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      21.09.2010 11:33
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      Will always go to Poole for a break, I love it!

      If I had it my way then my family would be moving down the Poole as it is such a lovely place to live, but a big price tag comes with it for property!

      Poole is situated on the south coast in Dorset and is just a short drive from Bournemouth.

      The main places I would suggest visiting is Poole quay, Sandbanks, Upton House & the Dolphin shopping centre.

      Poole Quay is a beautiful stretch with bars, restaurants and there are lots of different boat trips to Brownsea island etc. They often have biker shows on the quay and if you happen to visit when one is on you will be amazed by the vast amount of bikes that are lined up on the front! Just a short walk from the quay is Poole park which has pedal boats and several parks and is a beautiful place to sit and have a picnic.

      Upton House is a beautiful old building with fantastic grounds to walk around, it's maybe not an ideal place for kids to go (they will get bored) but it's lovely to see and walk around the grounds.

      Sandbanks is approx half way between Poole and Bournemouth and I warn you to only visit it if you are prepared to feel like a millionaire as the houses on the strip are absolutely outstanding! The beach is one of the most beautiful beaches I have been to in England, it's clean and there are plenty of facilities (shops, toilets etc) around and is a fantastic day out if you like the beach.

      The dolphin shopping centre is huge! There are such a huge selection of shops and just out the front is Poole bus station, I think Pooles bus service is maybe designed for tourists as it is so simple and easy to use and is probably the most reliable bus service I have come across in the UK, each stop has easy to understand details of the stops and they are very often on time.

      If you are quite into your walking one thing I have done a few times is got a bus to Bournemouth and walked down to Bournemouth beach, if you turn right and keep following the coast line you will end up in Poole, it's a beautiful walk, you do have to come away from the coast for a short part but most is along the coast, it takes about 2 hours but is well worth it!

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      04.01.2010 21:06
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      Poole home to the rich and boating lovers, a must see in summer

      Poole for the summer - yes, Poole in the winter - no!

      Poole is a beautiful area of dorset, I lived there for a few years and only a few miles away from it all of my life so know the area very well indeed.

      The area has a large shopping area which all year round is superb with coffee shops to rest and chill out in, a huge selection of shops and some unique shops also. Only a few minutes walk down to poole quay and the scenery is exquisite, with the harbour, boats galore and of course the famous boat maker sunseeker in full view, so a must for all boat lovers.

      In the summer poole and the quay are at their finest. The quay if full of visitors and some days and night can get jammed packed. Events take place weekly, with car shows, bike nights, fireworks, markets and street entertainers, food is avaliable in many forms from seafood cocktails to sausage and chips. To sit on the quay watching the boats, go crabbing, watching the swans, fish, or simply head down for a drink is a lovely day out.

      Home of course to the famous poole pottery this entails a beautiful shop full of unique items and fantastic gifts for people. There are restaurants throughout poole of an excellent standard.

      The winter however, do not go to poole if you want to enjoy entertainment, beauty and excitement because there is nothing there. It literally shuts down in the winter, of course shops are open and restaurants, cafes but its so cold, there is no one on the quay the high street is pretty quiet and youll be lucky to find more than 3 people in the main pubs on really chilly evenings. Its almost quite eerie in the winter.

      So go in the summer and dont forget to visit the nearby area of sandbanks which is the riviera of england with multi million pound homes and exquisite scenery.

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      23.01.2009 13:51
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      Come and visit, you wont want to go home!

      The Local Authority's tag line is "Poole, it's a beautiful place". And it really is!

      Poole has been my home town for the past 20 or so years and it never fails to make me happy living here :-)

      There is so much to say about Poole that several books have been written about the area. With that in mind, I will tell you a couple of things about Poole Quay, the heart of the town.

      Poole Quay is a fantastic place, lively and bustling in both the summer and winter months with great restaurants, museums and beautiful scenery. Boat trips run to surrounding areas during the summer months and I would particularly reccommend taking a trip to Brownsea Island, where the Scout movement began.

