With golden sands, a glorious coastline and magical island hideaways, create your own unique adventure in Poole, the jewel of the South.
From basking on the UK’s best beach – Sandbanks – to learning a new water sport or discovering miles of walks and cycle ways, Poole is packed with ways to broaden your horizons and make the most of precious time out.
Adventurers of all ages can explore Poole’s stunning natural harbour, the largest in Europe, all year round. With its eight unique islands and striking peninsula, the harbour is a haven for sailors, wildlife and water sports, and is gateway to the world heritage Jurassic Coast.
Start your adventure with the cliff top woodland walkways, pirate play areas or by climbing giant woodland insects dotted along Poole’s three miles of award-winning golden sands. Family-friendly Blue Flag beaches offer the perfect place for seashore detectives to play, explore and sharpen their sand castle skills while, for the more adventurous, Poole Harbour’s safe, shallow waters are ideal for trying one of over 25 water-based activities. Qualified instructors are on hand to provide everything from taster sessions for beginners, to opportunities for pros to fine tune their skills in everything from sailing and windsurfing to kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Visit www.coastwiththemost.com to find our more.
Buzzing with wildlife, the superb range of habitats and rare heathland around Poole Harbour make it one of the best places in the UK to spot birds, particularly in winter and during migration. Nurture your nature detectives and discover some of the UK’s rarest birds and reptiles by taking one of the many RSPB guided trips and walks designed for novices and experts and learn more about this world class habitat. Visit www.pooletourism.com/wings for more information.
And with one of the longest coastlines thanks to the 110 miles of inland harbour and fabulous beaches, you are spoilt for choice with superb al fresco dining options, vibrant bars and restaurants, and fabulous fresh seafood overlooking fantastic waterside views to suit every budget and taste. Visit www.eatoutpoole.com for the complete restaurant listing.
From Poole Harbour Boat Show to Poole Regatta, Poole is packed with events on and off the water to keep you entertained. Music lovers are spoilt for choice with three festivals featuring world class performers from the worlds of Folk, Classical and Blues, plus rampaging pirates, classic cars, vintage and arts events for all the family.
The Quay to a great day out
Poole’s traditional working Quay is the gateway to its stunning harbour and islands. Getting there is easy with either a 15-minute walk from the Bus Station down the High Street or on the ‘Route One’ bus service. Leaving every 15 minutes, jump on and off the circular shopping route at your leisure stopping at the Dolphin Shopping Centre and ending up on Poole’s Quayside. Centrally located, with views across the harbour, visitors have the choice of taking a harbour cruise, or visiting the mix of shops, cafes and bars.
To help you make the most of your visit, Poole’s Tourist Information Centre is located in Poole Museum, just along the Quay at the bottom of the High Street where a dedicated team of staff is on hand to help you make the most of your visit. Telephone 01202 262600 or visit www.pooletourism.com
On the Quay, see artists creating new designs at Poole Pottery’s studio or paint-a-pot and create your own unique masterpiece. Stop for a coffee while deciding which bargain jewellery, fashion, toys, homeware and glassware to take home. Telephone 01202 668681 or visit www.poolepottery.co.uk
Quayside retail and leisure is a great place to relax and watch the world go by. With shopping and dining overlooking the harbour, find a bargain in Pavers shoes, be pampered at Robin James salon and spa or enjoy a meal at Banana Wharf, Deli on the Quay or Quay Cafe.
Browse around Poole Quay’s newest shopping experience, Quayside Emporium and Coffee Shop, selling a fantastic selection of local gifts, clothing and arts and crafts over two floors. Visit www.quayside-emporium.com
Delve into the town’s rich pirate history at Poole Museum and medieval Scaplen’s Court with tactile trails, arts, crafts and hands on activities. Entry is free. Telephone 01202 262600 or visit www.poolemuseum.co.uk
Explore the Old Town with the self-guided Cockle Trail or Treasure Hunt available from the Tourist Information Centre or use your mobile to follow the interactive Poole Trail which features film and photos of the town’s past. Guided walks and ghost walks revealing more of Poole’s past are also available. For younger adventurers, Poole Quay is ideal for a quayside quest. A popular pastime, catch the relatives of Jurassic predators with a traditional crabbing net or families can keep the kids entertained with the Treasure Hunt and Family Fun leaflet available from the Tourist Information Centre.
So come along and create your own adventure in Poole. For more details of events, places to stay and things to do visit pooletourism.com or telephone 01202 262600.