Poole has everything – from the blue flag beaches including the world famous Sandbanks beach and peninsular to its harbour which is the second largest natural harbour in the world after Sydney in Australia and is a stunning location for all types of water sports and sailing fringed with unspoilt woodland and coastal walks and is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast.

If you love nature and want to escape for the day, Brownsea Island which is owned by the National Trust is the perfect place to explore, relax and take time out to see the rare red squirrels. Boat trips to Brownsea Island depart from Poole Quay daily.

With its 5* rating on Trip Advisor you can experience the thrill of a one hour ‘bay blast’ on an ultimate fast powerboat ride!

Poole’s rich history is revealed in Poole’s Museum on Poole Quay which has four floors of galleries from pirates to potteries and has free entrance and next to the museum is Poole’s Information Centre where you can pick up a map of Poole’s Cockle Trail walk.

The trail was opened in 1998 to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Poole’s ancient charter. The map shows you how to follow the numbered cockle signs set in the ground to tell you the history of Poole.

A fun way to explore Poole old town and quay is to follow the ‘Murder Mystery Treasure Trail’. The booklet of the trail is also available from Poole Information Centre.

The quay is part of Poole’s ‘old town’ and the area is full of traditional pubs, restaurants, cafes and gift shops. The Poole Arms on the quay is its oldest watering hole and has great views overlooking the quay and an extensive fish menu.

On the opposite side of the quay is the Sunseeker base where you can see multi million pound boats being built for their millionaire owners!

Compton Acres in Canford Cliffs is recognised as one of the most important ornamental gardens in England. The garden was created in 1920. Since 2003 the gardens have undergone a great deal of development including the construction of a gift shop, plant centre, café and tearoom and the award winning Italian Villa.

At Tower Park a galaxy of entertainment unfolds. With the Splashdown Water Park, Empire Cinema, ten pin bowling, kids soft play area, bingo and a vast choice of restaurants including Burger King, KFC and Pizza Express to name a few. Tower Park will keep the whole family busy – whatever the weather!