Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Poole Park

Poole Park logo

Poole Park is a large urban park next to a boating lake, with a cafe, play areas, tennis courts, bowls and water sports facilities.

A successful bid for 2.7 million of National Lottery funding in 2017 has been supporting the four-year Poole Park Life improvement project.

There are 3 sites at Poole Park that are licensed to hire for outdoor events.

There are 3 free car parks in the park:

  • next to The Kitchen - around 40 spaces, 2-hour maximum stay
  • between Rockley Watersports and The Ark - around 30 spaces, 3-hour maximum stay
  • next to The Ark - around 60 spaces, three-hour maximum stay.

You can also park for free on the roads within Poole Park.

The park is closed to vehicles between 6am and 10am, Monday to Saturday.

The park’s main entrances are on Parkstone Road, Sandbanks Road, Kingland Road and Whitecliff Road.

There’s access for cars on Kingland Road, Sandbanks Road, Whitecliff Road and Copse Close.

You cannot drive into Poole Park from Monday to Saturday between 6am and 10am.

Dogs are allowed in the park, except within the fenced play areas.

The park has:

  • drinking water taps
  • picnic areas
  • The Ark café, with a soft play area and a children's ice-skating rink
  • Scoops ice cream parlour
  • The Kitchen waterside restaurant.

In the park there’s:

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Venue/Contact Details
Poole Park
Poole Park
Parkstone Road
BH15 2SF
Area coverage
BCP Area
See Journey Planner on right-hand side of this page, where you can view bus, car and train routes from your location.
  • Refreshment / Snacks
  • Toilet Available
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Quiet area
  • Visits and Outings
  • Meals Provided
  • Pushchair and Pram Accessible
  • Drop off / Collection point
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Car Parking
Times and Costs
Opening times:
The play area is an open facility but may shut at dusk, please visit the website for more information.
Further opening details:
  • Evening
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • All Year Round
It is free to use the park.