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Things to do in Poole

Stunning seaside town full of character and charm, with long sandy beaches and the attractions of nearby Bournemouth to enjoy

Are you looking for things to do in Poole? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.

Known for...   Poole Harbour and Sailing


Did you know...

  • Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Britain. It was formed at the end of the last ice age when what was a valley was filled by rising seas.
  • Be Prepared... Lord Baden-Powell set up the first ever Scout camp on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour.
  • On 3 August 1940, the first passenger flight across the Atlantic by a British commercial airline was made from Poole Harbour by a flying boat.



 

  Attractions

Poole Park Miniport

The park is a great venue for a family day out, with a miniature railway, a sailing and windsurfing school, restaurant, crazy golf.
Rockley Watersports, Poole Park
Poole
Dorset
BH15 2SF

 

Splashdown

Fun filled waterpark.
Tower Park
Poole
BH12 4NY

01202716123

Recommended by J,M, Hitchin
“'Splashdown Waterpark is a fun-filled day out for the whole family. It is a unique waterpark with over 10 exciting and exhilarating water slides. Some are gentle and calm, whilst others are for real adrenaline junkies. A very good price for a whole day's entertainment for a sunny or rainy day. '”

 

Farmer Palmer's Farm Park

A great family day out.
Wareham Road
Poole
BH16 6EU

01202622022

Recommended by Nicki Grahame, Weymouth

 

Brownsea Island

National Trust - Peaceful island, famous for being the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding.
Poole Harbour
Poole
Dorset
BH13 7EE

 
 

  Children's Activities

The Ark

All-weather family fun.
Poole Park
Poole
Dorset
BH15 2SF

01202717197

 
 

  Museums

Poole Museum And Scalpen Court FREE

Fascinating look at the history of Poole.
Poole Museum
BH15 1HJ

 

Wareham Town Museum FREE

Wareham Town Museum tells the story of the Wareham area from prehistoric times to the present day.
3 East Street
Wareham
BH20 4NN

01929553448

 
 

  Parks

Poole Park FREE

Poole Park is one of only two Victorian Parks in the Borough of Poole and the only one containing buildings.
Poole
BH15 2SF

 

Brownsea Island Nature Reserve

The island is open every day from Saturday 16 March to Sunday 3 November, 10am - 5pm (boats from Poole and Sandbanks).
Poole Harbour
Dorset
BH13 7EE

 

Hamworthy Park FREE

Fantastic park by the beach. Huge play area,paddling pool,cafe and direct access to the beach.
Blandford Road
Poole
BH16 5AE

Recommended by Jo Wilkinson, Salisbury
“'Its right on the beach, you can sit on the sand and swim or just directly behind the beach is a HUGE kids play park with a really big paddling pool for the little ones, its shallow, probably 40/50cm deep, clean and big enough to fit in 200 kids. The park is surrounded with grassy areas, benchs and is a fab spot to spend the whole day with a pic nic. There are loos in the building next to it and a coffee shop/snack bar. '”

 
 

  Galleries

The Peacock Gallery FREE

Popular art gallery.
Upton Country Park
Poole
BH17 7BJ

01202672628

 
 

  Bowling

Bowlplex Bournemouth Tower Park

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Tower Park Leisure Complex
Poole
BH12 4NY

 
 

  Cinema

Poole Lighthouse Centre For The Arts

Theatre, dance, comedy, film and music centre.
21 Kingland Road
Poole
BH15 1UG

08444068666

 

Tower Park Entertainment Complex

10 screen cinema, ten pin bowling, waterpark, arcades, kids soft play, fitness centre and bingo hall.
Tower Park
Poole
BH12 4NY

01202723671

 

Empire Poole

Multi-screen cinema.
Tower Park
Poole
BH12 4NY

08714714714

 
 

  Golf

Parkstone Golf Club

Parkstone is one of the best known and finest courses on the South Coast.
Links Road
Parkstone
Poole
Dorset
BH14 9JU

 

Knighton Heath Golf Club

Knighton Heath Golf Club is a genuine heath land course situated on 90 acres of high ground beside Canford Heath and is a great place to play golf in Dorset.
Francis Avenue
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH11 8NX

 

Broadstone Golf Club

Golf Club.
Wentworth Drive
Broadstone
Dorset
BH18 8DQ

 

Wareham Golf Club

Golf Club.
Sandford Road
Wareham
Dorset
BH20 4DH

 

Bulbury Woods Golf Club

Golf Club.
Halls Road
Lytchett Matravers
Nr Poole
Dorset
BH16 6EP

 
 

  Leisure centres

Fitness First

Friendly fitness centre.
58 Fleet Lane
Poole
BH15 3BT

01202666212

 

LA Fitness

Health and fitness centre.
Units 1-5 Tower Park
Yarrow Road
BH12 4NY

 
 

  Water sports

The Big Canoe

Book a guided trip in one of our unique Big Open Canoes and you and the rest of the crew will enjoy a fantastic day out.
Shore Road, Sandbanks
Poole Harbour
Dorset
BH13 3QJ

Recommended by Tomek Bruml, Lymington
“You can paddle a Big Canoe for either a half or full day around Poole Harbour with up to 12 others. Guide was fantastic and we saw lots of interesting wildlife”

 

Splashdown Waterpark

Home to some of the UK's best water slides.
Tower Park Leisure Complex
Poole
BH12 4NY

01202716000

 

The Water Sports Academy

Windsurfing, kitesurfing‚ waterskiing‚ wakeboarding, kayaking‚ sailing and powerboat training.
19 Banks Road
Poole
BH13 7PS

01202708283

 

Justudive

Learn to scuba dive.
Holton Heath Trading Park
Poole
BH16 6NL

01202620640

 
 

  Sport

Central Park Poole

Ice skating, kids soft play and cafe.
Poole Park
Poole
BH15 2SF

 

Surface2air

Kite surfing school.
Banks Road
Poole
BH13 9JH

01202738448

 
 

  Riding

Sweetlands Riding School

Learn to ride.
Flowers Drove
Poole
BH16 6BX

01202622748

 
 

  Climbing

Land And Wave Activity Centre

Climbing, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, high ropes, coasteering and bushcraft.
16 Allens Road
Upton
BH16 5BU

01202460440

 

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