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Events at Upton Country Park

APRIL

Our Landscapes


Saturday, 8th April

10am

Gazebo on the main carriageway

FREE


Join us for a walk around the grounds and learn about our Discovery Project plans to celebrate the rich and varied heritage that the Country Park has to offer - which include opening up new views and vistas, re-instating historical pathways, creating a new Welcome Centre and making improvements to Coopers Yard.

This is the first of five Discovery Project events taking place during the summer; please visit the HLF Project page for further details and to read about our HLF funding bid

HLF Bid 2017

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EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY EVENTS, 8th - 23rd April

Grab your Explorer Pack for only £1 - available throughout the holidays at the Tea Rooms, Kiosk and Upton House

RSPB Dorset Welly Wanging Championships


Saturday, 8th April

11am - 1pm

On the Front Lawn

FREE


Experience one of Dorset’s most historic, entertaining and frankly bizarre pastimes … welly wanging! Fun for the whole family, the Dorset Welly Wanging Championship provides a category for everyone, from under 10s to adults and even best in show! Completely free to enjoy, all you need to bring is a strong arm and ample wellies to throw.

For more information, please email george.hinton@rspb.org.uk

Bouncy Castles and Face Painting


Sunday, 9th April

11am - 3pm

In the Walled Garden

Prices apply

Eggshell Mosaic Crafts


Wednesday, 12th April

10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm

At the Education Centre

Prices apply

Bouncy Castles and Face Painting


Friday, 14th April

11am - 3pm

In the Walled Garden

Prices apply

Bouncy Castles


Monday, 17th April

11am - 3pm

In the Walled Garden

Prices apply

Nature Photo Frame Crafts


Wednesday, 19th April

10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm

At the Education Centre

Prices apply

Dorset Wildlife Trust Forest School


Thursday, 20th April

10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm

TBA

£5 per child


Join the Dorset Wildlife Trust to explore the woodland through fun Forest School games and activities! Suitable for children aged 5-11 years old.

Booking is essential; please call 01202 692033 or email kwilkinson@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk

Bouncy Castles


Saturday, 22nd April

11am - 3pm

In the Walled Garden

Prices apply

Children's Clay Workshops


Saturday, 22nd April

11am & 2pm

In the Education Centre

£9.95 per child


Get creative at our pop-up Pottery Workshops with Moon Studio Ceramics!

Join us for a 1½ hour session, either at 11am or 2pm, to make Easter Animals from clay and decorate with glitter paints. We are using air dry clay so you can take your creation away with you on the day (please bring a tub to carry it home in). Dress for mess!

Suitable for 4 years and over, with accompanying adult. Numbers restricted to 12 per session.

Booking is essential; please call 01202 262753 or email uptoncountrypark@poole.gov.uk to secure your place.

Wild About The Great Heath Fun Day


Sunday, 23rd April

10am - 4pm

On the Front Lawn

FREE


Join Dorset Wildlife Trust and partners for a free family fun day, and celebrate the great English wildlife of The Great Heath on St George's Day!

Activities for all ages - get up close to real wildlife, get your face painted, discover the history and dragons of our heaths, have a go at arts & crafts and more. There's a prize for the best dressed knight, dragon or damsel!

For full details please visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/wildaboutTGH or call 01202 692033

Our People


Sunday, 23rd April

10am - 4pm

On the Front Lawn

FREE


Find us in the marquee at the Dorset Wildlife Trust 'Wild About The Great Heath' event (details above), Bring the children along to enjoy a day of activities and learn how the Discovery Project will benefit the local community.

This is the second of five Discovery Project events taking place during the summer; please visit the HLF Project page for further details and to read about our HLF funding bid

HLF Bid 2017

Architectural Photography Workshop


Thursday, 27th April

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 (Architectural Photography) is led by Jon Mackenzie; your location - Upton House.

Photography Workshops & Tutorials

Beacon Association Fun Run


Sunday, 30th April

Registration from 10am

Meet outside Upton House

£2.50 / £5 per person


Whether you are a serious or fun runner, come and support this energetic fundraiser. Help raise money for the Upton Carnival taking place in July, and have lots of family fun at the same time! There are two runs - a 1.5 mile Family Fun Run starts at 10.30am; a 5k run starts on completion of the Fun Run.

