The Local Area

Poole Harbour is Europe’s largest natural harbour and the Quay has a bustling selection of restaurants to suit all budgets and is a great place to sit outside on a warm summers day and watch the world go by. There’s plenty of boat trips, whether a relaxing trip around the harbour, or to Brownsea island. Or take a day trip to Guernsey or further afield on a cross channel ferry to France.
Poole has miles of sandy beaches with clear waters.  There are 5 sandy beaches in Poole including the prestigious sandbanks beach, winner of more blue flags than any other UK beach resort. There’s plenty of restaurants offering great food with amazing views.


Visit Poole Tourism website for up to date information and events.

If you fancy a day out there are many local attractions.

Browsea Island is located in the middle of Poole Harbour with fantastic views over the Purbeck Hills. A haven for wildlife, with red squirrels, a variety of birds. The island is steeped in history with the remains of the village to explore, remains of Daffodil farming and a pottery works. There are activities for the children.  The island is accessible by boat, look out for the yellow kiosk on Poole Quay. Children under 6 are free and it’s around £17.50 for a family of 4.

Poole Pottery established in 1873 is renowned for it’s good quality pottery and sells exquisite pieces all around the world. You can visit the working studio or have a go at making your own masterpiece yourself!

 Upton Country Park for woodland walks, play trails, stunning gardens & new water feature for the kids to cool off.

Farmer Palmers is for children under 8. With animal feeding, tractor rides, giant go carts, a play park. Children will the love pony rides and pig racing, there is also soft play. Take  look at their website for more info.

Tower Park is the place to go, for cinema, bowling, Soft Play at Lemur Landings. There are many restaurants and swimming at Splashdown. Splashdown has something for everyone with some of the UK’s best flumes. From sheer drops to a human pinball! There’s  a splash pool and also a dry play area for little ones.

At Abbotsbury Children’s farm Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area, jump around on the new bouncy castle. 

Monkey World as featured on tv has rescued over 230 apes from around the world.

Adventure Wonderland in Bournemouth is great for younger children, it has a large indoor play centre, some rides and a giant maze!

Bournemouth Oceanarium explore the depths of the ocean and help feed the sea creatures.

Dorset is host to man spectacular houses and gardens.  Thomas Hardy’s Cottage. Kingston Lacy House in Wimbourne Minster. Compton Acres in poole. Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens, Knoll Gardens.

For the keen walkers try  the South West Coast Path