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Poole is a coastal town in Dorset

Poole Quay is on the second largest natural harbour in the world boasting eye-catching yachts and offshore power boating among many of its year-round water based activities. If however, you feel a little left out watching all those privately-owned yachts skimming past, there’s no need, find your sea legs on the Brownsea Island ferry service which criss-crosses between Poole Quay, Brownsea Island and Sandbanks, or even charter a sailing boat or motor boat. You can even get a Harbour Cruise over to the Isle of Wight.

If you want to go further a-field you can catch the Condor Ferry over to the Channel Islands for a mini day trip.

Crabbing is always a very popular way to keep the kids entertained and where better then directly off Poole Quay? Walk the Cockle trail and enjoy tales of the past.

Catch the land train from Poole Quay to Poole Park where you’ll find plenty of space for the kids to run around, a 55-acre lake, a restaurant, a ride-able miniature railway, play areas and many other attractions to suit all ages.

For the adults, there’s also the chance to do some deep-sea fishing – charter available directly from the Quay.

Poole offers an excellent shopping experience with the French open air Market and the Dolphin Shopping Centre which is the biggest shopping centre for miles around housing many famous names all under one roof and Shopmobility is available. Visit the Waterfront and Scaplens Court museum and gardens.

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You’ll find plenty of bars, brasseries and restaurants in Poole that are either upbeat or intimate depending on your choice. Other evening entertainment includes:

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  • Condor Ferries’ Dream Machines on Poole Quay every Tuesday evening
  • Coles Miller Quay for my Car
  • Friday evenings on the Quay with different car marquees every week