Guest Post: Family Days Out in Weymouth, Dorset

Today's guest post is from the gorgeous Julie who blogs at Mama Owl.

One of my favourite places in the UK is Weymouth in Dorset. It is the quintessential seaside town, with colourful deckchairs lining the promenade on the seafront and a red & white striped Punch & Judy theatre on the sand. If you're not content with whiling away the hours building sandcastles, eating chips out of buckets, and wave hopping in the surf — there is plenty more to do besides.


THE SANDS ARCADE & FUNFAIR


Get your two penny pieces ready, there is hours of fun to be had letting the kids go on the 2p machines, or collecting tickets towards a prize. Granted, the prize is never worth the amount you will spend on the games - but it's about the experience. My kids adore the arcade, they're given a budget before we go in and once it's gone, that's it. Outside the arcade is a little funfair with carousels & bumper cars amongst other things, we buy the kids their tokens and let them choose where to use them. When we're done we let them choose a candy floss or ice cream from the traditional seaside kiosk next to the merry go round, and wander along the prom back to the beach.



SEA LIFE ADVENTURE PARK & TOWER


With over 1,000 incredible creatures from sharks and sea turtles to giant spider crabs and Octopus and a 53m tower giving stunning panoramic views of the coastline, the Weymouth Sea Life Centre is a fun & educational day out for the whole family - rain or shine. 



MONKEY WORLD APE RESCUE CENTRE


Monkey World is wonderful, and absolutely one of the best attractions we have ever visited. “Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild. At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.”


The enclosures and park are beautifully kept, with adventure playgrounds interspersed amongst the various living spaces, and plenty of space for children to roam and play, and learn. Just by visiting the centre you are aiding their vital work, but do consider 'adopting' one of their residents - an adoption pack even includes a year's free entry.
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