Avon Heath Country Park

Avon Heath Country Park is Dorset's largest country park, accessible to families and people with a wide range of abilities and interests. Miles of marked trails provide an opportunity to explore the acres of unspoilt heathland and wooded areas, while experiencing some of the unique and rare wildlife. Explore our sensory trail which provides a wide range of accessible play features for children and families, with the sound of drumming and chimes heard across the green! The play area also features a zip wire, climbing wall, sand pit, tree house, giant insect climbing sculptures, trampoline and much more. Other things you can do are cycling, have a picnic, go orienteering, feed a lizard, hire a BBQ and talk to our Rangers. Come and explore some of Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.


Venue address
Avon Heath Country Park
Birch Road
St Ives Ringwood
BH24 2DA
East Dorset

Other information

All year
Term Time
School Holidays
Additional Information
Outdoor activity. Get the most out of your visit by exploring the Heathland Discovery Centre which is open 10am to 4pm everyday (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day ), park gates open 8am and the exit gate closes at 7.30pm. The park is free, but there is a charge for the car park. This service accepts the Dorset Max Card for families of children and young people who are disabled, young carers, children in care and some care leavers: www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/maxcard. See our website for more information.


Wheelchair accessible
Gravel and sandy tracks with slight inclines. One gravel track of ¾ mile is designed to be suitable for buggies and wheelchairs (depending on the individual users) See our website for full accessibility information.
Parking availability information
There is a large pay and display car park next to the Discovery Centre, there are also four parking spaces for disabled users. The car park gates open at 8am and close at 7.30pm. Standard charges apply, see website for latest cost information.
Toilet facility information
There are accessible toilet facilities.
It is recommended that you always check with providers that their service meets your requirements and that any listed activities are still running before you attend. The Dorset Family Information Service does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information or the suitability of any of the services described.

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Address: Avon Heath Country Park  Birch Road  St Ives Ringwood  Dorset