Email this to a friendPrintable version

Must Do Top 10 in Poole Autumn

What are the 'Top 10' things you should be doing in Poole this Autumn? 

 Autumn Top 10 Poole Header

 Autumn - A Date With Nature

There’s no better place to see birds than Poole Harbour during the winter months. Take a Bird Boat Cruise or guided walk with the experts and discover a wealth of wildlife and a fascinating insight into the nature, history and unrivalled beauty of Dorset’s coast.




Autumn - Red Squirrel SpottingRare red squirrel spotting on Brownsea Island

Enjoy a perfect Autumn day enjoying the amazing sights, colours and delights of Brownsea Island. Red squirrel spotting is a must! Brownsea Island is one of the few places left in England where you can see the native red squirrel. Autumn is the perfect time to see them on the ground and in low branches. Whilst on the island, enjoy a walk in woodland or along the waters edge, sit back and relax in the café or enjoy learning about the fascinating history of the island.  During October half term there will be a fun trail, autumn crafts and children squirrel walks taking place. link will open in new window


Sika deer bounding alongSika deer displays

From Brownsea Island to the RSPB Arne's link will open in new window nature reserve, home of BBC Autumnwatch in 2016 & Winterwatch link will open in new window in January 2017, there's a wealth of locations to spot Sika deer.  Autumn is special as the rut is underway with spectacular displays or you may see them bounding along in Poole Harbour as captured by Dave Mott! 


Autumn - Walk on the Beach

Enjoy one of Poole’s five individual and unique beaches in the quieter periods to take in the beautiful views and stunning coastal scenery. Sandbanks, which is winner of more Blue Flags than any other UK beach resort. A stop at Sandbanks Beach Café or Branksome Beach restaurant at Branksome Chine Beach is a must for afternoon tea or a heavenly hot chocolate.




Autumn - Hotel Du VinFor the ultimate autumn relax – enjoy a stay at the sumptuous and cosy Hotel Du Vin. Situated in Poole’s Old Town, this beautiful Virginia – creeper clad Georgian mansion is the perfect place to relax after an autumn walk – with its open fireplace, comfy armchairs and impressive food and drink offer…you won’t want to leave! link will open in new window


Autumn - Must See Events

Must see Autumn events

Summer may be over, but there are still plenty of events to keep you entertained.

Remember; remember the 5 November…Poole Quay is the backdrop to the biggest FREE fireworks display in Dorset. From 5pm.

Poole Libraries are offering a host of activities during the October half term holidays with creepy crafts, fun artwork and storytelling. link will open in new window

Our tourism partner businesses will be offering a range of events over the half term…These include spooky activities, fancy dress and monster hunt at Farmer Palmers ( link will open in new window) and Lewey’s Trick or Treat Halloween Party at Lemur Landings Soft Play ( link will open in new window)
For a full list of all partner events visit: or sign up for event updates at:

 Autumn - Spa Heaven

Spa heaven – Harmony in the Haven
The finest sanctuary for the relation and reinvigoration of your body and mind. The perfect place to escape a blustery Autumn day, enjoy a range of spa treatments, gym, sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub, hydrotherapy pool with three spa pools and swim fit spa. link will open in new window



Compton Acres Japanese Garden 2011Compton Acres, on the outskirts of Poole is famous for their 10 acres of beautiful gardens. The grand Italian Garden has a large formal pond with foundations, statues and colourful bedding. See the waterfalls in the natural Wooded Valley and visit the Bog Garden which is a haven for wildlife. Follow paths and bridges across the Rock and Water Garden for a spectacular view across the harbour. link will open in new window


Granny Cousins Halloween Ghost Walks 2017Ghost Walk
Poole, with its rich history is one of the most haunted places in Dorset. Step behind the Quay & through alleyways & learn all about the smugglers and sailors who have inhabited the town over the years. Don’t miss the Halloween Specials with a more family friendly walk on Saturday 28 October and a darker experience on Monday 30 October 2017. link will open in new window




Walking at UptonUpton Country Park

The day’s maybe getting shorter but there is still a wealth of wildlife and superb autumn colours to be enjoyed throughout the Country Park. There is so much for all the family to do – Tea Rooms, the Gallery Upstairs, lots of wide open spaces and the popular play trail – with its different natural timber structures. Over October half term enjoy a Pumpkin Parade and craft activities.

Also check out the Poole Heritage Cycle Route circular route which starts/ends at Upton Country Park. Look out for the penny farthing signs along the route between the park and Poole Town Centre. link will open in new window

Copyright © 2018 Poole Tourism - all other trademarks are acknowledged as belonging to their respective owners. All rights reserved.