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Events at Upton Country Park

Summer Holidays at Upton!



There's always lots going on at Upton Country Park in the school summer holidays and this year we are offering ...

An activity area, including Bouncy Castles, inflatables, ride ons, go-karts and garden games. Open 10am - 4pm, Wednesday - Sunday. Charges apply. Details at www.facebook.com/events/249127605600999/

Bring your children to get creative in our new, free-to-use Imagination Play Garden for the under 8's, open all through the summer

The activity area and Imaginative Play Garden can be found near the Cabin and the Tea Rooms.  

Create the perfect family photo with our new Giant Picture Frame which celebrates the opening of our extended Country Park area with meadows and fabulous shoreline views

Don't forget the Splash Fountain is open throughout the summer (details below) and our new Giant Deckchair will also be making an appearance on sunny days!

Be sure to check back here and our Facebook page for news updates and more.

AUGUST

The Summer Splash Fountain is open throughout August!


Daily in the Walled Garden 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (subject to private event bookings, please check our current Closures Diary or join us on Facebook for regular updates.)

Upton House parkrun


Every Saturday except the 26th*

9am  - runners briefing  beforehand in the Tea Rooms Courtyard

FREE


A weekly 5km (3.1 mile) run for pure enjoyment - come along and join in whatever your pace. Every week there's a post parkrun coffee in the Tea Rooms.

* the Park Run on 26th August has been cancelled due to it overlapping time-wise with Gung Ho!

Visit www.parkrun.org.uk/uptonhouse for details - and the Course Map

RSPB Wild Things


Wednesday 2nd August

10am - 3pm

In the gazebo by the Tea Rooms

FREE


Join the RSPB this summer holiday for exciting family activities to get you thinking about nature! A drop-in session running throughout the day, come and share in the fun.

This event takes place each Wednesday between 26th July - 30th August.

Poole Town & Country Fair


Sat 5th & Sun 6th August

10am - 5pm

On the Front Lawn

££s - please see below


Now in its 9th year, this family weekend of entertainment offers something for everyone - including Galloping Acrobatics Horse Display Team, birds of prey flying displays, The Purbeck Ferrets, terrier racing, children’s entertainer Mario Magic, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy.

Arts, crafts food drink and gifts marquees as well as outside trade stands. Fully catered & with a licensed bar.

On the Sunday is The Companion Dog Show so bring along a canine friend and have a go (all proceeds from entries go to Marie Curie care, details at the Oakleigh website (below).

Buy tickets online for savings. Adults: £6.50, concession: £5, child: £2.50. Family ticket: £17 (2 adults, 2 children). Under 5s go free.

For full details & tickets please visit www.oakleighfairs.co.uk

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RSPB Wild Things


Wednesday 9th August

10am - 3pm

In the gazebo by the Tea Rooms

FREE


Join the RSPB this summer holiday for exciting family activities to get you thinking about nature! A drop-in session running throughout the day, come and share in the fun.

This event takes place each Wednesday between 26th July - 30th August.

Dorset Dogs Festival


Saturday 12th August

11am - 4pm

On the Front Lawn

FREE


Enjoy and celebrate dogs and the countryside! The day's festivities includes a Fun Dog Show, Have-a-Go Agility, Heelwork to Music, Guided Walkies, doggie and family fun, children's activities, stalls, face painting, tattoos & braids, and plenty of refreshments.

Visit the Dorset Dogs Facebook Event page for details.

RSPB Wild Things


Wednesday 16th August

10am - 3pm

In the gazebo by the Tea Rooms

FREE


Join the RSPB this summer holiday for exciting family activities to get you thinking about nature! A drop-in session running throughout the day, come and share in the fun.

This event takes place each Wednesday between 26th July - 30th August.

Enid Blyton Day


Friday 18th August

10am - 3pm

On the Back Lawn

FREE*


If you love reading and you love Enid Blyton then come and celebrate at a location which inspired lots of her famous novels!

Upton House and Estate has proudly stood over Holes Bay and Poole Harbour for 200 years and was part of the local landscape when Enid Blyton wrote many of her Famous Five novels in the area whilst on holiday in Studland!

The Borough of Poole libraries team are running some reading sessions at 10.30am & 1.30pm; there will be lashings of fun and Enid Blyton-inspired activities on for all the family to enjoy (*charges apply to some activities, under £3).

See our Facebook Event page for details.

RSPB Wild Things


Wednesday 23rd August

10am - 3pm

In the gazebo by the Tea Rooms

FREE


Join the RSPB this summer holiday for exciting family activities to get you thinking about nature! A drop-in session running throughout the day, come and share in the fun.

This event takes place each Wednesday between 26th July - 30th August.

Gung-Ho!


Saturday 26th August

From 9am

On the Front Lawn

Race charges apply


Take part in the Seriously Fun 5k course over giant inflatable obstacles. You will run, jump and bounce your way around the course. Gung-Ho! is open to everyone no matter if you’re a seasoned marathon runner or if you just fancy joining in the fun;  Be Gung-Ho! and raise funds for Children in Need.

Bookings and full information can be found at www.begung-ho.co.uk

RSPB Wild Things


Wednesday 30th August

10am - 3pm

In the gazebo by the Tea Rooms

FREE


Join the RSPB this summer holiday for exciting family activities to get you thinking about nature! A drop-in session running throughout the day, come and share in the fun.

Cult Screens Open Air Cinema


Thurs 31st - Sat 2nd September

Doors 7.30pm / Start 9.15pm

In the Walled Garden

Ticket prices apply


Cult Screens Open Air Cinema returns to the Walled Garden for a further three summer evenings of outdoor cinematic entertainment.

Screening: Jurassic Park 31st August; Top Gun 1st September; La La Land 2nd September.

Enjoy high definition projection, giant screens and superb audio. The events offer a range of ticket options, from bring your own to a choice of seating options including deckchairs, single bean bags and double bean bags to cuddle up on. It's not just about the film, there will be food and drink on sale as well.

Tickets on sale now. For details & booking please visit www.cultscreens.co.uk/poole

SEPTEMBER

The Summer Splash Fountain is open throughout September!


Daily in the Walled Garden 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (subject to private event bookings, please check our current Closures Diary or join us on Facebook for regular updates.)

Upton House parkrun


Every Saturday

9am  - runners briefing  beforehand in the Tea Rooms Courtyard

FREE


A weekly 5km (3.1 mile) run for pure enjoyment - come along and join in whatever your pace. Every week there's a post parkrun coffee in the Tea Rooms

Visit www.parkrun.org.uk/uptonhouse for details - and the Course Map

Plant Portrait Photography Workshop


Sunday, 17th September

9.30am - 4pm

Meet at Upton House

£45 per adult


Upton Country Park has teamed up with some expert locally-based photographers to host regular Photography Masterclasses and Workshops during 2017.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to get to know a little more about what your camera is capable of, meet some new people and experience the Country Park from a different perspective? We’re sure these one day workshops will help and develop your skills. £45 per adult (over 16's only) includes refreshments, including a buffet lunch and tea.

Today's workshop (Plant Portrait Photography) is led by Louise Jolley; your locations - Upton House, the Walled Garden and borders.

Photography Workshops & Tutorials






REGULAR ACTIVITIES AT UPTON  COUNTRY PARK

Upton House Open Days & House Tours:  2nd April, 23rd April, 7th May, 28th & 29th May, 25th June, 9th July, 23rd July, 5th & 6th August, 20th August, 28th August, 10th September and 24th September  - 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)