Come and visit the Local Area in Dorset

Poole and the surrounding area has a wonderful variety of places to visit with plenty of activities for all the family!

Places of Interest

  • Durdle Door &  Lulworth Cove
  • Brownsea Island
  • Arne RSPB Reserve
  • Poole Park
  • Wareham Forest – 7 minutes walk from the Showground
  • Compton Acres
  • Thomas Hardy Cottage in Dorchester
  • Charmouth Beach – Ideal place for fossil hunting!
  • Abbotsbury Swannery
  • Kingston Lacy
  • Corfe Castle – A lovely walk to the top of the Castle!
  • Athlehampton House
  • Upton Country Park – Approx. 2 ½ miles from the Showground
  • Old Harry Rocks
  • Colmers Hill

Entertainment

  • Splashdown
  • Adventure Wonderland
  • Swanage Steam Railway
  • Monkey World
  • Bovington Tank Museum

Beaches

With over 7 miles of Blue Flag beaches there are many different beaches you can visit across the coast. Boscombe, Bournemouth, Southbourne and the exclusive Sandbanks Beach – from here you can catch the Chain Ferry to Studland and Shell Bay Beach. From here Swanage is approximately 4.5 miles by car.

Events

  • Poole Quay & Bike Night – Tuesdays in the Summer
  • Swanage Regatta & Carnival
  • Wareham Market – Every Saturday

Places to Visit

  • Dorchester – The Capital town of Dorset
  • Lyme Regis – Home of Julian Fallows, The French Lieutenant’s Woman was filmed on the 13th Century Cobb Quay
  • Bridport & West Bay – Harbour Lights & Broadchurch were filmed here!
  • Wareham Quay
  • Swanage