Park entrance gates

Park Information

And Things to Do at Upton Country Park

Please be safe, be sensible

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have now been lifted. However, COVID-19 has not gone away, so it is important to remember the steps you can take to keep yourself and others safe – details are available at Gov.UK

We ask that all visitors continue to remain patient and respectful of others during your visit to the Country Park. Please remember to clear up after yourself and your pooches; if dog and rubbish bins are full please take your litter home with you, and follow our simple rules:

  • Cyclists – please do not exceed 5mph, and dismount in the formal gardens and in the vicinity of the Tea Rooms, Walled Garden and Spurrier’s Play Park
  • No BBQs, Gas Stoves, Gazebos or Camping permitted in the Country Park.

Don’t drop it, bin it … please help us keep our Country Park as beautiful as it can be.

Park opening times & Car parking (October – March)

  • Free admission 7 days a week, all year round. The estate grounds can be accessed on foot or bike at any time.
  • The main gates and car park (BH17 7BJ) are open daily from 8am-6pm, charges apply – Pay & Display Tariff
  • Annual parking passes are available at £40, details at uptoncountrypark.com/parking-season-tickets
  • Toilet facilities by the main car park are open from 8am-5pm, and in the Tea Rooms Courtyard from 8am-4pm.

For opening times of other park facilities, please see ‘Things To Do’ below.

Grove Wood boardwalk closure this winter

The timber boardwalk is being replaced with a wider gravel causeway to help improve access for all. The boardwalk will be closed for safety reasons, so please find alternative routes during the works – which started on 3rd November and are expected to last up to 12 weeks.

Full details at our Park News article…

Things To Do at Upton Country Park

Visiting with your dog? Information here …

Upton House Open Days

The House is open to the public on selected weekends & Bank Holidays between February to October. Free admission for the sale of books, souvenirs and gifts. 

Guided tours of the ground floor rooms are offered with knowledgeable Volunteers from the Friends of Upton Country Park, just £1.50 per person.

The Georgian splendour of the Grade II* listed 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 Tea Rooms, open daily from 9.30am

Whatever the weather, make sure you visit our Tea Rooms; open daily for a refreshing hot or cold drink, handmade sandwiches, snacks and delicious cakes. Take a table inside, or venture out onto the Terrace to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Grade II* listed Walled Garden.

Visit The Tea Rooms page for news of seasonal opening hours, afternoon teas, special offers and more …

Spurrier’s Play Park

Let your little ones explore, leap, climb and slide through the trees in our new adventure play park. Starting outside the Cabin (Education Centre) in the heart of the Country Park the natural timber play features meander down through the grass towards the woodlands bordering the shoreline meadows. A must for any child and all you young-at-heart grown ups!

Spurrier’s Kiosk

Open every day (weather permitting) during school holidays and on weekends, 10.30am – 4.30pm, serving a selection of hot & cold drinks and light refreshments including Marshfield Farm ice cream. Located near Spurriers Play Park. Contactless card payment only. Please dispose of waste takeaway packaging & beverage cups responsibly!

The Friend’s Refreshment Kiosk

The Refreshment Kiosk can be found at the rear of Upton House and is run by volunteers from the Friends of Upton Country Park. The kiosk opens at weekends and school holidays, subject to volunteer availability and weather conditions, offering a selection of hot and cold drinks, ice creams and confectionery. Cash and contactless card payments accepted. 

The Walled Garden

A beautifully landscaped Walled Garden with well managed beds & borders, and plenty of open space to enjoy a family picnic, time with friends, or simply soaking up some sun. The Tea Rooms terrace overlooks the Walled Garden.

The garden is open daily 9am – 6pm, unless booked out for a wedding or other private event (please join us on Facebook for regular updates).

The summer Splash Fountain!

May – September only, the Walled Garden water feature bursts into life twice a day throughout the summer, from 11am-1pm and from 2-5pm. 

Join us on Facebook for news of unscheduled last-minute hot-weather or other ‘surprise’ splash-abouts!

The Front Lawn

As the only place in the Park designated for ball games, the large front lawn is the ideal spot for family sports and picnics, with children able to run around safely and let off some steam.

This space also plays host to large events, such as fairs, shows and music festivals.

Hire a Beryl bike

We have a Beryl bay in the main car park, offering you another travel option – whether you use a Beryl bike to ride to/from the Park, or hire one while you’re here and enjoy a leisurely exploration of our glorious 160 acres!

Please note – cyclists are requested not to exceed 5mph in the Park, and to dismount in the formal gardens and in the vicinity of the Tea Rooms, Walled Garden and Spurrier’s Play Park

Create your perfect picture

We worked with talented students from the Bournemouth and Poole College as part of their apprenticeship at Cobham Ltd, who designed & built a giant picture frame for us to celebrate the opening of the new meadow lands by the beautiful harbour shoreline.

So get creative and capture your perfect family photo. Please send your favourites to us at uptoncountrypark@bcpcouncil.gov.uk or tag us @uptoncountrypark on your Facebook posts. Have fun!

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.

Pétanque

Our pétanque terrrain beside the front lawn is now open for people to use on a first-come-first-served and bring-your-own basis. 

We are not currently in a position to be able to offer bookings, boule hire or Have-a-Go sessions.

Orienteering

Whether a beginner or not, have fun navigating your way around one of the largest public open spaces in Poole. Follow the numbered posts set up by Wessex Orienteering Club for as long or short a route as you like (0.6, 1.5 or 2.2km), progressing at your own pace. 

The course information and map can be found at the Wessex Orienteering Club website www.wessex-oc.org.uk/maps/upton-country-park 

Join a Volunteer Group

As soon as it’s safe to do so, join us to learn new skills and meet new friends in a wonderful Country Park environment, whilst helping the Operations Team keep estate looking its best all year round!  

Join our Gardening Group or get involved in practical conservation tasks such as hedge laying, pond management and coppicing. No special skills or knowledge required. Find out more here …

Visiting Upton Country Park with your dog

Dog Walking

For years people have enjoyed exercising their dogs across the many acres of open parkland, woodlands and meadowland at Upton Country Park. We even have a ‘dog walkers’ car park – 24 spaces, 2 hours free parking, off Poole Road (opposite Pony Drive); it gives direct access to the large new off-lead space created by the expansion plans.

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 for the symbols on your next visit!

Dogs welcome off lead Dogs welcome on lead Sorry, no dogs

DIY Dog Wash

Upton Country Park also boasts a 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 and a two speed dryer … leaving your car and home clean and you ready to relax after “walkies”!

The dog wash is owned and operated by polygonpets.com

Dog Training Area & Play Pen

We now have two enclosed spaces for dogs; the Dog Training Area in the northern section of parkland, and the Dog Play Pen which can be found in the newest, southern section (see our latest Park Map).

Train your puppy in a secure fenced space, or just let your dog enjoy some off-lead time, secure in the knowledge it won’t run off. The surrounding areas are also designated as “off-lead” for when you and your dog feel more confident.

The Dog Training Area is also available to book for exclusive use by accredited dog trainers between May – October; from 7-8pm on weekdays and 11-12am on weekends, from £15 an hour. Please call 01202 127770 or email uptoncountrypark@bcpcouncil.gov.uk for bookings and further details.