A Day Out at the Blue Pool

July 21st, 2022

We highly recommend a day trip to the Blue Pool Nature Reserve and Tearooms during your stay at Ulwell Holiday Park. This popular family attraction is situated just a short drive from our camping and caravan park in Swanage and promises a fun day out in the great outdoors. Spend a leisurely day walking around the picturesque grounds and soaking up the scenery. Snap stunning pictures of the colourful lake and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife – you never know what you might see!

Photo credit: Alison Day, Flickr


Blue Pool Highlights

  • Stunning pool that changes colour throughout the year
  • 25 acres of forest grounds
  • 5km network of footpaths to explore
  • Children’s play park
  • Tearooms, ice cream & smoothie bar
  • Gift shop
  • Dog friendly


Nature reserve

The main attraction at Blue Pool is the stunning pool in the centre of the 25-acre site. It is famed for its ever-changing colour, which can range from green to a striking turquoise when the conditions are right. It’s common to see colourful butterflies and dragonflies darting across the water. The grounds are peaceful and quiet, providing the perfect place to unwind and escape the stresses of daily life.

There’s a network of footpaths surrounding the pool, which allow you to explore the picturesque woodland in search of wildlife. The 25-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a designated nature reserve and home to a wealth of protected flora, fauna and wildlife including sika deer, grey squirrels, owls, badgers, buzzards and sand lizards.

There’s a children’s play park as well as are various terraces dotted around the site. Sit back, relax and take in the views!

Photo Credit: Richard Lawson, Flickr


The Blue Pool facilities


After a busy day exploring, treat yourself to a slice of cake at the Blue Pool Tearooms. The onsite café serves a selection of snacks and light bites, including pastries, sandwiches, cream teas, rolls, pasties, tea and coffee.

Ice cream and smoothy bar

If you want to indulge in something a bit special, you could also try out some of the delicious ice creams, smoothies and sundaes from the Woodland Treat bar. The friendly team are committed to sustainability and endeavour to use ingredients from local producers, wherever possible. They’re pleased to stock Eco Coffee, Purbeck Ice Cream and handmade, plastic free ice lollies from Dorset Rose.

Picnic spots

If you’d prefer to self-cater, you could always pack a picnic to enjoy throughout the day. There are some wonderful picnic spots dotted throughout the grounds, where you can sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquillity.

Photo credit: Herry Lawford, Flickr

Blue Pool Events

Make sure you take a look at the Blue Pool website ahead of your trip. The venue hosts a variety of family friendly events throughout the year, including an outdoor cinema and ‘Illuminate’ – a state of the art lighting display.



Can you swim in the Blue Pool?

No, swimming in the Blue Pool is strictly prohibited. Visitors are not permitted to enter the water at any time.

Who owns the Blue Pool Dorset?

The Blue Pool forms part of the Furzebrook Estate, which is privately owned and managed.

Are dogs allowed at the Blue Pool?

The Blue Pool is dog friendly throughout the year. Dogs must be kept on a lead and under close control at all times so that the wildlife is not disturbed. Dogs are not allowed to swim in the pool.

What makes the Blue Pool blue?

The Blue Pool was originally a clay pit. It is fed by rain water and changes colour depending on the conditions. It sometimes takes on a spectacular turquoise blue colour. This is caused by light diffracting from clay particles.

How deep is the Blue Pool?

The Blue Pool is 30ft deep.

Is Blue Pool man made?

Yes, Blue Pool is a former clay pit. It was dug by hand in the early 19th century.


Getting to Blue Pool

It takes less than 20 minutes to drive to The Blue Pool from Ulwell Holiday Park. It is situated in a quiet village in between Wareham and Corfe. The route is very straight forward and you’ll enjoy views of the castle ruins on your way. There is plenty of free parking on site.



Photo credit: Alison Day, Richard August, Herry Lawford, Flickr

What our guests say

  • A lovely quiet site

    Andy Blackwell

    A lovely quiet site, nice warm amenities with good sized shower cubicles, shop not open yet as it’s too early but the local pub is ideal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you’re reasonably fit you can walk into Swanage but the bus service is great so why would you want to. Overall a very nice break, we will be back.

  • Super swimming pool

    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

  • Excellent quality caravan site

    Peter Skrobacz

    Excellent quality caravan site, top quality, small and friendly, location fantastic. Been visiting Ulwell for over 25 years now and every year is special.

  • An amazing week at Ulwell

    Jenny H

    We have just returned back from our weeks stay at Ulwell Holiday Park with our 2 small children and dog. It was an absolute brilliant week! The site has everything you need, and more! A lovely comfy pub on site for drinks and a bowl of chips, a small shop, swimming pool, large play are with park, and the bus stops right outside.. what more could you want

  • Easter break


    We have just returned after a brilliant Easter break. Couldn’t fault anything at all and we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t visit the pub but the shop is stocked with local produce and essentials. The facilities are great and the location convenient. Our van was spotless and had everything we needed. We will definitely be back

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Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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