      Poole Pottery on the quay sells its famous pottery, although the pottery is no longer made on site. Just down the road is the Purbeck Pottery shop which sells some beautiful items too.

      Hotel Du Vin has recently opened in Poole, just 30 seconds walk from the Quay. The Hotel Du Vin building is beautiful and is renowned for its fantastic food.

      In my opinion, the best restaurant on the Quay is The Customs House. Have the steak wth peppercorn sauce! Cutting into the steak is like cutting into air! Pricey at around £30 for two courses but well worth it!

      If I didn't live in Poole I would certainly be coming here for a lovely holiday by the sea!

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        06.08.2008 17:51
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        All in all a great place to live and visit

        Poole
        Well Poole is the slightly quieter neighbour of Bournemouth. It has the most beautiful beaches Sandbanks a peninsular which stretches out to form the harbour entrance has been said to be one of the best beaches in the country with its white sands it has been awarded the blue flag for management and cleanliness for the last 20 years, It does get busy in the summer so plan well.
        The harbour itself is said to be the Largest natural Harbour in Europe. The Harbour holds 5 main islands the largest Brownsea Island, home of red squirrels and the Birthplace of the first ever scout camp founded by Baden Powell way back in 1907. Regular boats run between Poole Quay and Brownsea allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the island. The smaller islands are long Island, Green Island, Round Island and Furzey Island which holds an oil well. There are boat trips which you can take from the quayside which will allow you view these lovely islands for yourself.
        The Quay itself is a mixture of new, up-to-date buildings and apartments blocks with a sprinkle of classic original pubs and buildings. The most notable of these is the custom house which is now a café bar but still holds its own on the quayside. During the summer the quay and surrounding area become a hive of activity. Tuesday night sees the quay closed to traffic as the Poole Dream Machines roll in. This is for anyone who rides a motorcycle, thousands of bikes line the quay and nearby roads it really is a sight to be seen there is a small fee which is collected when you arrive but it is also a great experience for anyone who wants to just walk along and gaze at some incredible creations. Thursday nights is Firework night in Poole depending on the month (as the quay shares the hosting venues with Sandbanks beach) The quay becomes alive with street entertainers and activities and is polished off with a large firework display over the harbour at around 10pm. Friday nights throughout the summer is Quay for my car with different Fridays being dedicated to different cars from the mini to the beetle, custom cars to open top sports cars. (These change every week so if you intend on going its best to look up on the town website what is on what week.)
        Poole is also the Main headquarters of the RNLI and of Sunseeker powerboats so there is always plenty of action and things to look at.
        Poole has nightlife mainly along the quay and through the high street. There are plenty of Pubs with some good nightclubs. It is quieter than Bournemouth with less people but still a healthy trade and loads of new faces.
        The town's shopping centre has many shops including Marks and Spencer, Boots, Monsoon and Oasis these top names continue down the high street which in turns flows on to the quay itself. There are plenty of cafés' and food outlets which will allow you to take the weight off your feet.
        Other than shops and the quay there is the Poole Museum home to the Poole Longboat, an Iron age boat found off of Brownsea which has been treated and restored and is now proudly on display. Poole has its own swimming baths and is only a short bus ride or car journey (around 3 miles) from Tower Park a centre which holds no less than 8 restaurants and eating houses
        * a 10 screen cinema,
        * Splashdown a water park holding 12 indoor and outdoor water rides,
        * Bowlplex a 24 lane bowling alley
        * Gala bingo Hall
        * Phaserzone which is an indoor paintball come laser tag game.
        * Arcades and sweet shops to top off your fun.
        There is plenty of free parking and fun for all the family.

        All in all Poole is a great place to live or visit, there is plenty to do and many places to see. Make sure you take time to explore!!!
        Anyone who watches the sunset over the harbour will be captured by its beauty, as day gives in to night.

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          02.06.2005 07:59
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          If you haven’t yet been to Poole in Dorset, this review may just change your mind. As a family we have been going now for about 15 years from when our kids were toddlers and we can still find things to do that we haven’t done before.

