The nearby beaches include the award winning Sandbanks beach, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Chine all of which are a short drive away. Bournemouth resort with its blue flag beaches and plenty of attractions and facilities is 10 minutes drive away. The unspoilt beaches at Studland can be accessed by the Sandbanks chain link ferry.
The Poole harbour with views of Brownsea Island and Poole Park with its large lake is just yards away.
These are just a selection of the wide range of attractions and activities available here in Poole and the surrounding areas.
Arne, a great walk down to the water edge with the RSPB centre and hides. Great for bird watching.
Blue Poole, lake with 25 acres of heath, woodland and gorse.
Brownsie Island, take a boat trip our from Poole harbour, great day out.
Compton Acres, ornamental gardens, Japanese, Roman, English, Rock, Heather & Palm Court gardens.
Dolphin Swimming Pool for swimming on a cool day.
Kingston Lacy, Elegant 17th-century country mansion with formal gardens and parkland.
Monkey World, as seen on TV, a must!
Poole Park with loads to do and see, Gus Gorilla, miniature railway, feed the ducks, bowling green.
Sandbanks Beach, world famous, lovely sandy beach, always plenty of room.
Splashdown biggest and best water park.
Swanage this small seaside town surrounds a beautiful curved bay.
Tower Park, indoor SplashDown watercentre, 10 screen Empire cinema, bowling, bingo, kids play area +
Wareham Old Town a veritable delight, visit the Quay by car or a boat trip from Poole harbour.
Lulworth Castle and grounds
Go Ape at Moors Valley Country park. Zip wires, 1000 metres of exhilarating crossings.
Beaulieu National Motor Museum is one of South of England's top days out.
Bovington Tank Museum, is a great way to spend many hours
Cerne Abbas quaint village on the edge of the river Cerne, best known for it’s Cerne Abbas Giant
Corfe Castle - one of Britain's most majestic ruins.
Farmers Palmer great for young children.
Lighthouse Theatre, with films, shows.
Oceanarium, take an underwater adventure and come face-to-face with hundreds of awesome creatures.
Priest House Museum & garden
Sandbanks Ferry (Cars and passengers) to Studland Bay worth a visit.
Studland Bay with its lovely long sandy beach
Swanage railway, take a steam engine ride past Corfe Castle to Swanage and back.
Upton Country Park, large country house, gardens, grounds for walking, tearooms, art Gallery & more.
Wimborne Model Town and gardens
Other Activities: Miniature railway, skate boarding, model racing yachts.
Golf: Golf Clubs
Canford Magna Golf Club - 01202 592505, Broadstone Golf Club - 01202 692595, Knighton Heath Golf Club - 01202 572633, Parkstone Golf Club - 01202 707138, Dorset Golf and Country Club - 01929 472244
Ashdown Leisure Centre - 01202 604224, Broadstone Leisure Centre - 01202 777766,Dolphin Swimming Pool - 01202 677217, Rossmore Leisure Centre - 01202 738787
Dolphin Indoor Bowls (all year) - 01202 675551, Branksome Park (outdoor) - 01202 761196, Poole Park (outdoor) - 01202 739073, Broadstone Bowls (outdoor April - Sept) - 01202 659009
Branksome Park Tennis Club - 01202 751944, Poole Park - 01202 739400, East Dorset Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club - 01202 740219