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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


Early morning yoga and breakfast 

Back by popular demand, an opportunity to get away from it all if just for a moment. Now offering exclusive discount, book three sessions and get your fourth free!

Event summary

26 Jun to 25 Sep 2024
08:00 to 10:00
+ 9 other dates or times

Supper and Safari 

Every Thursday through June, meet some of Brownsea's more elusive wildlife. The National Trust have teamed up with the Dorset Wildlife Trust to guide you on an exciting nocturnal adventure.

Event summary

27 Jun 2024
18:00 to 22:30

Brownsea historical guided walk with cream tea in Brownsea Castle 

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

Event summary

16 Jul to 15 Oct 2024
13:30 to 17:00
+ 4 other dates or times

Summer of play 

Join us for fun filled Summer of Play on Brownsea. Discover a world of adventure with activities for kids big and small.

Event summary

20 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
10:00 to 16:30
+ 43 other dates or times