Magical Brownsea Island

Take a walk along Poole Harbour and you’re unlikely to miss Brownsea Island.

Big, green and magically alluring, this local treasure is the largest island in the harbour and a haven for nature and history lovers alike. Its impressive natural habitat and fascinating past is a heady combination.

Once a hideout for pirates, the island’s chequered history also includes being pillaged by Vikings, blitzed by Nazi bombers and used as a stronghold for both Henry VIII and the Civil War. Couple that with the island’s abundant wildlife, which includes bold and beautiful peacocks and mischievous red squirrels, it’s no wonder Brownsea Island has become a legend in its own right.

You can catch the ferry from Poole Quay or take the ‘yellow boat’ scenic cruise to the Island. However you explore this beautiful island, be sure to remember its colourful past and enjoy its timeless presence. And if you’re lucky, you may well spot a red squirrel darting around its woodland.


Discover Brownsea Island with their upcoming events…

A Pirate Adventure

Various dates in July and August.

Follow the free trail of the shipwrecked pirates, hear tales of invasion from local storyteller, make your own eye patch, build pirate shelters and much more including a special pirate apple day.

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Big Den Build

Various dates in July and August.

Come and join Brownsea Island’s outdoor team as they show you the best way to build a shelter for outdoors, using only nature’s materials. A great day of fun for the whole family!


Heathland Walk

Saturday 1st of August.

Explore Brownsea Island’s heathland with a National Trust ranger and discover more about the wildlife and flora that makes the heathland their home. A prefect day out with the family.


First World War Walk

Wednesday 16th September.

Take a step back in time and explore the island’s first world war connections. Join a free guided walk that takes you around the Island and shows you their importance in the war.


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