tee reservations.

Dudmoor Farm Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 6AQ

A wooded golf course with nine holes. Longest hole 280 yards. Visitors are welcome and there is no need to book.

Iford Bridge Golf Course, Barrack Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 2BA

The golf course it set on flat parkland on the banks of the River Stour. A total of nine greens (18 tees), 4330 yards, SSS 61 men, 65 ladies. Driving range and putting green. Visitors are welcome at any time.

Wentworth Drive, Broadstone, Dorset BH18 8DQ

The golf course is on undulating heathland and has been used on many occasions for English national tournaments. 18 holes, 6315 yards, SSS 70. Practice area. Visitors are welcome on weekdays and at weekends by prior arrangement. A current handicap certificate is required.

The Clubhouse, Burton Road, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4PS

A cliff top links course with 18 holes. Men: 5875 yards, par 70, SSS 68. Ladies: 5506 yards, par 72, SSS 73. Driving range, putting green, practice bunker and chipping green. Also open from the end of May through the summer season is a nine-hole pitch and putt course with an 18-hole putting green. Visitors are welcome subject to club commitments. Tee times reserved for members are 8am to 9.30am daily and 11am to 2pm on Saturdays.

Central Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset BH2 6LH

This golf course is set in 120 acres of undulating scenic parkland. The Club’s demanding test of golf and rich heritage draws golfers from all over Europe. The course features verdant, tree lined fairways. From the 244 yard opening par 3, where the drive is over a valley to a small green cut into a hill, to the highly acclaimed par 5, 14th hole, golfers are confronted with numerous and memorable challenges. Practice area and putting green. 18 hole, par 69, 5540 yards.

Rolls Drive, Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset BH6 4NA

A seaside golf course with 18 holes, 2182 yards, SSS 54. Driving range. No restrictions on visitors.

Queens Park, West Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset BH8 9BY

This is one of the finest and most established golf courses in the South of England. You can purchase a season ticket or choose ‘pay and play’ golf, whichever option suits you best. No handicap is required. Advance booking is available to guarantee your tee-off time. The golf course is centrally located just off the A338 Wessex Way on the edge of Bournemouth. Total yardage: from white tees: 6132 yards, par 71; from red tees: 5562 yards, par 72.

Francis Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset BH11 8NX

The golf course is on undulating heathland, with 18 holes, 6094 yards, SSS 69. Visitors are welcome with a reservation after 9.30am on weekdays; restrictions apply on competition days. A member must accompany visitors at weekends. A golf handicap certificate is required.

Wimborne Road, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9HN

The golf course is on downland with wonderful views over the Tarrant and Stour valleys. 18 holes, 6276 yards, SSS 70. Practice ground and putting green. Visitors are welcome during the week. At weekends visitors must have a golf handicap certificate or come with a member. Tuesday mornings are ladies only.

Mini Golf

Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SX

Open daily from 11am-6pm (last entry at 5pm), except Christmas Day and subject to weather conditions

A swashbuckling game for the whole family!

Each hole has its own unique challenge to overcome as you work your way around the themed course, which includes treasure chests, gunpowder barrels and a pirate galleon.

Can you conquer the tricky uphill hole with a single deadly shot?

Do you have enough skill to avoid the obstacle blocking your way to the treasure?

Can you make that magical ‘hole in one’? But be warned…you only get the one chance!

Greenhill, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 7SW

At the edge of the town centre, sloping up from the beach and promenade, are Greenhill Gardens, where you can get some of the best views across Weymouth Bay. The winding paths and brightly coloured flower beds of the Gardens are a true delight to discover but there is also an 18-hole putting green, tennis courts, a bowling green and two cafes to keep you occupied.

Weymouth’s Greenhill Gardens have been recognised as one of the best green spaces in the country.


Condor Ferries operate a regular, high-speed ferry service between Weymouth and Guernsey, Jersey and St Malo in France.

Weymouth to Guernsey

Service operates all year. Crossing time 2 hours 10 minutes
With its scenic harbours, quaint cottages, beautiful countryside and sandy beaches, the island of Guernsey is like a big picture postcard. The island has over 100 miles of coastline with sandy beaches and dunes, secret coves and rock pools, rugged harbours and beautiful cliff walks.

