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Pubs with Play Areas

We all know that once your babies become busy Toddlers, going out for a quick drink or relaxing pub meal isn't quite what it used to be. You need plenty to keep the kids occupied so you can at least enjoy one drink and a bite to eat. Fortunately, there are many pubs with play areas in Dorset so as long as the weather's on your side you'll be able to keep everyone happy!

For when the weather isn't being kind, there are a few pubs with indoor play areas and/or soft play too, so we've included a few of these for you too so you have plenty of choice for keeping the kids entertained while you go out for a family pub meal in Dorset.

Holton Heath

The Clay Pipe Inn Play Area

The Clay Pipe Inn

About: The Clay Pipe Inn is a family friendly pub situated just outside of central Poole next to Sandford Holiday Park. It has a very safe wooden outdoor play area with slides and lots of climbing frames. There's also a great kids menu  with plenty of choice and regular offers, 

Opening Hours: Food is served daily from 12-2pm and 6-9.30pm. There is a Sunday Carvery every Sunday

Address: Organford Road, Poole, Dorset, BH16 6JY

Telephone: 01202 632636

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Hamworthy

The Yachtsman Hamworthy

The Yachtsman Hamworthy

About: The Yachtsman is just outside central Poole in Hamworthy. It has a very large and enclosed pub garden with play area near all the outdoor seating so you can enjoy some down time while watching the kids have fun in the play area. As it's part of the Hall and Woodhouse group, you can expect fantastic food and extensive drinks menu with seasonal beers, ciders and cocktails.

Opening Hours: All day 7 days per week

Address: Lake Road, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4LW

Telephone: 01202 674568

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Creekmoor

The Acorn Creekmoor

The Acorn Creekmoor

About: The Acorn in Creekmoor, Poole is just an 8-10 minute drive from central Poole. It is a much loved family friendly pub boasting a great outdoor children's play area right by the pletntiful seating in the garden. There is also an indoor pool table and a darts board. The menu consists of home-cooked options, a special children's menu and the drinks deals and lunch and dinner menus are updated regularly. 

Opening Hours: All day 7 days per week

Address: Northmead Drive, Creekmoor, Poole BH17 7XZ

Telephone: 01202 601708

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Ringwood

The Alice Lisle Play Area

The Alice Lisle

About: Although The Alice Lisle is 15 miles from central Poole, it is well worth the 25 to 30 minute drive in to the heart of the New Forest. There's plentiful parking in the pub's car park and the enclosed play area will certainly keep the kids entertained with its slides, tyres, climbing frames and bridges. You'll be able to enjoy a leisurely drink and sample The Alice Lisle's locally sourced dishes produced by award-winning chefs.

Opening Hours: All day 7 days per week

Address: Rockford Green, Ringwood, BH24 3NA

Telephone: 01425 474700

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Weymouth

New Vic Bar and Restaurant

New Vic Bar and Restaurant

About: New Vic Bar and Restaurant is home to a two-storey indoor soft play area called Jolly Ollie's Indoor Adventure Playground for 2 to 10 years of age. Located in Weymouth and a good 35 to 40 minute drive from Poole, it's much further afield than we would normally list, but this really is a great option for when the weather is bad and you just have to get indoors. There are also staff surpervising all play time so you really can relax. There's a large selection of bar snacks and full menu, good children's menu, plus a vast drinks menu and seating for up to 120.

Opening Hours: All day 7 days per week

Address: 43 The Esplanade, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8DA

Telephone: 01305 784692

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Wimborne

THE OLD THATCH

THE OLD THATCH

About: Family run and serving tasty homemade food, the Bear Island woodland play area even has table tennis and boules to keep you occupied during your visit and a Little Thatchers menu just for your littles. There’s also colouring kits to keep little hands busy whilst you wait for your food or enjoy a drink in the 17th Century thatched pub. 

Opening Hours: All day 7 days per week, Bear Island weekends only 

Address: 285 Wimborne Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7NW 

Telephone: 01202 406 779 

THE OLD THATCH

THE OLD THATCH

About: Family run and serving tasty homemade food, the Bear Island woodland play area even has table tennis and boules to keep you occupied during your visit and a Little Thatchers menu just for your littles. There’s also colouring kits to keep little hands busy whilst you wait for your food or enjoy a drink in the 17th Century thatched pub. 

Opening Hours: All day 7 days per week, Bear Island weekends only 

Address: 285 Wimborne Road, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 7NW 

Telephone: 01202 406 779 

Blandford

THE WORLD’S END

THE WORLD’S END

About: The World’s End pub is nestled within a couple of acres of meadow in Almer, Blandford Forum, and boasts a play area with plenty of green space for children to let off steam in. Even when the British weather strikes, there’s no need to panic as they also have a fantastic children’s menu with colouring and they are fully dog friendly throughout too!

Opening Hours: All day 7 days per week

Address: Almer, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 9EW 

Telephone: 01929 459 036 

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