We provide school holiday arts and sports events for disabled children and young people aged 5 to 18 and their families. Join us at sports and outdoor centres, museums, woodlands, theatres and other venues across Dorset.

Booking closes on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Art Merry-Go-Round 

Have a go at 3 very different art activities in turn:

  • batik
  • print making
  • the incredible splodge machine!

There's time to meet the farm's animals too.

  • Tuesday 27 July 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 5 to 16 years
  • bring your lunch

About the Art Merry-Go-Round venue

Venue details:

  • at Higher Green Farm, Twyford, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0JF
  • ask about arrangements if you use a wheelchair
  • has on-site parking

Book a place

Puppet workshop with Holly Miller

Design and make your own puppet with moveable head and arms using colourful fabrics and recycled materials. Our team will provide any help you need. 

  • Wednesday 28 July 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 5 to 16 years
  • bring your lunch

About the puppet workshop venue

Venue details:

  • Bincombe Valley Primary School, Alamanda Way, Off Louviers Road, DT3 6AW

  • accessible to wheelchair users
  • on-site parking

Book a place

Trampolining, Indoor Archery and Games with the Action Van

Practice your trampolining and archery skills and enjoy a range of sporty fun and games:

  • Thursday 29 July 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 7 to 16 years
  • bring lunch

About the Trampolining, Indoor Archery and Games with the Action Van venue

Venue details:

  • Sturfit, 3 Honeymead Lane, Sturminster Newton DT10 1EW
  • accessible to wheelchair users
  • on-site parking

Book a place

Paddleboarding and kayaking

Time to head to the beach to practice balancing, paddling and steering your own water craft. Our instructors will provide friendly guidance for all, including complete beginners. Alternative activities at the centre if the weather is unsuitable.

  • Friday 30 July 2021
  • 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • for ages 7 to 18 years

About the paddleboarding and kayaking venue

Venue details:

  • Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre, Knightsdale Road, Weymouth DT4 OHS
  • roadside parking

Book a place

The Woodlanders with Willowbanks Forest School

Get up to speed on woodland lore and have a go at green woodworking, nature crafts and campfire cooking:

  • Monday 2 August 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 5 to 16 years
  • bring lunch

About the Woodlanders with Willowbanks Forest School venue

Venue details:

  • Sherborne Equestrian, Acorn Lodge, Leigh, Dorset DT9
  • accessible to wheelchair users
  • on-site parking

Book a place

Into the Woods

Visit 'The Shed’, a wonderful woodland base nestled in the country park. Explore the natural environment and enjoy green crafts, games and nature activities. We start with a walk to the site along a path that is accessible to wheelchair users:

  • Tuesday 3 August 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 5 to 16 years
  • bring lunch

About the Into the Woods venue

  • meet at: Learning Centre, Durlston Country Park, Lighthouse Road, Swanage BH19 2JL
  • accessible to wheelchair users
  • pay and display car park

Book a place

Time Travellers

Find out how our ancestors lived, have a go at everyday tasks and help prepare and cook your own lunch over a fire:

  • Wednesday 4 August 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 5 to 18 years

About the Time Travellers venue

Venue details:

  • Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne BH21 5RP
  • accessible to wheelchair users
  • on-site parking

Book a place

The Elves & The Shoemaker touring theatre performance with Treehouse Theatre

This special fun, interactive performance of the classic tale has been brought to you by Artz Plus and Sting in the Tale. The performance is free for Artz+ Sportz+ families but you need to book. Email Artz+ Sportz+ to book places for all the family:

  • Thursday 5 August 2021
  • 11am
  • all ages

About the theatre performance venue

Venue details:

  • Sturminster Marshall Village Hall, Churchill Close, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne BH21 4BQ
  • accessible to wheelchair users
  • on-site parking

Book a place

The Elves Workshop

We’ll enjoy the performance of The Elves & The Shoemaker and stay at the venue afterwards to come up with our own stories and songs linked to this magical story.

