Best Pubs With Play Areas In Dorset

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There are many pubs with play areas in Dorset, you will be spoiled for choices. If you’ve been out for the day and want to search for pubs with play areas near me, this list will provide you with some great options. 

Equally if you’re wondering where to visit with the family in Dorset and then looking to go for a drink or meal afterwards in a family friendly pub, then there are some handy nearby attractions with driving distances that may tempt you to discover some more of Dorset.

Family friendly pubs are a lot more common now, and there are some great pubs with play areas in Dorset to discover.

*The images in this post are not representative of pub gardens in Dorset

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Pubs With Play Areas In Poole

The Acorn, Northmead Dr, Poole BH17 7XZ

Family friendly pub with plenty of outdoor seating and a children’s play area. There is also a good selection of menu items for children to choose from.

Nearby places to visit include Poole Park (10 mins drive) and Upton Country Park (4 mins drive).


The Claypipe Inn, 8 Organford Rd, Holton Heath, Poole BH16 6JY

Part of the Sizzling Pubs chain, the Claypipe inn has a children’s play area in the garden and is a popular location due to the Tanglewood Holiday Park next door.

Nearby places to visit include Farmer Palmers (3 mins drive) and RSPB Arne (17 mins drive). 


Dorset Soldier, 117 Wareham Rd, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne BH21 3JZ

Outside at the Dorset Soldier pub you can find a covered heated drinking area, outside adventure playground, garden bar and a BBQ.

Nearby places to visit include Upton Country Park (8 mins drive) and Farmer Palmers (10 mins drive).


The Yachtsman Hamworthy, Lake Dr, Hamworthy, Poole BH15 4LW 

There is plenty of outdoor seating and adventure play equipment at this family and dog friendly pub in Poole

Nearby places to visit include Farmer Palmers (12 mons drive) and Tower Park (15 mins drive).


St Peter’s Finger, 52 Dorchester Rd, Lytchett Minster, Poole BH16 6JE

The beer garden is a great attraction at St Peter’s Finger for parents to relax and watch the children on the adventure play equipment.


Pubs With Play Areas In Dorchester

Trumpet Major, Alington Ave, Dorchester DT1 2AB

There is an outdoor play area as well as an indoor play zone for toddlers at the Trumpet Major.

Nearby places to visit include Thomas Hardy’s house and Max Gate. These are both a 2 minute walk from the pub.


Frampton Arms, Station Rd, Moreton, Dorchester DT2 8BB

There is award winning food on the menu at the Frampton Arms as well as free parking on site and outdoor seating and children’s play area.

Nearby places to visit include the Bovington Tank Museum (11 mins drive) and Sculpture By The Lakes (4 mins drive).


The Countryman Inn, East Knighton, Dorchester DT2 8LL

A children’s play area is in the rear garden of the pub with plenty of space for the family to relax. The pub is also dog friendly.

Nearby places to visit include Durdle Door (11 mins drive) and Bovington Tank Museum (10 mins drive).


The Sun Inn, DT2 7RZ

This family owned pub in Dorset has plenty of outside areas. Including a front courtyard, rear patio area and garden, which also has a play area for the children.


The Blue Vinny, 12 The Moor, Puddletown, Dorchester, DT2 8TE

There is a play park in the garden at the Blue Vinny, also one of the many dog friendly pubs in Dorset.

Pubs With Play Areas In Weymouth

The Lodmoor, Preston, Beach Road, Weymouth DT4 7SX

Part of the Brewers Fayre chain, the Lodmoor is in a very convenient location opposite the beach and next door to Weymouth Sealife Centre and Lodmoor Country Park. 

One of few pubs with indoor play areas in Dorset. Nearby places to visit include adventure golf, Overcombe beach as well as attractions listed above all within walking distance. There are great deals on Sunday roasts as well.


