Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

Things to see and do

Book your visit

Read all the visiting information and ready to book? Click this link to check availability and buy your tickets to Brownsea.

Girl eating a sandwich

Kids eat free in Brownsea's Villano Café  

Over the summer holidays, children can eat for free on Brownsea 1 to 21 August inclusive. Spend £5 in the café to get a free kids' lunch box and let them enjoy a delicious lunch full of tasty treats. Terms and conditions apply.

Evening adventures
Image shows a tent on the campsite at night


Ever wondered what the island is like after all the day visitors have gone home? Stay overnight on the campsite and explore the island spotting swooping bats, churring nightjars and glowing glow-worms.

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Brownsea Island pottery in 1891

Daily guided walks

Join one of our volunteers for a free guided talk about Brownsea's past and present. From eccentric island characters to modern-day conservation, it's a great way to learn more about the island. Walks daily at 11am and 1pm, subject to volunteer availability. There's no need to book, just enquire at Visitor Reception.

What's happening on the island?

Brownsea Island Countryside Stewardship project 

The largest conservation project in the island’s history began in September 2021 to restore rare and endangered heathland habitat. This will create a better space and the right conditions for nature to thrive, providing as sustainable future for the conservation of species dependent on Brownsea's varied habitat. You can learn more in this article and on a visit to us. During this time, things may look a little different and access to certain areas may be restricted at times.

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What's on

Upcoming events

Fungi foray

Sat 24 Sep 2022
Can you spot a Fly Agaric or a maybe a Destroying Angel, beautiful but deadly? Join our expert from the Dorset Fungus Group on this delightful romp across Brownsea in search of some fascinating fungi.

Early bird walk and breakfast

Sat 15 Oct 2022
Dorset Wildlife Trust and the National Trust have partnered to offer you an opportunity to enjoy the island and its wildlife before the crowds arrive.

Red squirrel walks

Sun 30 Oct 2022
Brownsea is one of the last remaining strongholds in the South of England for the native red squirrels.
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Places to stay

Book your campsite stay

Read all the camping information and ready to book? Click this link to check availability and start your overnight adventure.

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A range of objects that you can find on the National Trust shop, like walking socks, picnic accessories, water bottles and hats

Souvenirs and supplies 

There’s plenty of souvenirs to browse through at the Trading Post. Pick up a necker, badge or postcard and your purchase will contribute towards keeping the island special. You can also purchase camping essentials from the pop up camp shop and tasty treats and beverages from the seasonal snack van.

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View across Poole Harbour from the Villano

Villano Café 

The Villano Café is open and is serving a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and light meals. Sit back, relax and take in the harbour sights and sounds as you fuel up for your island adventure. You can also visit the seasonal snack van, at the Outdoor Centre for snacks, refreshments and ice cream.

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Our work

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Get involved


Volunteering on Brownsea 

We've now recruited for volunteering opportunities for 2022, but you can still register your interest in volunteering with us. We look forward to hearing from you.