          A FEW FACTS
          Poole is the largest natural harbour in Europe
          It was created during the Ice Age.
          It is the home to Sunseeker boats
          It has more blue flag awards than anywhere else in the UK
          It is the home of the RNLI

          LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
          Brownsea Island
          Brownsea Island is owned by the National Trust and can be reached via a ferry from Poole Quay. This island is well worth a visit, you may even see some red squirrels, these are almost extinct elsewhere in the Uk. It is also the birthplace of the Scouting Association. Admission charges are £4.20 Adult, £2.00 child or £10.40 for a family. It is a haven for wildlife and peacocks roam freely.

          Poole Park
          There are loads of things to do in Poole Park and you could spend a good half day there perhaps going on to Sandbanks afterwards. There is crazy golf, a putting green, tennis courts, boating lake, childrens play area, bowling green and an indoor adventure playground called Gus Gorillas Jungle playground next to a café. The park overlooks the bay and is kept very clean and tidy with well tended flower beds and its FREE.

          Monkey World
          No, not somewhere you can leave your little monkeys but an ape rescue centre with over 160 monkeys rescued from all over the world. An interesting day if you like monkeys.
          Admission costs £8.00 per adult, £6.00 per child aged 3.15 and £6.00 for oap and disabled. A family ticket costs £24.00.

          Bealieu Motor Museum
          Couldn’t spend a whole day there as you can easily do this in half a day unless you are a motor maniac.
          Admission costs £14.50 for an adult, £8.50 youth aged 13-17, £7.50 child aged 5-12, senior citizen £13.50 for a family ticket for £40.00. You can also go back for free if you didn’t do everything (that’s not likely though!)

          The Blue Poole
          25 acres of woodland and heath and a unique pool that changes colour, open from March through November. The pool used to be a clay pit and changes colour due to light diffracting particles of clay in the water.
          Admission costs Adults £4.00, children 5-14 £2.00, oaps £3.00, under fives free or a family ticket for £10.00 which includes up to 4 children.

          Paultons Park
          Havent been here for years as it is more for younger children, but nevertheless my kids used to love it up until they were about 10. There are over 50 rides and attractions here and it is a whole day out. They have added three new attractions for 2005 – Kontiki Raft Ride, Percy’s Pirate Adventure show and Magic Carpet Ride.
          Admission prices are Adult £14.50, children under 14 and Senior Citizens £13.50 or a family ticket for 4 at £52.00. Children under 1 metre go free.

          Alice in Wonderland
          Again a family theme park more suited for younger children. Situated very close to Bournemouth Airport, near Christchurch. The new attraction for 2005 is “Wild Thing” with 10,000 sq ft of childrens interactive play equipment. It also has one of the largest mazes in the UK, good if you want to “get lost” for half an hour. It costs £8.95 each for adults and kids over 3 (under 3 are free) or a family ticket for four costs £33.00.

          Tower Park
          This is a great place for all ages as you have Splashdown, with 12 water rides and with names like the Screamer and Barons Revenge its not for the faint hearted.
          Megabowl, where the whole family can play ten pin bowling
          UCI cinema – speaks for itself
          Gala Bingo, for the bingo addicts among us, and plenty of places to eat, e.g. Burer King, Pizza Hut, KFC, Nandos and Frankie and Bennies.

          Poole Stadium
          Home of the Poole Pirates speeday motorbike racers, racing is most Wednesdays from march to October and also greyhound racing which is on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights.

          Ringwood Stadium
          If the boys (or girls for that matter) are racing nuts, they hold oval motor racing at this stadium every other Saturday night.



          BEACHES

          Sandbanks
          This is a lovely beach, can get crowded in the summer, try to get there early as parking can be a bit of a problem. The beach is sandy and has a lovely view, you can just about see the Isle of Wight and in the other direction it looks over the harbour entrance and studland. Great to just sit and watch the boats coming and going while the kids build sandcastles.

          Studland
          A quieter beach, accessible from the chainlink ferry from Sandbanks or by driving, it takes about three quarters to an hour to drive there, so I would recommend using the ferry although in the height of the summer you may have to queue for quite a while.
          There are three parts to the beach, one part is a nudist beach so if you are not into seeing other peoples wobbly bits give this part a miss.

