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9 things to fall in love with in Poole this February

From warming walks and beachside retreats to coastal cruises and spectacular wildlife, Poole has plenty to share with friends, family or that special someone this February.    

Sandbanks Beach 2009

1. Recharge your batteries with beachside walks, uninterrupted views and an ever changing scene.  Wild weather or winter sun, it’s perfect for clearing your head without the crowds.





Starlings c Donna Challinor2. Get close to a wealth of wildlife as Poole Harbour provides the perfect backdrop for a stunning winter spectacle including the largest winter flock of Avocet in the UK.  Birds flock to the woods and walks of Upton Country Park with stunning sunsets and starling acrobatics creating magnificent murmurations over the RSPB Arne, home of BBC2’s Winterwatch link will open in new window.  And you don’t need to be an expert to see all the winter action with friendly guided walks and bird boat cruises
Picture by Donna Challinor.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro


3. Snuggle up in a cozy cottage, beachside hotel or stay in a friendly B&B with glorious breakfasts and great local knowledge.





Lulworth Cove photo courtesy of Lulworth Estate

4. Gateway to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, explore the jewels of the UK’s coastline such as Lulworth Cove, just a stone’s throw away. 







 Poole Market Photo 

5. With a local fishing fleet, stunning seasonal seafood is landed in Poole each day. February sees fabulous flat fish as Plaice and Dover Sole top the list. With mackerel, lobster, crab and mussels also on the menu, Poole’s restaurants such as the quayside’s Poole Arms, the Guildhall Tavern based in Poole’s Old Town plus Rick Stein Sandbanks and The Point at the Haven Hotel on the famous Sandbanks peninsular, all make the most of the bounty.  Cooks can check out the latest recipes from Rick Stein.








   Hotel du Vin New Years Eve

6. From a traditional romantic dinner for two to a creating your own special gift, take a look at ideas to surprise and delight your loved one this Valentine’s Day



  Light up Poole
7. See Poole's Town Centre transform 15-17 February for its first free digital festival of light.  From 4-9pm each day Light Up Poole will see newly-commissioned interactive light and sound installations, projections, games and digital workshops created by artists locally, nationally and internationally in celebration of Poole’s cultural diversity, rich heritage and unique location. 

 Brendan Cole Feb18
8.  Book a night to remember with great theatre, live music and comedy at Lighthouse, the largest centre for the arts on the South Coast.  February sees Strictly's Brendan Cole, comedian Mark Steel, broadcast performances of the RSC's Twelth Night and opera L'Elisir d'Amore from the MET plus performances of Julius Caesar and new play The Children's Hour.  


  Poole Park jumping off tree 

9. From island adventures to Fireman Sam, there’s plenty of half term highlights 10-18 February to keep the kids entertained.

Plan a trip to remember this year visit there's plenty to keep you busy with in 2018 with Poole's Wave105  Summertime in the South programme of special events

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