Weekend Trip to Sandbanks from London
Home to arguably the best beach in the UK, Sandbanks is a luxurious stretch of land on the Dorset coastline. With multi million pound properties, Sandbanks is the 4th most expensive place to live in the world. With that in mind, many tourist flock to the area simply to wander around admiring the magnificent houses and millionaire lifestyle. Just a short hop along from Poole Harbour, Sandbanks is a beach lover’s paradise, well as close as you get to it in England.
May to September is extremely busy, as the crowds flock to the beach to make the most of British summer weather. With a European blue flag, watersports are very popular in the area, with an established windsurfing community. July sees Poole host the annual British Beach Polo Championships, a fun event for all of the family. If you want to get away from the beach for the afternoon, you can take the Sandbanks Chain Ferry over to Studland, on the Isle of Purbeck, where you can wander around its nature reserve and soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque peninsula. Brownsea Island, now owned by The National Trust, is a must see. You can visit the information center to learn all about its history and then investigate the island’s wildlife, including peacocks, deer and egrets.
Poole Harbour is a very enjoyable place to spend an afternoon, with quaint buildings, clear paddling water and plenty of cafes dotted around, where you can watch the world go by. Food prices in Sandbanks itself can be quite high but you will generally get good quality produce served to you; The Seafront Cafe is a good lunch spot. Sticking to Poole harbour or city center, will be the best bet when it comes to food. Bingley’s Bistro, on the high street, is popular with locals and tourist and Sailors Grill is good for families. From 21st July until the end of August, Poole comes alive on Thursdays with its Summer Breeze on the Quay with fireworks. There is a carnival atmosphere with street food, stalls, children’s entertainment and live music, making it a great time to visit.
How to Reach
Sandbanks is a 2 hour drive from London or you can catch a train from Waterloo to Poole, which takes just on 2 hours. Once you get to Poole, take the B3369, Sandbanks Road, around Poole Harbour. There is a large car park in Sandbanks, if you staying outside of the area, or you can take the short bus ride.
Where to Stay?
The area is very affluent, with hotel prices higher than average for the UK. The Sandbanks Hotel is an old favourite, with loyal customers returning year upon year. If you are looking for a self-catering stay, Poole Harbour Rental is a good choice for a relaxing stay, just a few minutes’ walk from Sandbanks. Island View on Poole Harbour also offers a luxurious holiday rental stay.