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Activities for teenagers

Search for activities near you, including art, music, sport, outdoor education and your local library.

Arts and culture

Find exciting opportunities so you can enjoy your favourite creative hobby, or get started with something new.

Arts for young people in Dorset

Search the Family Information Directory for activities near you, such as local youth theatre or dance groups, or free music events in Dorset.

You can also search The Xchange (opens in a new window) for activities for young people who are disabled, or have additional needs.

Find out what special Dorset arts events are taking place, such as one-off events or festivals and what your local arts centre has to offer. See Activate Performing Arts in Dorset (opens in a new window) for a directory of all theatrical opportunities and theatre classes you can join in with. If you're based in a village, looking for events near you, contact Artsreach (opens in a new window) in Dorset who can help provide access to the arts in rural communities.

Music for youth

If you have a talent for singing, or you want to master your skills on DJ decks, National Youth Music (opens in a new window) can show music projects near you and explain how you can access funding.

Locally, the Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians (opens in a new window) can also help support you pursue an interest in music.

The Dorset Music Service help provide music tuition, musical instruments and opportunities within Dorset and can give you information on how to join the Dorset Youth Orchestra.

You can also contact your local youth club who may be able to offer time in a music studio, band practice space or on DJ decks.

Get reading and join a library

Check out your local library for specific sessions and areas for young adults. You can hire CDs and DVDs (age appropriate), read the latest magazines and use the computers and free internet. Membership is free and hire costs are very low.

Sport and leisure

Information about sports and leisure centres in Dorset, keeping fit, walking, cycling and riding.

Try a number of outdoor activities at Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre including kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, climbing and archery. 

Coast and countryside

Get outdoors and discover what the Dorset coast and countryside has to offer you on:

Search for activities and clubs

Find activities and clubs near you, including holiday and after school clubs and more.

There are many activities and clubs across Dorset for all ages.

They include activities:

  • for parents and carers to do with pre-school children
  • at Children's Centres
  • aimed at young people, including youth clubs
  • for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • during the school holidays
  • for family and friends
  • that run after school

Family Information Directory

Our directory provides information and support for children and families in Dorset. Use the search tool within the directory to find activities and clubs:

Search for activities

If you can't find what you want, contact us at the Family Information Service. We're always looking for ways to make our directory better.

The Xchange

This is a network for families with disabled children that provides:

  • help and guidance
  • information on events and activities
  • news

If you register with the Xchange, you can get the Dorset Max Card. This gives you discount on a range of activities.

Find out more about the Xchange (opens in a new window) and see if you're eligible for the Dorset Max Card.

Find a youth club

Find your local youth club, meet friends, find support, get involved and have fun.

Search the Family Information Directory to find details of the youth clubs running in your area:

Family information directory

There have been some changes in youth services; see our Dorset Youth Infrastructure page or contact the Forward Together for Children programme team.

Travel and discounts

The most sustainable way to travel is to walk or cycle.

Visit Travel Dorset for all travel and public transport information. You can search for your local bus timetable and link to train company website for service information.

Travel discounts for young people

Young people can offer get cheaper travel. Each bus company may operate on different terms, but most will charge a child's fare if you are 15 or under. Companies such as First Group (opens in a new window) offer student bus passes if you're in college or further education, so it's useful to contact bus operators to find out your options and the cost.

If you want to travel by train and you're aged between 16 and 25, you can apply for a Young Person's Railcard (opens in a new window) and save a third on most train fares. This is a great way to save money on train travel; you can buy one at some stations, although it's free with some bank accounts.

The Dorset Max Card

The Dorset Max Card is available to all Dorset based:

Email the Xchange coordinator for an application form.

The Max Card entitles the holder plus one other person to free or discounted access or benefits at a range of leisure activities, venues and organisations across Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole and beyond.

The list of venues where the card can be used is growing all the time, but make sure you contact the venues directly for opening times, prices and restrictions.

Student discounts

To apply for a Nation Union of Students (NUS) extra card (opens in a new window), you must be 16 or over and studying in further or higher education. There is no upper age limit. The card is available to students studying full-time or part-time. You're only eligible to buy an NUS extra card once your course has started.

With the NUS extra card, you can get discounts and offers on things like shopping, eating out, cinema and travel.

Check out the NUS website (opens in a new window) for more information.

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