Parties in Dorset

Most parents make a concerted effort to ensure that their child’s birthday party is as special as 

possible; some revel in the excitement whilst others can feel overwhelmed by the scale of the occasion. There are, seemingly, never ending lists to contend with, possible trepidation over the entertainment and the additional responsibility of looking after a room full of children! For some, having a party at home is just not an option, so what are the alternatives?


Renting a hall doesn’t have to be cripplingly expensive, shop around and see what is on offer.  There are far more venues available now to host a child’s party than ever before.  A lot of businesses cater specifically to children’s parties so be sure to check out your neighbourhood to see what’s available.  Soft play centres are a great place to host an event as the many activities provide the entertainment and generally tire the little darlings out. 


Many swimming pools and training pools do catered children’s parties with staff on hand to provide both safety and water games.  Football parties can be held indoors if the venue is big enough.  Painting parties, where children get to decorate mugs and plates, are so popular that there are plenty of high street shops to choose from.  The added bonus of a painting party is that all the guests get to have a personal souvenir of the day. 


Local cinemas, and indeed larger chains, can be a great place to hold a slightly alternative party.  If you give them plenty of advance notice they will be able to set aside part of their café/entrance area for the children to congregate for cake once they’ve finished viewing the film.  Some cinemas will lay on cake and refreshments, while others are good enough to let you bring your own.  The latter kind of cinema party is the perfect way to keep costs down.  Most cinemas have a Saturday morning kids club where individual tickets are a fraction of the normal cost. 


The best way of keeping down expenditure is to share it with another parent or parents.  Apart from the financial benefits joint parties between children who’s birthdays are close mean that the guests won’t have to turn down one party to go to another.  Themed parties are very popular for the under 11s – there are the old favourites, Pirates, Princesses, the Wild West, superheroes – especially Batman and Spiderman and then the latest crazes.  At the moment the Disney film Frozen is still holding sway in the playground.  Most supermarkets and dedicated party shops have a range of paper plates, napkins, table clothes and bunting that cover all but the most obscure themes.


But what should be put on the paper plates?  Many of us obsess about child nutrition and making party food ‘balanced’.  Instead keep things simple with old-fashioned ‘party food’.  You can’t go wrong with sandwiches, cocktail sausages, crisps and, of course, cake.  Home baking has been undergoing a major revival recently but don’t worry if you don’t have the time, or the inclination, to make the cake yourself – there are a huge variety of reasonably priced cakes available from bakeries, the local supermarket and even specialist cake makers.


As for games - the most popular are as old as time - Musical Chairs, Pass The Parcel and Pin the Tail on the Donkey.  Don’t worry about using fancy wrapping paper for Pass the Parcel – old newspapers will do.  If games aren’t enough entertainment for your little guests then you need to think about hiring a professional whose job it is to keep kids happy!  The entertainer doesn’t have to necessarily be a clown or a magician – face painting is always a popular option. 

Whatever route you decide to take be sure to take a look through this party guide or get a recommendation from other parents...


Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park

Tel: 01202 622022

Farmer Palmer’s has so much to celebrate in 2015! Its new 2015 party rooms can accommodate 40 children. So spread the cost and have a joint party perhaps? Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park makes parties uncomplicated for parents and promises to offer a fabulous fun filled day for little ones. The dynamic team at Farmer Palmer’s is ready to help a child’s birthday go effortlessly – well, as smoothly as mixing animals and children will allow! Share the spring ‘feel good’ factor and witness some beautiful baby animals being born, enjoy the fresh air and explore the great outdoors. Prices start from £14.50 per child and include free admittance for 2 adults per child attending the party, good party bags, cake and if the party booker is an Annual Pass Holder the birthday child will go free. The farm park is open from 7 February to 20 December 2015 every day from 10am.


Princess Pamper Parties

Tel: 01305 851943

Princess and Pamper Parties are full of fun, glitz and glamour. Parties include mini facials, glitter hair, painted nails and professional makeovers. Every child takes home a certificate and luxury beauty pamper bag, making it a truly magical experience which includes personalised invites from your little princess or trendy teenager. The birthday girl and her guests will be made to feel very special and pampered.


Little Munchkins
Tel: 07971 443085

Little Munchkins has been lucky enough to run its business for six years - which has evolved from supplying children with homemade party food, to sharing its passion for cooking by running all inclusive cookery parties for children from as young as four through to ten years. Little Munchkins never seems to stop evolving, it keeps diversifying and has taken on adult catering events and weddings as well as corporate and fund raising events. 2015 promises to be another good year!


