Favourite Family Things To Do On A Cottage Holiday Around Abbotsbury
When we came to Dorset we stayed in a holiday cottage on a farm just outside a village on the West coast of Dorset called Abbotsbury. Abbotsbury is just in-land from the famous Chesil Beach and is a quintessential English village with quaint thatched cottages and winding narrow streets.
Abbotsbury boasts a variety of shops, galleries, and tearooms and has three lovely attractions to visit right in the heart of the village- The Childrens Farm, The Swannery and The Subtropical Gardens. I would recommend buying a saver ticket that gets you into all three attractions at a discounted price. We spread our visits to the attractions over the week we were away.
Of all the attractions, the girls were most keen to visit the Childrens Farm first. On arrival at the farm it took a while to drag the girls away from the amazing gift shop, which has a plethora of toys and knick- knacks. Once we got into the farm the girls were most interested in finding any animals they could pet. They were not disappointed as they headed straight for the guinea pig enclosure where they sat down with a guinea pig each to cuddle and a little treat to feed them. The girls were really pleased as they always miss their own guinea pigs at home when we are on holiday. There were lots of other animals to look at such as rabbits, lambs, goats, donkeys and micro pigs. You could also walk through an aviary of birds and my youngest daughter enjoyed a pony ride.
Apart from visiting the animals, we also played in the sandy play area and on the ride on tractors. We were fortunate to have fantastic weather so we had a picnic outside. However, on a rainy day you could venture into the café for a lovely lunch. We just enjoyed an ice cream outside instead. Inside the beautiful tithe barn there is a soft play area, table tennis and a bouncy castle and much more besides! After a busy day we all agreed there are hours of fun to have at the farm!
Later in the week, we visited Abbotsbury Swannery. On entering The Swannery we went into The Swan-herds Hut and history room and learnt some interesting facts about The Swannery. The girls had a go at lifting a replica weight of a swan that was surprisingly heavy! We then walked through the colony of nesting mute swans and the girls even had a go at feeding them, which they absolutely loved!
It was really special to be able to get so close to the swans. After feeding time we went on a pretty walk around The Swannery nature trail. We stopped half way round to fuel up with a picnic. Once we had finished our picnic we tried to find our way around the giant swan maze- and got hopelessly lost! It was then on to the pedal go-karts and the play area on the way out. After all this activity the girls felt they needed a well-deserved ice cream whilst the adults refreshed with a cup of tea at The Swannery café.
Abbotsbury Swannery is perfectly located for a walk up the meandering hill, in the village, to St. Catherine’s Chapel. The Chapel can be found at the top of the hill with amazing views overlooking the Isle of Portland and Chesil beach. It was a lovely walk to end our day.
At the end of the week we visited Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. The gardens were stunning with an impressive display of camellias that greeted us when we arrived. Wandering around you never knew what plants you were going to come across next! There are so many areas and gardens to discover and explore. Being with the girls we, of course, had to visit the play area where the girls had fun on the slides and monkey bars. The girls’ favourite parts were the sculpture trail and the Burma Rope Bridge. To end our trip at the gardens we couldn’t leave without sampling some tea and cake in The Colonial Restaurant, and we weren’t disappointed by the yummy cake and ice cream we had.
After our visit to the Subtropical Gardens we made our way to the nearby Chesil beach which is just beautiful and well worth a visit!
If you are near Abbotsbury on holiday make sure to check out the lovely attractions Abbotsbury has to offer!