With free entry and parking the Upton country park makes for a nice time out.The newly landscaped walled garden gives access to the Tea Room,where you can get tea,coffee,cakes or lunch.The park includes formal gardens with a large duck pond and from here you can walk through the woods down to the edge of Holes Bay.Whether you want a nice walk,a picnic,cycle ride or birdwatch down by the water this is an ideal place to visit.
Children are also catered for with a Playtrail and a water play fountain,which operates during the summer months.
This takes place on Poole Quay every Friday evening from May to August, and is a great place for owners to show off their motors.Each week you will find different cars on display whether it be Minis,Porsche,American cars,Beetles or others.
Situated in a lovely spot with views across Poole harbour and with a good selection of cafe bars,pubs and restaurants.Multi story car park nearby; £1.60p for two hours after 6pm.Lots of the shops stay open until late,so the men can see the cars while the ladies look around the shops if they prefer.
The trip over to Brownsea island makes a nice day out while in Poole.The boats run from Poole Quay and sailings run summer and autumn up until November.First boat leaves at 10am and last boat back is 5pm.
As the island is owned by the National Trust there is a charge for visiting (free to NT members).The islands 500 acres includes areas of heath,woodland and cliff top views across Poole harbour.Many types of wildlife can be seen including the rare red squirrel.
Also famous for being the home of the first camp of the Boy Scout movement in 1907.Since 1964 the island has been host to the Brownsea Open Air Theatre annually performing the works of William Shakespeare.
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Our house is very close to the registry office and we can see all the comings and goings, especially of the weddings; one time there was an old couple in the morning and then a gay wedding in the afternoon, another time we couldn't tell who the groom was and there are plenty of chav weddings to goggle at!
The building used to be the guildhall and has a sister building in the Custom House (I wrote a tip about the restaurant / bar that this building now is). It is grade 2 listed and dates from the 18th century. It has a large beautiful curved staircase and balcony which make for great wedding and tourist photos. It's in the old part of town so has lovely old buildings surrounding it too with cobbled pavements.
I first visited here a long time ago and it's changed somewhat, gone is the museum at the entrance and they're selling off most of the items they had on show which is a shame.
You can still watch potters throwing and painting wares but also decorate your own pots to take home.
There's a shop which sells all sorts at the start (other homewares, kitchenalia, candles, clothes) leading your through to the specialist Poole Pottery items and museum for sale at the back.
There is a cafe too but I've not visited there.
I felt it was a shame that they were selling their museum pieces and diluting their shop with unrelated items but they do have some very nice modern pieces on sale too.
We took a brief stop in the 48 hour rain cloud to stretch our legs at this RSPB nature reserve in April 2012.
You only need to pay for car parking, not for entry to the reserve, check the website for up-to-date information but we paid £2, it's free for members.
We walked from the car park , down a road and past their farm past a field of the largest cattle I'd ever seen and plenty of rather tame sika deer with an amusing way of running, well bounching really.
You then get to the more woodland part, beware that it is still a public road (we kept our dog on the lead at all times, the RSPB requests that they are kept on a short lead (less than 2m) during the bird breeding season between 1 March and 31 August, and when near farm animals all year-round. There are no dog waste bins either so please take yours with you when you leave.) but then you turn off into the woods and a boardwalk through beautiful marshland.
We stopped for a while in the double decker bird hut, there are posters on the walls showing you what you're likely to see at certain times of the year. The hut in the car park was closed when we went so this information was useful. The car park gates are closed at dusk.
We went to Poole Pottery for an activity that both of us could share in. You can "Paint-A-Pot" for as low as £6. The dolphin we painted was a nice keepsake for me to bring back to Canada. There were many types of pottery but I just loved the the fact that you could do it yourself and express your own creativity.
The Life And Times Of
By Charles Dickens
As adapted for stage by the world renound
Royal Shakespear Company
Performed for you by Final Year National Diploma students from the award winning
Bournemouth & Poole College Centre for The Arts
at The Jellicoe Theatre, Poole and the Blackledge Theatre, Salisbury...
Blackledge Theatre, Salisbury;
Parts 1 & 2 - 18th June 2005
Jellicoe Theatre, Poole;
Part 1 - 20th/22nd June 2005
Part 2 - 21st/23rd June 2005
Part 1 & 2 - 24th June 2005
£5 Per Part (£3 Concesions)
£8 When Buying Both Parts At The Same Time
Poole and its neighbour Bournemouth share the same stretch of sandy shore facing out onto the English Channel and each proclaims to have the "Best Beaches". Well, there's not really a lot of difference but there is a definite demarkation line between the two and they have slightly different rules and regulations.