Laser Quest

Tel: 01202 556888

It’s always party time at Laser Quest Bournemouth! Party packages include 2 or 3 games of Laser Quest and a refreshing soft drink. Dedicated party hosts look after the party guests in a reserved party area where they will be served delicious hot food, unlimited soft drinks, ice cream and the birthday cake. Laser Quest birthday parties are fun for everyone. They’re hassle free for parents and offer loads of fun for kids who leave with a party bag full of goodies. Other party options include the popular ‘Kids Club’ session - 2 hours of play on a Sunday morning


Pony Palace Parties

Tel: 01202 473506


Enjoy a fun filled birthday party with Pony Palace Parties – where in 2015 there will be a lot going on! Suitable for children aged 4-12 years old, parties include grooming the ponies, rides, gymkhana style games and rosettes for all the children. There are now two new themes - Princess parties and Wild West parties. Parties take place in one of the paddocks or under cover in the sand school. In addition, Pony fun club takes place during the weekends. This offers children a chance to learn about how to look after friendly ponies for 3 hours. Pony Fun Club prices have been frozen and continue to be enormously popular. Five hour Pony Days take place every Wednesday and Thursday during half term and the school holiday. Pony Days involve fun, games, plenty of riding and prizes.


Jamie Jigsaw

Tel: 01202 722149

Jamie Jigsaw is a children’s entertainer based in Poole, working across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Specialising in birthday parties from 3 years upwards, he is one of the most popular entertainers in the area. Your child will have a party to remember with magic, juggling, games, balloons and more. Your child’s party will be easy for you and fun for them! Jamie Jigsaw offers packages to suit all ages and all events including birthdays, weddings, scout and guide groups, schools, nurseries and more. QUOTE PT15 for 20 free magic wands with a 2 hour booking.

To see how happy other parents have been from Jamie’s parties find him on Facebook at For more information and to check availability call now!


Uncle Mick

Tel: 01305 854004

Uncle Mick is a professional children’s entertainer, who is CRB checked and has public liability insurance. Uncle Mick has been entertaining children for many years, running shows in schools, nurseries, village parties, clubs, christenings, weddings, and children’s birthday parties. His show consists of fun magic, music, lots of games, dancing and singing, fun with Scruffs the Dog and is very lively! Parties are also socially-inclusive, relaxed and friendly. Uncle Mick lives in Broadmayne, Dorchester and he will travel anywhere in the county. Prices are very competitive.


Jules the Entertainer

Tel: 01202 510013

Jules the Entertainer is an incredible multi-skilled children’s entertainer and also one of the best balloon artist’s in the south. Children and adults just can’t believe his fantastic creations at events from children’s birthday parties to weddings and corporate fun days. His talents don't stop there: Jules also performs hilarious magic shows, circus workshops, stilt walking, and for corporate events - incredible fire shows - all of which have wowed audiences across the UK and abroad. Wherever he goes there is one thing said in common - “Everyone was thoroughly entertained, delighted and amazed!” Custom balloons and balloon model party packs are also available to purchase separately upon request.


L.A Sound and Leisure

Tel: 07599 999 863

L.A Sound and Leisure provides a massive range of party and event equipment including bouncy castles, soft play, photo booths, marquees, disco equipment, lighting effects equipment, party packages and a whole lot more. Based in Verwood, Dorset and offering a free delivery and set up service in the surrounding towns, L.A Sound and Leisure is a great choice for all your entertainment equipment needs. Parents: Like them on Facebook for a chance to win a fantastic giveaway.


Get Up and Groove

Tel: 01202 745724

Get Up and Groove Disco offer children’s party entertainment that is different, modern and guaranteed fun! Its aim is to ensure the birthday child has a party to remember, plus lots of smiles and laughs for all their friends. Two DJ’s/entertainers, Phil and Tash, will take control and organise modern games and dance routines.
Parties include the latest chart and pop hits, plus disco lights, brilliant prizes, winners’ medals, bubble, snow and smoke effects, glow bracelets, silly and humorous antics and so much more. The parties are suitable for boys and girls. Get Up and Groove Disco can also provide bouncy castles, theme parties such as Superhero's and Frozen, party bags, plus an all in one package which includes the venue and food. 



Tel: 01202 982716

Have the funkiest party in town with BEAT! Children’s parties are high energy and fun and include dance games, dance battles and cool routines. BEAT will provide the entertainment with its high energy routines and stomping tunes. BEAT covers the Dorset and Hampshire area and can accommodate small and large parties for children age 4+. 


Rock Reef

Tel: 01202 983983

RockReef on Bournemouth Pier is a wonderful place for a birthday party. Blow out the candles at RockReef and feel the adrenaline and excitement as soon as you get clipped. With birthday packages available for groups of 10 or more choose your package from the multiple options like the Clip n’ Climb and Pizza Platter and drink for just £18 per person and enjoy the adventure for up to 2 ½ hours. Invite your relatives and friends by using the online birthday invitation templates and let your child be the trendiest in their class. Share an adventure full of fun with your friends.