          There are several other beaches between Poole and Bournemouth which are all worthy of a visit.

          SUMMER EVENTS
          Poole Quay
          Every Thursday evening in July to September they have entertainment on Poole Quay. They have live street entertainment and stalls and finish with a fireworks finale over the harbour. It gets very crowded, so hold on tight to everyone you want to keep close to you. It can also be quite difficult to park so get there early if you are driving.

          1st Friday of every month they hold a meeting for Red Top Open Sports cars
          2nd Friday it is Mini Magic
          3rd Friday – Beetle Mania
          4th Friday – Classic British Sports Cars
          5th (if there is one) – Audi TT’s

          In addition to this every Tuesday evening from April through to September it is Dream Machines – the biggest weekly motorcycle event in the UK.

          Sandbanks
          Every Thursday evening in August they have a beach party at Sandbanks, again parking here is quite a problem, so perhaps plan Thursday as a beach day and stay for the evening, that way you are already parked and don’t have to cope with the sudden influx of people in the evening all competing for a couple of parking spaces.
          There are beach sports, family fun, beach BBQ, calypso bands and again finishing off with a good fireworks finale.

          AND SOME MORE….

          If you are lucky enough to own a boat or jetski, there is a public slipway at Baiter, which in high season costs approximately 7.50 for car parking and boat launch. There are very strict rules about the speed in which you can go in the harbour and there are designated areas for jetskis and waterskiing. The chances are if you flout these rules you will get caught by the harbour master and get your wrist slapped. The harbour master has the ability to appear out of nowhere no matter how good you think your eyesight is!

          If all this isn’t enough you could catch the Condor Ferry (the vomit comet as it is fondly known!) to the Channel Islands. It takes about two and a half hours and you could pick up some duty free shopping.

          There are numerous places to stay in Poole, Rockley Park, a very big family holiday caravan park is one, if you like the convenience of being somewhere where everything is to hand, e.g. swimming pools, small beach, nightly entertainment etc. or for more luxury the Haven Hotel at Sandbanks which overlooks the harbour entrance.

          Bournemouth is about half an hour away in one direction and in the other you can get to Swanage in about an hour or further on to Weymouth. In the height of the summer you can get stuck in traffic jams if you want to go further afield.

          Poole Quay has had a facelift in the past couple of years with the introduction of a new yacht marina, luxury flats and upbeat restaurants and bars but still retains its quaintness and atmosphere.

          Poole is a beautiful place and I don’t think anybody could come back and say there was nothing to do, whatever their age! This review has only really touched the surface of what Poole has to offer, so why not go and find out for yourself. Might see you there!






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            17.05.2005 19:43
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            The historic heart of Poole is centred on its most famous feature, namely Poole Quay, which has played a key role over the years. Poole has been a working port since the Tudor times, bringing employment & affluence to the town. During the Second World War, Poole played a important role, being one of the largest embarkation points for the D-Day landings& even now the port continues to play host to the Royal Marines. Today the port continues to offer employment, with regular freight & passenger services to France, Spain & the Channel Islands. Poole is home to a small but successful fishing fleet, with catches being landed on the Quay. Poole Harbour is the largest natural harbour in Europe & is the home to the many yachts, pleasure craft & working craft, such as Diving Operators which function alongside the wildlife that can be found in the water & along the coast & shoreline.

            If you take a stroll along Poole Quay you will see great change taking place, with the expansion of new buildings & the increase of existing businesses. There is a broad mixture of activities carried out on the Quay, one of which is the production of powerboat & luxury leisure motor boats by the world renowned Sunseeker company who have a new construction provision on the Quay, so keep an eye out for their craft in the harbour & see how the rich spend their money ! If you're not quite so rich, but have a sweet tooth, you must pay a visit to Truly Scrumptious, Pooles' best time-honoured sweet shop where you'll find the biggest selection of traditional sweets you could ever imagine ! A recent departee from the Quay is the famed Poole Pottery factory, which has been demolished to make way for a new advance of flats & retail units, though at present the pottery shop & tourist shop remain. Other local business interests comprise the world famous Lava Lamp manufacturer, whose Website is an award winner, Siemens, the HQ of Barclays Bank International, the RNLI HQ as well as the international racing car company Penske.

