A Place to be Real Together

Families 2: Here be Smugglers, there be Dinosaurs

Family fun with local Dorset favourites from pre-history and the present


Saturday 3rd to Friday 9th August 2024


Space is available on this event! :-D

Woodland gate to Othona with two happy children

This week will feature Dinosaurs Day, Maps Day, Fossils Day and Smugglers Day. We encourage all the family to take part in the themed activities and outings - they aren't just for children. We explore, learn and can make our own creative responses - compose a smugglers' song perhaps, or build a dino trap!

This week is best suited to families with children of primary school age.

The Othona core community arrange resources and a safe container for activities, but we don't provide a child-minding service. As a parent you'll have plenty of scope to join in the optional activities with your children and others, but also to enjoy precious family time.

A holiday at Othona is an experience of building community together. Everybody lends a hand in the big 'extended family' of the week. Friends are made, differences are bridged, and it is uncanny how children of varying ages will mix and look out for each other. The same goes for adults actually!

Othona's grounds are mainly nice and wild, but among the outdoor facilities are firepit, treehouse, table-tennis, boules, and of course the walk through woods and meadows to the beach.

There's plenty of energy and exuberance at Othona, but we start and finish each day by 'stilling' ourselves together in the lovely house chapel. The ethos of these gatherings is extremely inclusive; people of all faiths and none, from the eldest to the youngest, can feel at home in their gentle spirituality. 

Any 2 adults sharing a room: both pay HALF PRICE
Any single adult with child/children: one child FREE OF CHARGE

Fee Types

You are genuinely welcome to choose whichever rate suits you

(Learn more about our Pricing Policy & Bursaries)

Standard £514  aims to cover our real costs
Basic £420  if all pay Basic, Othona has to cut staff & activities
Benefactor £609  helps us afford Basic Rate and Bursaries
Child 11-18 £247
Child 3-10 £168
Child 0-2 Free
Deposit £  30


Arrival + Departure Times

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Arrive between 4.00 - 6.30 pm
Depart after 10.30 am


03 Aug 2024 18:00 to 09 Aug 2024 10:30
Othona Community, West Dorset
Coast Road
Burton Bradstock
Landline: 01308 897130