Guide to Poole
One of the main elements of Poole's economy is Tourism. During the main tourist season Poole Quay literally bursts into life. The many pubs and restaurants are often bursting at the seams as everyone enjoys the atmosphere on the Quay, particularly as the regular programme of free summer events starts.
2014 will again see the return of the famous Summer Events, which provides entertainment from Tuesday to Friday evenings during the summer months in and around Poole. Events within this programme include the popular Motorbike Night or Dream Machines as it is more widely known, on Tuesdays where you can expect to see hundreds of superbikes gleaming in the summer sun. Wednesday night is Speedway Night, where you can watch the Poole Pirates in action at our local stadium. On Thursdays during July / August you can join the party on the Quay in the "Summer Breeze On The Quay" event where you will find live music, street entertainers to amuse one and all, barbecues and the traditional grand firework finale. On Fridays you can enjoy the "Quay for my Car" event, so you certainly have a season packed with free entertainment opportunities. Last year also saw the return of Poole's celebration of food, showcasing the best of our restaurants, another unique event to savour.
Another special event held in Poole is the annual French Street Market, with French Traders coming over from Cherbourg, the French town that Poole is twinned with. This event, lasting the whole weekend is very popular with locals and tourists alike so the best advice is to come early ! One activity you must do when visiting Poole is to take one of the many Boat Trips from Poole Quay around Poole Harbour, to Brownsea Island (Site of the very first Boy Scout Camp, make sure to look out for the statue of Lord Baden-Powell on Poole Quay) or along the coast to Bournemouth or Weymouth.
A short walk from the Quay is Baiter Park a large open recreation area where you can walk or cycle along the harbours edge, fly your kite,watch the boats and jet-skis, use the skate/bmx park or just exercise your dog. There are often special events staged here such as a Kite Festival, Car Shows or Fun Fairs. Baiter Park is also home to the Poole Cycle Speedway club, who have won the National Championship several times so please do stop and take a look if they are racing.
Another popular recreation area in Poole, is Poole Park. Here you can walk along the lakeside, feed the swans, watch the cricket, ride the mini-train or play mini-golf. For younger visitors there is the all-weather attraction The Ark featuring indoor soft play areas over three levels where you can take the family to wear them all out and a small skating rink. There is also the new keep-fit trail and equipment around the park, if you're feeling like a work-out! Another local parkland, which is popular with the locals is Upton Country Park, where you can explore the woodland, play on the lawns, wander around the gardens or watch the birds in the saltmarshes.
The majority of the tourists and holidaymakers who come to Poole are attracted by the area's magnificent beaches, which are amongst the best in Britain, having won the European Blue Flag Award 22 times. There are miles of golden sands stretching from the mouth of Poole Harbour at Sandbanks all the way along the coast to Hengistbury Head near Christchurch. When the sun isn't shining you can still take a dip at the local swimming pool in Poole, at the Dolphin Swimming Pool.