Brownsea Island

Important notice -

The chain ferry service between Studland and Sandbanks is currently suspended. However, there is a normal Brownsea Island service running daily from Sandbanks Jetty and Poole Quay.

Famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting

Brownsea Island

Things to see and do

Summer on Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

What's on 

Open Air Cinema

Open air cinema at Brownsea Island 

Brownsea Island is hosting some open air film screenings of Top Gun and The Greatest Showman this September - with the chance to camp overnight.

Upcoming events

Summer fun on Brownsea

Thu 22 Aug 2019
Summer is here and it's time to get out exploring. From family trails and minibeast safaris to creative craft activities you'll find something to keep your little ones occupied every day on Brownsea during the school holidays.

Eco adventure camping

Thu 22 Aug 2019
An opportunity for the experienced camper who loves nature and the great outdoors, to camp overnight on this magical island.

Minibeasts and more

Thu 22 Aug 2019
There's a whole other world that lives beneath the leaves and in the undergrowth on Brownsea.

Seashore ramble

Fri 23 Aug 2019
Come and explore Brownsea's coastlines on this free guided wildlife walk.

Island life through the ages

Fri 06 Sep 2019
Brownsea has a fascinating past featuring celebrities such as Marconi and Baden Powell both of whom were good friends to families that once called the island home.

Brownsea adventure weekends

Sat 14 Sep 2019
Make the most of the long summer evenings with a family adventure on Brownsea Island. With lots of family activities available and a campsite overlooking the sea, Brownsea adventure weekends are tailor made for time well spent in the outdoors.
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Eating and shopping

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Our work

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Get involved


Volunteering on Brownsea 

Check out our new volunteering opportunities for 2019 here.

Brownsea Island

Places to stay

Holiday cottages

Campsite and bunkhouse

Brownsea Seahorse at the Sandbanks Yacht Company

How to get to Brownsea Island 

Situated in Poole Harbour in Dorset, Brownsea Island is accessible only via boat - with ferries leaving from Poole Quay and Sandbanks and our accessible Seahorse boat departing from a nearby yacht club.