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Places to take the kids
If the weather is good.
Obviously the best place on a hot summers day is the Avon Beach, check out our Mudeford page and the maps page. We also have beaches at Highcliffe, they are not wide, have no facilities or entertainment but there is usually plenty of room. If you want that end of the beach go to either Highcliffe Castle and walk down to the beach or to Highcliffe village and follow the signs 'to the beach'. Mudeford Spit is great but the beach huts are privately owned and those that own them take up much of the available space.

Of course Mudeford Quay is also a great place to visit, crabbing is the main pre-occupation, usually mum and dad do it while the kids moan because they can't have a go. A small playground for the little ones and a large grassed area to run around on provide things to do and the space to do it for a full day. 

Another obvious spot for those summer days is the Quomps, or Christchurch Quay. Visit our Christchurch Town pages for more info. The new 'splash pool', seems to be great fun for the younger children as are the swings etc. next to the pool. For the older children there is little if you don't have a bat & ball.

The grassed area is next to the river, upon which there is regular activity all summer. The town centre is only a short walk away as is the old part of town, the Priory and the other town centre attractions.
We have lots in the way of entertainment in the area, a lot of it water related. Fishing trips from Mudeford Quay, river trips on United ferries or across the Run on the ferry. Motor or rowing boats on the river Stour, kayacs and the like off Avon beach and boat trips to various places around the bay. We even have a firm in Highcliffe giving RYA training in handling power boats. There's plenty to do and much of the info you need to find it is here.
Alternatively, all the family can enjoy the walks. Locally we have the routes around town, picking out the sights listed on this site. Further afield we have Hengistbury Head, the New Forest and the coastal areas of Bournemouth, Poole and in the other direction Barton.

We will be developing more details of walks around the area and not too far away. Keep an eye open for them as we complete the process.

The museum is based opposite Bournemouth airport and is now predominantly within a field so best checked out on a dry day. The aim is provide an interesting and informative visit for people of all ages with a wide selection of static displays it is a good place to entertain both the children and the not so young. My grandson, Jack, loves it but then he is obsessed by planes, and cars and the like.


Again found opposite Bournemouth Airport, in the same grounds as the Air Museum, is our adventure park. Probably for a dry day it is full of rides and is actually 3 parks in one, Adventureland, Wonderland and Aztec play centre. I have never been so can offer no advice but it is very popular with kids and their mum's. Visit their website, above and se if its for you.

If the weather is not so good.

Serendipity Sam's is open for healthy play every day from 9.30 a.m. and with 10,000 sq feet of indoor space to play it is a great family destination. Found in Reid Street, Christchurch, (see our maps page), or phone 01202 481015 it has plenty of car parking, a cafe, (please do not expect to eat your own food, they will get terribly upset), it has a safe structure upon which to climb and explore and room for the young to go crazy. 


Maybe not for the very young but well worth a visit for the slightly older children, mum and dad and those who enjoy recent history. A display of the older electrical equipment and appliance it is fascinating. I have visited this museum and strangely found it well worth the hour or so it took to have a look. If your stuck and its a wet day try it, you've nothing to loose and if the weather is better you might just find it a pleasant surprise.

They say: 'There's nostalgia, novelty and fun for all ages at Britain's premier electricity museum. All set in a genuine Edwardian Power Station. The Museum is located in Bargates very close to Christchurch town centre.'