For those of you who like more strenuous activity than walking, tennis and swimming we have listed below some of the activities available locally. Some Family activities are suitable for adults too so do look at both sections.


Further information/leaflets on any of the listed activities and special events can be obtained from the Dorchester Tourist Office. Tel: 01305 267992

Country Sports Events:

We are pleased to have teamed up with this great company that will come to you at Dove House and give you on site entertainment. They are highly experienced in what they do we hope both adult and family groups will enjoy what they do.
Country Sports Events provide fun and relaxing Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery and Air Pistol shooting for guests in our extensive grounds at a time to suit. Events typically last between 2 to 2.5 hours, but longer sessions can be accommodated if required. All abilities are catered for, ranging from the complete novice to a more experienced individual and our fully qualified and insured instructors will have you hitting targets in no time at all.
For a fun, relaxed and entertaining way to enjoy your downtime.

Contact Amanda on 07707 782413 or e-mail [email protected] to discuss your requirements.



There are several golf clubs in the area for all players. Below are some to look for.

Halstock Golf Club near Yeovil: 18 holes, no visitor restrictions, ring first. Tel: 01935 891689

Charminster: 18 holes, no visitor restrictions, nearest to us.
Tel: 01305 260186

Came Down Dorchester: Tel: 01305 812670

Bridport Golf Club: Tel: 01308 421095


Just east of Dorchester is the only place in the south to try this extreme sport that has come from New Zealand. Email: [email protected] Tel: 01929 426595 or 07092121270

Clay Pigeon Shooting:

Purbeck Shooting School, not far from us at Wareham and highly recommended by previous guests with a good pub nearby for lunch afterwards. Good for all ages  01929 405101

Go-Karting: Clay Pigeon Raceway

Louis Hamilton and Jenson Button have both used this track!  This offers mid-week entertainment for groups of any size for periods of any length! Weekends are race days so no hire facilities but good entertainment if you fancy watching!!  

About 15 mins away.   Tel: 01935 83713  email: [email protected]

Quad Biking,Clay shooting etc:

Gorcombe Extreme Sports offers a variety of fun activities including paintballing, clay shooting, archery and Quad biking.   Tel: 01258 452219

Henley Hillbillies offer quad biking along with mini mavriks, hovercraft and archery and crossbows and clay shooting. Tel: 07860 759996

High Ropes - Go Ape:

Described as 3 hrs of adrenalin fuelled fun, laughter and adventure, it is a high wire forest adventure course of ropes, bridges, swings and zip slides. Hugely popular. Based at Moors Valley Country Park where anyone not taking part will be easily amused for the duration. Min age 10 (10-18yr old must be accompanied). Go Ape also has a fantastic Sculpture Trail and cycling providing options for those who don't fancy the adrenalin rush!!
It is essential to book in advance. Tel: 0870 458 9063


Sail Laser based at National Sailing Academy at Portland, where the Olympic sailing events will take place. Sail Laser run a variety of courses on a selection of boats, you can make up your own group and book an instructor or join in on their sessions. Not between October half-term and Easter. Tel: 08453 373214

Deep Sea Fishing:

The Tourist Office can give you the names of recommended people from Weymouth, Lyme Regis or West Bay should you wish to arrange a trip.
Tel: 01305 267992


Fly Fishing 

Wessex Chalk Streams Ltd: The Slocock Family have fly fishing available on the River Frome at Maiden Newton and Moreton. This can be booked on a day basis, strictly catch and release. Do go to for further details on dates and contacts or Tel: 01305 848460. also has further information on other flyfishing in the area.

Riding Centres:

Luccombe Riding Centre: A selection of horses and ponies for all standards of rider. There is an indoor and outdoor school for giving lessons whatever the weather and also offers hacks in the surrounding area. Ring to discuss your needs. It is about 20 mins from Dove House.
Tel: 07734 388501 (Terri)

Bidlake Riding Stables - near Bridport: Previous guests have spoken highly of this family run business. Catering for 5 yrs and up with lessons, hacks, one to one or in a group.  Tel: 07796 517888 email: [email protected] 

Studland Stables: situated a little further away in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck offer gentle family hacking (no under fives) or for the more experienced rider wonderful beach rides, coastal, heath and forest rides and pub rides! Covering a really fabulous area, with little or no road work. Please talk to the owner to discuss individual needs and abilities. Tel: 01929 450273


There are many cycle paths in Dorset and you can connect to one from Dove House without going on the roads. If you do not bring your own bikes they can be hired from

Dorchester Cycles.  Tel: 01305 268787

Tilley’s Ltd. For delivered bikes: Tilley’s Ltd will deliver to Dove House and Swallows which is very helpful.
Tel: 01305 785672

For electric bikes and cycle trails etc:

If you are after specific activities for certain ages then please feel free to ask, we will be happy to help as there are too many to list here! 


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