Our favourite family-friendly days out and restaurants in Dorset

Published: Tuesday 18th Sep 2018

Written by: Claire MacDonald

There are so many great family-friendly days out and restaurants to be enjoyed throughout Dorset, so we asked some of our team for their top recommendations...


Spend a day in Beaminster - Dorset Manager, Anne-Marie

A brilliant day out for children is the Donkey Walking Adventures www.donkeywalkingadventures.co.uk at Stokewater Meadow near Beaminster and Stoke Abbott ( one of our properties, Spinners Hatch is in Beaminster, sleeps 4 – and takes a pet!). It’s a lovely day out for families, groups of two to go to meet their donkey for the day, have a safety talk then wander the beautiful countryside with your long-eared companion. If you are a small person, you can even ride on the donkey’s back! It’s a lovely gentle day but very hands on – you are on an adventure with a donkey as part of the party!

Take a picnic for lunch or when your walk is completed, why not head to Beaminster for walk around the little shops and cafes. Beaminster is a small market town just a short drive from Donkey Walking Adventures.

Stop for a lovely meal at Brassica Restaurant (hello@brassicarestaurant.co.uk) in the town square – lunch, dinner and elevenses are all served!


"It’s all about the food" - Property Manager, Claire

West Dorset is famous for the quality and abundance of its local produce, much of which can be found at restaurants and cafes in the area.

A big favourite of mine is Dorshi in Bridport. Hidden down a side alley, it specialises in Asian food with a western spin.  The staff are really friendly, it’s very laid back and the dim sum are delicious!  

If you’re looking for a slice of cake, I suggest the Broadwindsor craft centre. Recently renovated, the cake is delicious, and you can browse the work of local makers in their studios.

On my list to try is the Crab House Café on Chesil beach. People rave about it, and it’s in a great location to enjoy Chesil whilst sampling their seafood.  If you get there before us, let us know what you think!

Claire MacDonald



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