The Park has a network of hard-surfaced wheelchair friendly footpaths. There are several kissing gates throughout the estate; each is accessible with a RADAR key. Accessible toilets are located in the car park and by the Tea Rooms (RADAR key).
The Education Centre is accessed via a wheelchair friendly ramp. Access to Upton House ground floor includes entrance/exit ramps and toilet facilities.
Things to Do at Upton Country Park
Plenty to see and do for every member of the family in Poole’s much loved Country Park.
Exciting adventures to be had all year round
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the woodlands, gardens and meadows, or the livelier atmosphere of the Walled Garden
The Georgian splendour of the Grade II* listed Upton House makes for a fabulous venue for any special occasion, from wedding ceremonies and receptions to business meetings and corporate away days [more here].
The House is open to the public on certain Sundays of the year, when tours of the ground floor rooms are offered with knowledgeable guides from The Friends of Upton Country Park. Please visit www.uptoncountrypark.org for details.
Walled Garden and summer Splash Fountain
Re-landscaped in 2012 with well managed beds and borders, and plenty of open space to enjoy. Open daily 9am - 6pm, unless booked out for a wedding or other private event - please check our current Closures Diary or join us on Facebook for regular updates.
From May to September, the Walled Garden comes alive for four hours a day as the Splash Fountain entertains the children while you look on from a safe distance! Operational from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, it’s the perfect way to while away a summer’s day with a family picnic.
Open from 12pm every weekend (excluding December) and every day in the summer months, the Kiosk is staffed by friendly volunteers from The Friends of Upton Country Park who will sell you that much longed-for ice cream or coffee. It is also a great source of Park information.
The Kiosk is located at the rear of Upton House, perfectly situated whether you are relaxing on the back lawn or running about at the front!
The Gallery Upstairs, open daily
As the name suggests, the Gallery is situated upstairs, above the Tea Rooms, and is open daily in line with the Tea Rooms opening times. The Gallery hosts both traditional and contemporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Admission is free! Exhibitions change every 2-3 weeks so we’ve always got something new for your visit to one of Dorset’s largest Country Parks. Full disabled access is offered via a lift from the Tea Rooms. Check out what’s on now at www.thegalleryupstairs.org.uk
Take a Segway tour and appreciate the Country Park in a completely different way!
Glide through the beautiful gardens, parkland and woodlands with a Dorset Segways qualified instructor and take in the abundance of wildlife and plants around you.
The Play Trail is a must for any visit with children.
Created in 2013, it is made up of ten natural timber play structures that enhance a woodland walk. Structures include a tree swing, log stack and climbing tower. The trail starts on the lawn close to the The Cabin and continues through Grove Wood.
Pick up a map from the Kiosk or Tea Rooms and see who can find them all the fastest!
The Front Lawn
As the only place in the Park designated for ball games, the large front lawn is the ideal spot for family picnics and sports, with children able to run around safely.
The space is also used for large events, such as the annual Poole Town and Country Show.
Whether a beginner or not, have fun navigating your way around one of the largest public open spaces in Poole. Walk, run or jog the course and progress at your own pace.
Pick up the map at the Tea Rooms or Kiosk and follow the numbered posts set up by Wessex Orienteering Club for as long or short a route as you like.
Cycling and Walking
Upton Country Park is the ideal place to visit for a leisurely stroll or cycle ride, along the shoreline and through the woodland with beautiful views over Poole Harbour an added bonus. Cycle paths & footpaths are well marked on our Park map.
Whether you are cycling part of the Castleman Trailway, exercising the dog or just having fun walking with the kids, there are many ways to make the Country Park your place to keep active.
For years people have enjoyed exercising their dogs across the 100 acres of open parkland and woodlands at Upton Country Park.
As the Park grows in popularity and in size we have been working with the Dorset Dogs group to implement the ‘Paw Prints’ code. This system is recognised nationwide as a way of making it clear to dog walkers which areas are on or off lead, and which are dog-free. Look out of the symbols on your next visit!
Sorry no dogs
Gifts & Souvenirs in the Tea Rooms
Visit the Gift Stand in the Tea Rooms and take home your own souvenir of the Country Park.
We offer a selection of fabulous gifts from mugs, cotton bags and umbrellas to pens, pencils and even a cuddly hedgehog! There is something for everyone and plenty to choose from.
Take a look next time you visit!
Dog Training Area
Our large enclosed Dog Training Area can be found in the new area of parkland (see map).
Train your new puppy in a secure space, or just give your dog some off-lead time knowing it won’t run off. The surrounding area has also been designated as “off-lead” for when you and your dog feel more confident. This great facility is also available to book for exclusive use by accredited dog trainers between May - October; from 7-8pm on weekdays and 11-12am on weekends, from £15 an hour. Please call 01202 262753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings and further details..
Heritage Information Banners
2016 marks 200 years since the construction of Upton House began back in 1816. The initial house took two years to complete and the Estate formed a boundary which is similar to the area we all love to explore today.
Get out across the Country Park and learn about this great Estate at eight different banner locations – you’ll discover lots of interesting facts about the history of the Woodlands, Shoreline, house and formal gardens as you go. View our map here …
Tea Rooms, open daily, 9.30 - 5.00pm
Whatever the weather, make sure you visit our Tea Rooms; get yourself a refreshing hot or cold drink, delicious light lunch or an ice cream, and treat yourself to one of the tempting cakes on offer. Take a table inside our recently refurbished interior, or venture out onto the Terrace to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Grade II* listed Walled Garden.
If you are a regular visitor to the Country Park you may find it beneficial to buy a Car Park Season Ticket. For just £40 a year you can visit an unlimited number of times during our normal opening hours. You can register two vehicles per household and tickets are available through an easy online application at the Borough of Poole Self Service area.
In March 2017 our new pétanque terrain opened on the front lawn. This free facility is available to book for club matches or just Have-a-Go sessions. Learn new skills and make new friends with Upton House as a beautiful backdrop.
In June 2017 the national parkrun initiative launched at Upton Country Park. This free and fun 5k route takes you across the Country Park to enjoy the fabulous countryside and shoreline. A great way of meeting new people and improving your fitness. You will also enjoy a post run refreshment in the Tea Rooms.
This summer we’ve been working with talented students from the Bournemouth and Poole College as part of their apprenticeship at Cobham Ltd. They interpreted our brief wonderfully by creating a giant picture frame celebrating the opening of the new meadows and the beautiful shoreline of Poole Harbour. So get creative and capture your perfect family photo. Please send your favourites to us at email@example.com or tag us @uptoncountrypark on your Facebook posts. Have fun!
We’ve created a special play zone for the under 8’s to explore the outdoors and use their imagination for creative and sociable play. The outdoor kitchen, pirate boat and play tyres all give the opportunity to have fun, dig and pretend to knock up some culinary delights. Your children are welcome to bring in their own toys, especially for the brick car track, and really get the most out of this free interactive entertainment space this summer. Please accompany your children at all times within the play garden.