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Poole Harbour and Poole Bay are popular areas for a number of recreational pursuits, including sailing, windsurfing, surfing, kitesurfing and water skiing.[97] The harbour's large areas of sheltered waters attract windsurfers, particularly around the northern and eastern shores. Water skiing takes place in the harbour in a special designated area known as the Wareham Channel. The waters around the harbour, Poole Bay and Studland Bay are also popular for recreational angling and diving.[97]

Poole is such an exciting holiday location, we definitely recommend you staying for a short while so you can enjot all Poole has to offer!

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Human settlement in the area dates back to before the Iron Age. The earliest recorded use of the town's name was in the 12th century when the town began to emerge as an important port, prospering with the introduction of the wool trade. In later centuries, the town had important trade links with North America and at its peak in the 18th century it was one of the busiest ports in Britain. In the Second World War, the town was one of the main departing points for the Normandy landings.

Since 1999 the town's Rossmore Leisure Centre has hosted the GMPD Poole Gymnastics Competition every October with the Holiday Inn Express hosting some of the competitors as well as a Disco on the Saturday evening, hundreds of competitors from across the country compete each year, the competition celebrates its 14th Anniversary in 2013.

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Poole has three of the oldest Scout Association groups in the world. 1st Parkstone Air Scout Group holds records dating back to February 1908 and 1st Hamworthy Scout Group has records dating back to October 1908; both groups were formed out of the original Boys Brigade units that had members take part in the original Scout Camp in 1907. Broadstone Group has records dating back to December 1908 and was home to the first King's/Queen's Scout.[112]

The Lighthouse Theatre always has a great line up of live shows, events and exhibitions for you culture lovers.

Try your hand at windsurfing, sailing or you could try catching your own dinner on a chartered fishing trip.

Lighthouse is getting a major building refresh this summer. We have started work that will future proof Poole’s Centre for the Arts as a focus for another generation. During this time the building will be closed for live events however we will be out and about throughout Poole with a series of pop-up events. The Ticket office is open Monday to Friday during our closure.

Poole's wide and sandy beaches are used for swimming, sunbathing, water sports and sailing.[98] The beaches at Sandbanks are often used for sporting events such as the Sandbanks Beach Volleyball Festival, and the annual British Beach polo Championship.[99][100]

Take it easy and relax at Poole Quay, a great place to just sit back relax and watch the world go by with some fabulous food and drink with loved ones.   

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With Poole’s natural coastal setting you are sure to find plenty of superb beachside cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars making it a great place to relax with friends.

The nightlife on offer is second to none with a great mix of entertainment to enjoy.

Poole's motorcycle speedway team, the Poole Pirates, were established and began racing at Poole Stadium in 1948 in the National League Division Three. The team now races in the top tier of league racing (the Elite League) which they won in 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2014.[110] Poole Stadium is also a venue for greyhound racing; race nights occur three days a week throughout the year.[111]

Why not take to the water and enjoy some of the best water sport facilities to be found on the south coast.


Situated directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, Poole is a gateway town to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which includes 153 kilometres (95 mi) of the Dorset and east Devon coast important for its geology, landforms and rich fossil record.[44] The South West Coast Path stretches for 1,014 kilometres (630 mi) from Minehead in Somerset, along the coast of Devon and Cornwall and on to Poole. The path is the England's longest national trail at 1,014 kilometres (630 mi).[45]

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Poole's Summertime in the South is an annual programme providing various events on Poole Quay and Sandbanks from May until September. During June and July, live music, street entertainment and a large firework display take place on Poole Quay every Thursday evening. In August, the entertainment moves to the beaches at Sandbanks.[116]

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Poole Harbour is one of the largest centres for sailing in the UK with yacht clubs including Lilliput Sailing Club, Parkstone Yacht Club and Poole Yacht Club. Parkstone Yacht Club hosted the OK Dinghy World Championships in 2004,[102] the J/24 National Championships in 2006 and the J/24 European Championships in 2007,[103] and are the organisers of Youth Week and Poole Week – two of the largest annual dinghy regattas of their type in the country.[104][105]

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The design of the coat of arms originated in a seal from the late 14th century and were recorded by Clarenceux King of Arms during the heraldic visitation of Dorset in 1563.[33] The wavy bars of black and gold represent the sea and the dolphin is sign of Poole's maritime interests.[34] The scallop shells are the emblem of Saint James and are associated with his shrine at Santiago de Compostela – a popular destination for Christian pilgrims departing from Poole Harbour in the Middle Ages.[34]

Poole is a bustling tourist resort in the east of Dorset, known for its large natural harbour (2nd largest in the world behind Sydney), exciting entertainment and award winning blue flag beaches.

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Sports lovers will not be disappointed, have a night out with friends at the dog racing track or get the adrenaline going watching the Poole Pirates speedway.

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