Fun in the sun at Hamworthy Park

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Hamworthy Park sits right by the waters edge in Poole and has plenty to entertain the children, especially if it's a nice summers day.

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If you're not local then you can reach the park by car and park in the small car park nearby which has very low parking charges or you might get a space on one of the side roads but ensure you check restrictions first.  Alternatively, there is also a bus stop nearby and Hamworthy train station which is just under a mile away.

Around the end of May the popular outdoor paddling pool opens for the summer and I have lots of great memories of my children playing in there on a hot day.  The pool is free to use and you’ll find some grassy areas around the paddling pool which is perfect to put a picnic blanket down or grab a table if you're lucky enough to get one.  Personally in the past I've found the paddling pool to be a little slippy so I would recommend water shoes with grips for the children, especially if they are likely to be running in and out of the water lots.

Next to the paddling pool is a large green, a fitness station and also a big play area with smaller play frames, slides and swings for younger children and play equipment suitable for older children.

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If the children enjoy the beach then make sure to pack a bucket and spade as there's a stretch of beach in front of the beach huts.  You'll find a mix of sand and some pebbly areas which goes down to shallow water.  The panoramic views from the beach are stunning and you’ll clearly see the islands in the harbour and the Purbeck hills.

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If you need any food, drinks or ice creams while you are there then you can purchase these from the Park Cafe.  Next door to the Park Cafe is the public toilets and baby change facilities.

If the children need even more adventure then you’ll find South Coast Adventures nearby and they offer kids adventure days, kayaking, paddleboarding, guided trips, climbing and even children’s birthday parties.

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Please note, dogs are welcome on the beach all year round however they are not permitted in the park or paddling pool area.

To keep up to date with park news and events, please visit the Friends of Hamworthy Park Facebook page.

If you do head on down there on a hot day then don’t forget to pack swimwear, sun cream and sun hat, towels, water/drinks, snacks, water shoes and a sun shelter if you have one.  Have fun!


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For further ideas on places to visit in Dorset then please take a look at our list of Attractions and Places to go in Dorset.

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