Sports & Activities

Poole Park is the perfect location for keeping fit and healthy.  With 100 acres of parkland, 2 lakes and superb sporting facilities, a visit to the park should be a regular fixture on your leisure calendar!

The park plays an important part in the local community with a popular cafe and contemporary waterside restaurant, soft play and children’s ice rink, two playground areas, cricket pitches, watersports, crazy golf course, putting green, tennis courts, model boat racing, and outdoor gym equipment.

THE ARC

This multi award winning activity centre provides all-weather family fun day out! On offer are three levels of soft play with slides, tunnels and interactive zones (up to 11 years old).  Also available is a dedicated toddlers’ soft play area for little ones, indoor ice rink for all ages and abilities, spacious café with outdoor terrace overlooking Swan Lake, ice cream parlous, School Holiday Camp and fantastic themed children’s birthday parties. Click here for more info and to book…

TENNIS

Our tennis courts have recently undergone extensive renovation and are excellent for learning to play or brushing up your backhand.  Click here for more info and to book…

WATERSPORTS

Rockley Watersports provide a wide range of fun activities and equipment hire for all ages including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, windsurfing, sailing and pedaloes.  Click here for more info and to book…

DINING AT THE KITCHEN

Situated at the heart of Poole’s historic park, The Kitchen occupies an impressive glass-fronted building with stunning views across the UK’s largest inland saltwater lake. A breathtaking location combined with contemporary styling and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere create a welcoming setting.  The Kitchen is perfect for a quick lunch and leisurely lounging and serves the very best of British classics and comfort food favourites along with handmade pizzas cooked in their clay oven.  Click here for more info and to book…

RUNNING

With wide pathways around the cricket pitch and lakes, Poole Park is the perfect destination for runners keen to keep up their fitness or train for a competition.  Every weekend Poole Park plays host to two hugely popular running events for all ages and abilities and hosts Poole’s biggest running event every June.  Click here to find out more…

GREEN GYM FITNESS EQUIPMENT

Dotted around the park you will find seven outdoor exercise stations boasting a range of fitness challenges suitable for all ages and abilities.  Download a fitness equipment map here or click here to find out more…

CRICKET

At the heart of Poole Park is a circular cricket pitch and traditional sports pavilion which is available for hire from Poole Council.

CYCLING

The park lends itself well to recreational cycling and is a favourite with families teaching children to ride their first bike.  Situated next to Poole Park in Baiter Park is the Poole Cycle Speedway Club which is family friendly and extends a warm welcome to new riders.  The Cycle Speedway Club is the cycle racing equivalent to motorised speedway featuring four riders racing over four laps from a standing start.  The bikes are unique to the sport and have a single gear with no brakes.  With riders starting at just 4 years old, the club and sport is accessible for all ages!

SKATE PARK

Nestled next to Poole Park is Baiter Skate Park – a large park comprised of metal ramps in a fairly original layout, on a tamac base.  Baiter skatepark is a good local skatepark with a wide range of obstacles for all types of rider and all abilities. It’s a great place for beginners to practise the basics and also for more experienced skaters who like something a little more challenging.

WALKING 

Poole Park is perfect for those who like to get out and exercise in the fresh air.  Whether  its a gentle stroll, power walk or exercise with your dog, the park offers something for everyone.  Poole Council also run a Healthy walks scheme where walks are run from different locations and graded accordingly.  All walks are led by trained and experienced volunteer Walk Leaders and offer a great social opportunity to keep fit and have fun!

PICNICS

The park features acres of landscaped lawns, flowerbeds and beautiful areas for quiet contemplation.  It also features many areas of natural beauty with views across the harbour, wildflowers and weeping willows, under which many an hour can be spent over a leisurely picnic with friends and family.

DOG WALKING

Poole Park is super dog friendly, providing a safe and picturesque sanctuary for walking and playing with your favourite pooch!