THINGS TO DO
Almost one fifth of Poole is made up by publicly accessible green space. Poole, Hamworthy and Upton Country Park, make up the borough's trio of award winning parks.
Poole Park and Upton Country Park have been recognised as two of the finest parks in the country after each received a sought after Green Flag award
Just a short walk from the centre of town you'll discover a haven of peace and rare beauty. Poole Park lake is at the centre and is surrounded by facilities such as tennis courts, bowling green, children's indoor and outdoor play areas, ice skating rink, Poole Park railway or try the fitness trail.
With its waterside location offering panoramic views towards the Purbeck hills, this green space is definitely worth a visit. The Park has a sandy beach with a promenade, extensive grassed area, large paddling pool (open during the summer) and excellent playground facilities. The more energetic individual might like to use the tennis courts of perhaps take part in a watersports session before relaxing in the Bay Cafe.
UPTON COUNTRY PARK
Over 100 acres of award-winning gardens, woodland and shoreline. Home to Upton House, a Grade II** listed Georgian Mansion, and a stunning walled garden. Wooden Play Trail, tea rooms, art gallery, outdoor events and plant centre. Free parking and access to grounds.
A variety of family friendly events take place in the ground at weekends and holiday times - see events page for details.
Pinecliff Play Sculptures
Head to Pinecliff Gardens in Canford Cliffs for a wildlife play sculpture trail. Children can climb and play around a range of giant wooden sculptures of woodland insects and dolphins.
Car parking can be found at each of these parks but they are also very easy to reach by bus, foot or bike.
Poole is also home to some of the South’s finest privately owned gardens at Compton Acres where awooded valley, distinctive Japanese, Italian and heather gardens transport you across the world. Pick up tips from the experts or take home a new addition at the Plant Centre. Learn more with the helpful Gardener's blog . There is also plenty of opportunity to relax in the restaurant or pick up treats and gifts in the deli and shop.
EXPLORING FURTHER AFIELD
Enjoy extensive parkland, woodland walks, a children’s playground and spacious grounds surrounding the iconic Lulworth Castle. on the world heritage Jursassic Coast. Perfect for picnics and dog walks (on the lead) . The recently opened Castle Tearoom is a great spot to enjoy delicious homemade cakes, cream teas and to buy a souvenir of your visit. Please note whilst the grounds are open, the Castle is currently closed and re-opens to the public on 2 April 2017.
EXBURY GARDENS & STEAM RAILWAY
Re opening 20 March 2017
Enjoy a spectacular 200 acre site famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. Offering a riot of colour throughout the year, explore with a 20 minute trip aboard the Steam Railway, have an adventure in the play area and relax in the Tea Rooms.