Things to do - Dorset Moors Valley Country Park and Forest Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Dorset BH24 2ET 01425 470721 www.moors-valley.co.uk Explore 1000 acres of park and forest with waymarked footpaths and cycle routes – you can hire a bike or bring your own. Or for a more leisurely journey take a trip on the narrow-gauge steam train. Children will love the ‘Play Trail’ with its huge wooden play structures and those feeling adventurous can climb through the trees on the ‘Go-Ape’ Tree Top Adventure. Back at the Visitor Centre there are art exhibitions on display and you can enjoy a home-cooked meal at Seasons Restaurant. The Rangers also run over 500 events each year. Find us 10 miles north of Bournemouth, signposted from the Ashley Heath roundabout off the A338. Open from 8am every day of the year except Christmas Day. Closing time is at 5pm September to March, 6pm April to May and 7pm June to August. Entrance is free but parking charges apply. Maximum charge for 2016 is £9 per car per day. Coaches and minibuses must book in advance.
Royal Signals Museum Blandford Camp, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8RH 01258 482248 www.royalsignalsmuseum.co.uk Spies, Codes, Secret Agents and Electronic warfare. EXPERIENCE interactive History, Science and Technology or learn about the hidden heroes of the battlefield. The Royal Signals Museum: “Where heroes come to life”. Featuring many interactive displays – guide a laser beam, crack codes, drive a simulator, practice Morse and more! DISCOVER Dorset’s TOP SECRET Museum ‘inside the wire’ at an operational Army Camp in Blandford. Adults must bring Photo ID.
Highcliffe Castle Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 4LE 01425 278807 www.highcliffecastle.co.uk This beautiful castle is set in cliff top grounds with access to the Christchurch Coastal Path. Built in the 1830s by Lord Stuart de Rothesay it is now a Grade I listed building. Castle Open 1st February - 23rd December, 11am - 5pm. Last Admission 4.30pm (4pm Friday and Saturday). Admission: Adults £3.50 - Accompanied under 16s FREE Guided Tours £5.95. Heritage Centre • Gift Shop • Exhibitions • Events • Concerts • Guided Tours (Tues and Thurs at 2pm, Sun at 11am) • Tea Rooms • Available for Civil Ceremonies, Receptions, Banquets and Events.