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 9th:  RSPB Monthly Guided Walk

 14th & 16th:  DWT Forest School Fun!

 18th:  Health & Lifestyle Fair

 Friday 9th June - 80's Extravaganza

 Saturday 10th June - international superstar Michael Bolton

 Full details & tickets at www.uptonhousemusicfestival.co.uk

Click for details of the Upton House Music Festival in June

 2nd:  Nature Tots with the RSPB

 5th:  Wedding Fair

 9th:  RSPB Monthly Guided Walk

What is happening?

During 2017 we will be improving our car parks to provide more year-round parking spaces. We are also improving our cycle and footpath links.

The Country Park and its facilities will remain open as usual throughout the works.

Country Park improvements & Car Parking charges

Why do we need to improve the car parks?

The Country Park is open every day and enjoyed by over 600,000 visitors each year. In 2015, nearly 275,000 cars entered the estate to use the 260 spaces available. On busy days, surrounding overflow areas like the Front Lawn are used, however these areas are only available when ground conditions permit.

Once the improvements are complete, the estate will be able we will be able to accommodate around 400 vehicles throughout the year, across four car parks. Overflow fields will remain available for our popular events and activity days.

What’s happening in the Entrance Car Park?

The current gravel surface will be regraded and pot holes filled. Over the winter our Conservation Volunteers are carrying out coppice works as part of our Woodland Management Programme. These works happen every seven years to help retain important wildlife habitats.

What’s happening in the Front lawn / Pétanque Car Park?

The Pétanque Terrain is relocating to the adjacent Front Lawn, additional parking bays are being added and a new planting scheme has been designed to enhance the view towards Upton House. Connecting footpaths will also be upgraded to provide improved access.

What’s happening  in the main Car Park?

Subject to planning approval*, the existing car park has been redesigned to increase the number of all-weather gravel spaces and surfaced access tracks.  

The proposal will provide more disabled parking bays, a designated motorbike area and four spaces for longer vehicles. There will also be improvements to footpaths and cycle facilities. The landscape design is sympathetic to the rural and historic setting and supports the specimen trees that we are fortunate to have within the park.

*Planning application APP/16/01875/F

What’s happening in the Poole Road Car Park?

Subject to planning approval**, we propose to extend the existing car park towards Poole Road to accommodate a further 6 cars and surface the access track.

**Planning application 6/2016/0740

How is the project being funded?

The Borough of Poole has agreed an expenditure of up to £500k capital works to implement additional capacity, improve the visitor experience and introduce a system of charging for car parking. This funding has been allocated from the Council’s Capital Reserve.

When will car park charges be introduced?

Upton Country Park will introduce car parking charges from 1st April 2017.  All monies raised will go directly towards supporting the Country Park and enable the Council to continue to protect, maintain and improve the park for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.  

What will the car park tariff be from 1st April 2017?

Why does Upton Country Park need to charge for parking?

The Country Park is increasingly popular with marked increases in visitor numbers and incomes however, the estate still requires a significant subsidy. In the context of its Medium Term Financial Plan, the Council aims to make the park self-sustaining and if this cannot be achieved, the quality and range of facilities or services may be directly impacted.

Will there be an entry fee for the Park?

No. Unlike many other estates and attractions of Upton’s size and grandeur, we don’t charge an entry fee but pride ourselves on maintaining over 140 acres of beautiful gardens and parklands that visitors can freely explore throughout the year. From the shoreline, woodland and meadows to the more formal gardens we have something for everyone to enjoy.