Brownsea Island

Important notice -

The public ferries will be running again for winter weekends in February and the Monday to Friday of half term week (17-21 February).

Famous for red squirrels, wildlife and Scouting

Brownsea Island

Things to see and do

Brownsea Island

What's on 

Upcoming events

Brownsea bird boats

Sun 26 Jan 2020
The National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have joined forces to offer the rare opportunity to view one of the best autumn and winter bird spectacles in the UK and exclusive access to Brownsea Island when it is closed to the public.

Be prepared this February half-term

Sat 15 Feb 2020
Help us celebrate World Thinking Day and Founder's day with a week of scouting and guiding inspired activities suitable for kids of all ages.

Get Toasty

Sat 15 Feb 2020
Campfire and marshmallow toasting at the Outdoor Centre

Junior Ranger Days

Wed 19 Feb 2020
Join our Outdoor Centre team and get stuck in as you experience life as a ranger on Brownsea Island.

Mother's day on Brownsea Island

Sun 22 Mar 2020
Treat your mum to a day out in a wild and magical place. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this special place with your special mum.

Brownsea at war

Fri 03 Apr 2020
On the first Friday of every month, In this 75th year since VE day, join one of these fascinating free guided walks that looks into Brownsea's role during the World Wars.
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Places to stay

Holiday cottages

Campsite and bunkhouse

Brownsea Island

Our work

Brownsea Island


Scouting and Guiding

Island stories 

Discover how the island has been shaped over time and its special significance today.

Brownsea Island

Get involved


Volunteering on Brownsea 

Check out our new volunteering opportunities for 2020 here.