Hunt for Christmas presents, elves and bunnies on magical festive trails

Families heading out for a socially distanced stroll over the holiday season in Purbeck will find many events have been cancelled due to Covid but outdoor festive children’s trails are still going ahead.

While this year’s Christmas has been out of the ordinary in many ways, several local tourist spots are offering these activities for children and parents alike to enjoy.

A picture of an elf as part of the Christmas activities on Swanage Pier
Swanage Pier Trust

Swanage Pier

The Swanage Pier Trust is inviting children and families to come and help find Santa’s elves – who are hiding on the pier.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the trust is unable to hand out this year’s trail sheet. It must be downloaded from the website, which can be found here.

This trail is open until Sunday 3rd January 2021. Normal adult admission prices apply, while there is a voluntary donation for children’s entry.

Exterior of Durlston Castle

Durlston Country Park

Families looking to get out and enjoy the scenery for Christmas can take on Durlston Country Park’s Christmas trail.

Kids are invited to search for presents throughout the grounds after picking up their packs from the Castle. 

It is open between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm every day until Sunday 3rd January 2021. Entry costs £3.

On the park’s website, the organisers said:

“With so many good children this year, Santa’s sleigh has been overfilled and some of the presents have fallen out across the Country Park! Can you help Santa find all the lost presents before the children wake up?”

Peter Rabbit trail at Studland
National Trust

National Trust Studland

Lovers of Beatrix Potter should head to Studland Bay National Trust to enjoy a Peter Rabbit themed Christmas trail.

Families are invited to come to the coastal beauty spot to roam the dunes for the Peter Rabbit adventure. The trail costs £2 to take part and will be on to the end of January 2021.

On social media, the organisers said:

“The weather was perfect for an adventure on the dunes exploring our Peter Rabbit trail yesterday, our volunteer dog Jenny helped giving trails out and got into the Christmas spirit with her outfit! Have you tried our trail this winter yet?”

Start of Peter Rabbit trail and dog in Studland
National Trust
Peter Rabbit trail at Studland
National Trust

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