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Early bird walk and breakfast

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.

  • Booking essential

A ranger from the Dorset Wildlife Trust team will lead you on a wander around the island, lakes and lagoon. Experience the peace and tranquillity of the island and listen out for the sounds of the unique wildlife as they busy about their day. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious breakfast roll and hot beverage in our harbour fronted café before heading back on the National Trust boat to Sandbanks. For any visitors already staying on the island and wishing to attend the event (e.g. camping guests), please contact the Brownsea Island office at for additional information before booking.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult £32.00
Child £16.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Meeting point

Meet at the Sandbanks National Trust jetty to the right hand side of the chain ferry.

What to bring and wear

Bring sensible outdoor clothing and footwear.


Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access on the boat.


Please let us know of any dietary requirements If you wish to stay longer on the island, please let the boatman know. You may head back to Sandbanks on the 10.20 or 11:20 National Trust boat.

Contact info

National Trust Central Box Office

Upcoming events


Historical tour & cream tea in Brownsea Castle 

Listen to fascinating tales of Brownsea's past on this guided walk. Enjoy exclusive access into the castle for a cream tea before heading back on the last boat of the day.

Event summary

19 Mar to 15 Oct 2024
13:30 to 17:00
+ 6 other dates or times

Easter egg hunt at Brownsea Island 

Have your very own woodland adventure this Easter at Brownsea Island. Follow our interactive trail, try your hand at activities along the way and collect your chocolate egg at the end.

Event summary

23 Mar to 14 Apr 2024
10:00 to 16:00
+ 22 other dates or times

Seasonal family bushcraft workshops 

New for 2024 season, bring your parents along to these seasonal family bushcraft workshops with local expert Joe Peartree.

Event summary

5 Apr to 2 Nov 2024
10:30 to 13:00
+ 29 other dates or times

Early morning yoga and breakfast 

Back by popular demand, an opportunity to get away from it all if just for a moment.

Event summary

1 May to 25 Sep 2024
08:00 to 10:00
+ 17 other dates or times