The island’s capital, St Peter Port, is a vibrant harbour town with a mixture of well-known high street stores and more individual shops. Many of the retailers in Guernsey offer low duty prices on a range of items, so big savings can be made on jewellery, photographic and electrical goods.

When it comes to visitor attractions, the Guernsey Aquarium is a popular choice. Its displays include local sea fish and European freshwater fish as well as tropical marine fish, anemones and inverts of various kinds. Another family favourite is the Little Chapel, which is beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china.

With an environment that is conducive to outdoor pursuits, it is not surprising that a range of sporting and other activities are available on Guernsey. These include cycling, horse riding, golf, surfing, windsurfing, diving, angling, sailing, scuba diving and kayaking.

Guernsey offers visitors a good choice of pub food, bistro dining or contemporary cuisine, where Indian, Turkish, Spanish and Italian culinary styles sit comfortably alongside more traditional restaurants. St Peter Port also has a good choice of lively pubs and bars where you can soak up the atmosphere, along with a few cocktails or locally brewed ales.

Weymouth to Jersey

Service operates all year via Guernsey. Crossing time 3 hours 25 minutes
Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands boasting spectacular coastal scenery, beautiful countryside, fascinating history, golden beaches, great dining and entertainment, plus sporting facilities that are second to none.

Plemont, situated on the north coast has a reputation as Jersey’s most beautiful beach. Plemont is a sheltered sandy cove where the golden sand is covered at high tide, but when the water retreats, pools with sandy bottoms are exposed – ideal for young children to play in. Alternatively, Green Island is a favourite local beach on the east of the island. St Ouens Bay stretches for five miles along the length of Jersey’s Atlantic west coast, and is one of the best beaches for surfing in the UK. Jet skiing and cycling are other popular activities.

One of the island’s top visitor attractions is Jersey Zoo, headquarters of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. The zoo is set in 31 acres of land with over 190 species of rare and endangered mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles. Jersey also has two award-winning museums, the Jersey and the Maritime Museums, containing interesting exhibits for both adults and children with a glimpse of Jersey’s past and maritime heritage. Jersey’s aMaizin! Maze and Adventure Park is a popular attraction with activities for all ages, including go-kart tracks, crazy golf and a maze in the shape of the island.

Jersey has built an international reputation for its cooking styles and range of restaurants. Seafood is the specialty of the island, and is complemented by a wealth of fresh local produce. Around St Helier, St Aubin and St Brelade are a range of simple cafes, family-friendly brasseries, traditional country pubs and gourmet restaurants.

St Helier is the shopping centre of Jersey. The main streets provide an eclectic mix of high street stores, small boutiques and local gift shops. Many of the retailers offer low duty prices on goods such as jewellery, photographic and electrical goods. Further afield, areas such as St Brelade, St Aubin and Gorey offer a selection of shops and garden centres.

Weymouth to St Malo

Service operates all year. Crossing times from 5 hours 15 minutes (may require a change of vessel in either Guernsey or Jersey)
St Malo in Brittany is famous for its old walled city where you will find beautiful buildings, museums, restaurants, cafes and open markets in a maze of tiny cobbled streets.

St Malo offers a range of art, music and book shops, as well as a choice of hypermarkets and specialist shopping.

The Grand Aquarium is situated a few miles south of the citadel. It houses fish and sea life from around the world in eight different aquariums, including a circular fish tank where visitors can stand in the middle of swirling fish shoals, and an open air touching pool. Cobac Parc is another popular tourist attraction in St Malo. Inside the park’s 12 hectares of woodland, the whole family can take part in around 30 different activities, including a water park, mini golf and a merry-go-round. The Chateau de St Malo, to the right of the city’s main gate, houses the Musee de la Ville. This museum has exhibits covering all elements of St Malo’s historic past incorporating piracy, colonialism, slave trading and the German Occupation during World War II. Visitors will also enjoy the Cathedral of St Vincent dating back to the 9th century, and the walk along the 12th century city ramparts, which stretch from St Vincent Gate to the St Thomas Gate and provide fantastic views of the old town’s houses, the bay and the islets at the mouth of the Rance estuary.

As you’d expect, St Malo has an abundance of good places to eat to suit all tastes and budgets. Local specialties include fresh lobsters and Cancale oysters, as well as other classic French fare such as crepes and moules. Some of the most popular restaurants and cafes are situated in a long line inside the city ramparts between Porte St-Vincent and the Grande Porte.