The Little Fire Station Soft Play in Dorset

Things to do With Babies and Toddlers in West Dorset

17 February 2021West Dorset Tourism

West Dorset Leisure Holidays is a family friendly holiday group with plenty to offer visitors with young children. Families can enjoy a variety of activities and attractions in the local area during a stay at one of award-winning holiday parks. Here we outline just some of the best things to do with babies and toddlers in West Dorset. We guarantee you’ll have a fantastic stay and make many happy family memories to cherish for years to come.


The Little Fire Station Soft Play

Little Fire Station Soft Play at Highlands End

Little Fire Station Soft Play is located at Highlands End Holiday Park near Bridport. This fire engine themed indoor play area is the perfect wet weather activity, should rain make an unwelcome appearance during your stay! The Fire Station is aimed at children aged 6 and under and boasts plenty to keep toddlers entertained. There’s a ball pit, building blocks, slide, tunnels, puzzles and even a mirror maze to explore!

The soft play area is situated within Martin’s Bar and Restaurant. Adults can enjoy a bite to eat or a cup of Costa Coffee as the children play. The Little Fire Station Soft Play is open to guests from any of the WDLH parks as well as the general public.


Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium

lyme regis

Delve deep into the waters of Lyme Bay during a visit to the Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium. Learn more about the various species that can be found along the Jurassic Coast, including wrasse, lobsters, sea scorpions and anemones.

Children can gaze into the various tanks and admire the beautiful colours of our native marine wildlife. They’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a number of interactive experiences during a visit. If they’re feeling brave, they can hand feed mullet, hold a starfish and have their photo taken with a gigantic brown crab! Children of all ages will enjoy this small, family run aquarium.


Vurlands Animal Farm

Vurlands Animal Farm

A short drive along the coast road will take you to Vurlands Animal Farm. Younger members of the family can meet and feed a host of animals including, donkeys, goats, birds, pigs and alpacas. There are various activities dotted around the 20-acre site to enjoy throughout the day. Pig racing takes place twice daily during peak season and there’s an outdoor play area and willow maze to explore. If you’re feeling peckish we highly recommend the tearooms on site, where you’ll find a range of tasty snacks. There are also plenty of picnic benches if you’d prefer to bring your own food and drink.


Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery is situated in a picturesque location on the shores of the Fleet Lagoon. It is home to the world’s only managed colony of mute swans and offers a fun-filled day out for all the family. There are around 600 swans in the nature reserve at any one time, which means that the daily feed is a spectacle not to be missed! Little ones can help the rangers throw scoops of feed to the hungry swans at the mass feeding, which takes place at 12pm and 4pm each day. We highly recommend a visit between mid-May and late June when the eggs hatch. Children will get an up-close look at the fluffy grey cygnets as they emerge from the shells!

Once you’ve finished walking along the shoreline, let the kids run around the willow maze. There’s also a park with swinging nests where children can play.


Highlands End Leisure Club

Highlands End Leisure Club

Splash and swim to your hearts content in the swimming pool at Highlands End Leisure Club. Help your children build water confidence and play games in our 20m indoor heated swimming pool. Sessions are currently limited to 45 minutes in the water, but that’s still plenty of time to enjoy a family dip! It’s the perfect place to spend quality time as a family participating in a fun-filled activity.


Outdoor play areas

There are a couple of outdoor play areas in West Dorset to keep little ones entertained. If you’re staying at Highlands End, you don’t have to travel far, there’s a wonderful fire engine themed outdoor play park on site. If you fancy venturing slightly further afield, we highly recommend the West Bay Play area. Just a short walk from the picturesque harbour this popular park has much to offer, including slides, climbing frames, swings, trampolines and roundabouts.

West Dorset Leisure Holidays

West Dorset Leisure Holidays are a family run group of 5 holiday parks on or near the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. The parks offer excellent accommodation and facilities and each of them is unique, so you are bound to find one to suit you. Accommodation includes lodges, caravans, glamping and pitches for touring & camping.

Facilities include Martin’s Bar & Restaurant, Highlands End Leisure Club, the Little Fire Station Soft Play and park nature trails. The parks are family friendly, dog friendly and are situated in beautiful coastal and countryside locations with a great range of places to visit and things to do nearby. We have caravan and lodge holiday homes for sale across all 5 parks. Find out more here, or check availability and make a booking.

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse