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The Dorset Max Card

Information about the Max Card and how and where you can use it.

What is it?

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.

Who can use one?

The card is available to:

  • Group A: All Dorset (excluding Bournemouth and Poole) based young carers, children in care, some care leavers
  • Group B: All children and young people who are disabled and registered on  The Xchange (opens in a new window) and living in Dorset, Bournemouth or Poole

If you are the parent or carer of a child or young person who is disabled and are not yet registered with The Xchange then you can join online at the Xchange website (opens in a new window)

Alternatively, you can email the Xchange Co-ordinator for an application form at

When and where can I use it?

If your child is in Group A: the Max Card lasts for the current year and expires on 31 December.

If your child is in Group B: the card is age banded and can last for up to 4 years.

Whilst it is valid, the Max Card can be used by a child alone with a friend/carer to obtain free or reduced rate entry or various forms of discount at lots of places. These include museums, leisure centres, activity venues, shops and cafe's. The list of Venues (pdf, 19kb) (opens in a new window) taking part in the scheme is growing all the time.

Please contact any venue you intend to visit direct for details of opening, prices and to check the current discounts on offer. Remember to check the list regularly to find out where you can go.

Please do not lend, or let your child lend the card to anyone else - it is only for the child that the card is registered to.

How you can help

If there is a venue where you would like to use your Max Card but it is not on the list, let us know and we will do our best to persuade them to join. Alternatively, you can tell the manager of the venue that you would like the venue to sign up and get them to contact us through The Xchange at

If you come across a venue who is a member of the scheme but does not recognise the card, then please let us know so that we can raise the issue with them.

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