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Things to do around Wareham Forest

Things to do in Poole and Dorset

If you are planning to stay at our newly refurbished Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat, then you will find there is plenty of things to do in Poole and the surrounding area.

Our resort might be located in the middle of the tranquil countryside, but many of these attractions are within easy driving reach from the resort. We’ve put together a list of the some of the top attractions and areas of interest in this glorious area which has something for people of all ages.

Recommended Local Attractions

Tank Museum

Tank Museum

Tank Museum in Bovington

A great location for a family day out in Dorset is the Tank Museum in Bovington which houses one of the best collections of tanks and armoured vehicles in the world. Over 100 years of military history is showcased here with their stunning collection even including the British Mark 1, the worlds first ever tank which was used during the First World War, as well as the modern day Challenger 2 tank.

This is a fantastic place to learn about the military exhibitions of our great nation and sure to be a hit with people of all ages. During the summer months, the museum often puts on shows in the live action arena to showcase the magnificent machines in action for the benefit of visitors.


Poole Harbour

Sunseeker Yachts in Poole Harbour

Of course, there is also Poole itself where there are plenty of things to see and do if you take the short 7 mile drive from the resort into the town itself. Poole has a thriving shopping district which is made up of both well known high street brands alongside local boutique stores. This includes Dorset’s largest indoor shopping centre in the form of Dolphin Shopping Centre. There is also a popular Street Market held every Thursday and Saturday along Poole High Street.

Poole is also home to the world famous Sunseeker yachting company who can count Simon Cowell and Michael Douglas amongst their clients. Take a stroll down to the harbour and take a sneak peak at some of their latest creations.

You could also grab a bite to eat while you are in town, with Poole featuring some fabulous eateries including a Rick Stein restaurant and the scenic Banana Wharf restaurant from where you can enjoy views overlooking Brownsea Island.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

Head over to Brownsea Island during your time in the area and catch a glimpse of the famous red squirrels which inhabit the island. The island is owned by the National Trust and can be reached by public ferry from Poole harbour.

Much of the island is open to the public; this includes the fabulous woodlands where you can admire the indigenous wildlife. The best time of year to view the red squirrels is during the autumn months when the trees are slightly more devoid of leaves.

There are also occasional events held on the island, with fun trails and craft events held at various points during the year. Keep your eyes peeled for these.



Stunning Walking Routes in Bournemouth

A half hour drive from the resort is the popular tourist town of Bournemouth which is a great location for a day out with plenty to do for the whole family. The seaside town is of course famous for its seven mile long beach and flat promenade area which is perfect for scenic walks. Along with its Victorian styling, the town also has over 2,000 acres of gardens and parks which are immaculately maintained throughout the year.

If you would prefer a bit of retail therapy, then you are in luck with Bournemouth having a high street which is densely populated with a plethora of stores. You can close off your day by having a bite to eat in one of the towns many restaurants.

Download a Free Brochure

You can learn more about the many things to do in Poole and the surrounding Dorset region when you download our Wareham Forest brochure.

We can send this straight to your email inbox so you can immediately begin to browse through the many visitor attractions which will be available to you should you choose to stay at our stunning Dorset resort.

You can also catch a sneak peak behind the scenes at the accommodation we have available for hire on-site as well as the glorious grounds and gardens which are beautifully maintained around the year by our dedicated team.

Download a Wareham Forest Brochure

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