            There's a range of shops and services in Poole, these include:

            Mothercare
            Game
            Clinton Cards
            WH Smith
            Superbuys
            Helfords
            Shop Mobility
            HMV
            H.Samuels
            M&S
            Birthdays
            Omnibooks
            MVC
            Silverscreen
            The Link, O2 & Vodaphone and many more

            Some of the shops are situated in the Dolphine shopping centre (http://www.dolphin-shopping-centre.co.uk/)

            http://www.bournemouthandpoole.co.uk/ for more info
            http://www.pooletourism.com/ is the official site.

            Poole Welcome Centre
            Poole Tourism
            Enefco House
            Poole Quay
            Poole
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              NAME OF LOCATION: Poole in Dorset, a seaside resort on the South coast.

              BACKGROUND
              My uncle lives in Broadstone, about 3 miles from Poole, so when I visit him, I either stay with him or in Poole or Bournemouth, and I tend to visit the areas attractions on my visits.

              ATTRACTIONS
              Poole has its own harbour; 2 large parks; a lifeboat museum; Brownsea Island (an island owned by the National Trust, there is a castle dating from King Henry VIII’s day, and it was on this island is where Sir Robert Baden-Powell held his first scout camp for boys), Sandbanks is nearby (a beach resort, with its own naturist beach); Poole Pottery (www.poolepottery.com) is sold in the local shops; several museums on maritime history and similar themes; road train; boat tours/trips; Poole Stadium (near the fire station) which has a speedway stadium; football club;

              TRANSPORT
              There is a large port with ferries to Jersey and St Malo, France. In addition there is a chain ferry across the harbour, several boat trips around the harbour or visiting the various islands just outside the harbour and a train-like ride (it is a road train with white carriages and runs on the roads (no train tracks) round the town and onto the sea front.

              We went on a boat tour of the harbour for £5.50 (adults) and £4.50 (OAPS/Children) which was an hour and a quarters journey with full commentary (English only). This pointed out the Isle of Wight (with a polar bear white cliff), Harry’s Wife and Harry’s Point, Brownsea Island, the Cunard ferry, the Chain ferry and gave plenty of information about the wildlife, beaches, and other sights along the way.

              As I was staying at the Arndale Court Hotel on Denmark Lane, I walked into Poole via the Dolphin Centre Shopping Mall, across the level crossing, but there were plenty of buses parked outside the above centre, as it appeared to be a bus depot or something similar.

              We saw at least 2 taxi ranks – one outside the Dolphin Centre and another in the town centre – what was more surprising was that there were taxis in them!

              Whilst we were having a rest on a bench – there were plenty of benches along the route, we saw the road train go by – there were several carriages and it stopped not far from the Nat West bank. The carriages had roofs but no windows or doors so it would only be suitable in good weather.

              There is a train station at Poole and the resort is also frequented by the National Express buses/coaches.

              PRICE
              My hotel room cost £45 per night but this was a special group rate because we were staying for my uncle’s Golden Wedding anniversary and were having an anniversary meal at the hotel, it should have cost £67 (single) or £80 (double).

              Spent at least £15 in the shops – just following my list of “must gets”.

              GOOD POINTS

              1.Plenty to do during the day
              2.Loads of seats
              3.Clean
              4.Plenty of shops
              5.Plenty of reasonably priced cafes – try The Fishermans café opposite the Water Front museum or the one next door to it (whose name escapes me now).

              BAD POINTS

              1.Never found a pound shop
              2.Not much to do during the evenings
              3.If you don’t like fishing, boating, shopping or window-shopping you may not like it. However, there are museums, pubs, cafes, etc to visit – look out for the green bricked pub on the water front.

