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.
We’re delighted to announce our Tea Rooms now open following a complete revamp between 4th January - 12th February.
New opening hours (10am - 5pm) from Easter, a new menu, décor and lighting await you! Before-and-after images available here.
Have Your Say on the proposals to introduce car parking charges
The Council plans to save £380,000 from the annual costs of operating Upton Country Park, enabling it become self financing over the next few years; car parking income could provide approximately £200,000 per year towards those costs.
The consultation period for the proposed introduction of car parking charges at Upton Country Park runs from Monday 22 February 2016 until the closing date of Wednesday 6 April 2016.
New Business Opportunities for partners / concessionaires in 2016/17
Here at Upton Country Park we’re always looking for new opportunities and welcome the submission of any business proposals or ideas.
Large or small, for the young or old, in summer or winter, we’re keen to pro-actively work with new and existing onsite partners and concessionaires to provide exciting and inspirational outdoor events and activities for our visitors.
The Poole Town & Country Show is back for its 8th year!
The beautiful grounds of Upton Country Park are once again to play host to the 8thannual Poole Town & Country Show this summer over the weekend of 6 & 7 August and the organisers Oakleigh Fairs hope to repeat the great turnout achieved in previous years.
There will be something for everyone. Music from Celtic Confusion throughout the weekend with their blend of traditional and folk music and there will be plenty of unique products to sample, browse and buy in the Arts, Crafts & Gifts marquees, as well as the Lifestyle and Food stands. The event is fully catered and there is a licensed bar featuring Real Ales and cider.
Children can also enjoy inflatables and a children’s fairground (charges apply).
Trade stands are available and the organisers welcome interest from Associations and Special Interest Groups who wish to participate.
Two great achievements are currently being celebrated by the team of staff and volunteers at Upton Country Park!
Firstly, we have been awarded a Green Flag for the 11th year running, which means once again we have been recognised as one of the top green spaces in the country, something we are all very proud of.
On top of this success, Upton Country Park has also become the first site in the Borough of Poole, and only the third site in the whole of Dorset, to achieve the Green Heritage Award, a fantastic triumph.
Green Heritage accreditation is given in recognition of attaining the required standard in the management and interpretation of a site of local or national historic importance, with applications judged against a number of criteria. These include understanding, acknowledging and sharing the heritage value of the site alongside conserving, enhancing and helping visitors enjoy the site for its heritage value too.
Our dedicated team constantly work to maintain the highest standards possible for visitors to Upton Country Park and we are delighted this continues to be recognised. Learn more about the Green Flag and Green Heritage Award scheme at www.greenflagaward.co.uk
Country Park Accreditation
The team at Upton Country Park is delighted to announce that we have been awarded official Country Park accreditation from Natural England. In order to achieve accreditation, it is necessary for the Park to meet a number of criteria, ensuring that we deliver the essential facilities and services to make the Park accessible to the public and to meet their needs.
In addition to the physical aspects of the Park, accreditation focuses on a number of elements including the management of biodiversity and the preservation of a historical environment, the delivery of a full events programme and opportunities for community involvement, promoting healthy living and environmental awareness.
Accredited status is valid for three years and recognises the time and effort put into the successful management and operation of Upton Country Park by staff and volunteers, to provide award-winning surroundings for the local community to enjoy.
New Soft Play Area
Upton Country Park is excited to announce the launch of our new soft play area, in place for a trial period of six months. With plenty of soft play and climbing obstacles, it provides the perfect opportunity for children to have lots of fun in a safe environment, whilst parents sit back and relax.
The area is located in the Courtyard Barn adjacent to the Tea Rooms, allowing parents the chance to grab a coffee or snack whilst the children have a play. In addition, there is a soft play room for babies and toddlers to enjoy.
The Soft Play Barn is open from 9.30am until 5pm, with the last admission at 4.30pm. Prices for children between 0-2yrs is £1 and for 2+ yrs is £3.
Earlier News items
Top Food Hygiene Rating for our catering!
We are extremely proud to announce that our Tea Rooms and kitchen facility here at Upton House have scored the highest possible (‘5’) rating on the Food Standards Agency Hygiene Scale.
Yet another reason to come along to the newly decorated Tea Rooms and sample some tempting treats; a new menu is introduced each season and our Autumn/Winter offerings can be viewed here
Primary Times runner-up award!!
Exciting news - Upton Country Park has recently been voted runner up for Favourite Family Place To Eat in the Dorset Primary Times Reader Star Awards 2016.
We’re very proud that our Tea Rooms, Walled Garden and picnic spots are so family friendly, and it is lovely to be recognised by our visitors in leading publications such as Primary Times. The answers reveal an honest reflection of where people prefer to spend their free time, and provide a vital snapshot of what’s popular with our local families
Thank you to everyone who voted and next year we hope we feature in more categories as well.
Heritage Information Banners
2016 celebrates 200 years since the build of Upton House began back in 1816. The initial house took two years to complete and the Estate formed a boundary which is similar to the area we all love to explore today.
To mark this important milestone the Visitor Services Team have produced eight interesting information points around the Country Park where you can learn a little bit about the history of the Estate and some of the exciting things we hope to reinstate over the coming years.
The banner sites are located on our map – so get out and about today to see if you can find them all!
Country Park improvements & Car Parking charges
During the first half of 2017 we will be improving our car parks to provide more year-round parking spaces, and car parking charges will be introduced on 1st April.
We are also improving our cycle and footpath links.
The Country Park and its facilities will remain open as usual throughout the works.