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Park News 2017 - 2018

News 2016

We’re trialling some Photography Workshops this year!

Upton Country Park has teamed up with some expert locally-based photographers to host a series of Photography Workshops.

Maybe you’ve always wanted to get to know a little more about what your cameras 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.

You’ll find the workshop programme here


Country Park improvements & Car Parking charges

Car Park Works 2017During 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.


Apply online for your Annual Car Park Season Ticket

WCar Parking - Season Ticketse’re pleased to announce from today, 14th March, you’ll be able to purchase your Car Park Season Ticket online now at the Borough of Poole Self Service area, or click here for more details.

A Season Ticket will give you the flexibility and freedom to visit the Country Park without having to use the Pay and Display machines which start operating from 3rd April.

For just £40 a year you’ll be able to register two vehicles per household and visit the Country Park (during normal Country Park opening hours) an unlimited number of times throughout the year. You can also rest assured all monies generated from our car parks are being invested directly back into the Estate, so you’ll be helping to ensure many future generations of families can enjoy our beautiful Grade II* listed House and grounds.


Upton Country Park’s Discovery Project is launched!

People Heritage Landscapes. The Discovery Project will support a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in the region of £1.5 million, with the aim of creating an accessible and sustainable heritage attraction for the local community to relax, enjoy and learn in.

Celebrating the rich and varied heritage that the Country Park has to offer, through the Discovery Project we will restore our historical features, re-instate landscapes that have been lost over time and enhance our grounds.

Read about the Discovery Project here


HLF Bid 2017

Learn a new skill!

We’re very pleased to re-launch our new Pétanque pitch on the front lawn which is now available for private and club bookings as well as have a go sessions. Why don’t you pop down, hire some boules from Upton House and learn how to play with your family or friends the next time you’re here. 

Boules are available to hire from the house for £5 deposit. Pre-booking for larger groups advisable; please call 01202 262753 or email

We hope you enjoy this lovely free facility this summer.


Come and explore our new views!

We’re delighted to announce that, after months of hard work, our new meadows overlooking Holes Bay and Poole Harbour are now officially open. We’ve created over 6 hectares of additional open space that beautifully showcase the wetlands and shoreline of the SSSI protected Holes Bay. A magnificent area for bird watching in the autumn and the perfect place to have fun all year round with our Giant Picture Frame and Stream Splash area (great for dogs wanting to cool off in warmer months). 

There are benches to relax and enjoy the wildlife as well as easy access wide paths that connect Hamworthy right through to Poole. Great for cyclists, dog walkers, runners and families alike, there really is something for everyone in this beautiful new area of our Country Park.  It’s now time for us to excitedly look forward to Phase 3 when we open up the higher fields as well. We hope all our visitors enjoy the open space, and thank you to everyone who helped create it!


Park Expansion Project - Phase 2DETAILS & PICTURES

Two Dorset Tourism Awards for Upton Country Park!

We’re excited to announce that Upton Country Park received two silver awards at the 2017 Dorset Tourism Awards ceremony held at The Lighthouse in Poole on Thursday, 16th November.

The categories were ‘Dog Friendly Business of the Year’ and ‘Venue and Business Tourism Award’.

These awards reflect the wonderful developments and exciting new projects that have taken place over the past year.

A full list of winners can be found at


Park Expansion Project - Phase 2

New Dog Wash in the main car park


We are delighted to announce our new self-service Dog Wash area, conveniently located within the main car park. This easy to use facility is ideal for washing your muddy pooches or simply giving your pampered pet a weekly treat.

Warm water, natural products, two speed dryer and only £3 … leaving your car and home clean and you ready to relax after your “walkies”!

Gift cards coming soon - the perfect Christmas gift for a dog owner. Please enquire via

Landscape Photography Workshops early 2018

Upton Country Park has teamed up with professional landscape and nature photographer Owen Vachell to bring you two workshops in January & February next year.

The one day workshops begin with a tutorial in Upton House and then take you out into the fresh air of Upton Country Park to practice your technique under Owen’s expert guidance.

The workshop price is £45/adult (over 16’s only) and places are limited to just 15 per workshop.

You’ll find further details here


Photography Workshops & Tutorials 2018

Drawing from Nature Classes throughout the seasons 2018

Upton Country Park has teamed up with professional artist Julie Herring to bring you the ‘Drawing from Nature’ series of classes that span the seasons and make the most of the natural beauty of Upton Country Park. With Julie's expert guidance you will be able to gain advice on how to improve your drawing skills during the classes..

Classes cost £15 per adult (over 16’s only) and run from 10am - 12.30pm; there is a choice of two classes that meet on a Sunday and/or Tuesday.

Further details and a full list of dates here


Read about the Drawing Classes with Julie Herring

Upton Country Park gets National Lottery boost!

We are excited to announce that our Round one award has been granted. The £185,000 of National Lottery money, awarded jointly by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund, will allow us to develop a second round bid for up to £1.9 million to deliver our Discovery Project.

The next 18 months will involve pilot studies within the local community, public engagement activities, consultation, planning and design work, in addition to fundraising for the £30,000 of partnership funding needed prior to the Round two submission. We will keep you updated on news, events and activities as the project develops.

Read about the Discovery Project here


Read about the Discovery Project