Current situation at Avon Heath Country Park
The Visitor Centre, play areas, car parks and toilets are all open. The café will reopen at the beginning of July with our new partners bringing an exciting new offer to the park. The Visitor Centre is open from 9am - 5pm whilst the café is closed, with hot and cold drinks, confectionery and Purbeck Ice Cream available in the gift shop.
Visitors must follow government guidance and observe any additional requirements in place for the safety of all our visitors and employees.
Park opening times
The park gates open 8am to 6.30pm or dusk, whichever is sooner.
Entry to the park is free but there is a charge for parking - funds raised go towards the conservation work on the park and visitor facilities.
The Visitor Centre
Opens: 10am to 4pm
The park is open year round, but the Visitor Centre is closed on:
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
- New Years Day
Avon Heath Café
The café opens Monday to Sunday 9am to 4pm.
BH24 2DH (NB. this postcode covers a wide area, using it in Sat Nav systems may send you to the wrong place.)
Grid reference: SU 121 029
Size: 230 (Ha)
Habitats: lowland and wet heath, acid grassland and some woodland stands.
Site designation: Site of Special Scientific Interest
Located on A31 between Ringwood (2 miles west) and Ferndown. Follow the brown tourist signs at the Woolsbridge roundabout (opposite BP garage, Travelodge and Subway) into Brocks Pine at St Leonards. You will see the large green Country Park sign at the entrance.
There is a large car park by the Visitor Centre. Parking charges apply.
The 38 (Wilts & Dorset) stops at St Leonard's Hotel, which is 10 minutes walk from the Country Park. Head west from the bus stop to the Woolsbridge roundabout and turn right into Brocks Pine - take care when crossing the road to the pavement.
Passengers from Salisbury / Bournemouth directions need to catch service X3 (Wilts & Dorset) to Ringwood and change to service 38.
Passengers can use the X6 to travel from Poole to Ferndown/Ringwood where they would need to change to service 38.
The nearest mainline train station is Bournemouth. You will need to take a bus or taxi to the Country Park once you arrive at the Train Station.
Please always check with the bus and train operator before setting off on your journey.