Pop Idol For a Day

Tel: 01202 746049 or 07941 429313

If your budding starlet thinks they have what it takes to be a popstar or just loves singing, why not book a session at Pop Idol’s recording studio? Pop Idol has several packages available including a kid’s birthday party package for up to 12 children. Solo vocalist and musician sessions are also available, all set in a commercial recording studio used by many famous artists. Gift vouchers are available from £20.


Adventure Wonderland

Tel: 01202 483444

Dorset’s large theme park with over 30 rides and attractions is also tops for award winning, memorable, children’s parties! Adventure Wonderland has 4 great party packages to suit all budgets and 3 themed party rooms to choose from. Before or after the party, guests can enjoy unlimited fun either on the park itself or in The Wild Thing indoor adventure play centre, or both, depending on the time of year.


Jamie Jambo

Tel: 01202 490134

Bournemouth children's entertainer, Jamie Jambo, is a highly requested, professional and reliable entertainer. Children are enchanted by the magic, Circus Skills and comedy of Jamie Jambo. Jamie Jambo offers comedy juggling and magic shows, two hour party packages and the birthday child receives free gifts! With over a decade of experience in the entertainment and performing arts industry, Jamie Jambo is a must have entertainer for your special occasion. With Jamie's reliability and professional approach to each event, you can sit back, relax, enjoy the show and have a stress free day. Jamie Jambo was chosen as the winner of Best Children's Entertainer and Party Venue in Dorset in the Primary Times Reader Star Awards 2014.You can also find Jamie Jambo at Facebook/jamiejambo 

Poole Pottery

Tel: 01202 668681

Visit Paint a Pot at Poole Pottery and design and paint a unique masterpiece. Choose from a wide selection of pieces from plates, mugs and bowls to money boxes, picture frames and ornaments. Paint a Pot is ideal for children's parties and group bookings. Prices start from just £6. See the Paint a Pot advert in this issue of Primary Times for a £2 off per person voucher. Poole Pottery can be found at The Quay in Poole


Lemur Landings

Tel: 01202 740500

Want a party where the kids can have loads of fun and someone else gets to clear up afterwards? Book one of the great value parties at Lemur Landings Soft Play centre on Tower Park, Poole. Parties include a host, plenty of time to play on the enormous multilevel play frame, a choice of hot or cold food, a visit from one of the friendly lemur characters and much more. Party options also include Build a Bestie bear building parties and laser tag.


Splashdown Waterparks

Tel: 01202 716123

Book a party at Splashdown and everything is provided from invitations to refreshments. You bring the kids and they’ll bring the water! What’s more, your dedicated party host will make sure things go swimmingly. Fun on the flumes lasts about an hour and a half, and there’s just time to refuel with a Slush Puppy at the Keylargo Café. Meal Deals at Burger King are also available.


Pavilion Dance

Tel: 01202 203630

Children aged 16 and under can learn all the moves to their favourite song at a Pavilion Dance Party - from Street Dance to Mini Movers or for budding pop stars, a Music Video dance lesson. Choose from a range of flexible options, including catering if required. Prices start from just £8 per head for a one-hour dance class followed by cake and soft drinks in their decorated function room. Pavilion Dance will always try and accommodate any special requests to make a child’s birthday bash go with a bang!


Nature’s Way for Kids

Tel: 07933 441713

Nature’s Way for Kids offers birthday parties for children of all ages, uniquely combining garden, wildlife and nature themes with fun and interactive craft activities. Perfect for children who love the outdoors or enjoy arts and crafts, parties are popular with boys and girls alike. Based five miles away from Poole in the rural location of Bere Farm in Lytchett Matravers, Nature’s Way for Kids allows parents the opportunity of escaping to peaceful surroundings whilst the kids enjoy the party.



My Little Princess Parties

Tel: 01252 727979

Whether your child adores Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tinkerbell, Rapunzel or Elsa from Frozen, My Little Princess Parties can make dreams come true and bring a child’s favourite fairytale character to life in their own home or chosen venue. Let My Little Princess take away the stress of entertaining the children and book one of the highly recommended princesses.


Peeks Party Store

Tel: 01202 489489

Looking for inspiration for children’s parties?  Whatever the occasion look no further than Peeks Party Store in Christchurch as they have it all!  They sell fancy dress costumes, balloons, party novelties, themed party packs, personalised sashes, a balloon delivery service and much more! Peeks have been in business for over 65 years helping people celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, Halloween, Christmas, New Year and much, much more  Why not visit them at their massive 8,200sq ft store in Reid Street, Christchurch, BH23 2BT or view their full range online?