Special offers in Purbeck for National Lottery Open Week

Visitor attractions across Purbeck that have benefited from National Lottery funding are offering free entry, discounts and special offers throughout National Lottery Open Week.

As a thank you for the £30 million raised for good causes every week by players, discounts are on offer at National Lottery-funded venues from Saturday 18th March to Sunday 26th March 2023.

Corfe Castle

The landmark ruin at Corfe Castle owned by the National Trust

Free entry and other special offers

A National Lottery ticket, scratchcard or instant win game can be used to unlock the offers at a range of venues and locations in Purbeck and across the UK.

Places taking part locally include The Etches Collection in Kimmeridge, The Tank Museum in Bovington, RSPB Arne and National Trust properties at Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacey near Wimborne.

The Tank Museum

Plenty to see at The Tank Museum

“We’re pleased to be taking part”

A spokesperson for The Tank Museum said:

“Throughout The Tank Museum’s history, the Heritage Fund has provided grants for the flagship Tank Story Hall exhibition, a new state-of-the-art restoration workshop, educational resources, digital marketing jobs, and much, much more.

“That’s why we’re pleased to be taking part in National Lottery Open Week, which celebrates the contribution of National Lottery players in supporting good causes over the past 27 years.”

National Lottery poster

Places taking part near Swanage

The Etches Collection at Kimmeridge

Children go free for each family showing one National Lottery ticket, scratchcard, or Instant Win Game. Children are defined as 5 to 16 years inclusive, as under 5s are already admitted free to the museum. From Saturday 18th March to Sunday 26th March 2023.

Outside the Etches Collection in Kimmeridge

The Etches Collection – the fossil museum at Kimmeridge

The Tank Museum at Bovington

One child under 16 goes free with every full paying adult with a valid National Lottery ticket or scratch card dated any time in 2023. Children that enter for free won’t receive an Annual Pass to the museum, but if they have a great time they can buy one at the end of their visit.

Booking the accompanying adult is recommended, but the free child does not need to be booked in advance. From Saturday 18th March to Sunday 26th March 2023.

Christmas at The Tank Museum
The Tank Museum

Inside The Tank Museum at Bovington

RSPB Arne near Wareham

Present a National Lottery ticket, scratchcard or instant win game to choose from a free guided walk to soak up the sights and sounds of the heathland and explore the habitats that make Arne special.The special offer does not provide free entry to the reserve. Entry charges will still apply.

  • Saturday 18th March 2023 – From 10.30 am to 12 noon or 1 pm to 2.30 pm
  • Wednesday 22nd March 2023 – From 10.30 am to 12 noon or 1 pm to 2.30 pm

Just turn up on the day. Spaces for 20 individual participants per walk and subject to availability.


The RSPB reserve at Arne near Wareham

National Trust Corfe Castle

Present a National Lottery ticket or scratch card at the visitor reception to receive one free adult entry. Under 18s can accompany ticket holders for free

Corfe Castle is looking forward to welcoming cruise ship visitors again

Corfe Castle

National Trust Kingston Lacy

Present a National Lottery ticket or scratch card at the visitor reception to receive one free adult entry. Under 18s can accompany ticket holders for free.

Kingston Lacey
National Trust

The house at Kingston Lacey near Wimborne

“Fantastic opportunity”

With the cost of days out becoming more difficult to afford for many, these offers make going out a little bit cheaper and for those who don’t have National Trust membership, it’s a real opportunity to get in free for the cost of a National Lottery ticket.

Chief executive of Arts Council England and chair of the National Lottery Forum, Darren Henley said:

“The National Lottery Open Week offers players a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a low-cost day out at venues across the UK – from castles to nature reserves, museums to sports venues.

“It’s our way of saying thank you to National Lottery players who raise an incredible £30 million each week for good causes.”

Further information

  • The special offers in Purbeck and across the UK are listed on the National Lottery good causes website

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