  • Thursday 5 August 2021
  • 10.45am to 2.45pm
  • for ages 5 to 16 years
  • bring lunch

About the Elves Workshop venue

Venue details:

  • Sturminster Marshall Village Hall, Churchill Close, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne BH21 4BQ
  • accessible to wheelchair users
  • on-site parking

Book a place

Fun & Floats and PRAMA

Enjoy a relaxed time in the swimming pool and get yourself moving in the centre’s dynamic and interactive PRAMA room:

  • Friday 6 August 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 7 to 16 years
  • bring lunch

About the Fun & Floats and PRAMA venue

Venue details:

  • 1610 Sports Centre, Coburg Road, Dorchester DT1 2HR
  • accessible to wheelchair users
  • on-site parking

Book a place

Traverse wall, low ropes and tunnels

Challenge yourself on these exciting courses and enjoy lots of active fun as you climb, clamber, balance and burrow!

  • Monday 9 August 2021
  • 9.30am to 12.30pm
  • for ages 7 to 18 years

About the traverse wall, low ropes and tunnels venue

Venue details:

  • Carey Outdoor Education Centre, Carey Road, Wareham, BH20 7PB
  • on-site parking

Book a place

Castles

Create a magnificent, magical or spooky castle using easy 3D art techniques to bring your cardboard sculpture to life:

  • Wednesday 11 August 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 5 to 16 years
  • bring lunch

About the Castles venue

Venue details:

  • St Swithuns Hall, St Swithun's Road, Bridport
  • accessible to wheelchair users
  • on-site parking

Book a place

Forest Discovery Day

Enjoy nature crafts, music-making, den making and games at this lovely woodland site. Learn how to light and cook on a fire safely:

  • Tuesday 17 August 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 5 to 16 years
  • bring lunch

About the Forest Discovery Day venue

Venue details:

  • meet at: Litton & Thorners Community Hall, School Lane, Litton Cheney, Dorchester DT2 9AU
  • ask about arrangements if you use a wheelchair
  • parking at village hall

Book a place

Beach Safety Games

Our instructors will show us how to enjoy the beach safely through lots of fun activities and the chance to splash in the water. Wetsuits will be provided if needed. Bring lunch. Alternative activities at the centre if weather unsuitable:

  • Thursday 19 August 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 5 to 16 years

About the Beach Safety Games venue

Venue details:

  • Cummulus Outdoors Centre, Cobblers Lane, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2PX
  • on-site parking

Book a place

Raft Building

Take part in designing, building and launching a life raft assisted by our friendly instructors:

  • Wednesday 25 August 2021
  • 10am to 12.30pm
  • for ages 7 to 16 years

About the Raft Building venue

Venue details:

  • Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy, Hamm Beach Road, Osprey Quay, Portland DT5 1SA
  • local car park

Book a place

Go Ape and Moors Valley Fun

Travel through the treetops as you tackle Go Ape’s exciting Treetop Adventure course. Back on the ground explore the park and enjoy a picnic. Participants must be over 1m tall:

  • Friday 27 August 2021
  • 10am to 2pm
  • for ages 7 to 16 years
  • bring lunch

About the Go Ape venue

Venue details:

Book a place

Book a place on an Artz + Sportz+ event

You must book places for all these events in advance. If demand for places is high we will allocate places and we can supply details of how we do this fairly on request.

Email us with your:

  • name
  • phone number
  • chosen workshops
  • number of spaces you would like

Read our information for parents before attending an event.

Booking closes on Wednesday 30 June 2021. Allocation will take place on Thursday 1 July 2021.

We will advertise any remaining places on our Facebook page.

Cost of Artz + Sportz+ events

Events cost £6 per child taking part.

There's a 20% discount for Max Card users.

Refunds for Artz + Sportz+ events

Refunds can only be made if you cancel more than 2 weeks before an event, or if we have to cancel an event. 

Artz+ Sportz+ is managed and funded by Dorset Council.

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