Poole: Activities to see and do
With some of the UK’s most stunning beaches, it is no wonder that the town of Poole in Dorset is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations.
Getting to Poole
The many transport links to this tourist destination make getting to Poole easy. There are regular train journeys from major stations around the UK, including London, Birmingham and Manchester; the main airport is Bournemouth International Airport.
Drivers can access Poole via a number of roads and motorways including the M27, M3 and the A338. The AA route planner will help drivers to find the best route.
Poole is also accessible via ferry and coach.
What’s on and where to go?
It’s pretty much event season all year round in Poole and there are many major events to choose from.
The summertime is the best time to go for sports fans. In July there is the British Volleyball Festival and the British Beach Polo Championships, or bike enthusiasts can see the BLD dream machine gathering from April to September.
July and August is time for Quay for my Car, where themed cars are displayed. Summer Breeze is also hosted in July and August so expect to hear lots of live music.
In June, Harry Paye, a famous Poole Pirate is celebrated with Harry Paye day, which involves live music, a pirates procession and rowing competitions.
It would be difficult to get bored in Poole as there are plenty of places of interest to visit. There’s the Abbot’s Swannery, Bennetts water gardens, the Dinosaur Museum and the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum and Monkey World, to name a few local attractions. Go Ape offer the perfect day out for people with an adventurous streak. The forests at Go Ape can be explored by foot or by Segway. New Forest Activities offer a range of activity packages. Groups can choose from walking, kayaking, archery, canoeing or combat games. They also host special events. For people that are up for a challenge, then the Treasure Trail shouldn’t be missed. Teams have the opportunity to follow a treasure trail, solve a murder or de-activate a bomb (not a real one).
Anyone looking for a change from pubs or clubs should give Poole Speedway a try, or for something more cultural, try The Lighthouse. The Lighthouse is a cinema, theatre and concert hall so there is always something going on. MINT is a popular night time venue as is the Mai Tai Lounge Bar.