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Outdoor Activities in Poole

Poole's sunny summer weather means it's time to get out the house for some outdoor activity fun that will leave you loving the great outdoors surrounding Poole. There are so many fantastic ways you can enjoy our beautiful town and the county of Dorset by taking part in some of our favourite outdoor activities.

So, whether you are a long-time local making plans or someone bursting to head into the BCP area from further afield, our list of Poole's top outdoor activities features a range of fun and exciting activities to try.

Poppins Penguins in Delph Woods

Outdoor Adventures for Babies and Toddlers

What: Outdoor Baby, Toddler and Pre-School Groups

About: One thing that lockdown has given us is even more appreciation for the great outdoors! And now, parent and baby/child groups are no longer limited to halls and function rooms! Watch your babies / children look in wonder as they experience all the magic and learning experiences it has to offer.

Where: We love Poppins Penguins at Delph Woods! They have weekly groups (term times) all throughout the year including Woodland Sensory for babies/non-walkers and Woodland Wonders for all age groups from babies to preschoolers.


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Surf and Paddle boarding Hire and Lessons

Surf and Paddle boarding Hire and Lessons

Who: Shaka Surf

About: Why wouldn’t you take advantage of being on the best beaches on the South Coast?! Whether it's a tranquil paddle board on a sunny day or a surfing lesson when the swell is working then these guys are your local go-to!

How it works: Shaka Surf is located at Branksome Dene Chine, just a few steps away from the car park. Plus, toilets and amenities are just a short stroll down the promenade – all you need to bring is swimwear, a towel, and a good attitude! Shaka Surf offer surfing, paddle boarding, bodyboarding and kayaking so there is something for everyone whether you are looking to hire and have a play or to get stuck in with a proper lesson. Whatever you choose, you will be asked to arrive 15 minutes early to your booking to sign a disclaimer and get yourself suited and booted. After that, head into the water and learn a new and exciting skill – and watch your friends do a few nosedives, it’s a beautiful thing to see.

Price: Group surf lessons are a popular choice for groups and include a board, a wetsuit, gloves & boots (if needed) and coaching all for £40. As mentioned, hiring equipment is also possible if you finish your lesson and decide you want to try something more!

Check out and BE SURE you don’t miss their annual Dog Surfing Championships which will go ahead this year.

Go Ape

Go Ape

Who: Go Ape

About: Next, we have Go Ape at Moors Valley. Poole might be known for the harbour and seaside vibes but head slightly inland and there is plenty of countryside to explore. This Go Ape site is just a short drive out of the city centre and is one that is ideal for the more adventurous among us (or the not so much. If you prefer to sit in the park and have a picnic, that is fine too!).

How it works: Go Ape boasts multiple attractions such as the Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventure, Treetop Adventure+ and the Nets Adventure – perfect for thrill seekers of all ages. The Challenge course which will take you 11-metres skywards and features a 166- metre zip wire. The park itself contains two adventure play areas - one for older children with a zip slide, space net, climbing boulder and a fortress of towers and crossings. The second is a younger children’s area with gentler slides and swings and an authentic steam train. Along the play trail there is also a hidden Tree Top Trail, a five-metre high, 200-metrelong wooden walkway up in the trees. There are many miles of walking trails for you to explore around the park as well as five cycling trails so you can bring the bikes or hire some for the day. It’s all there, just choose what suits you!

Price: Prices start from £20 up to £35, depending on which adventures you chose. Entry to the country park itself is free, simply pay for parking on exit.

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Who: Camouflage Paintball

About: Another one for all you adrenaline junkies, we have paintballing at Camouflage Paintball Bournemouth. Do you see yourself as a bit of a Rambo? Do you want to battle it out and see who in your friendship group really has guts? Or maybe you want to put the office to the test and see how they cope under pressure? Well, either way Camouflage will be absolutely thrilled to have you.

How it works: You can choose from a morning or afternoon session, or a full day, and will be asked to arrive half an hour early for check-in, issuing of kit and a safety briefing before you get started. Once teams are sorted, the games begin! These will take place across several game zones, each with their own challenges and impressive features such as a two-story castle and life size trucks. You will be accompanied throughout by highly trained and experienced Camouflage marshals to make sure you are always safe. During breaks it’s important to stay hydrated - paintballing can be tiring, so in between games you will have the option to grab food and drinks from the onsite catering (yum).

Price: Entry is FREE when you purchase 100 paintballs to get you started, at £15. You will need to buy paintballs as and when needed throughout the day and Camouflage have plenty of deals on their website for you to take advantage of.

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Poole Boat Hire

Poole Boat Hire

Who: Poole Boat Hire

About: Next, we have a great one for those of you who love to be out on the water – Poole Boat Hire! Get together your 6 best friends, grab a picnic & some wine and head out onto Poole harbour for the day to explore Brownsea Island and see the seals that sunbathe at Arne. This is one you do not want to miss.

How it works: Poole Boat Hire’s boats are all straightforward to use but on arrival you will be given a briefing and thorough handover, so you are prepared for your journey. Please arrive in good time so that this doesn’t eat into your hire time. All the staff are friendly and knowledgeable and will happily answer any questions you have or give you suggestions of the best places to check out on that day. Lifejackets will be provided and are compulsory to keep you all safe. Remember, it’s cooler out on the water when moving at speed so even if the suns out, bring a layer or two to wrap up in! 

Price: 2 hours on the water is £125. Between six, that’s about £20 each – a really great price for a really great day out!

There are a list of pre-planned routes so you can get an idea of the area/get excited, all listed at:

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Compton Acres

Compton Acres

Who: Compton Acres

About: For a more tranquil day out, it’s got to be Compton Acres in Sandbanks. This is a real hidden gem that was built in 1920, tucked away from the busy beaches and covering 10 acres for you to explore. It is honestly a slice of paradise so whether you want to enjoy a day with friends or fancy a solo adventure, this one should be high on your list.

