Things to do in Bournemouth and Poole

Things to do in Bournemouth and Poole

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If there’s one thing that the area around Bournemouth and Poole is known for, it’s the seven-mile stretch of pristine, golden sand beaches with some of the warmest water for swimming in the UK. 

There are tonnes of exciting attractions in Poole and Bournemouth that are fun for the whole family, including one of the UK’s premier holiday destinations, our Rockley Park Holiday Park

We’ve made a list of some of our favourite things to do in Bournemouth and Poole that will help you plan your next holiday.

1. Carey’s Secret Garden

1. Carey’s Secret Garden

Carey's Secret Garden was previously overgrown, rundown, and walled up, never to be enjoyed again, until it was recently rediscovered and the initiative to revive it began. 

Over the past two years, a lot of hard work has gone into beautifying these gardens. You can enjoy three different gardens, a fruit cage, a vegetable garden, and a meadow filled with local wildflowers. 

Young and old will enjoy strolling through this charming, whimsical setting or sipping on a beverage from The Secret Salt Pig.

2. Day trips to Guernsey

2. Day trips to Guernsey

Catch a Condor Ferry from Poole Harbour and spend the day in Guernsey. The best part about this activity is that it’s fun for the whole family. Even your furry friends can enjoy the ferry ride for free if they are in a car. If you are on foot, well-behaved doggies are still welcome aboard, but they will have to pay, just like everyone else! 

Once in Guernsey, there are limitless ways to spend your day no matter what grabs your interest. Enjoy everything this unique locale offers with limitless picturesque walking trails, warm sandy beaches, tax-free shopping, and plenty of fine dining.

3. Oceanarium: The Bournemouth Aquarium

Get up close and personal with hundreds of different sea creatures at Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium. With attractions to appeal to kids of any age, this is an ideal spot to bring your partner, kids, grandparents, or even just to spend a quiet afternoon by yourself. 

The little ones will enjoy the Adventure Quiz Trail, Kids’ Play Zone, and the Penguins of the World attractions, while adults can get their adrenaline pumping by feeding the sharks.

4. Mighty Adventures Crazy Golf

4. Mighty Adventures Crazy Golf

It goes without saying that beach holidays and mini golf go hand in hand. At Mighty Adventures Crazy Golf, you can attempt to score a hole in one while you navigate a Jurassic landscape populated by lifelike, moving dinos, crashing waterfalls, and active volcanoes. 

There are many other mighty adventures to be had than just golf. You can try your hand mining for precious gemstones, train like a professional footballer in the Technical Football Centre, play a full 18 rounds of golf, or brush up on your driving skills in a heated, multi-level driving range that’s open night and day.

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5. Poole City Cruises

5. Poole City Cruises
Poole Harbour: a place of prestige (and pubs!)

Take in the stunning natural beauty of England’s Jurassic Coastline and Poole Harbour by boat with a Poole City Cruise! 

You will take in beautiful panoramic views of the sea, sky, chalk formations, and many other sights as your captain provides live commentary throughout your trip. Experience it all from the open deck or the comfortable indoor saloon while enjoying a beverage from the fully licensed onboard bar.

6. Castlepoint Shopping Park

Featuring over 30 retailers from around the world, Castlepoint Shopping Park is the largest shopping park in the UK, with plenty of dining amenities to choose from. Whether you want to recharge with a coffee or enjoy a relaxing lunch at a gastro-pub, you’ll find something for all tastes.

7. Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

7. Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest is a wonderful dog-friendly destination that will have something for anyone you travel with. 

Kids will enjoy swinging on the monkey bars at the Go Ape course. Anglers will love casting a line on Moors Lake. Bird watchers will marvel at the hawk walk experience. And the canine, well, they'll enjoy the endless smells, sticks, and muddy paths to explore.

8. RockReef

8. RockReef

One of the most popular things to do in Bournemouth and Poole, RockReef is an indoor activity centre on Bournemouth Pier that is open year-round. It features 28 themes, clip and climb walls, and a variety of adventure sports activities, including an aerial obstacle course, vertical slide drop, the Pier Cave experience, and a pier-to-shore dual zip line.

