Family Travel Times

Family Travel Times: April 2006

Monday, 10 April 2006

More fun in Dorset, this time with two children, and in the seaside town of Poole! (April 2006)

What  could be better than throwing back the curtains and looking directly onto a gloriously sandy beach?

For my four-year-old daughter, the simple answer (when you discount ice cream, chocolate and strawberry yoghurt) is nothing. For her, Poole was the perfect holiday destination. And for us too.

Widely regarded as Britain's answer to the Cote D'Azur, Poole really is beautiful, with stunning beaches and lots to see and do. We were even blessed with sun for the five days we were away - you really can't beat that.

Although less well-known than its neighbour Bournemouth (about 20 minutes away by car), Poole has become highly fashionable in recent summers. There's a newly refurbished quay plus a variety of restaurants and shops, as well as the aforementioned beaches -particularly Sandbanks, proud owner of a Blue Flag.

Parts of Poole are very exclusive and it's fun to look at the beautiful houses, some owned by Premiership footballers, and to imagine living in one.

When you come back to reality, you can take a trip to one of the many attractions on offer, from the beautiful gardens of Compton Acres to the animals on show at Falmer Palmer's farm - particularly good for young children.

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