Summer is well and truly here in Dorset. What a scorching couple of weeks we have had! The children break up for summer soon so lets hope some of this lovely weather continues.
6 weeks is a long time, and I expect most of you have some plans already whether or not you are going away or have planned some fun days out , all of this costs money, so I am here to help you find lots of things to do all for FREE to fill up some of the days and keep the kids occupied.
There is so much to do on our doorstep for FREE, but there are only so many times you can go to the local park, beach or out for a picnic. so look no further than my ultimate FREE summer holiday guide, Enjoy!
Bournemouth Summer Live 12th July - 26th August in Bournemouth Square
You can enjoy live music and lots of FREE kids entertainment through the summer in Bournemouth Gardens this year. Please visit their Facebook page for up to date information of what is on and when.
Free tennis in Poole Park. Every Sunday 10-11am
Every Sunday morning in Poole Park you can come along to a FREE tennis coaching session. All equipment is provided so there really is no cost. You do need to pre register online to let them know you are attending. This also takes place at many other locations so you might find one online that is closer to you.
Wareham Wednesdays , every Wednesday throughout the summer holidays
Every Wednesday during the summer holidays, Wareham are hosting a variety of FREE family events. Please check their website for more information.
Summer reading challenge - through out the summer holidays
Each year the summer reading challenge has a different theme, we are particularly excited about this year as my daughter has been obsessed with space since she did a topic at school 3 years ago! This year the theme celebrates 50 years since the moon landing (which is on my daughters birthday yay!) As well as the challenge, there are LOTS of free local events at the libraries to keep your children entertained over the summer.
To find out more information you can visit the summer reading challenge website. The idea is to ready 6 books over the summer , and you collect stickers and other rewards along the way to complete your poster. At the end you are usually rewarded with a certificate and a medal.
Poole Park Fun Day - 25th July 2019 10am-3pm
Poole Park are holding a FREE family day on 25th July. Most activities are FREE so there is no need to spend any money if you don't want to. Why not take a picnic and make a day of it? For more information please visit the facebook event page.
FREE children's craft workshops at Hobbycraft - various dates
Hobbycraft are running their FREE childrens craft workshops again this year. They have lots of dates throughout the holidays and this year the kids can make many things including; windsocks, windchimes, decopatch animals, suncatchers, do ceramic painting and much more! All event are FREE but you need to book in advance through eventbrite.
Poole Quay - Quay for my car, July 26th, 2nd 9th 16th 23rd and 30th August from 6pm
Sponsored by Poole Pirates, the Quay for my car event creates a bustling, lively atmosphere that can be enjoyed by owners as they mingle with fellow enthusiasts and spectators who want to catch a glimpse of the line up. There is a different theme each week, you can find out which cars you can see on which date on the Poole Tourism website.
FREE family activities and fireworks on Poole Quay 25th July, 1st 8th 15th 22nd and 28th August 2019 from 7pm
Get your groove on for Rockley's Summer Spectacular as fabulous FREE live music, entertainment and fireworks come to Poole Quay!
From 7pm there is a whole host of FREE family entertainment on Poole Quay, followed by a fireworks finale at 10pm. Find out more on the Poole tourism website.
Monday 19th August 2019 - Potterne Park / Moors Valley
If like me, you run your own business, a good friend of mine Joanne Dewberry, organises regular netwalking events where you can get together with other local small business owners and chat as it can be lovely sometimes working for yourself. This summer holiday she is organising a child friendly meet up at Potterne Park, where we will walk to Moors Valley and have a picnic together. The children can bring their bikes or scooters if they like and make a day of it. I went to one of these events she organised last year and I have to say it was one of the best days of the school holidays. If you would like to find our more you can visit Joanne's facebook event page.
Bournemouth Air Festival 29th August - 1st September
The Bournemouth Air Festival is now in its 11th year! They have a jam packed schedule of flying demos and many other activities and stands along the beach. You can visit their website for more information.
Other FREE things to do:
If you want to do something that does not tie you down to a certain date, here are a few of my favourite FREE things to do in Dorset;
> Visit the beach, its a lot quieter first thing in the morning or after dinner in the evening
> Go to a local splash park. There are so many locally including; Redhill Park, Littledown Park, Upton County Park, Hamworthy Park, Christchurch Quay, Boscombe Gardens, and Brewery Square
> Try out geocaching. This is a fun app you can get on your phone that gives you the co ordinates to find a little box which sometimes has treasure inside! There is a free app for this.
> Paint some rocks to hide. And don't forget to keep a look out for some when you are out and about. There are many facebook groups that you can join to follow where your rock has been, my favourite is "BH Rocks"
> There is a fantastic little farm on Portland that is FREE to enter. We love going here. And Portland is a beautiful place for a picnic too. Visit Fancy's Farm website for more information
> Birds of Poole Harbour on Poole Quay is free to enter. The children (and you!) can have lots of fun finding out about the local birds and maybe even spot some in the window with their binoculars. They often have a bird hunt trail and colouring out too.