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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Poole, Dorset

You’ll enjoy the fresh air and fun things to do in Poole - all the benefits of a family day out in a large coastal town.

Sandbanks Beach is a regular Blue Flag Award winner and extremely family friendly. Sheltered and sandy, the beach gradually slopes into the water making it ideal for younger children to paddle and play safely. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten your bucket and spade, the beach shop sells everything you’ll need to make the most of your visit. There are also toilets, a café that sells hot food and drinks and an ice cream kiosk.

Make the most of your Poole family day out and explore the coast with Poole Harbour Cruises. Sit back and relax on a 75-minute cruise that whisks you past beautiful bays, or their Sea Train Adventures give you the chance to explore different destinations in Dorset.

See red squirrels and other native wildlife on Brownsea Island, where scouting and girl guiding was born. Be inspired by the beautiful views and take off on your own nature trail as you walk through the woodland and wetlands following in the footsteps of the Famous Five.

Finish your day with a splash at Splashdown! Zoom down one of thirteen indoor and outdoor water slides, including The Screamer for the thrill seekers in the families and The Mississippi Drifter for those that want something a little more relaxing after a busy day!

Find your perfect day out

Mr Mulligan's Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

One course of fantastic mini golf isn’t enough? Head to Mr Mulligan’s Bournemouth for a fantastic out of this world crazy golf experience, including...

The Dolphin Swimming Pool

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

It’s time for the whole family to get active at The Dolphin leisure centre. Along with three swimming pools the centre has a wide range of water acti...

City Cruises Poole

  • Poole
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Referred to by some as the jewel of England’s south coast, by others as simply a brilliant day out; City Cruises Poole will take you on a journey acr...

Poole Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Poole
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Hook out your magnifying glass and make like Sherlock on the Poole Mystery Treasure Trail. It’s a true test of your skills and tonnes of fun to boot....

Sandbanks Beach

  • Poole
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Sandbanks' south east facing beach, a regular Blue Flag award winner, is sheltered and extremely family friendly with golden sands gradually sloping...

Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Poole Museum gives you and the kids a great opportunity to discover the colourful history of this ancient port town and the people who lived there. T...

The Ark Poole Park

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Ark is an award winning all weather fun day out for all the family! The soft play area offers a whole new level of fun play for children up to el...

Whitecliff Play Area

  • Poole
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The equipment at Whitecliff Play Area is designed for children of all ages and features arguably the largest and most expensive bit of play equipment...



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Prevail Skatehouse

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Prevail Skatehouse welcomes quad and inline skaters, BMXers and boarders to enjoy the weatherproof facilities and develop their cool skills in a supp...

Upton Country Park

  • Poole
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Upton Country Park is set in over 100 acres of award winning woodland, gardens and parkland making great exploration territory, plus the refurbished...

Brownsea Island

  • Poole
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Red squirrels, smugglers and the location that inspired Enid Blyton - all that and a tree climbing trail (!) - make Brownsea Island an absolute must....

Cineworld Poole

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Treat yourself to a cinematic adventure; thrills, action, romance, or laughs - it's all in store at Cineworld Poole. Share the magic of the big scree...

Lemur Landings

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Lemur Landings Soft Play Centre (formerly Monkey Bizness) a leaping, learning adventureland for your little lemurs! Giant soft play centre suitable f...

Hollywood Bowl Poole Tower Park

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Take your gang for a spin down the lanes at Hollywood Bowl Poole Tower Park. Tenpin bowling comes served with arcade games, yummy burgers and a certa...

Splashdown4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Poole
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Water Parks

All kids love a good waterpark! And at Splashdown, you don’t need to wait for good weather to make the most of the rides! This all action waterpark h...

Sandbanks Crazy Golf

  • Poole
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

At Sandbanks Crazy Golf there are 18 very challenging holes to either frustrate or satisfy you and your family, with many opportunities to fall out w...

Hollywood Bowl Bournemouth Branksome

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Head to Hollywood Bowl Poole Branksome for a game of 10-pin bowling the whole family can enjoy. From novice to expert, both tots and their grandparen...

Bournemouth Gardens Treasure Hunt Trail1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Take a break from the seven seas and bring your band of scallywags to the Bournemouth Gardens Treasure Hunt Trail. There’s a gold doubloon or two in...

Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth offers a fun, safe, clean and friendly haven to parents, carers and children alike. The inviting coffee shop ena...

Giggles 4 Kids!4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Giggle away, and let the kids play at Giggles 4 Kids, Dorset. Let the laughter loose at a soft play centre perfect for young children. The soft play...

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