              AFTERWARDS
              Please note that most of the museums are free, including the lifeboat museum which is on the harbour near the Thistle Hotel. This has a small shop run by volunteers.

              Many of the cafes on the sea front are more expensive than those on the side streets, try the back streets first – they are generally less crowded, cheaper and cleaner.

              If you are a National Trust member, you can visit Brownsea Island, but you will need to pay for your boat trip there (but your entrance fee for the island will be free).


              MORE INFORMATION FROM
              www.nationaltrust.org.uk for Brownsea Island and other National trust properties.

              Bournemouth is nearby and there will be a tourist information centre for the area - try www.condorferries.co.uk for ferries from Poole, www.openroads.com for hotels in Poole, www.poole.gov.uk - the official website for the area and www.poolespeedway.net for the Poole Pirates (speedway).

              Please note that I have not checked all these websites personally.

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                A Yorkshire-woman in Poole I've been living in Poole now for three years now so I think I'm qualified to tell you the best bits and the pitfalls of a Northerner moving to the South. There are several reasons I moved here one being to be by the sea! What a plus! Poole is a lovely holiday spot and there are plenty of places to stay, eat and be entertained and with neighbouring Bournemouth not to far away, any young person's dream. But what is it like to live here for a Northerner? The Pitfalls Unless you have a good job earning you at least £17,000 or more your quality of life won't be that good. Jobs are not better paid than anywhere else, although everything is more expensive! Before moving down here think carefully about how and where you want to live and if you are single, as these will all affect what housing is available. My partner and I bought a house last year. It’s a small house in a block of four, two bedrooms (one very tiny- just big enough to get a double bed in and nothing else) and a decent size garden. The kitchen is tiny and we struggle when too of us are in there (and we are of average weight!) The house cost us £77,000 that’s three times as much as we would have to pay in Yorkshire for something similar! We are finding it difficult, as from our combined salaries there is barely enough to cover everything else. That's when you can fall into the credit trap. To rent properties here you are looking at a minimum of £475 for a one bedroom studio flat and £550 for two bedrooms and they are the basic. If you were looking for somewhere nearer the Beach (e.g. the Chines) you would be looking at £675 for a two-bedroom flat (unfurnished). When I lived in Leeds (15 mins walk from the Town Centre I paid £300 for a two bedroom house. You also have to be prepared to travel. Unless you are lucky enough to afford a flat near Bournemouth or Poole town centre or y
                ou can walk to work then you need a car. Transport here is poor. I live approximately three miles from the town centre, mini-buses run every half an hour and take 20mins, the fare is £1.30 which is 50p more than in Wakefield (my home town in West Yorkshire). If I were to travel to Westbourne (where I work- approx. 10 miles) on public transport it would probably take me one hour at least and cost £4 -5, in the car it takes 15-25 mins. You may think I am being picky about these prices but they all add up especially for us. Taxis are probably my worst grievance. As public transport is poor, especially after about 10:30pm, taxis are your only option home. A typical taxi price from Poole to my home would be £9.00 in Wakefield £3.50 max. This makes it almost impossible to frequently visit Bournemouth, as a taxi journey home from there would be £20-25, from Leeds to Wakefield (about same distance) £15. Anyway just one last moan and I'll tell you the good bits! 'Grockles'. Grockles are holidaymakers to Dorset folk. And what a nightmare they can be. Parking is a problem at the best of times and during summer it triples. Sandbanks is a well known spot for the rich and famous. Situated between Poole and Westbourne/Bournemouth, it is renowned for it's millionaire homes with the likes of Posh & Beck's, Louise and Jamie Redknapp, Madonna etc. The beach is fantastic and wind-surfers on the other side love the bay. Being so close to the beach is a god send but last weekend when we tried to park, it was impossible. One hotel was charging £10 a day to park there! The Best Bits Okay, so you've been waiting for the best bits. I was in the garden the other day and I heard the seagulls above me. Call me sentimental, but I was instantly reminded of why I moved down here, the sea! 'I'm by the sea' I thought, 'so why am I stood here hanging out my washing?' Poole has a wonderful bay and some rea
                lly nice pubs and restaurants along the Quay. It is not really a young persons place e.g. there are two clubs and both are tiny and well a little rough if you ask me. But if you like to sip your pint whilst watching the boats float in the bay then you'll love it on the Quay. It's also just had a revamp so it's getting better! The fireworks have just started as well so it's brilliant when you can sit outside and watch them. Bournemouth The once thought Bournemouth as being 'the resting place for the old' has now diminished and in it's place, a fast paced, lively and trendy nightlife has risen. There are plenty of great bars, restaurants and clubs to choose from so there's never a dull moment. On a Friday, fireworks are held by the pier (by the sea)! With top entertainment, (for the guys and youngsters), 'Atomic Kitten' and for the mature lady, Leslie Grantham (who is currently taking a lead role in a play at one of the theatres). Of course, Bournemouth has theatres and a real summer holiday feeling in the summer. And we still wait in anticipation for the Imax cinema to open! Summary Like every where else, when you live and work here you sometimes forget the good things because you have everyday stuff to contend with. I would just advise those of you contemplating a move from North to South to think carefully about finances.