Best Fancy Dress and Fastest Runners prizes; certificates for all children taking part.

For full details and to download an entry form, please visit www.uptonandlytchett.org or call 07818 494371

MAY

The Splash Fountain opens for the summer season!


Monday, 1st May

Daily* 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

In the Walled Garden


Our popular Splash Fountain in the Walled Garden opens for the summer season on 1st May, operational daily from 11am – 1pm and 2-4pm.

*Occasionally a private event means the Walled Garden and Splash Fountain need to be closed – please check our Facebook page for regular updates.

Landscape Photography Workshop


Saturday, 6th May

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 (Landscape Photography) is led by Jason Bascombe; your locations - Upton House, the shoreline and woodlands.

Photography Workshops & Tutorials

Our Heritage


Sunday, 14th May

10am

At Upton House

FREE


Join us for a tour of Upton House, and learn about its history, with a presentation from the Discovery Project team and a chance to find out how you can become involved.

This is the third of five Discovery Project events taking place during the summer; please visit the HLF Project page for further details and to read about our HLF funding bid

HLF Bid 2017

Mini Beast Bonanza


Mon 29th May - Thurs 1st June

11am - 3pm

Near the Tea Rooms

FREE


Join the RSPB to take part in a mini beast bonanza! Can you complete our bug hunt challenge trail? Can you let your imagination run wild and create your own fantastical mini beast to take home with you?

You will find us in our gazebo for four days over the half term, so come on down and get bug hunting!

JUNE

The Summer Splash Fountain is open throughout June!


Daily in the Walled Garden 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (subject to private event bookings, please check Facebook for updates)

Mini Beast Bonanza


Thursday, 1st June

11am - 3pm

Near the Tea Rooms

FREE


Join the RSPB to take part in a mini beast bonanza! Can you complete our bug hunt challenge trail? Can you let your imagination run wild and create your own fantastical mini beast to take home with you?

You will find us in our gazebo near the Tea Rooms, so come on down and get bug hunting!

The Great Dorset Arts & Crafts Weekend


Saturday 3rd  & Sunday 4th June

10am - 4pm

Near the Tea Rooms

Adults £1, children free


The Great Dorset Arts & Crafts Weekend returns! Join us for another fun shopping experience in the spectacular setting of Upton House, with unique crafts and gifts available to purchase from talented local artisans and foodies.

Upton House Music Festival



Thurs, 8th - Sat 10th June

5pm - 10.30pm approx

On the Front Lawn

Tickets from £38.50


Three nights of open air concerts to be staged on the beautiful lawns of Upton House, allowing you to either picnic on the lawns, purchase a Gold Circle reserved seat or enjoy VIP hospitality.

CLASSICAL NIGHT with Sir Bryn Terfel CBE and the BSO Concert Orchestra, soloist Lauren Fagan and special guests Escala

80's EXTRAVANZA with Billy Ocean, Kim Wilde & Toyah

SUPERSTAR SATURDAY with international superstar Michael Bolton

Full details, hospitality information and ticket sales at www.uptonhousemusicfestival.co.uk

Cult Screens Open Air Cinema


Thurs 15th - Sat 17th June

T.B.C.

In the Walled Garden

£10 - £25 per ticket


Cult Screens Open Air Cinema is coming to the Walled Garden this summer. The cinema will be here 15th-17th June, and returning in September.

Seating choices include single and double bean bags, deckchairs & blankets. Picnic tickets also available.

Tickets on sale from early April. For details please check www.cultscreens.co.uk

Architectural Photography Workshop


Sunday, 18th June

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 (Architectural Photography) is led by Jon Mackenzie; your location - Upton House.

Photography Workshops & Tutorials

Plant Portrait Photography Workshop


Wednesday, 28th June

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

SEPTEMBER

The Summer Splash Fountain is open through September!


Daily in the Walled Garden 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (subject to private event bookings, please check Facebook for updates)

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

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

April - June 2017 - events and activities at Upton Country Park (pdf, 1.5Mb)