Poole is an affordable destination for all the family. We’ll be exploring free ways to enjoy our varied town with all the seaside fun, parks and adventure. You'd be suprised to find out what free things you can do in Poole...

1. Poole Park

The perfect place to relax and watch the world go by or enjoy time with friends and family all year round. Bordering Poole town’s magnificent harbour, Poole Park features 110 acres of parkland, large play parks, a saltwater lagoon and beautiful lakes, and is above all a wonderful place to make memories. 

2. Upton Country Park

Upton Country Park in Poole has over 140 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens, open parkland, woodland and shoreline, with stunning Georgian Grade II* listed Upton House as the centrepiece. Something for everyone to enjoy, whatever the season, so come along and see what has made Upton Country Park one of Poole’s premier attractions!

3. Parkrun

Taking place at 9am on a Saturday morning at Kings Park in Bournemouth, Poole Park and Upton Country Park, this is the best excuse to blow away those cobwebs and liven up your weekend with a 5km free, timed race with a big community of runners.

4. Explore Scaplen's Court

Scaplen’s Court is a Grade I listed medieval building dating back to the 1300s, so is perfect for fellow historians to travel back in time. The building is adjacent to Poole Museum, so can be easily found, and if you have room for more knowledge, then it is recommended to take a look.  

5. Explore Sandbanks 

Sandbanks offers miles of golden sands and breath-taking views of Studland and Old Harrys Rocks and is perfect for a visit all year round. Sandbanks is also very popular when it comes to watersports or why not go for a free and refreshing dip in the sea!

6. Poole Trails

Find out the secret stories of Poole's smugglers, pirates and scouts with the Adventurers' Trail! An exciting trail for younger visitors. Or enjoy Poole's Story Trail and walk through Poole and journey through time to find out what made Poole the place it it today. Walking times for the Poole trails are both approximately 60 minutes.

8. Poole Events

Throughout the summer evenings Poole Quay plays host to a fantastic array of family events ranging from the magical motorbikes of Tuesday night’s Poole Dream Machines to weekdays with live music and street entertainers during the summer holidays. 

9. Branksome Chine Beach

Branksome Chine beach offers great sandy beaches and stunning views across the coastline. Its Blue Flag status attracts both locals and visitors and offers a range of facilities, including a beach shop, a car park situated next to the beach and a popular cafe and bar.

10. Browse the High Street

Shoppers (and browsers) have access to many stores, including some of our best loved high-street brands. So, whether you stay within the centre, or venture out into the bustling high-street, enjoy some window shopping whilst wandering the cobbles on Poole High Street.




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