How it works: Compton Acres is open year-round. It is wheelchair accessible, dog friendly, has free on-site parking for visitors as well as a stunning café and tearooms for you to relax in. The park consists of the Grand Italian Garden on entry followed by the Wooded Valley full of waterfalls. You will then move through the Bog Garden and Rock & Water Garden on the way to the Sculpture Garden where you can soak up the sun while looking out across the harbour. The aptly named ‘Harbour View’ café sits here and is the perfect place to stop and grab some lunch. After this, head through the Heather Gardens and into the last stop, the Japanese Gardens where you can find the famous Koi fish.

Price: A standard adult ticket is £8.45. Concession and carer tickets are available as well as family passes and season tickets which may be worth investing in if you fall in love (like I have!).

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Pier Zip at Rock Reef

Pier Zip

Who: Rock Reef

About: Next with another adrenaline filled adventure, we have the Pier Zip. This is the pier to shore line that you have seen in pictures on Bournemouth Beach. It is run by Rock Reef and is the first of it’s kind IN THE WORLD. It might be one for those who don’t mind heights but if you can face your fears you will be rewarded with the panoramic sight of Bournemouth and it’s incredible 7 mile coastline. Once you’ve reached the beach, you can sit back, relax and watch your friends reactions as they come flying down to join you - the definition of ‘fun in the sun’.

How it works: You will be asked to arrive 15 minutes before your session, start in closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothing. This is so you can get kitted up for your slot and ensure you have signed the online waiver that will have been sent out to you. Once your group is ready, you will walk out to the Zip Tower at the end of the pier and climb up the 25-meter tower. The Pier Zip is 250 metres long and can be ridden alone or ‘dual’ so you and your friend can go down together, the choice is yours. And good news if you want to show off the experience to the world, Go Pro’s are allowed so you can catch your own reaction, the views and be social media ready.

Price: A Single Rider ticket at the summer peak season is £20. For a Dual Rider ticket, this is £35. A Family and Friends ticket is valid for four people and costs £62 - you can then add up to four more people for just £13 each, so getting all your friends involved may be the way to go if you want value for money!

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Aquatic Jet Packs

Flyboard Experience

Who: Aquatic Jetpacks

About: Lastly, we have a new one - a flyboard experience with Aquatic Jetpacks! “Fly like a bird or feel like a superhero!” states their website, so it’s time to you to live out your dreams of flying around like Iron Man, except rather than New York you’ll be soaring around in the sun at Sandbanks Beach. Lush.

How it works: You will turn up on the day and be met with a full Safety and Introductory briefing to teach you a bit about what you’ll be getting up to. You will then change into your wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet, ready to head out onto the water. There’s no need to be nervous as for the whole time, you will be accompanied by a qualified Flyboard Instructor. The team are super accommodating so if you have any questions, just ask and be sure to let them know of any health conditions just to be safe. Your session will be about an hour and a half, so you get plenty of time out in the sea, just be sure to account for that if you have to think about public transport of parking! Auqatic Jetpacks also offer a photo package so you can flex on Instagram and show everyone what an amazing day you had (if it doesn’t go on a social, did it really happen…)

Price: prices for individuals start at £100 on a weekday and £120 on a weekend, but groups packages will get you a killer saving. To go with five people will cost you £375 on a weekday and £450 on a weekend – so you could be saving up to £125 to do this activity in the company of friends.

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In fairness, time alone is good for you but I think we have had a lot of that over the past year and all of these are great options for catching up with the special people in your life if you haven’t been able to share a laugh with in a while. I hope that this guide is helpful, and I hope you will be back for the next one.

If you do manage to get out and do anything on the list, be sure to upload your pictures and tag us, @frostflowerpromo and @totalguidetopoole so we can show off what a great time you’ve had and show others why they should give Poole a visit. 

Rockley Watersports

Rockley Watersports

Who: Rockley Watersports

About: Cool off from the hot weather that summer in Poole brings with it by taking to the water and having fun trying out a range of adrenaline-thrilling watersports activities with Poole's Rockley Watersports. 

Recognised as the largest commercial sailing business in the UK, Rockley offers a range of watersports activities for you to turn up and try out including paddleboarding, sailing, kayaking, and more along with a range of land-based activities.

How It Works: Head online and choose from an outstanding variety of activities that Rockley Watersports has to offer, and then turn up on the day where you'll be kitted out with all the equipment you need to enjoy a safe and fun afternoon on the water.

If you fancy sharpening those skills then why not book onto one of their courses and really impress your friends next time you take to the water.

Price: Various

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EasyRiders Poole

EasyRiders Poole

Who: EasyRiders Poole

About: Poole's dedicated kite and paddle boarding school is preparing for a summer like no other as they hit the coastlines around Poole for some thrilling water sports fun that will test your abilities out on the open water. 

With over 25 years experience, you'll be in safe hands as you hit the waves and experience one of Poole's most popular outdoor activities. Just remember to put on plenty of sun cream and explore Poole's coastal beauty spots from a unique view. 

Throughout the summer months you may be lucky enough to view some wild sealife so make sure to take a waterproof camera with you. Fancy going Worldwide? Then check out their overseas watersports holidays that take you to some of the World's most beautiful destinations.

How It Works: Visit their website and explore all of the different outdoor activities for you to try and book your place. You can also rent equipment for the day if you want to catch some waves on your own.

Price: Various

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Frost Flowers Promotions Poole

Frost Flower Promotions

Frost Flower Promotions is a multi-faceted Social Media Marketing company that was established in October 2020 by Ally Rios Twitchin.

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