Poole features the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney), and boasts a unique mix of beaches, history, attractions, shopping and nightlife. There are five gently sheltered beaches in Poole, including Sandbanks – winner of more Blue Flags than any UK resort – with soft golden sands that make this a stunning place to relax and soak up the sun. Enjoy the beach whatever the weather, be it water sports, a leisurely stroll or enjoying the views from the comfort of a waterside snug, or special events such as the fireworks at Poole Quay on Thursday evenings in August.
Special events throughout the year include the popular Open Air Theatre, activity weekends and guided walks – open daily from 10am, March to October. There are boat services from Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty as well as boat trips from Bournemouth Pier from March.
Discover wonderful walks along the waterfront, taking you through Baiter Park where a picnic is a must, or why not enjoy a delicious lunch or cream tea overlooking the spectacular Poole Harbour? If you are lucky you may see fishermen unloading their catches of the day, including bass, mackerel, plaice, cod and lobster. Finish off your day with a trip to the many gift shops to buy a souvenir to remind you of your special day.
As the world’s second largest natural harbour, there’s something quite magical about the views you get across Poole Quay and the bay as daylight draws in. Whether you’re supping a quiet pint outside one of the traditional quayside pubs or sitting with a loved one watching the waves from one of the town’s six secluded viewpoints (Blake Hill Crescent, Clifton Road, Constitution Hill, Evening Hill, Overlinks and Rockley), or even out on the water, there are plenty of different ways you can see out the day . Gaze out west towards peaceful Brownsea Island as you enjoy the last light of the day and watch the long and distant lights of Bournemouth to the east as they flicker in the falling darkness.
A boat trip to Brownsea Island is a must, and only takes 20 minutes from Poole Quay. Brownsea has much to offer visitors with tranquil woodland walks, children’s adventure trails, stunning views across the harbour and a scout and guide activity centre. The Island is one of the last strongholds of the Red Squirrel in southern Britain and is also home to internationally important populations of terns, wildfowl and wading birds.