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                  Some people have never heard of Poole, but as the years have gone by, many more have learnt about it, it is becoming more popular each year for its well known beach and beautiful surroundings. You will find Poole in Dorset, it is one of Dorsets main towns. It is often named the little sister of Bournemouth because you'll find Bournemouth only a few miles from Poole. Poole is a beautiful place with many attractions, year after year many people flock to the town for holidays and many more buy properties in the area to live in. Poole has many interesting points to consider, it homes the largest natural harbour in the world, with the famous Browning Island situated just off it, this is apparantly the place where the Scouts were founded by Baden Powell. The town is also the home of 'Sunseeker International' boats, these boats are amazing, you sometimes find them situated all along the coast and for sale many places on land in Poole, many famous stars buy their boats from here. Sunseeker International are the winners of the queens award for export, and they build many 10 million pound yachts yearly. I feel I have mentioned quite a bit about Poole itself, so now I am going to go on to a place situated in the East of poole, its one of the main places and tourist attractions in Poole, Dorset, it's called Sandbanks and homes many people and tourists. Sandbanks is where my uncle lives and is known to be one of the most expensive areas in the world. Myself and my family have the lucky priviledge of going to visit my uncle and our cousin each summer for a week or two, we find it really fun, he lives along the coast of Sandbanks beach which is most appropriate! Sandbanks is well known for many things and places, one of these things is the Canford cliffs which are very near the border of Bournemouth. Other attractions include the great dolphin shopping centre, the town centre, the old quay which h
                  omes the popular Poole Pottery, the Ryvita factory and the great watersports that goes on in the area. The main attraction however, is the beach itself, Sandbanks Beach known as the best beach in the UK is situated in Sandbanks and in the summer is very popular. The beach itself is a shallow bay, very lagoon like. To get all the way around the bay in a car would take hours so a chain ferry has been built. I have been on this ferry many times and have been impressed, you pay like a normal ferry for a 2minute nip over to the other side of the bay, the ferry itself is very big and many people use it, the charges are only a couple of quid and no booking times are neccasary. The beach being the best in England has the beautiful 'European Blue Flag' for the beaches cleanliness and great water quality. Many tourists flock to the beach yearly and in the summer it's like being abroad ~ Well almost! The beach isn't just for sunbathing though, you can walk out into the sea almost 200yds safely, the fresh and clean water also lets you swim out in the sea and the sand is of great quality for castle building! The beach is also popular for windsurfers and all people who like water sports. Many boats will sail past too, some may even be of the 10 million Sunseeker variety. This part of Poole is often named the millionaire's corner of the town with the gorgeous facilities there are many gorgeous properties to go along with it. You will find many stars live in the area, my uncle lives just up the road from Harry Redknapp. Many other football stars live in Sandbanks too, for example I know that Darren Anderton and Harry's son Jamie Redknapp live there. Geoffrey Boycott, Max bygraves, Louise (Jamie's wife) and Cliff Richard also all have properties in the area. There are also many boat trips available for everyone, there are many around Poole Harbour and you can visit the National Trust owned Brownsea Island. Man
                  y of the other islands are owned personally, when I went on my boat trip one island was owned by a man who gave the island to his girlfriend as an engagement pressie, I assume instead of a ring. (It's alright for some!!!) This man was soon to find out though that his g/f soon to be wife, was petrified of the sea!!! The island is now rented out to holiday camps apparantly. Anyway, thanks for reading guys, hope I've helped and entertained you all throughout the last few minutes, I've even entertained myself, sorry if I've made some of you jealous! ~ Anyway I'm off to Poole, Sandbanks on Monday for a week, shall I say hi to my uncle from all of you!!!?? Thanks~M~

