During the last week of the school holidays, summer made a re-appearance and we made the most of the nice weather and enjoyed some local days out.
Isaac loves dragonflies and Bluepool in Wareham is one of the best places locally to find them. The Pool is surrounded by 25 acres of heath, woodland and gorse interlaced with sandy paths, trails, playgrounds and fairy doors to find so is the perfect day out for all the family, with the promise of a cream tea or ice cream reward at the end.
The Blue Pool at Furzebrook constantly varies in colour. Very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracts light in different ways, producing a spectrum of colour sometimes green sometimes turquoise. In fact, it changed colour throughout our visit.
The pool is set in a deep clay bowl, with steps that lead down to the waters edge or up to views of the Purbeck Hills and even Corfe Castle in the distance.
The Sebastian and Eliza were determined to find all the fairy doors and complete the fairy trail challenge. There was a second trail to find woodpeckers and squirrels but some of them were hidden by the foilage so we found this harder.
Isaac on the other hand was determined to find dragonflies and was finally rewarded for his efforts by a magnificent golden one, which we think is a Downy Emerald.
We also found lots of brilliant blue damselflies, which are a nightmare to try and catch on camera!!
Half way around the trail there is a large play area with swings, slides, a roundabout and obstacles for the kids to try and cross.
At the end of the trail is a cafe which serves a selection of meals and cream teas. The kids wanted ice cream but it had been the bank holiday weekend and they had barely any left which was the only downside to the day, but our cream tea was lovely.
Whilst Bluepool is a lovely walk, it is not a full day out, so when we left we decided to surprise the kids with a second treat.
Norden Station is less than a five minute drive from Bluepool and is where you can catch the Swanage Railway train from here to Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross and Swanage.
Not only were the kids super excited to be travelling on a steam train, they also got to travel in a carriage just like those in Harry Potter.
The train journey to Swanage takes about 45 minutes, including stops along the way.
The unique journey takes you through six miles of beautiful scenery passing the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle, travelling down to the blue flag beach at Swanage.
It is a really friendly line and the kids loved waving to everyone that stopped to watch the steam train go past.
Once we got to Swanage we headed for the beach which was still busy with holidaymakers enjoying the last few days of the holidays.
Because we had travelled quite late in the day we didn’t get to explore for long as the last train returned to Norden at 6pm, but we stop and play in the park, which offers spectacular views over the bay.
It was then time to head back to the car and this time we got to ride on a diesel train.
A Family return ticket on Swanage Railway costs from £35. Keep an eye on their events page for their special days which include a Steam Gala in October and the Santa Express at Christmas.
Entry to Bluepool is £7 per adult with children going free.
Disclaimer: I won tickets for Swanage Railway in the school raffle, so our travel for the day was free!