Brownsea Island, Dorset

Beach on the western side of Brownsea Island, Dorset

An island teeming with rare wildlife and outstanding views across to the Purbeck Hills, only accessible by ferry. The island is car free and sheltered within Poole Harbour, with an unusually rich landscape that you can explore to your heart’s content.

Join one of our rangers on a guided walk through woodland, wetland and heath. Make sure you keep an eye out for the rare red squirrel and lots of different birds. You can explore the island’s history too. Did you know it was the birthplace of the Scouts and Guides? It was also a popular spot with smugglers, so leave some room in your bag for any buried treasure you might find.
Get the kids to bring along their list of ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’. There’s lots to tick off the list here, from stone skimming and catching crabs to climbing trees and hunting for bugs.