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Summer saw us spend a week in Dorset. We stayed at the Premier Inn at Holes Bay in the beautiful town of Poole and made the most of an impromptu visit that in fact ended up being one of the best British summer holidays we have had.
Things to do with kids in Poole
Of course, being The Money Saving Mum and the fact it wasn’t a planned trip; I was on the hunt for cheap and affordable things to do whilst we were there. Here are a few things we got up to:
Poole Bike Night
It had been recommended to us to check it out and we were very pleased we did… the kids absolutely loved it & is a very popular event.
It runs alongside Poole Quay that is home to the world-famous (& super expensive!) SunSeeker yachts and is the perfect location to spend a warm summer evening.
Shopping in Poole
The Dolphin Shopping Center is located in the
It’s a nice little shopping
Poole high street has many stores too and although it
The RNLI College is based in Poole and although you can’t go in without booking (they offer tours around the facilities) you can walk around the site and see some of the various boats they have on the water at the very back of the site.
Poole residents are all about being out on the fresh open water! It’s warm, clear (clearer than the North Sea anyway!) and even the local Asda sell waterproofs and jet ski clothing!
You have beaches, lakes, swimming & paddling pools; even a water park all close by.. there is sure to be something for everyone!
Luxury Sandbanks of Poole
We headed to three different beaches during our trip; one being the beautiful Sandbanks which are a must-visit for anyone wanting to see how the other half live in some of the most amazing houses you will ever see!
You can even hire rental chalets for the day too which looked pretty awesome!
It was a beautiful beach. We walked right around to the Ferry boat.
The Sandbanks ferry is a vehicular chain ferry that takes you across the entrance of the Poole Harbour. If you were to drive around it would take you 25 miles!
The second beach we visited we mistimed and the tide was in for most of our time there! Luckily there was a paddling pool as well as a pretty cool playground so we actually ended up spending quite a bit of time there considering when we arrived we thought we would be turning back around pretty sharpish!
The third beach of which we visited was Bournemouth beach. Although not technically in Poole it is very closeby and somewhere for sure worth a visit if you are in the area.
Poole has so many playgrounds… we went to three in just one day!
The one at Hamworthy Park as I’ve already mentioned had probably our favorite but the one below was not far from the Swimming pool.
I hope that helps give you some cheap and cheerful ideas on activities in and around the Poole area.
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