Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

Things to see and do

Autumn on Brownsea Island

Winter on Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

What's on 

Upcoming events

Red squirrel walks 2019

Thu 17 Oct 2019
Join one of these free and informative red squirrel walks. Autumn is the perfect time to catch sight of these elusive creatures as they scurry across the forest floor scatter hoarding their food.

Seashore ramble

Fri 25 Oct 2019
Come and explore Brownsea's coastlines on this free guided wildlife walk.

October half-term on Brownsea

Sat 26 Oct 2019
Dare you venture up to the haunted woods on Brownsea to see what new spooky things lie lurking in the trees ....The haunted woods have grown in size, are you brave enough to discover what's new this October half-term?

Family red squirrel walks

Sat 26 Oct 2019
If you're curious about the now rare red squirrels then join one of these fun free family guided walks and find out all about them. Autumn is a great time to spot them as they scurry across the forest floor in search of a tasty bite.

Brownsea bird boats

Mon 18 Nov 2019
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.

Christmas wreath making

Wed 11 Dec 2019
Escape the mainland mayhem and enjoy some festive cheer on Brownsea. Enjoy the sounds of a live choir and treat yourself to mulled wine and Christmas goodies whilst you create your masterpiece to hang on your front door.
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Eating and shopping

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Scouting and Guiding

Island stories 

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

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Our work

Brownsea Seahorse bringing wheelchair users to the island

Accessible Brownsea 

The Brownsea Seahorse offers access for wheelchair users, unlocking the island for more people than ever before.

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Get involved


Volunteering on Brownsea 

Check out our new volunteering opportunities for 2019 here.

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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.