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Avon Heath Country Park

Avon Heath Country Park is great for families and is very accessible for all abilities and interests.

The park is owned and managed by Dorset County Council.

Opening times and Entrance charge

  • Heathland Discovery Centre  opens 11am - 4pm everyday (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day)

  • Park gates open 8am

  • The entrance gate closes at 6.30pm or dusk (whichever is sooner)

  • The exit gate closes at 7.30pm

  • Entry to the park is free but there is a charge for parking.

  • Avon heath centre About Avon Heath Country Park

    Discover the natural surroundings of Avon Heath

  • Path through the heath How to get there

    Avon Heath Country Park is 25 miles north west of Southampton, 10 miles from Bournemouth, 2 miles west of Ringwood (A31) and comprises of North and South Park and Matchams View.

  • Avon Heath facilities Park facilities

    Avon Heath Country Park's facilities include a Heathland Discovery Centre, cafe, gift shop and barbecue hire.

  • Young volunteers helping with conservation Events at Avon Heath Country Park

    Join in the fun by taking part in one of the numerous events at Avon Heath Country Park. Some of the events are extremely popular - so it's best to book well in advance. Payment for all booking events is required at the time of booking and can only be refunded if the event is cancelled by the park.

  • Squirrel on tree trunkFriends of Avon Heath Country Park

    Avon Heath Country Park is Dorset's largest country park and is home to internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife. Help support the work of the rangers in the park by becoming a Friend of Avon Heath.

  • Group on mammal trap releasing event Childrens parties at Avon Heath

    If you are looking for a children's birthday party with a difference why not join the rangers for an exciting outdoor experience. From den building to bug hunting, animal detectives to pond dipping, there's plenty of fun for any child's birthday at Avon Heath.

  • Christmas tree volunteer eventAvon Heath Country Park and Eastern Area Sites - Volunteers

    Come and help us manage and conserve our sites across East Dorset.

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