Poole Attractions for Children

(Poole, Dorset, England, UK)

Apart from the beaches of Sandbanks, Shore Road, Canford Cliffs and Branksome Chine (amongst others), Poole does come with some very appealing family themed attractions, perfect for those on holiday with children. Whatever the weather, the out-of-town Tower Park Leisure Complex offers something for everyone, ranging from tenpin bowling and the latest movies, to restaurants and water slides (at Splashdown).

Those with a car may like to drive to the outskirts of Poole, where the Adventure Wonderland theme park is perfect for younger children. A little further afield is Paultons Park, near Romsey, home to three roller coasters, two water rides and the popular Peppa Pig World. Alternatively, simply head to the Oceanarium attraction on the Bournemouth seafront, and afterwards, perhaps pay a visit to the seaside amusements on the pier, which in the summer include mini dodgems and a Helter Skelter.

Poole Attractions for Children

Tower Park Leisure Complex

Address: Mannings Heath, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4NY, England
Tel: +44 (0)1202 722917
The enormous Tower Park Leisure Complex is located on the outskirts of Poole and is a popular draw for children and families in this area of Dorset. This leisure centre is the largest entertainment complex on the south coast and features a wide range of activities, for both children and adults.

Attractions here include a 10-screen UCI cinema, Splashdown - with shallow pools and water slides (indoor and outside), a huge tenpin bowling alley, bingo, amusements featuring the latest arcade games, ice skating, games, and nearby there is also a large Tesco supermarket. If you are feeling hungry, then choose between Burger King, the Chicquito Mexican Restaurant and Bar, Frankie and Benny's, Georgie Porgie's Buffet World, KFC, Nandos, Pizza Express, Pizza Hut and TGI Fridays.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge for attractions, discounts available for children

Poole Attractions for Children


Address: Pier Approach, West Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AA, England
Tel: +44 (0)1202 311 993
The Oceanarium is situated on Bournemouth's seafront, on the West Beach promenade and right next to the pier. This is perfect for a rainy day and features many well-stocked aquariums and huge tanks. Specific attractions at the Oceanarium include large sharks, an underwater viewing tunnel, enormous sea turtles, colourful marine fish, coral reef areas, crabs, lobsters, tropical fish, giant catfish, feeding displays and talks, plasma screen documentaries and a number of interesting educational exhibits. There is also a café with sea views and a large gift shop selling fish-themed seaside souvenirs.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, students and children

Paultons Park

Address: Ower, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6AL, England
Tel: +44 (0)2380 814455
Paultons Park is located 52 km / 32 miles from central Poole and is easy to reach by car. This family leisure park has over 50 attractions for both adults and children of all ages. These include many exotic birds, replica dinosaurs, museums with interactive exhibits, animated shows, stunning gardens and play areas for kids. There are also many fun slow and fast rides at Paultons, such as a log flume, an astroglide, a wave runner, an exciting rollercoaster and a teacup roundabout. Younger children will enjoy 'Tiny Tots Town' and the enchanting 'Magic Forest' area. A large gift shop, a café and parking are all available here.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:30 (weekends only during November and December, closing earlier)
Admission: charge for attractions, discounts available for children

Poole Attractions for Children

Adventure Wonderland

Address: Merritown Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BA, England
Tel: +44 (0)1202 483444
Formerly named the Alison in Wonderland Family Park, Adventure Wonderland is a theme park aimed at families with younger children and is situated close to Poole, just across from Bournemouth International Airport. Inspired by Lewis Carroll's famous story 'Alice in Wonderland', this theme-park includes many attractions for children, such as jumping bean trampolines, junior go-karts, a large astroslide, a runaway train, a teacup ride, flying elephants, a 'Ghostly Galleon' ride and an indoor play area (the Aztec Adventure Play Centre), with soft toys for youngsters. Other highlights include one of Europe's largest hedge mazes, a restaurant, picnic areas, a gift shop selling a range of Alice in Wonderland souvenirs, and storytelling on the lawn, with a large cast of colourful actors.
Open hours: April to mid-September, daily - 10:00 to 18:00, mid-September to October, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge for attractions, children three years old and under are free

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