Family destinations

From island tours and cultural experiences to local seafront towns lapped with laid back beaches, discover Sandbank's best holiday destinations for families.

A holiday in Sandbanks is the perfect place to start exploring the local area. With the historic seaside towns of Poole & Bournemouth within a short distance, there’s so much to do for all the family here on the “Coast with the Most”!

Upton Country House

Upton Country House and gardens

Upton Country House and gardens

Set in beautiful wooded parkland set out in the early 19th century, Upton Country House stands in splendourous grounds. There really is something for everybody who visits and you can easily spend all day enjoying this magnificent location.

Upton Country Park plays host to numerous events throughout the year including Upton Music festival.

For nature lovers there’s amazing horticulture and a beautiful botanical walled garden. There’s also 130 acres of parkland to explore and shoreline that stretches as far as the eye can see with a bird watching hide, perfect for spotting one of the many rare winged visitors.

Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour

Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour

With it’s very own castle built by Henry VIII and 500 acres of island to explore, Brownsea Island is a must for any visitor to Poole.

Getting to the island is easy with Brownsea Island Ferries located on Poole Quay and next to the Chain Ferry in Sandbanks.

Poole Quay

Just a short distance from Sandbanks is the historic quayside of Poole. Poole Quay plays host to a variety of exciting festivals and events throughout the year from festivals like the Seafood Festival to Dream Machines every Tuesday evening – more effectionaly known by locals as “Biker’s Night”!

There’s also pubs like the King Charles and The Lord Nelson who have regular live music and bands throughout the week.

Poole Park

Bordering Poole town’s magnificent harbour, Poole Park features 110 acres of parkland, large play parks, a saltwater lagoon and beautiful lakes, and is above all a wonderful place to make memories.