Events, parks, seafront, leisure and attractions

Updated 26/03/2020

Access to Leisure and Learning 

Access to leisure and learning is temporarily suspended as we are unable to process new applications or applications to renew memberships.   

We are considering options for existing members who can't use their Access to Leisure and Learning (ATL&L) cards during the closure of ATL&L venues and will provide updates as soon as we can.


Poole Museum, Scaplens Court, Russell-Cotes, Highcliffe Castle, Hengistbury Head Visitor centre and Place Mill will be closed from Thursday 19 March.


Parks, Gardens and Seafront

Open spaces will remain open as long as it is safe to do so. They are available to walk, run or cycle in, simply to allow people to exercise. We’d ask everyone to take all litter home to minimise the pressure on council services.
Seafront carparks are closed. 

All playgrounds across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are closed, including the outdoor fitness areas, ball courts, skate parks and tennis courts.

Allotments remain open across the conurbation, we’d ask plot holders to follow advice for their own personal situation, so if over 70 or with a health condition to avoid them. For others we insist on social distancing and ask people to clean hands after touching shared surfaces – e.g. watering points, gates and padlocks.



All markets across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are temporarily cancelled. This includes the Boscombe and Poole markets on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Christchurch Market on a Monday. 


Kings Park Nursery

This is closed until further notice. 



All public toilets are now closed.


Park Cafes

All of our parks cafes, including kiosks, will remain closed for the foreseeable future.



Queen's Park Golf Course is closed and is being monitored throughout the day by staff.

Smugglers Cove Golf is closed


Lower Gardens, Boscombe Gardens 

Remain open


Paddling Pools/Splashparks

All sites will remain closed until the beginning of June.


Leisure Centres

Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre and Kings Park Athletics Centre will remain closed until safe to reopen.



Public toilets are closed.
Seafront car parks are closed. Dorset Police advise that you should not travel by car to a beach or beauty spot.


Beach Lodges

These are currently closed but we will be offering refunds and rebooking to customers upon request.


Tourist Information Centres (TIC)

Both Bournemouth TIC and Poole TIC in Poole Museum will be closed to the public; however members of the team will be monitoring emails and phone calls.


Pier View Room and Branksome Dene Community Room



Land Trains

(Seafront and Hengistbury Head) - will not operate.


Pier Arcade 

Will be closed from Thursday 19 March.


New To You

Our Poole-based reclaimed items shop will be closed until further notice.


Council-led events and roadshows

We have postponed all council-led events and roadshows that were scheduled to take place before 31 May 2020.