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“Brownsea for Children (Grand children)”
Review of Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Owned by the National Trust, Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour, with spectacular views across to the Purbeck Hills. Thriving natural habitats - including woodland, heathland and a lagoon - create a unique haven for wildlife, such as the rare red squirrel and a wide variety of birds, including dunlin, kingfishers, common and sandwich terns and oystercatchers. The Outdoor Centre invites you to come and follow in the footsteps of Lord Baden-Powell and the very first Scouts who camped here in 1907. Scout and Guide Groups can camp and get stuck in with activities such as archery and low ropes and we also offer Eco Adventure Camping as an opportunity for the general public to come and experience the great outdoors. The perfect day's adventure - this island wildlife sanctuary is easy to get to but feels like another world from the moment you step ashore.
Reviewed 16 April 2014

The freedom for children is wonderful on Brownsea. We took our two grand children age 4yrs and 6 yrs for the day - it is rather a lot of money to ferry over AND to land (as we are not in the National Trust )......However to watch the kids gather logs and big branches; get bundles of dead fern to block up holes; mix with other kids older and younger to make "homes" round trees it was just magical. No health and safety issues which is so refreshing. Oliver (4) needed the loo and on the way back climbed three different trees that were marked as " good to climb" before returning to a filthy and extremely happy Sister and Grand-dad ( who was still as clean as a whistle but had some great photos!!)
A few weeks ago just the two of us, aged P's, went over with the Dorset Trust. A large boat load went over but we wandered off saw very few people for the whole 4 hours we were there. Enjoyed a picnic lunch while watching four red squirrels and various bird life. One of the hides gave excellent views. It is just a lovely relaxing place - well worth a visit; but be aware it does hurt the purse strings a wee bit!!

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Brownsea is a must go to destination in Poole Harbour. Apart from red squirrels peacocks and various seabirds etc. the island offers wonderful walks for all the family

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

This National Trust island is a "must do" for all visitors to Dorset. Catch the ferry at Poole Quay, and cruise across the world famous harbour. The island is a joy - peacocks, a pretty church, red squirrels, lots of woodland walks, sandy beaches and much more. The coffee shop has a simply amazing view and the gift shop is worth a visit too. The castle is privately owned by John Lewis and not open to the public.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

You can reach Brownsea Island by boat either from near the Sandbanks ferry, or from Poole harbour.
It is lovely to walk around the island, and it covers a large area.
There are red squirrels to be seen, a very pretty church, and hides for bird watching. You could easily spend a day walking around, and there is a cafe.

Thank Jenny F
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Brownsea is a Great Day Out for everyone. Starting with a Boat Ride from Poole Harbour. Once you get there you can enjoy a lovely cream tea and scenic walks around the island. You may even be lucky enough to see one of the many Red Squirrels playing in the trees.

Thank Pitrats
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