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Squirrel walk & cream tea in the castle

The squirrels are madly foraging for their winter stores at this time of year and as the island is closed to the general public, they tend to be more visible.

  • Booking essential

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to visit the island out of season and catch sight of the red squirrels as they scurry across the forest floor in search of food.

This year we're delighted to be working with the John Lewis Partnership to offer visitors the opportunity to visit Brownsea castle and enjoy a delicious cream tea after your afternoon of wildlife spotting.

For any visitors already staying on the island and wishing to attend the event (e.g holiday cottage guests), please contact the Brownsea Island office at for additional information before booking.



Event ticket prices

Ticket typeTicket category
Adult Adult NT member, entry, boat, tour & cream tea£34.50
Adult Adult non-member, entry, boat, tour & cream tea£44.50

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Meeting point

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

What to bring and wear

Bring sensible warm and waterproof outdoor clothing paying special attention to recent and current weather conditions. Bring binoculars if you wish.


Please note that the cafe is not open at this time of year. The only refreshments available on the island will be the cream tea in the castle which is included in this booking.

Contact info

National Trust Central Box Office

Upcoming events


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.

Event summary

15 Jun to 19 Oct 2024
07:15 to 10:00
+ 2 other dates or times

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

18 Jun to 15 Oct 2024
13:30 to 17:00
+ 5 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. Now offering exclusive discount, book three sessions and get your fourth free!

Event summary

19 Jun to 25 Sep 2024
08:00 to 10:00
+ 10 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

20 Jun to 27 Jun 2024
18:00 to 22:30
+ 1 other date or time