Collecting a year at Moors Valley Park

Last year we visited Moors Valley Park so much, we very nearly bought one of their annual car park passes to spread the cost of visiting. It’s certainly our favourite place to visit in Dorset and has almost become a second home. The cost of visiting isn’t actually a negative, we only have to pay for the car park if we take a picnic, which is fantastic for a whole day out somewhere fun.

fence climbing

This month I realised I had an opportunity to capture a year of Moors Valley Park. I really enjoy making videos and capturing memories, which is part of the reason we started daily vlogging this year. But I also want to create some special little time capsules inspired by Xanthe’s Year long time capsule course I am currently taking. I’ve begun capturing our visits and will be editing them into a little video in December. It’s a long way off, but already I am excited about having my own mini time capsule of our favourite place.

trees puddle


The weather was perfect on our last visit. There were plenty of puddles for M to jump in, but not too many that we left soaked. The temperature was nice and mild and there were plenty of sticks around for M to enjoy collecting. Although the one below proved somewhat of a challenge. I love watching M’s imagination go through lots of different stages when he’s playing. A stick can be a wand, sword or walking stick, it’s great to discover what he’s playing.

trees boy


A great spot within Moors Valley Park is GoApe. Clara and I have both visited two different GoApes and have wanted to do this one for a while, but haven’t got round to it yet. But little man has grand ideas about completing the junior course as soon as he is tall enough. This means we have to measure him each time we visit and we were excited to tell him this time that he is so very close.

gorilla boy

height chart


If you find yourself in Dorset, more to the point, near Verwood or West Moors, we highly recommend a trip to Moors Valley Park. You won’t regret it.

beautiful boy

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Emma Tustian Reply

    Looks and sounds like it’s a perfect place to have nearby and make the most of. We have to travel nearly an hour to get to any of these type of places.

    I’m amazed they only have to be a metre to do junior GoApe. That means that N would be tall enough, but I can’t see him trying it. I’d love to do a GoApe but I suppose I’m going to have to wait a while longer.

  2. Donna Wishart Reply

    We’ve only been to Moors Valley once but absolutely loved it, I can understand the attraction x

  3. Innocent Charms Chats Reply

    Oh I am excited for the video. Only 11 months to wait.
    You know how I feel about Moors Valley. I sob a little to think it is so far but then remember it is just another reason why we have to keep coming to Bournemouth area. Next time Grayson will get to experience it in a non drug induced coma.

    It really is a beautiful place and you do it such justice x

  4. My Travel Monkey Reply

    Such gorgeous photos. I haven’t explored Dorset yet, and it’s somewhere I would really like to go. So thanks for recommending Moors Valley. Think my Monkey is too short of Go Ape. He’ll have to grow a bit first! 🙂

  5. john adams Reply

    Great selection of shots and you certainly make the park look very appealling.#CountryKids

  6. Coombe Mill (Fiona) Reply

    I would love to take my gang on a Go Ape adventure. Moors Valley looks well worth having a car parking pass for, as you say a picnic and a whole day of fun awaits you. they play area looks perfect for Monkey and he will soon be big enough for his first Go Ape adventure. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

  7. You Baby Me Mummy Reply

    Gorgeous pictures. We tried to go during the summer, but couldn’t get into the car park as it was rammed x

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