5 free things to do in... Poole

Date Posted: 22/05/2014

Poole Harbour

Pictured: Poole Harbour.

One of England’s top beauty spots, Poole in Dorset promises oodles of options for a low cost group trip.

1. Explore Europe's largest natural harbour

Enjoy views of Poole’s harbour with its 110-miles of coastline, five islands and infamous Sandbanks peninsular.

Alive with island and harbour cruises, visiting yachts and home to the RNLI Headquarters and training college, over 100 water-based events take place each year in its shallow waters.

Walks around the harbour edge provide the perfect place to spot the Avocets, Oystercatchers, Great Crested Grebes, Shelducks and many other species that live in and around Poole Harbour.

2. Relax on beautiful beaches

Walk along Poole's three-mile stretch of blue flag awarded beaches to explore five individual beaches, including the winner of more Blue Flags than any other UK resort, Sandbanks. 

Golden sands, scenic views and contemporary waterside café bars and restaurants are all on offer, along with designated zones for swimmers and windsurfers.

3. Soak up the bustling quayside

Poole Quay offers a busy scenic marina, factory price shopping, boat cruises and a wide choice of eateries to visit. 

Relax and watch the Sunseeker super yachts just across the water being built and test driven in the harbour.

Explore Poole Pottery where groups can see free live demonstrations from the master potter.

The Cockle Trail, a self-guided walk takes visitors around the old town’s mix of Georgian and Medieval buildings; illustrating Poole’s seafaring history with tales of the smugglers, sailors, ghosts and ghouls who have inhabited the town.

4. Find out about Poole's heritage

Learn all about the history of the coastal town on a group visit to Poole Museum. The facility is ranked as one of the top free attractions in the south west by Visit England, and boasts a striking glass atrium. 

Poole Old Town.

Pictured: Poole Old Town.

Highlights include the Iron Age Poole logboat, a large collection of Poole Pottery on public display, and a replica hide where you can view the birds of Poole Harbour.

5. Visit a free annual event

Folk on the Quay from 28th to 29th June is a free family folk festival featuring the best folk on the music scene as well as Ceilidhs on the quay and fun family activities throughout the day.

With three outdoor stages, groups will also have the chance to get involved in a packed programme of fringe events, with local, regional and national folk favourites in the pubs and bars lining the Quayside.

Poole’s Summer Breeze, brings the spirit of the Mediterranean to Poole Quay every Thursday from 24th July until the end of August. Proceedings start from 7pm with live music, street entertainment, dealership, dancing workshops, jugglers, magicians with each evening completed with a firework finale over the harbour.

For more group travel information visit pooletourism.com.


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