Poole, Dorset

Beaches, watersports, shopping, museums and galleries, cinemas, bowling alleys, family attractions, countless places to eat… Poole really does have the lot, which is why it’s such a great destination for a day out when you’re on holiday in Dorset or Hampshire.

Poole is positively buzzing, there is so much to do! For the shopaholic there are stacks of well known names and more quirky independent shops where you can buy something one off. Watersports fans should get down to the harbour for wakeboarding, paddleboarding, jet skiing and windsurfing, or for something different, go snorkelling off kayaks. The sandy beaches are a real draw, perfect for families to spend time building sandcastles, paddling and picnicking; Sandbanks beach even has a designated area for barbecues and swimming. Shore Road beach is the best one for one watersports, and at Canford Cliffs Beach you’ll find volleyball nets and football posts.

You can go on town trails and ghost walks; you can take a boat ride around the harbour or to Brownsea Island, pass a few hours browsing in Poole Museum and visit the medieval Scaplen’s Court. If you feel like escaping the city environs for a while, head to Poole Park or Tower Park – both are great for kids as there’s lots to do there. When your tummy starts to rumble, head back into town for lunch at the Guildhall Tavern, Jenkins & Sons or the Stable Poole.

All information correct at the time of writing

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