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Important information

New holiday homes from £33,995

Holiday home price is for a new 3-bedroom Willerby Ellerton Extra holiday and includes siting, connections and standard accessories. 

From 12 July 2024 the holiday home price is reduced from £37,995 to £33,995 and will remain at this price until all available stock is sold. 

The holiday home price excludes 2024 site fees, running costs and add-ons requested at point of sale. Subject to status and availability.    

As at 12 July 2024 this price is available at Berwick, Burnham-on-Sea, Devon Cliffs, Doniford Bay, Hafan y Mor, Kent Coast, Lakeland, Marton Mere, Presthaven, Primrose Valley, Reighton Sands, Seton Sands and Weymouth Bay. 

Haven reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.   

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven).  Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.   

Pre-owned holiday homes from £19,995

Holiday home price is based on a Bronze Grade pre-owned holiday home 6 years or older and includes siting, connections and standard accessories.   

Price excludes 2024 site fees, running costs and add-ons requested at point of sale.  Subject to status and availability.   

As at 12 July 2024, price is available at all parks, excluding Cala Gran, Church Farm, Cardigan View, Cleethorpes Beach, Craig Tara, Far Grange, Golden Sands, Haggerston Castle, Kiln Park, Littlesea, Lydstep Beach, Orchards, Penally Court, Perran Sands, Rockley Park, Riviere Sands, Seashore, Seaview, Skegness and Thornwick Bay.   

Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times. Park cannot be used as a permanent residence.  

Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven).  Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office:  One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL.  We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.  

Let2offset - make no site fee payments until 2031

Let2offset is a contractual lettings product that offers eligible owners a guaranteed letting income at a preferential rate (calculated each year) in exchange for a stipulated number of letting breaks. It also allows eligible owners to pay their site fees and receive their letting income in 12 equal monthly instalments; the monthly site fee amount charged by Haven will be after deduction of the letting income.

‘Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031’ is available at 33 Haven parks excluding Burnham, Cardigan View, Far Grange, Garreg Wen, Lydstep Beach, Riviere Sands and Seaview.  The letting income received will vary by make, model and location. The monthly site fee payment does not include running costs e.g. utilities, rates & insurance.

“Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031” is applicable to new and existing customer purchases of new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed or equivalent or superior grade holiday home purchases made through Haven where customers have also signed up to Haven’s Let2offset contract. It is not applicable to private sales and cannot be used in conjunction with our free Site Fee promotion.  It is available across 40% of eligible Parks and applies when letting a new Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home (or equivalent or superior grade for 15 weeks.

An example of how “Make no site fee payments when using Let2offset until 2031” operates under Let2offset is the purchase of an Atlas Sahara 3 Bed holiday home at Primrose Valley with a monthly site fee of £585.00 (includes purchasing discount of £45) and monthly letting income of £803.67. The monthly difference equates to £218.67, which will be credited to the owner's account. Both letting income and site fees are subject to yearly pricing reviews and the monthly site fee costs and letting income shown in the example are based on 2024 figures.

Modelled assumptions on expected annual site fee and letting income charges over the 7-year lettable life of the Atlas Sahara 3 Bed indicate that under Let2offset it is anticipated that these customers will continue to receive a monthly credit during this period, however, this is not guaranteed. The modelled assumptions are based on the historical performance of Haven over the past 5 years of trading.

Images are shown for representational purposes. Access to holiday home is subject to park opening times.

Park cannot be used as a permanent residence. Haven Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 01968698) and is a FCA appointed representative of Bourne Leisure Limited (t/a Haven). Bourne Leisure Ltd is registered in England (No. 04011660) and is authorised and regulated by the FCA (Financial Services Register No. 312847) as a credit broker and insurance distributor. Registered office: One Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. We may receive commission from the finance provider if you enter into an agreement with them.

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