The Park has a network of hard-surfaced wheelchair friendly footpaths. There are several kissing gates throughout the estate; each is accessible with a RADAR key. Accessible toilets are located in the car park and by the Tea Rooms (RADAR key).
The Education Centre is accessed via a wheelchair friendly ramp. Access to Upton House ground floor includes entrance/exit ramps and toilet facilities.
After nearly 18 months in planning and preparation we successfully opened our new parkland area on Saturday 14th March.
The Mayor, Councillor Peter Adams, was on hand to cut the ribbon and ceremony cake, after which people enjoyed exploring the new space (which is a big as 18 football pitches), planting bluebells in the meadow field and playing in the stream.
The gardens and grounds of Upton Country Park are full of wonderful plants and shrubs that can be enjoyed by everyone. We are particularly proud this season of the rare Dahlia Imperialis that recently flowered after last doing so in 2009. Its natural habitat is in the mountains of Mexico and grows up to 10m in the wild.
The Echium Pininana is another beautiful plant that can be seen in the Walled Garden. It is a beautiful tall purple flowering plant that originates from the Canary Islands; it prefers a warm forest climate and is traditionally quite hard to keep in England. It is a testament to the talents of our horticultural experts that it is still here, and it is well worth a look in the summer months.
We’re excited to share that our amazing volunteers have given us over 1,557 hours of dedicated effort for the year thus far!
We are very proud of the work that is accomplished by the volunteers. They help the Operations Team with a variety of tasks, keeping the Country Park looking great whatever the season and bringing their infectious enjoyment and enthusiasm even when it is pouring with rain.
It is easy to join in the fun. The Gardening Group get together on a Wednesday, and Practical groups meet regularly too, usually once a month. Both meet at 10am at The Cabin. No skills or special knowledge are required – just bring your enthusiasm, sturdy footwear and a packed lunch! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01202 262753 for more details.
Further details about volunteering at Upton Country Park can be found here
Upton Country Park offers a breathtaking array of wildlife all year round. From the many squirrels and robins to the shy wild rabbits and deer that can sometimes be seen at dusk, it is a great place to bring wildlife spotting books and binoculars.
During August 2014, there was a significant increase in the amount of black-tailed godwits in Holes Bay, with one of the birds in this number identified as an adult female ringed with an identity tag in Iceland in 2008. The same bird has been reported in Holes Bay on three occasions over the last six years so the mudflats and other wetland habitats where the Country Park meets Poole Harbour are clearly vital for migrating birds. Come and have a look through the new willow screen on the site of the old bird hide and see how many species of bird you can spot!
We’re also home to a rare species of bat, which was seen as recently as October 2014 on a bat walk with some of our visitors.
This year we are excited to have joined forces with our on-site concessionaire Dorset Segways to offer new Corporate Team Building Days at the Country Park … one-of-a-kind days away from the office that no-one in the team is going to forget in a hurry!
Start your day with a meeting and lunch in the grand surroundings of Upton House before taking part in one of the numerous games on offer, from Human Table Football to Segway relay racing and more.
From £25 per delegate +VAT, with catering and refreshments available from £15 pp +VAT.
We’re extremely proud to be awarded the 2015 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor for the second year running!
Thank you to each and every one of you who’s taken the time to write a review. We listen to all your feedback as it helps us improve and develop our Country Park for returning and new visitors alike. If you have time over the summer to leave us a review either at the TripAdvisor website or using the App on Facebook we’d be very grateful.
Discovery Tours - brand new for summer 2015
We’re very excited to launch Discovery Tours across the Country Estate from Friday 19th June.
Running daily at weekends and school holidays our specially adapted carts carry up to 7 passengers and explore the grounds for approximately 30 minutes. Take in the beauty of the Upton House, shoreline and surrounding woodlands whilst hearing about some of the history of the Country Park.
Great for visitors who may not have been able to reach areas away from the main formal gardens before and fun for all members of the family! Just £3 per adult, £2.50 per child, and family tickets available from £10. Make a visit to the Country Park this summer - there’s always something new to experience, see and do.
New Dog Training Area
Our fantastic new Dog Training Area is now officially open!
Situated in the new area of parkland, it provides a large enclosed area to train your new puppy or allow your sociable dog some time off lead.
We have worked with support from Dorset Dogs to ensure the area is the best it can be and are very excited to have this great new feature at the Country Park.
Green Flag Award for the 10th year in a row!
In July 2015 three of Poole’s parks were awarded a prestigious Green Flag.
For Upton Country Park this is our tenth Green Flag award, and means we’ve once again been recognised as one of the top green spaces in the country which is something we’re very proud of.
Here at Upton Country Park we’re always very mindful of the environment and make sure we’re as energy efficient and sustainable as possible.
We are proud of the many examples we’ve been working on toward this:
Reducing our carbon footprint through energy efficiencies and reduced water consumption around the park.
Reducing and Recycling through the use of dual waste recycling bins throughout the park, re-processing cooking oil, Christmas tree recycling and composting and working on the packaging used in out Tea Rooms.
Working sustainably by implementing a growing number of small but important changes both in the estate office and throughout the park.
In partnership with Poole Libraries we offer the Upton Country Park community library - a great selection of books for you to borrow and enjoy whilst you are at the park.
Park staff and volunteers have chosen a new collection of books inspired by their interests and experiences in and around the park. The collection - which will be available at Poole Central Library as well at at the Tea Rooms in the Park - includes books for both children and adults, and covers subjects such as history, art, wildlife and gardening.
The collection and the community library will be launched in the Tea Rooms on Sunday 18th October at 1pm.
The welcome return of live music to Upton Country Park!
Upton Country Park is delighted to be hosting the return of live music on the front lawn with three nights of quality open air picnic concerts on the 10th, 11th & 12th June 2016. Featuring Katherine Jenkins backed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, and the long awaited return of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s "Last Night of the BSO Proms” with spectacular fireworks!
Picnic on the lawn or buy Gold Circle reserved seats close to the stage. For that special occasion, book our VIP hospitality package or dine "al fresco" in a private enclosure in the concert arena.