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Autumn-Winter 2015 - events and activities at Upton Country Park (pdf, 715kb)

Things to Do at Upton Country Park

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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.

Upton House

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. further details

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.

Refreshment Kiosk

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.

Check out what’s on now at www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk

Segway Tours

Take a Segway tour and appreciate the Country Park in a completely different way!

Glide through the beautiful gardens, parkland and woodlands with a Dorset Segways qualified instructor and take in the abundance of wildlife and plants around you.

For further details see www.dorsetsegways.co.uk or call Dorset Segways on 0118 334 1807

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Plant Centre

Open 12am - 4pm 6 days a week from Easter and through the summer. Closed Mondays.

The Plant Centre is the perfect place to browse for ideas and purchase plants. Take home a little piece of Upton Country Park for your own garden.

Run by the Friends of Upton Country Park volunteers, all plant sales raise funds to support projects and enhancements in the Country Park - www.uptoncountrypark.org for details.

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Woodland Play Trail

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.

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Nature Trail

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!

Download the Nature Trail map

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Orienteering

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.

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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.

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Dog Walking

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!

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Gifts & Souvenirs in the Tea Rooms

Visit the Gift Stand in the Tea Rooms and take home your own souvenir of the Country Park.

We offer a selection of fabulous gifts from mugs, cotton bags and umbrellas to pens, pencils and even a cuddly hedgehog! There is something for everyone and plenty to choose from.

Take a look next time you visit!

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Discovery Tours

New for summer 2015!  Our own specially adapted Upton Country Park Discovery Carts will take you on a 30 minute tour around the Country Estate and grounds. Take in the beauty of the shoreline and hear about the history of the House, all at a leisurely pace. Only £3 per adult & £2.50 per child.  Family tickets from £10.

Weekends & school holidays - running daily, no need to book. Just hop on at the designated stand on the carriageway just down from the main car park. Weekday tours available on request, subject to weather conditions. Please call 01202 262753 or email uptoncountrypark@poole.gov.uk for details & bookings.

Download the Nature Trail map

Dog Training Area

New for 2015 is our large enclosed Dog Training Area, which can be found in the new area of parkland.

Whether you want to train your new puppy in a secure space or just give your dog some off-lead time knowing it won’t run off, this is the perfect place to come to exercise and train your dog. The surrounding area has also been designated as “off-lead” for when you and your dog feel more confident about being free to run in a wide open space.

Woodland Crazy Golf

New for the 2015 summer season is the fun woodland-themed Crazy Golf course located outside the Education Centre.

Suitable for all ages, bring the family and try to get a hole in one! £2.50 per person. Open daily from Saturday, 18th July, 10am – 5pm.

Please call 01202 262753 or email uptoncountrypark@poole.gov.uk for further details.  

Animal Corner

New for the 2015 summer season. A variety of small animals for you to meet, with rabbits, guinea pigs and more all waiting to say hello. They can be found outside the Education Centre, next to the Crazy Golf. Entry is £1.

Animal Corner opens daily from Saturday 18th July, 10am – 5pm.

Please call 01202 262753 or email uptoncountrypark@poole.gov.uk for further details.  

Professor Upton Workshops

New for the 2015 summer season. Come along and join Professor Upton with children’s craft workshops in the barn near the Tea Rooms.

Activities are £2.95 and last approximately an hour each, running daily from Saturday, 18th July, 10.30am – 4pm.

Please call 01202 262753 or email uptoncountrypark@poole.gov.uk for further details.