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                    Poole, in Dorset. Once a sleepy, unheard of town, that people knew was 'somewhere near Bournemouth'. But this town, my birthplace and home for the first 18 years of my life, has gradually evolved and emerged as one of the top UK holiday destinations in its own right. Sandbanks, an area of Poole, that has beautiful 'European Blue Flag' beaches for it's cleanliness and water quality. It has become a millionaire's corner of the town, with stars such as 'Jamie Redknapp and Louise' and 'Darren Anderton' alledgedly owning properties there. A short boat trip into Poole Harbour and you can visit the National Trust owned Brownsea Island - the place where Lord Robert Baden Powell held the first ever Boy Scout Camp. It is here that you can see the rare Red Squirrel, as well as countless Peacocks! Watersports and sailing enthusiasts will have a 'whale' of a time in Poole Harbour - there are countless opportunities for such activities as well as fishing. You won't find Amusement Arcades, Punch & Judy, or Les Dennis shows in Poole! But let's be honest - everyone likes a bit of those things to make a fun holiday. So, 5 miles down the road, you can get all these things in Bournemouth - just a short bus journey or cycle away!! Don't forget to visit the World Famous Poole Pottery. You can have a go at making your own pots, or throw balls at and smash some crockery that went wrong. An ideal place for a family holiday, or even to retire to.

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                      Poole, “Where’s that?” I hear you ask! We are in Dorset, one of the few places as yet untouched by Foot & Mouth. Commonly known as the little sister of Bournemouth, with both town centres being only a handful of miles apart, yet both indifferent to the other. What has Poole to offer? Poole has the largest natural harbour in the world. Home of Sunseekers international, the winners of the queens award for export, and builders of 10 million pound yachts. Browning Island, situated in the centre of Poole harbour, is a natural wildlife haven, and was also the place where the Scouts were founded by Baden Powell, One of the most expensive areas in the world, Sandbanks, and Canford cliffs, are situated to the East of Poole, almost on the border of Bournemouth. Here you will find football stars, like Darren Anderton, Jamie Redknapp, and formerly Harry Redknapp. Other stars of sport, T.V, and music such as Geoffrey Boycott, Max bygraves, Louise, and Cliff Richard have their dwellings here. Sandbanks in itself is a shallow almost lagoon like bay, which is safe for children to walk out for about 200 yards, although adult supervision is recommended. Popular for Windsurfers and all learners of water sports, on a hot day this beach is crowded. Ooh yes, it’s a babe magnet in the summer, but you will never see me driving my convertible down there on my day off (LOL) There are numerous large company’s situated here, including the Ryvita factory, which can be smelt from miles away. On the old quay, you will find Poole Pottery, where kids and adults can have a field day making and paining clay objects. You can also have a guided factory tour, but please check as renovations are underway. Nothing beats sitting outside the many public houses, watching the yachts sail away into the hazy horizon, with a pint of ice cool Guinness. There are about 20 pubs within a 10-minute walk, not of each other, but total walking time from number 1 to 20! For the kids there is a Charlie chalk, Surprise, Surprise, and about the same number of restaurants as pubs with all tastes catered for. All in all a great day/weekend or even week out. Nearest train station Poole Plenty of national express coaches Lovely countryside surrounding areas. Angus

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