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Recently described as "the Cote d'Azur of the South Coast', Poole is attracting its fair share of watersports enthusiasts along with celebrity residents. Hardly surprising for a town that boasts not only Europe's largest natural harbour but a unique mixture of history, attractions, beaches, shopping and nightlife.

Here you will definitely find British beaches at their very best with over three miles of award winning golden sands and azure blue sea. The natural beauty and spectacular scenery make this the perfect place to relax and soak up the sun.

A visit to the bustling Poole Quay is a must, where you will find plenty to see and do including attractions, restaurants and a range of visiting vessels. For those who can't resist a trip on the water, why not take a leisurely boat cruise from the quayside over to the delightful Brownsea Island Nature Reserve which is run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. There you can watch the red squirrels and wild peacocks that roam freely on the Island or just relax with a picnic enjoying the magnificent views of the Dorset Coast. Back on dry land head for the south's largest entertainment complex at Tower Park, with its range of super attractions all under one roof including restaurants, UCI 10 screen cinema, Splashdown indoor water park, Mega Bowl and Gala Bingo.

The world famous Compton Acres Gardens, reputed to be the finest in Europe offer a tranquil setting whether you are a garden enthusiast or not, a relaxing stroll through this wooded wonderland is a must. If you don't have green fingers when you arrive it is almost certain that you will have when you leave!

Situated on the outskirts of Poole lies Monkey World hosting the largest group of chimps outside of Africa. Monkey World is always a popular day out for all the family.

If shopping is close to your heart then head for the heart of Poole to the Dolphin Shopping Centre. Here you will find all the big names in an indoor centre making shopping a pleasure whatever the weather. Directly across the walkway from the shopping centre is The Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts which offers an excellent choice of theatre, cinema, concerts and of course the Christmas pantomime.

When in comes to eating out Poole is in a league of its own, with some of the finest restaurants and cafes. Along the quay you will find a wide range of choice, from traditional fayre in the waterside pubs, many of which specialize in seafood, to continental cuisine and a la carte menus in some of Poole's excellent restaurants in and around the old town.

For up-to-date details of forthcoming events in Poole, check the latest at: www.pooletourism.com or telephone 01202 253 253.