IT’S not all about pubs, hairdressers and gyms on Monday.

Theme parks, zoos and other outdoor attractions will also welcome visitors back for the first time in months.

Families will be relieved to make the most of what’s on offer during the Easter holidays.

Here’s our round-up of what will be opening up across Dorset.

Adventure Wonderland

Bournemouth Echo: Adventure Wonderland has announced that it plans to welcome back guests from Monday April 12

Popular family theme park Adventure Wonderland reopens on Monday.

The park has been busy making changes to the site over the past few months and has remained closed since November apart from for its festive production The Santa Show which was held over the winter break.

Visitor numbers will be limited to give people more space to move around the park and all attractions are being sanitised between rides.

A wide range of outside rides and attractions will be open daily, including family favourites such as Jungle Falls, Battle Boats, Wild Bill’s Runaway Train and the Turbo Teacups.

This year the mark celebrates its 30th anniversary and brand new nine-hole crazy golf course Alice at the Movies is set to open in May.

Visitors are advised to check opening times and attraction availability on the website prior to arrival. Pre-booked tickets are available at

Monkey World

Bournemouth Echo:

Ape rescue centre Monkey World will be welcoming visitors back through its doors.

The park in Wareham is limiting visitor numbers to ensure safety and no one will be admitted at the gate without pre-booking.

All individuals must be booked in including under threes. All visitors should wear a face mask or covering when visiting apart from when seated in dining and picnic areas.

A statement on the Monkey World website reads: “Our rescued primates can also get infected by Covid-19 and suffer the same effects as people. Our Primate Care Staff and rescued monkeys and apes are vulnerable.

“At this time when lock down restrictions are starting to be relaxed, we are concerned that there will be a spike in infection rates as has happened in different parts of the country and worldwide.

“We are hopeful that restrictions will be able to be relaxed in future, but until then, visitors and staff in the park must wear masks.”

To book, visit

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park

Bournemouth Echo:

For those keen to travel a little further, Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park will reopen its outdoor spaces from 10am on Monday.

Visitors will be able to see otters, seals and Humboldt penguins as well as explore the outdoor rockpool, Caribbean Cove play area and Splash Fountains.

For opening times and ticket prices visit

Swanage Railway

Bournemouth Echo:

Calling all steam train enthusiasts! Months after its hugely successful Steam and Lights event during the Christmas period, passenger services will finally resume at Swanage Railway from Monday.

Advanced bookings now open with a COVID Guarantee which means that tickets remain safe should the situation change. 

Trains will be running to Corfe Castle, Norden and Swanage. 

To see the timetable and make a booking, visit

Farmer Palmer's 

Bournemouth Echo:

Family farm Farmer Palmer's will reopen on Monday and online booking is now open.

Attractions set to open include pedal tractors, straw mountain, large barns, sand play, go karts, trim trail with takeaway service available in the restaurant.

To book, visit