Poole's beaches are to the east of the harbour area but require a bit of an inland detour along the main road to get to by foot. If arriving from Bournemouth you can walk along the seafront and admittedly Poole's signage is much more welcoming than Bournemouth's!
There's museums and there's museums. Some just collect things and then try to make some sort of sense of their collections, others put together collections with a definite idea in mind of how they intend to present them.
Poole's museum definitely falls into the latter category and in a strange manner the newly-rebuilt construction exemplifies this. The museum's atrium is a modern steel and glass affair whilst the museum building itself has been stripped back to reveal its original 18th century warehouse origins.
So too with the displays, except covering a much longer timescale.
Whoever planned and designed this has done a great job. The first display upon entry is the 2200 year old logboat, built from a single tree trunk, which was uncovered during dredging operations in 1964 and has been carefully preserved (not restored). This sets the scene for the museum as a whole.
Poole's history dates back to Iron Age and the collection follows the historical timeline until the present day whilst allowing themes such as the pottery industry (from Roman times) and the harbour's nautical heritage to wend throughout the exhibits, tying everything together.
There's something of interest for everyone with multi-media presentations and a couple of interactive bits and bobs to keep the youngsters occupied such as the "Build Your Own Museum" exhibit.
Entry is free, staff are friendly and the museum has been designed to allow full accessibility for all. There's a little gift shop in the foyer, with some non-kitschy souvenirs on offer, and a cafe bar with its terrace overlooking the bottom end of the Old Town.
Well worth a visit and not just one for rainy days!
Poole Harbour is very much a working harbour and year-round is always industiously busy. As well as the local fishing boats, there's ferries, day-trip excursion vessels, cargo ships and the pleasure craft using the marina.
The big ships and fishing boats, ferries and day trippers use the main harbour and you can sit on the quaywatching them go about their business. Also interesting is to sit and watch the boats going under the 1920's-built lifting bridge. This opens at set times everyday to allow craft to enter and leave the back harbour and River Frome to Wareham.
If boats are your thing this is where to be!
From Poole's Quay and Harbour there are several companies offering a variety of boat trips. There are regular ferry services across to the National Trust wildlife haven of Brownsea Island, river cruises, fishing expeditions and trips along the Jurassic Coast.
Details of trips can be found at the Welcome Centre or from the indivdual companies' booths on the quayside.
You can easily walk from Ancient to Modern in Poole..Strolling through the modern Dolphin(Mascot for Poole) Shopping Centre ..well appointed library with its many computers..down through the High Street to Poole old town..around St James Church..along the Quay..call into one(Maybe more!) of many charactor pubs..King Charles..Jolly Sailor..Portsmouth Hoy..and many other hostelries and eating establishments.
High Street Methodist Church stands at the busiest part of the High Street. A beautiful and historic structure, High Street Methodist Church is worth a visit. Inside the mammoth pulpit adorned with scenes from the book of Revelation is worth the visit. The pulpit is reached by one of two staircases and has seating for 2-3 people plus the preacher at the top.
On the side of the pulpit is a plaque commemorating the preaching of John Wesley's grandfather who spent time in a local jail for preaching too close to an Anglican church.
An interesting banner inherited from the Primitive Methodist tradition hangs from the impressive balcony.
Toward the front of the sanctuary is a small scale replica of Poole High Street Methodist Church. The church is often open on Fridays at lunchtime for tourists and a short service.
I had an entire day to do something in Poole, and since I was near the quay I decided to take a boat tour. There are many located along the quay so just chose one.. they are all pretty much the same price.
I chose the Brownsea Island Ferry.. it involved a tour that runs about an hour and a half.. a open topped boat.. the tour is narrated live by a charming Brit :)
You have the option of getting off on Brownsea Island and walking around, another boat comes to pick you up later. It is an extra charge of about 5 GBP.. I didn't get off so I can't offer any advice..sorry :)
Price of tour = about 10 GBP..
I liked the tour.. it provided an oppurtunity to see the quay from the harbour.. and to get a history of the islands in the area. It was relaxing.. it can be even better on a nice day. When I went it rained.. my luck :)