Top 5 things to do near Rockley Park and on park
Steve King is the General Manager at Rockley Park in Dorset. The holiday park is situated close to the busy port of Poole, the ancient Saxon walled town of Wareham, and Rockley Point - the gateway to picturesque and historic Dorset.
There's plenty to explore both on park and around the local area – so Steve and his team have selected their top five things to do whilst here.
1. Make a splash on park
While at Rockley Park, you should visit our indoor pool, our fun splashzone, and make sure you race down our water flume for some added family fun and excitement!
Back on dry land, we also have a great range of quality food venues if you’ve worked up an appetite, from pizzas at Papa Johns, to fish and chips at Cook’s and family favourites in our Mash & Barrel restaurant. Meanwhile, our Live Lounge venue provides a range of entertainment for all ages throughout the day and evening.
2. Visit Poole
Rockley Park is nestled on the edge of the world-famous Poole Harbour in Hamworthy, which sits on a peninsula of approximately three square kilometres next to the town of Upton. We're located centrally to lots of great places to visit with loads to do in the local area, and we're also close to all bus and train travel routes.
We’d recommend you make time to visit historic Poole Quay and also Poole Harbour – the second-largest natural harbour port in the world. There’s currently a wildlife project in place here to restore the Osprey population, so you’ve every chance of spotting them here!
Both areas are within easy reach especially by bike, with several cycling routes. You could explore, then head back to Rockley Park via Poole lifting Bridge and the beautiful Hamworthy Park.
3. Set sail!
Rockley Sailing School, founded in 1976, is based in beautiful Poole Harbour. The centre uses some of the UK's safest and most idyllic sailing waters, so it’s a great place to learn to sail, and it’s a very rewarding holiday activity.
Back at Rockley Park, and a unique experience to us is our stand up Pedalboards for hire! These boards are far more stable than a paddleboard thanks to the steering handlebars which give you plenty of extra balance. Powered by a simple stepping motion, they're also surprisingly quick. It’s an enjoyable combination of fun and fitness.
4. Visit Ham Common Nature Reserve
Ham Common in Hamworthy is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The area is also praised for its gorgeous heathland of Bell Heather, Gorse and Common Heather. You should be sure to take a long stroll around it while you’re here - it’s just next door!
The area changes colour throughout the seasons meaning in summer you can expect a stunning and vibrant purple whereas in winter the area becomes more festive with greens and reds shining through. The Nature Reserve here is home to rare sand lizards, too.
5. Explore the region’s famous landmarks
A visit to Durdle Door is a must. It's one of the most famous stone arches anywhere in the world. Brownsea Island is set in the middle of Poole Harbour and is famous for three things: its wildlife, its red squirrel population, and its role as the birthplace of the scouting movement. Heath and woodland cover the island, which offers a network of trails and viewpoints for observing wildlife and natural habitat.
And you must visit Sandbanks, a beach that's a winner of the Blue Flag award for over 30 years. With its soft golden sands and breathtaking views, it’s no wonder that Sandbanks is considered one of Britain's best beaches.
What do you love about Rockley Park?
We have lots to do on our park with a great team ready to create those memories that will last a lifetime.
The park has an adjoining beach, lake and woodland to explore, plus our Rangers can show you some of the bugs and wildlife it’s home to. Enjoy two heated swimming pools, an outdoor flume, a climbing wall and so much more.