If you’re after an amazing day out, there are many museums in easy reach. See a magnificent collection of naval aircraft at Yeovilton or visit the Royal Signals museum at Blandford. Monkey World, with its rescue centre, is next door to Bovington Tank Museum, as is the National Trust’s Clouds Hill, the cottage owned by Lawrence of Arabia.
There are other National Trust sites nearby too: Stourhead, Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy and Thomas Hardy’s birthplace near Dorchester, the county town. Or you could feed the lambs, play in the hay bales and rev up the go-karts at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park.
The best bit? When you get back to Loose Reins your adventure continues. Watching the sunset, spotting the wildlife and relaxing in the tranquil surroundings.