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Plan fun family days out in Dorset for your Knoll House holiday, with our top recommendations for family attractions.

As well as the beaches, walks and historical sites, there are plenty of Dorset attractions to visit around Studland, so you’ll never be short of ideas for family days out.

Enid Blyton Trail

Children’s author Enid Blyton loved Dorset. She would often stay at Knoll House Hotel throughout the seasons, using the people she met and the surrounding landscape as inspiration for her stories. You and the family can follow in her footsteps with the Enid Blyton Trail, exploring Studland and seeing the sights that inspired her writing.

Tank Museum

Learn about these powerful feats of engineering at the famous Tank Museum. The museum combines exciting events and experiences with stunning exhibitions – great for a family day out. There’s a restaurant on-site, as well as a soft play area and an adjacent café, so the kids can run around while you sit down and relax with a coffee.


Bournemouth Oceanarium is a popular Dorset attraction, giving you a glimpse of life under the ocean. It’s home to a whole host of aquatic creatures, from sharks, rays and sea turtles to jellyfish, otters and penguins. We’d recommend catching the daily feeding talks to see the animals in action.

Swanage Railway

The Swanage Railway offers a different way to see the Dorset countryside, on a steam train chugging through the scenic landscape, past Corfe Castle and down onto Swanage Beach. Bring a packed lunch, or perhaps treat yourself to cream tea in one of their dining trains. They also hold events for families and children, so be sure to see what’s on during your stay.

National Trust Events

There are a variety of National Trust Events happening across Studland Bay throughout 2022, perfect for great family days out! From organised walks to outdoors expeditions, there's something to suit everyone and all budgets from as little as £2.50 per child. See what's going on here.