We're open for winter weekends

Brownsea Island is open for winter weekends between Sat 10 Feb and Sun 11 Mar, 10am to 4pm. From Sat 17 Mar the island will be open daily until Sun 28 Oct 2018.

Plan your winter weekend on Brownsea

Winter brings serenity to the island and at just 1.5 miles long and 0.75 miles wide it’s easy to explore in a day.  Watch Spoonbills elegantly sweep the lagoon for food; marvel at the wintry views across the harbour or even catch a glimpse of spring time daffodils before their yellow flowers get nibbled by the Sika deer.

How to get here:

Greenslades Pleasure Cruises will be running the ferry service for winter weekends from both Poole Quay and Sandbanks Jetty.  The ferry fare is payable by all passengers on arrival, including National Trust members.  Please note that the National Trust island admission also applies for all visitors apart from NT members, who are welcome free of charge.  See homepage for admission prices.

From Sandbanks: boats will leave on the hour between 10am and 3pm. Crossing takes about 10 minutes. 

Ferry fares (payable on arival):

  • Adult:          £7.00
  • Child:          £5.00
  • Family ( 2 adults and up to 3 children):     £19.00
  • Family ( 1 adult and up to 3 children):       £12.00

From Poole quay:  boats run an hourly service at 30 min past the hour from 10:30am – 3:30pm.  Crossing takes approx. 20 minutes.

Ferry fares (payable on arrival):

  • Adult:           £11.50
  • Child:           £6.75
  • Family ( 2 adults and up to 3 children):      £29.75
  • Family ( 1 adult and up to 3 children):        £18.25

Cafe and shop

The cafe will be open as usual for winter weekends and will close 15 minutes before last the ferry leaves at 4pm.  The Engine Gift shop displays will be moved to the coffee shop (next to cafe) for the winter weekends. Drop in and pick up your essentials for winter wildlife spotting. 

Pick up your essentials in the shop for winter wildlife spotting
shop winter weekends
Pick up your essentials in the shop for winter wildlife spotting

Join Us

The National Trust is a charity that cares for hundreds of extraordinary places for ever, for everyone.

If you join as a member on Brownsea Island we will also give you half your ferry fare back when you pay by direct debit. Please talk to a member of our reception team on arrival for more details.

Upcoming events

Red squirrel walks 2018

Fri 19 Oct 2018
Join our guided walks and see how many rare red squirrels you can spot.

Spooky half term

Sat 20 Oct 2018
Dare you enter Brownsea's haunted woods, this October half term?

Family red squirrel walks at half term

Sat 20 Oct 2018
Ever wondered what was the difference between red and grey squirrels? Find out what food our red squirrels eat, how many toes and fingers they have and much more.

Get toasty by the campfire

Sun 21 Oct 2018
Warm yourself by the campfire whilst you toast a succulent marshmallow this half term.

Outdoor Adventure Activities- October Half Term

Fri 26 Oct 2018
Together with one of our qualified instructors, learn how to hit the bullseye in a session of archery or try not to lose your balance on our low ropes course. If you're feeling up for the challenge, why not have a go at both?

Brownsea Bird Boats

Thu 22 Nov 2018
The National Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB have all partnered up to showcase Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island's wonderful wildlife at this special time of year.