Days Out

Hampshire Wine School's tasting evenings...

Have fun, experience something new and relax at one of the Hampshire Wine School’s many tasting evenings...

Hampshire Wine School is owned and run by Cecile Bergart, a local wine expert from the Champagne region of France. Cecile has trained food and beverage staff at some of London’s most prestigious hotels, including Claridge's and The Dorchester. She is also a published champagne and wine educator, is Marks and Spencer’s approved staff educator, a guest champagne expert for Champagne World Magazine and has appeared on Channel 4’s ‘SuperScrimpers.’She is also a Ruinart Champagne Ambassador in the UK, and last year won the Venus Awards’ 'BEST NEW MEDIA AND ONLINE BUSINESS OF 2014' category.


Dorset Festival Guide 2015

Music lovers in the South Coast of England won’t be disappointed by what summer 2015 has on offer. Hopefully the sun will come out this year to make your Dorset festival experience unforgettable – if not then don’t forget to pack the wellies! The UK is home to some incredible bands and performers, so you don’t need to travel half way across the world to see great live music. Whether you’re on holiday in Dorset or you’re lucky enough to live on the South Coast, there’s plenty for everyone when it comes to Dorset music festivals.

You won’t need to travel far to get your music fix, whether you want the laid back atmosphere of a Dorset folk festival or the fun and excitement that comes with a family music festival. The festival guide will give you plenty of ideas of how to spend your summer of music in Dorset. Check out our top picks to find out more about some of the biggest festivals in and around Dorset or have a look at the full listings for even more inspiration.


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Days out in Wessex

If you are stuck for ideas when it comes to taking the family on a great day out then check out's Days Out Guide.

We have complied a fantastic list of fun and affordable attractions in Wessex that all the family can enjoy.

Written by Katie Dancey

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Hampshire Wine School

Wine Tasting in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Southampton, Hampshire and Dorset.

Hampshire Wine School is an independent wine education company, run by Cecile Bergart an experienced Wine Tutor and Champagne Expert. Born in the Champagne Region of France, Cecile is a Champagne and Wine Educator, a guest champagne expert for Champagne World Magazine and Channel 4 'Superscrimpers', a regular guest speaker on BBC Radio Solent and approved staff educator for Marks & Spencer.

Hampshire Wine School provides, Wine Tastings Courses, Beer Tasting Classes, Whisky Tastings, Gin Tastings, Real Ale Tastings, Food and Wine Evenings, Hen Parties, Stag Parties, Champagne Tastings, Corporate Wine Tasting Events, Private Wine Tasting Parties in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Whiltshire, New Forest, Hampshire, Southampton and Winchester. We are also able to travel anywhere to provide services for private parties and corporate events.

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Weymouth Sea Life Park - Sea Life Park & Marine Sanctuary

Weymouth Sea Life Park is set in spacious, landscaped grounds, offering a unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions delight adults and children alike. With Sharks, seals, octopus, seahorses, rays, fish, crabs, otters, penguins and much more all in habitats designed to mirror their natural environments, with daily demonstrations and feeding displays. Open daily (except Christmas day) from 10.00am - please call for winter opening times. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Splashdown is the South's ultimate waterpark, offering fun for all the family.  Splashdown has some of the most exciting water flumes and even in winter there’s a choice of 8 fantastic indoor rides. Each one with its own twists and turns generating a real buzz for the rider and loads of laughs, thrills and spills for all. The Spacebowl, Red River Roller and have you met the Dragon? New for under 8s is the Little Buccaneers' Splashzone - watery fun, downpours and deluges, tipping buckets and starter flume.

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Sharkys Play and Party Warehouse

Ideally located on the historic old harbourside within an easy stroll of the bustling town centre and fantastic golden sands of Weymouth beach. There is something for everyone here regardless
of age!

Sharkys boasts a huge 4-level indoor softplay area with 6 exciting slides, including the notorious "deathslide" for the bravest over 5s! There is also a dedicated ground floor section to keep the under 5s busy. Upstairs leads to their exciting laserzone maze where over 7s can battle it out to find out who is the sharpest shooter! The top floor is dedicated to the petrol heads out there! The huge slotcar track is 6 lanes of fast and furious fun, as Scalextric-sized cars race on a computer controlled track - it doesn't get better than that! Or if that all sounds like too much energy then their licensed cafe/bar offering homemade specials and cakes is for you! Relax and watch the world go by from the harbourside terrace.

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Moors Valley Country Park

Moors Valley is a 1000-acre Country Park for the whole family, with woodland, heathland, lakes, rivers and grassland - just outside Bournemouth towards Ringwood and Verwood. Explore the forest on foot or hire a bike, walk the Play Trail and let your children climb on over 15 adventurous play structures. You can even challenge yourself on the 18-hole golf course or on the ‘pitch and putt’ course. Ride for over a mile on the Moors Valley Narrow gauge Steam Railway or swing through the trees on the 'Go Ape!' High Wire Adventure Course. Definitely a day out for everyone! Whilst entrance is free, you do pay for parking (a season ticket is well worth the investment if you return more than four times in a year), plus you have to pay for rides on the steam train and ‘Go Ape!’.

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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre - Primate Rescue Centre

Monkey World is a great day out for the whole family. There are lots of different play and picnic areas suitable for toddlers to teens. 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. During a visit to Monkey World visitors can hear talks from educational keepers as well as observe feeding and various other activities. Monkey World is easily accessible on the A31, between Bere Regis and Wool in Dorset. Watch out for offers as they have regular promotions for families, particularly during
school holidays.

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Marwell Wildlife

Marwell Wildlife, formerly known as Marwell Zoological Park, is a 140-acre zoo and registered charity situated at Owslebury near Winchester, in the English county of Hampshire.

At Marwell Wildlife visitors are offered the chance to get close the wonders of the natural world plus play a big part in helping to save them. From ring-tailed coatis to red-eyed tree frogs, laughing kookaburra to frilled lizards, the 140-acre zoological park is home to over 250 exotic and endangered species, in beautiful, landscaped surroundings.

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Lulworth Castle & Park

Explore Lulworth Castle and discover its fascinating history from the reconstructed kitchen, laundry and wine cellar to the gallery on the Weld family, owners since 1641. Climb the tower and see some spectacular views across the Purbecks. You can have fun in the indoor Children's Activity Room with the jigsaws and even build your own Castle or play 'pitch and putt' on the Castle lawn.

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Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

Farmer Palmer's is an award-winning, family run, tourist attraction just outside Poole, Dorset. They offer free parking, easy access and a great value family day out.

With feeding and handling of Ponies, Lambs, Goats, Guinea Pigs, Pigs & Cows hourly. Bouncy castles, pedal tractors, straw mountain, play areas, water features, tractor rides, go karts and much more.

A definite fun day out for the family!


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