Summer is more than just a season; it's a state of mind. It's the feeling of cool sand between your toes as you stroll along the beach, the taste of an ice-cold drink on a hot afternoon, and the laughter that echoes through the air during late-night gatherings with friends. It's the sense of freedom that comes with shedding layers and embracing the warmth of the sun on your skin. We want to give you some fantastic ideas of what you could be looking forward to this season, welcome to our six weeks of summer!

Poole offers a variety of attractions and activities that make it an ideal destination for families on a budget. Here are some reasons why Poole stands out as a wonderful place for family fun without breaking the bank.

Free Beaches: With beaches that stretch for miles, Poole provides a cost-free and enjoyable way for families to relax, build sandcastles, paddle in the sea, and enjoy beach games without any entrance fees. How about heading to Sandbanks beach? Why not bring a picnic blanket and pack some sandwiches…Don’t forget to stop off for an ice-cream, it would be rude not to!

Scenic Gardens and Parks: The town is adorned with lush, well-maintained gardens and parks, such as Poole Park and Hamworthy Park, offering an ideal setting for picnics, leisurely walks, and open-air family gatherings at no cost.

Fancy a game of tennis? Practice your game at one of the many clubs and courts across the town.  Book a court at Poole Park’s refurbished courts, turn up and play at Hamworthy Park or book a session at one of the friendly local clubs.

And there’s more! Poole Park has more than tennis! With mini golf, two play parks, miniature train, and boating on the beautiful large lake, complete with swans, you could easily spend a whole day having fun! Did we mention there’s ice-cream?

Affordable Accommodation: Poole offers a variety of budget-friendly accommodation options, including family-friendly hotels, guesthouses, and holiday apartments, allowing families to find affordable places to stay without compromising on comfort.

Budget Eateries: Poole is home to a range of eateries offering delicious and affordable meals, making it easier for families to enjoy dining out without overspending.

Free Outdoor Activities: Families can partake in an array of free outdoor activities like walks along our Poole beaches or stunning parks. Or if you fancy staying in Poole and exploring further afield, hiking along the stunning Jurassic Coast and exploring the breathtaking Durdle Door is an amazing scenic day out.

Looking for BMX / Skateboard Parks in Poole? We have three skateparks waiting to welcome you! For flips, half pipes and tricks, out top pick is to head to Baiter Skatepark with parking and toilets plus amazing views it’s a great pick and not far from the Quay to find a huge choice for a lovely lunch afterwards.

Popular Attractions: Upton Country Park has a variety of pocket-friendly family events across the summer holidays for you to explore. There are plenty of trails to walk including a woodland play trail and Spurrier’s play park for smaller children. The front lawn is perfect for ball games, while the walled garden has a splash fountain! Just pay to park and for the cakes you’ll need to have!

Or do you fancy a boat trip? Try a summer cruise around the harbour and beyond with City Cruises Poole to make some unforgettable memories.

Family Events and Festivals: Poole frequently hosts family-friendly events and festivals, many of which are free to attend, providing entertainment and cultural experiences for families on a budget.

Finish your day with a bang! Our fabulous Poole summer fireworks in Poole are free and there are many places on the quay, across the harbour and on boats to get a magnificent view. The event brings live music, entertainment, and family fun before finishing with a summer firework finale over the largest natural harbour in Europe at 10pm!

Low-Cost Transportation: Poole benefits from efficient public transportation, making it easy for families to explore the city and nearby areas without the need for costly car rentals. Morebus bus fares are currently £2 so you are saving money as well as being more environmentally friendly!

Indoor Entertainment: On rainy days or when seeking a break from the sun, families can find affordable indoor entertainment options, such as local museums, indoor play areas, and discounted cinema tickets. Head out to Tower Park for a choice of activities. Three miles from Poole town centre, find a multi-screen cinema, Splashdown waterpark, and Lemur Landings soft play centre, ideal if you have someone who needs to burn off energy! There’s also bowling for a family challenge match and plenty of eateries to choose from afterwards when everyone is exhausted! It’s free parking so no need to watch the clock.

Introducing Flip Out in Poole’s Dolphin Shopping Centre - a fantastic new treat to visit in the holidays and a wet-day saviour. So many children’s activities under one roof, including laser tag, e-karting, bumper cars and more.

Nature and Wildlife: Explore Brownsea Island, the home of the red squirrel, Sika Deer and thousands of wading birds. Discover wildlife or simply be out in the fresh air enjoying beautiful surroundings - there is so much to see in the harbour and on island. Take the nature trail around the best of the wildlife habitats and hides, visit the Villa Wildlife Centre, and see for yourself. 

Poole offers an abundance of wallet-friendly activities, attractions, and accommodations that cater to the needs of families seeking a memorable and budget-conscious summer holiday.

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