Plenty to see and do for every member of the family in Poole’s much loved Country Park.
Exciting adventures to be had all year round
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the woodlands and gardens, or the livelier atmosphere of the Walled Garden
Tea Rooms, open daily from 10.30am - 3.45pm
Whether it’s the way you start or end your trip to Poole’s largest open space, or you simply fancy staying there all day, make sure you visit the Tea Rooms!
Whatever the weather, get yourself a refreshing hot or cold drink, delicious light lunch or an ice cream, and treat yourself to one of the tempting cakes on offer.
Take a table inside, or venture out onto the Terrace to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Grade II* listed Walled Garden.
The Georgian splendour of the Grade II* listed Upton House makes for a fabulous venue for any special occasion, from wedding ceremonies and receptions to business meetings and corporate away days [more here].
The House is open to the public on certain Sundays of the year, when tours of the ground floor rooms are offered with knowledgeable guides from The Friends of Upton Country Park. Please visit www.uptoncountrypark.org for details.
Walled Garden and Splash Fountain
Newly landscaped in 2012 with well managed beds and borders, and plenty of open space to enjoy. Open daily 9am - 4pm, unless booked out for a wedding or other private event.
From May to September, the Walled Garden comes alive for four hours a day as the Splash Fountain entertains the children while you watch from a safe distance! Operational from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, it makes the Walled Garden the perfect place for family gatherings and picnics to while away the day.
Open from 12pm every weekend (excluding December) and every day in the summer months, the Kiosk is staffed by friendly volunteers from The Friends of Upton Country Park who will sell you that much longed-for ice cream or coffee. It is also a great source of Park information.
The Kiosk is located at the rear of Upton House, perfectly situated whether you are relaxing on the back lawn or running about at the front!
The Gallery Upstairs, open daily from 10.30am - 3.45pm
As the name suggests, the Gallery is situated upstairs, above the Tea Rooms, and hosts both traditional and contemporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Admission is free! Exhibitions change every 2-3 weeks so we’ve always got something new for your visit to one of Dorset’s largest Country Parks. Full disabled access is offered via a lift from the Tea Rooms.
The Play Trail is a must for any visit with children.
Created in 2013, it is made up of ten natural timber play structures that enhance a woodland walk. Structures include a tree swing, log stack and climbing tower. The trail starts on the lawn close to the Education Centre and continues through Grove Wood.
Pick up a map from the Kiosk or Tea Rooms and see who can find them all the fastest!
The Front Lawn
As the only place in the Park designated for ball games, the large front lawn is the ideal spot for family picnics and sports, with children able to run around safely.
The space is also used for large events, such as the annual Poole Town and Country Show.
Explore Poole’s Country Park using the fantastic Nature Trail boards next time you visit.
There are 12 boards to hunt down; each one is marked with an oak leaf and features fascinating facts and questions which change seasonally - so the challenge now is just finding them all!
The Walled Garden is occasionally hired out for wedding ceremonies and other private functions. Please check our Facebook page for live updates of any closures, or call 01202 262753 during office hours.
Whether a beginner or not, have fun navigating your way around one of the largest public open spaces in Poole. Walk, run or jog the course and progress at your own pace.
Pick up the map at the Tea Rooms or Kiosk and follow the numbered posts set up by Wessex Orienteering Club for as long or short a route as you like.
Cycling and Walking
Upton Country Park is the ideal place to visit for a leisurely stroll or cycle ride, along the shoreline and through the woodland with beautiful views over Poole Harbour an added bonus. Cycle paths & footpaths are well marked on our Park map.
Whether you are cycling part of the Castleman Trailway, exercising the dog or just having fun walking with the kids, there are many ways to make the Country Park your place to keep active.
For years people have enjoyed exercising their dogs across the 100 acres of open parkland and woodlands at Upton Country Park.
As the Park grows in popularity and in size we have been working with the Dorset Dogs group to implement the ‘Paw Prints’ code. This system is recognised nationwide as a way of making it clear to dog walkers which areas are on or off lead, and which are dog-free. Look out of the symbols on your next visit!