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Events at Upton Country Park

MAY

Kids Activity Corner


Saturday 28th May - 5th June

Daily, times to be confirmed

Next to the Education Centre

Activities from £2.50


Bring the kids to Upton Country Park to make the most of this half term!

The Craft Barn will be open daily with plenty of activities to choose from, or alternatively head outside to our activity corner for Go-Karts and Crazy Golf.

Activities from £2.50 per child. Located next to the education centre, daily timings to follow.

Plant & Garden Fair


Sunday 29th & Monday 30th May

10am - 4.30pm

In the Walled Garden

FREE admission


Come and buy that special plant for your garden  • Speak to the growers and get advice from experts  •  Stroll around and enjoy the beautiful park and gardens

Refreshments available. FREE admission, but a donation would be welcome

Car parking by donation.

A joint venture with the Friends of Upton Country Park. All proceeds will go towards projects in the House and Park.

For further details please call 01202 262753

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DWT Forest School Fun!


Tuesday 31st May

10-11.30am or 1.30-3pm

Meet at the Education Centre

By donation*


This Dorset Wildlife Trust event will provide the perfect opportunity to develop your bush-craft skills and hunt for mini-beasts at Upton Country Park.

Children and parents alike can enjoy their time outdoors and will learn some top tips on how to find and identify local wildlife.

There is a maximum of 15 children per session and parental supervision is required.

Booking is essential, please call 01202 692033 to reserve your place. *Suggested donation of £5 per child. Meet at the Education Centre.

JUNE

Kids Activity Corner


Daily until 5th June

Times to be confirmed

Next to the Education Centre

Activities from £2.50


Bring the kids to Upton Country Park to make the most of this half term!

The Craft Barn will be open daily with plenty of activities to choose from, or alternatively head outside for Go-Karts and Crazy Golf.

Activities from £2.50 per child.

Upton House Music Festival



Friday 10th - Sunday 12th June

Admission from 5.30/6pm

On the Front Lawn

From £27.50


Tickets now on sale!

The Upton House Music Festival brings you three nights of quality open air picnic concerts:

  • Katherine Jenkins backed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on Friday 10th June
  • Jools Holland & his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on Saturday 11th June
  • The long awaited return of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with the "Last Night of the BSO Proms” and spectacular fireworks on Sunday 12th June

Picnic on the lawn or buy Gold Circle reserved seats close to the stage. For that special occasion, book our VIP hospitality package or dine "al fresco" in a private enclosure in the concert arena.   

For bookings please call 01202 255161 or visit www.uptonhousemusicfestival.co.uk for full details.

Butterfly Survey Training


Saturday 11th June

10am - 1pm

Meet at the Education Centre

FREE*


Come along and learn to identify and survey some of Upton Country Park’s wonderful wildlife!

The day will begin with a slideshow presentation covering the methodology of surveying, identification of butterfly species and the importance of ecological recording. Handouts and recording sheets will be provided, equipping you with everything you need to keep track of the presence and numbers of these amazing animals. Meet at the Education Centre.

This is a free event but places are limited so booking is essential. To reserve your place please contact the events team on 01202 262753.

The Queen’s Birthday Celebrations


Saturday 11th June

10.30am - 2pm

In the Walled Garden

Activities from £2


It’s time to hang out the Union Flag bunting and celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen at Upton Country Park.

With children’s craft activities taking place and tasty treats available from our Tea Rooms, you can enjoy the celebrations in the beautiful surroundings of our Walled Garden.

Activities from £2.

The Great Global Greyhound Walk


Sunday 19th June

Starts at 10.45am

Meet in the Main Car Park

Entry by donation*


We’re calling all Greyhound and Lurcher owners for this special walk around Upton Country Park’s perimeter.

Come and help celebrate and raise awareness for these wonderful dogs. For further details contact event organiser at www.greatglobalgreyhoundwalk.co.uk.

Meet in the main car park at the start of the play trail at 10.45am.

*Entry is a suggested voluntary donation of £2 and goes towards Great Global Greyhound Walks and Greyhounds in Need.

The Mayor of Poole’s Grand Charity Garden Party


Wednesday 22nd June

2.30pm - 5pm

In the Walled Garden

£12 / £15


Ladies, reach for your hats and dust off your frocks for Poole’s Grand Garden Party in the beautiful surroundings of the Walled Garden!

Delicious teas, cakes and musical accompaniment. Proceeds raised will be shared between three local Poole charities – Lewis-Manning Hospice, Chestnut Nursery and Waggy Tails Rescue.

Tickets available from Poole Tourism Information Office at Poole Museum, or online at buytickets.at/themayorscharityfund/51775.

£12 per ticket in advance, or £15 on the door.

JULY

Wessex Actors Company: Hayfever


Sunday 3rd July

5pm for 6pm

In the Walled Garden

£14  / £10


The Wessex Actors Company is back for another year with their rendition of Noel Coward’s witty comedy ‘Hayfever’.

The popular production is a fabulous, frothy, feverish farce with underlying themes of cruelty, jealousy and despair. Bring along and enjoy your own evening picnic in the Walled Garden from 5pm with the performance starting at 6pm.

For details please visit www.wessex-actors-company.co.uk

Adults £14, Under 17’s £10. A £2 discount is available on advance tickets from Poole Tourist Information Centre at Poole Museum, or online from www.wessex-actors-company.co.uk

The WAC will also be performing 'Hayfever’ here on Sunday 17th July

Lytchett Minster and Upton Floral Group Flower Show


Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July

Times as below

Upton House

£1 per person


‘Step Back in Time’ at Upton House this summer and witness the stunning flower arrangements from the Lytchett Minster and Upton Floral Group.

