We investigated what you can do in Poole along with where to stay and here’s what we found out.
1. It’s the beaches!
We drove down the sandy 5 miles that comprise Pooles best beaches and have to say they are immaculate and interesting with contemporary waterside bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and yes, the national emblem of ice cream vans!
The water is clear and looks really clean with shallows for kiddies to splash in and life guards on duty. The sand looked like it had been freshly raked over in the morning and there are some stunning views and a bit of talent if you’re into babe watching!
“Under a blazing sun, Sandbanks, on it’s gradually sloping peninsula, felt more like Miami’s South Beach” Daily Express
“It’s one of our coolest destinations. You’ll spot millionaires and celebrities among the yachts and powerboats…” Mail on Sunday
New Beach Huts - Poole Borough Council have recently built 22 brand new beach huts at Branksome Chine. They have stunning views across Poole’s award winning beaches are are close to all amenities. The beach huts are available to hire on a weekly basis between April and September and for longer lets of six months in the winter. Perfect for visitors and residents to enjoy all year round. Further information can be obtained at boroughofpoole.com/beaches
We found the people in Poole just delightful from the youngsters to the elderly, especially when the sun shone!
Viv Endecott is an Enid Blyton expert who runs Corfe Castle’s Ginger Pop Shop and is totally dedicated to all thing about Blyton! She’s actually running a Famous Five Adventure Trail for visitors throughout the Summer so that the kids can enjoy a few days following clues just as the intrepid five did over 70 years ago! Long live the Famous Five!
Then there’s Jill Webber who owns Pine Ridge Bed & Breakfast in Broadstone, a quiet suburb of Poole and is the perfect hostess. Her rooms are immaculate and breakfast sublime!
3. It’s all the things you can do there!
There’s an awful lot to do in Poole apart from the beaches! They’ve got it all covered for all weather and all ages too from the surfing to the gorgeous scenery at the water gardens and Brownsea Island and the excitement of Adventure Land, motor and dinosaur museums and Corfe Castle!
For those feeling they need more nature and wildlife you can indulge in the oceanarium, animal park and pottery. Mums have a great choice of sunbathing, shopping or spa and Dads can choose a bit of ambling, golf or quiet reading on the beach.
4. It’s the choice of accommodation!
There is a wide and varied choice of accommodation in Poole and surrounding areas from camping and caravanning to top five star hotels. The bed and breakfasts are of a really high standard and there are also guest houses and private house rentals for those who want a bit more privacy.
We love live music on holiday and Poole has that in abundance in the Summer months. There’s regular live music at Portsmouth Hoy and Jazz at Fishy Fishy to name but two spots!
There are also the regular beach parties at Shore Road Beach which end with a great fireworks display on every Thursday evening over the Summer!
Then theres the fun of the greyhound racing and you can come and support the Poole Pirates Speedway racing team! It’s a great night out where you can watch the world’s top ridiers battle it out on the speedway track. It’s exciting, exhilarating and good fun for the whole family!