A visit to Poole is not complete without a visit to Poole Park.
I suppose the most well known feature, apart from the lake, is the Miniature Railway, which regularly stops at the little staion to take children and their parents around the park. This is around twenty minute long, so worth doing.
There is the revamped restaurant with Ice Rink attached, now this is fun! And again it's great for the kids as it's not very big. A few skating guys are there to rescue anyone in trouble and they raise the fun notches if there's only a few children (book this in advance).
Miniature golf is fu- oh is it crazy golf? Windmills and hazrds and such. Also there are tennis courts - real ones, not fun ones.
There are adventure playgrounds at either end of the park, a cycling circuit and a cricket oval, or in this case, circle.
Boats can be hired for sailing, with an experienced teacher.
Loads of grass space to play frisbee, run around or just lol with a book.
The Park is always the start and finish of charity races which means it gets shut for a little while but you get in with plenty of time to cheer on your mates.
Poole park is one of my favorite places in the town with its lakes and wild birds as well as boats and play parks it has a little something for everyone. I have been visiting the park my whole life right back to the times of the Poole park zoo and these visits have continued on after the Zoo closed. There is plenty for children to do with 2 separate play parks with swings and slides etc and plenty of ducks to feed. With rowing and pedal boats that allow you to explore the larger lake and sail around its 5 islands that represent the 5 main islands in Poole bay. Be sure to visit the indoor play area and indoor ice rink and take a ride on the small railway that weaves around the lake and between the ducks. What more could u wish for on a cheap day out for the kids. Other activities include tennis courts, bowls and plenty of open space for football or cricket.
*Check out the Christmas area which this year includes real reindeer as well as turkeys and rabbits.
Poole park has really improved over the years. It now has 2 playparks for children as well as a sand pit which is very near to a restraunt so parents can grab a drink and bite to eat, and they offer childrens meals there too. There is also a inside soft play area for young and older children There is also a boating lake which has a varitey of watersports on offer. There is also a inside ice skating rink, which again children can use whilst adults have a meal. what makes poole park is the location as its easily reached by car or bus or a short walk from the town centre, whats amazes me is the amount of things that are going on around the park, but it still has a traditional feel of a quiet park where you go to feed the ducks.. Also at christmas they use the poole park train for the park santa which children ride on to reach santa, this train is also going through out the year, for a short ride round the park.
Ultra small skating rink in the park.. adjacent to the fun factory and the cafe mainly suitable for children and the inexperienced skater handy penguins on gliders for younger or nervous children to hold on to birthday parties are welcome although pre booking is essential.. Some serious skating sessions are featured in the programme, and there is a shortage of skating rinks in the area..however its hard to see how any truly serious skating could take place in such a small area.
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