Closely neighbouring Bournemouth, the harbour and seafront town of Poole attracts tourists country- and world-wide every year to enjoy it’s attractive 5km spanning beaches and lively harbour side restaurants and bars. Visitors also flock to Poole Quay located south of the town which is well known for its historical architecture and vibrant social attractions of new bars and eateries as well as converted buildings into apartment.
There are approximately 67,000 dwellings in Poole with the 2016 average selling price £290,540 and approximately 36% outright in 2011.
Poole has been inhabited for over 2,500 years due to its ideal coastal location seeing the town rich history and tradition. ‘The beating of the bounds’ is an example of one of these ancient traditions that is still practiced today, although significant adaptions have been made as the event is now purely symbolic. The custom was introduced as a revival of checking the sea boundaries, with dignitaries sailing out to confirm authority of the water boundaries which were signified by large landmarks such as rocks before they were written down or drawn on maps. Once these physical landmarks no longer existed and the checking of this authority, children were encouraged to remember the bounds of their town with the “pins and points” ceremony which would historically involve the beating of a boy and pricking of a girl’s hand with a wooden bodkin. Today the ritual is pure theatre with no actual physical harm brought to participants and an enjoyable attraction for tourists as an abundance of boats sail through the harbour making for quite a display.
Having been a key UK settlement for many years, the housing in Poole really varies. Much of the property located by the sea is notable for its Victorian and Georgian terrace style whereas larger, modern detached properties combining spacious luxury with an abundance of outdoor space tend to be found a short distance out of the town. As shutters are made to measure for you, Plantation Shutters are designed specifically for the window on which they are intended ensuring they not only offer a range of benefits including privacy from neighbours or passers-by, but also add a stunning personalised luxury to your room.
Much of Poole’s employment base is in the service sector with many working in industries for or supported by tourism. Manufacturing is also a huge employment area in Poole with large corporations such as Barclays Bank, American Express Bank, Lush self-care products and Animal clothing running large UK bases there.
Poole is also home to the RNLI training centre where the hero volunteer crew men and women or lifeguards from stations across the country attend for state of the art training in saving lives at sea, only made possible by donations to the charity. The training centre is not only used for the technical training of volunteers, but is also a point of interest in the town with visitors able to book tours, overnight stays, eat in the riggers restaurant or slipway café and even hire out spaces for private and corporate events. The highlight of the centre is the all-weather technical survival pool which can simulate extreme weather conditions at sea so the crews get a true representation of conditions they may face out on rescues including stormy seas with high waves in total darkness.
Poole is truly a UK water lovers paradise as visitors can enjoy water sports such as sailing, kitesurfing and windsurfing or head for a hair-raising experience at Splashdown waterpark filled with slides and flumes. Tourists and locals also enjoy the abundance of boat trips, vineyards and the many bars and restaurants open to enjoy.