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Events at Upton Country Park

DECEMBER

Real Christmas Trees for sale


From Tuesday 5th December

Find them near the Plant Centre

Various


Real Christmas Trees are on sale from an area near the Plant Centre.

Various sizes and prices. Delivery can be arranged if required.

Christmas Wreath Workshops


Sunday 10th December

10am - 12pm & 2pm - 4pm  at Upton House

£32 per person


Our popular Christmas Wreath workshops are back for 2017 with an exclusive 2 hour class to get you feeling Christmassy! Create a unique wreath in the luxurious surroundings of the historic Grade II* listed Upton House.

All materials provided, along with tea & coffee, homemade mince pies and a glass of mulled wine.

All over 16’s welcome. No experience necessary.

Booking essential, so call today on 01202 262753

Bird Watching at Holes Bay with the Dorset Wildlife Trust


Thursday 14th December

2pm - 4pm, meet in the main car park

Suggested donation £3


Join Nicky Hoar and Hamish Murray from the Dorset Wildlife Trust for a walk along the shoreline to see the birds of Holes Bay Nature Park, part of The Great Heath Living Landscape.

Meet in the main car park (parking charges apply). For more information call 01202 692033 or email nhoar@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

CHRISTMAS AT UPTON COUNTRY PARK

Children's Disco in the Magical Light Garden


Monday 18th December

4pm - 6.30pm

Please see below


Celebrate the start of the School Holidays with a festive children’s disco in the Giant Igloo in the Magical Light Garden.

Booking advisable. Magical Light Garden experience included, and entry prices apply; children 3 and over £4; children 2 and under £2. Adults are half price for the evening at just £3!

Telephone bookings accepted 7 days a week 9am-5pm on 01202 261305

Festive activities until 24th December

We have a new Christmas webpage with details of all our festive events!

Visit www.uptoncountrypark.com/christmasVisit uptoncountrypark.com/christmas


INCLUDING

Santa's Christmas Grotto, open daily* from 11am.

The Magical Light Garden, open daily* from 4pm.

Walk-in tickets available from the on-site ticket office *Tuesday-Sunday

Pre-booking available by telephone for visits at weekends & school holiday weekdays (Mon 18th - Fri 22nd Dec)

Visit the Christmas pages for details

ALSO

Meet the Reindeer Weekend

Festive Christmas Lunches and a Christmas Party Evening!

Visit the Christmas pages for details


Holes Bay Stroll to Monkey Island


Friday 29th December

10.30am  - 1.30pm, meet in the main car park

FREE


A festive stroll to a destination not shown on maps but a place name handed down from past generations. As usual Holes Bay will be alive with wintering wildfowl and waders. Please wear suitable clothes, bring binoculars and a sense of adventure. Dogs on lead please.

Meet in the main car park (parking charges apply), regular public transport nearby. For more information contact Ken Yeates at dwtpoole2@hotmail.co.uk or call 07947 141539 on the day.

JANUARY 2018

Landscape Photography Workshop with Owen Vachell


Saturday 27th January

9.30am - 4pm, meet at Upton House

£45/adult


Upton Country Park has teamed up with professional landscape and nature photographer Owen Vachell, to bring you two workshops in early 2018, giving you the opportunity to develop your photography skills and capture the natural environment through the lens. With the winter months often providing the ideal setting for landscape photography, what better opportunity to learn more about your and your camera’s capabilities and to experience the Country Park from a different perspective.

Booking essential, places are limited to just 15 per workshop: full details & what you will need

FEBRUARY

Landscape Photography Workshop with Owen Vachell


Saturday 24th February

9.30am - 4pm, meet at Upton House

£45/adult


Upton Country Park has teamed up with professional landscape and nature photographer Owen Vachell, to bring you two workshops in early 2018, giving you the opportunity to develop your photography skills and capture the natural environment through the lens. With the winter months often providing the ideal setting for landscape photography, what better opportunity to learn more about your and your camera’s capabilities and to experience the Country Park from a different perspective.

Booking essential, places are limited to just 15 per workshop: full details & what you will need

REGULAR ACTIVITIES AT UPTON  COUNTRY PARK

Upton House Open Days & House Tours 2018:  21st January, 4th & 25th February, 11th & 25th March, 15th & 29th April, 13th, 27th & 28th May, 10th June, 8th & 22nd July, 4th, 5th, 19th, 26th & 27th August, 9th & 23rd September. Admission to the House is free for the sale of books, souvenirs and gifts. A guided tour of the ground floor rooms with a Friends of Upton Country Park volunteer costs £1.50 per person - details at the Friends website

Upton House parkrun every Saturday morning at 9am. A weekly 5km (3.1 mile) run for pure enjoyment - come along and join in whatever your pace. Visit www.parkrun.org.uk/uptonhouse for full details and course map.

Nordic Walking Classes every Friday at 9.30am for 1 hour. A great low impact outdoor activity using Nordic Walking poles which provide stability whilst recruiting between 80-90% of the muscles in the body. £4 per session, meet in the main car park.

Free Health Walks The Poole Healthy Walks Scheme offers free walks led by trained volunteers. Every Friday at 11.30am for an advanced walk extending to Upton Heath, and at 12 noon for a shorter walk within Upton Country Park. There is also a walk within the Country Park on every 2nd Saturday of the month at 10am. No need to book, just turn up and join in ... and be sure to stay for some post-walk refreshments. New walkers always welcome. Meet by the bus stop in the main car park.

Segway Tours Running up to 10 times a day throughout the year - a unique way to enjoy the Country Park! Take a guided Segway tour gliding through the beautiful gardens and woodland with a qualified instructor whilst you take in the abundance of plants and wildlife around you. Minimum age for a Segway tour is 12 years. Please phone Dorset Segways on 01183 341807 or 01183 341808. or visit dorsetsegways.co.uk for more information or to book .

Please see our Things To Do page for details of more activities such as Orienteering


Events may be subject to change; please check facebook.com/uptoncountrypark for any last minute live updates

July - September 2017 - events and activities at Upton Country Park (pdf, 2Mb)