And Things to Do at Upton Country Park
Pay & Display car park charges are shown below; machines accept cash and card payments, including contactless.
|Tariff from March 2020|
|Up to 1 hour||£1.50|
|Up to 2 hours||£3.00|
|Up to 4 hours||£4.50|
|Over 4 hours||£6.00|
|Pay & Display machines accept cash and card payments, including contactless.
Weekend Earlybird Parking available, park until 10.45am for £1. Applies to all tickets purchased before 9.45am.
Season ticket details at uptoncountrypark.com/parking-season-tickets
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.
Our team is rather stretched during these difficult times and we don’t have the help of our wonderful volunteers as we normally would. So please help us keep our Country Park as beautiful as it can be.
Wessex Water - essential works in the shoreline meadow area
Park opening times & Car parking
- Free admission 7 days a week, all year round. The estate grounds can be accessed on foot or bike at any time.
- The main car park (BH17 7BJ) is open daily from 8am-9pm, 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-8pm, and in the Tea Rooms Courtyard from 8am-5pm.
For opening times of other park facilities, please see ‘Things To Do’ below.
Things To Do at Upton Country Park
Upton House Open Days
The House is opened to the public on selected weekends & Bank Holidays between January 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.
- Further details and a listing of this year’s Open Days
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 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 …
The Gallery Upstairs
Our art gallery is situated upstairs, above the Tea Rooms, and is open from 10am most days* with closing time generally in line with the Tea Rooms. The Gallery is run on a voluntary basis by Poole & East Dorset Art Society (PEDAS) and shows work by local professional and non-professional artists throughout the year.
Admission is free and full disabled access is offered via a lift from the Tea Rooms. *Exhibitions change every 2-3 weeks, and the Gallery will be closed for changeover days. Check out what’s on now by visiting www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk
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 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!
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 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 offering a selection of hot and cold drinks, ice creams and confectionery. Cash and contactless card payments accepted. The kiosk opens at weekends and school holidays, subject to volunteer availability and weather conditions.
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 –
The summer Splash Fountain!
The Walled Garden water feature bursts into life twice a day throughout the summer, from 11am-1pm and from 2-5pm. This year it remains open until Sunday 3rd October.
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.
The space is also used for large events, such as fairs, concerts and shows.
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!
- Minimum rider age 16 years
- About the Beryl bike share scheme across the BCP area
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Whether you are cycling part of the Castleman Trailway, exercising the dog or just out walking with the family, please practise social distancing whilst enjoying fresh air and exercise.
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. Please ensure you follow government guidelines and social distancing whilst using the area.
We are not currently in a position to be able to offer bookings, boule hire or Have-a-Go sessions.
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
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-
|Dogs welcome off lead||Dogs welcome on lead||Sorry, no dogs|
DIY Dog Wash
Upton Country Park also boasts a self-
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-
The Dog Training Area is also available to book for exclusive use by accredited dog trainers between May –