Run solely by volunteers their keen eye for detail takes the splendour of Upton House to a new level. For more information please call 01929 553697.

Saturday open 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Sunday open 10.30am to 4pm

The Great Poole Dog Walk


Sunday 17th July

10am for 11am

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£5 per dog


Bring your pooch to the Great Poole Dog Walk at Upton Country Park and help raise money for Waggy Tails Rescue Centre, Lewis-Manning Hospice and Chestnut Nursery.

Further activities include ‘Where’s Fido’ competition and Scavenger hunt with guaranteed prizes. This walk is not suitable for dogs under 6 months, dogs in season or dogs registered under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

£5 per dog (max. 4 dogs per person, 4th dog goes free). £1 additional walkers over 16.

Registration from 10am. The walk starts at 11am.

Wessex Actors Company: Hayfever


Sunday 17th July

5pm for 6pm

In the Walled Garden

£14  / £10


The Wessex Actors Company is back for another year with their rendition of Noel Coward’s witty comedy ‘Hayfever’.

The popular production is a fabulous, frothy, feverish farce with underlying themes of cruelty, jealousy and despair. Bring along and enjoy your own evening picnic in the Walled Garden from 5pm with the performance starting at 6pm.

For details please visit www.wessex-actors-company.co.uk

Adults £14, Under 17’s £10. A £2 discount is available on advance tickets from Poole Tourist Information Centre at Poole Museum, or online from www.wessex-actors-company.co.uk

Get Up and Bounce!


Thursday 21st July - 31st August

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On the Front Lawn

£4 / hour


Bring the children along to Upton Country Park to let off steam and have plenty of fun with Get Up and Bounce.

With a selection of inflatables and bouncy castles for all ages, this event provides great entertainment for the children during the summer holidays.

Please note that times and dates might change subject to weather conditions – we recommend that you keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest information.

£4 for one hour of unlimited play on the front lawn.


Dorset Dogs Festival


Saturday 30th July

11am - 4pm

On the Front Lawn

FREE admission / £1


Don't miss this lively fun-filled day with displays and demonstrations, stalls, a fun dog show, children's activities and the opportunity for your dog to have-a-go at agility.

Join a guided walkies around the new off-lead fields or chill out & share your ice-cream under the trees! For further details check out www.dorsetdogs.org.uk

Free Admission to the public. £1 Dog Show Entry.

AUGUST

Get Up and Bounce!


Daily until 31st August

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On the Front Lawn

£4 / hour


Bring the children along to Upton Country Park to let off steam and have plenty of fun with Get Up and Bounce.

With a selection of inflatables and bouncy castles for all ages, this event provides great entertainment for the children during the summer holidays.

Please note that times and dates might change subject to weather conditions – we recommend that you keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest information.

£4 for one hour of unlimited play on the front lawn.


The Poole Town & Country Show


Sat 6th & Sun 7th August

10am - 5pm

On the Front Lawn

Please see below


Tickets now on sale!

The beautiful grounds of Upton Country Park are once again to play host to the 8th annual Poole Town & Country Show this summer over the weekend of 6 & 7 August and organisers Oakleigh Fairs hope to repeat the great turnout achieved in previous years.

There will be something for everyone – including birds of prey, working dogs with John Cavana, Purbeck Ferrets, Terrier Racing, children's entertainer Mario, The Goat Show, as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees, trade stands and rural demonstrators. Music from Celtic Confusion throughout the weekend with their blend of traditional and folk music. The event is fully catered and there is a licensed bar featuring Real Ales and cider.

Children can also enjoy inflatables and a children’s fairground (charges apply).

Entry £6 for adults, £5 concessions, £3 for children aged 5-16 yrs. A Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children) is available at £15. Advance tickets at discounted rates available from www.oakleighfairs.co.uk/upton






REGULAR ACTIVITIES AT UPTON  COUNTRY PARK

Nordic Walking Classes every Friday at 12.30pm and 1.30pm for 1 hour. A great low impact outdoor activity using Nordic Walking poles which provide stability whilst recruiting between 80-90% of the muscles in the body. £4 per session, meet in the main car park.

Free Health Walks The Poole Healthy Walks Scheme offers free short walks led by trained volunteer Walk Leaders. Every Friday at 12 noon and every 2nd Saturday of the month at 10am. All walks are 1 mile and offer gentle exercise. New walkers always welcome, just turn up and join in. Meet by the bus stop in the main car park.

Segway Tours Running throughout the year - a unique way to enjoy the Country Park! Take a guided Segway tour gliding through the beautiful gardens and woodland with a qualified instructor whilst you take in the abundance of plants and wildlife around you. Minimum age for a Segway tour is 12 years, and maximum group size is 6 per tour. Please phone Dorset Segways on 01183 341807 or 01183 341808. or visit dorsetsegways.co.uk for more information or to book .

Petanque every Wednesday & Sunday at 1.30pm. Meet at the Petanque terrain.

Upton House Open Days & House Tours details at the Friends website

Please see our Things To Do page for details of more activities such as Orienteering


Events may be subject to change; please check facebook.com/uptoncountrypark for any last minute live updates

May - August 2016 - events and activities at Upton Country Park (pdf, 700kb)