Pubs With Play Areas In Wareham

The Halfway Inn, Norden, Corfe Castle, Wareham BH20 5DU

This family and dog friendly pub in Wareham has a large play area open in the Summer months. There is also plenty of outdoor seating available. 

Nearby places to visit include Corfe Castle (3 mins drive) and Swanage Railway (12 mins drive).


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The Sandford Pub, Wareham Road, Sandford BH20 7AE

The Sandford pub is one of our favourite pubs in Dorset with a play area. It has a large outdoor seating area with a separate enclosed play area for children to explore.

Nearby places to visit include Lulworth Cove (16 mins drive) and Durdle Door (22 mins drive).


Pubs With Play Areas In Swanage

The Crows Nest Inn, 11 Ulwell Rd, Swanage BH19 1LE

You can find a large beer garden and children’s play area at the Crows Nest Inn. The pub is popular with the locals as well as visitors.

Nearby places to visit include Swanage beach (2 mins drive or 11 minute walk) and Swanage Railway (5 mins drive).

Related post – Best pubs in Swanage


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Pubs With Play Areas Near Wimborne

The Angel Inn, 188 Ringwood Rd, Wimborne Minster, Ferndown BH22 9AP

The Angel Inn has a cosy feel to it inside and a spacious area outside including plenty of outdoor seating and play area.

Nearby places to visit include Adventure Wonderland (9 mins drive), and Bournemouth Aviation Museum (8 mins drive).


The Fox and Hounds, Fox Lane, Wimborne BH21 2EQ

Along the Castleman Trailway near Wimborne, you can find the Fox and Hounds. One of the family pubs in Wimborne,the perfect place to stop and enjoy a drink and rest if you’re exploring the trail. There is a large area for children to play.

Read our full review of the Fox and Hounds pub

Nearby places to visit include Kingston Lacy (12 mins drive) and Wimborne Model Village (6 mins drive).


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The Horns Inn, Burts Hill, Colehill, Wimborne BH21 7AA

Large garden with enclosed children’s play area. The specials board offers different daily deals according to the day of the week.

Nearby places to visit include Cannon Hill Woods (9 mins drive)  and Kingston Lacy (17 mins drive).


The Pear at Parley, Ferndown BH22 8SR

There are 5 acres of garden at The Pear at parley including plenty of outdoor seating and a large play area for the children. During the Summer months the newly added Stonebake Kitchen comes alive outside.

Nearby places to visit include Adventure Wonderland (8 mins drive) and Littledown Miniature Railway (16 mins drive).


The Woodman, 246 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, BH24 2SB

The pub has a large outdoor play area with seating as well as being dog friendly. The menu boasts a 2-4-1 offer with a variety of discounts through the week.

Read a full review of the Woodman pub


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Pubs With Play Areas Near Blandford

The Royal Oak, 6 Dorchester Hill, Milborne St Andrew, Blandford Forum DT11 0JG

The Royal Oak offers a large pub garden with play area, as well as a courtyard with access to the bar and a TV screen for keeping up with the sporting events.

Nearby places to visit include Athelhampton House and Gardens (9 mins drive).


The Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton, Blandford Forum DT11 8RX

With a large beer garden and play area, the Langton Arms is a great place to stop off in the country to enjoy an afternoon drink or meal.

Places to visit nearby include Badbury Rings (11 mins drive) and the Royal Signals Museum (14 mins drive).


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Pubs With Play Areas In Christchurch

The Avon Causeway, Hurn Rd, Dorset BH23 6AS

Once the home to the old Hurn railway station, now an 18th Century coaching Inn. There is a large garden with a play area at the rear of the pub.

Nearby places to visit include Adventure Wonderland (6 mins drive) and Sopley Common Nature reserve (2 mins drive).


The New Queen, Ringwood Rd, Avon, Christchurch BH23 7BG

There is plenty of garden space at the back of the New Queen Inn with a small children’s play area to the side.

Nearby places to visit include Hengistbury Head (15 mins drive)  and Mudeford Quay (12 mins drive).


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