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Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Discover the Stour Valley Nature Reserve starting at our Visitor Centre

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Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre

Opening times:

Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4:00pm

Mondays – closed 

Tel: 01202 128484

Address: Stour Valley Nature Reserve, Granby Road, Bournemouth, BH9 3NZ

Getting here: You can get to Kingfisher Barn by bus, bike, on foot, or by car. There is a free car park on site at Granby Road, donations are welcome.

Accessibility: There is designated disabled parking in the car park which leads to the Visitor Centre via an accessible footpath. The Visitor Centre is fully accessible, with a disabled toilet facility and baby changing unit.

Dogs: dogs on leads are welcome in the wildlife garden outside the Visitor Centre.

The Visitor Centre is supported by volunteers and serves tea, coffee, cake, and ice cream. All the profits are reinvested into our local parks, so every time you enjoy a brew it will be helping your park too.

You can also enjoy the beautiful wildlife garden where you can discover wildlife habitats, a medicinal plant garden, wildflower meadow and a pond.

Half term activities

Join us for a fun and informative nature trail – no need to book, just come along and pick up your trail sheet from the Visitor Centre.

  • Sunday 10th Feb – Sunday 18th Feb (excluding Mon 12th Feb when the Visitor Centre is closed)
  • 10am – 3pm
  • £3 per trail, a prize for every trail completed

Paint and decorate a ceramic bird feeder to take home for your own garden or outdoor space to help feed our feathered friends.

  • Tuesday 13th Feb
  • 2pm – 3pm
  • £5 per child

Spaces are limited, please book.

Join us to get creative and paint and decorate pebbles.

  • Wednesday 14th Feb
  • 2pm – 2.30pm and 3pm – 3.30pm
  • £2 per child

Spaces are limited, please book.

Regular activities

  • Nature Tots, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30am – 11:30am

No need to book, meet us at Kingfisher Barn. £3.50 per tot per session.

Volunteering

Would you like to get involved at Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre? Our wonderful volunteers can help welcome visitors to the Centre, talk through our A-Z of the Stour Valley exhibition, support the café serving hot and cold drinks, and more.

Click here for details, give us a call on 01202 128484, or come and say hello to us in the Centre – we’d be delighted to meet you.

Sponsor a Brick 

Whether you want to celebrate an occasion, remember a loved one or simply support our Visitor Centre you can sponsor a brick which will form pathways around our wildlife garden. Single bricks are £60 and double bricks are £100. Simply fill out this form and either:

  • Pop it in the post with a cheque to ‘The Parks Foundation’
  • Come into Kingfisher Barn and pay by card or cash
  • Email the form to info@parksfoundation.org.uk and click the ‘Donate’ button to pay online for your brick.

Full details are on the form.

Please note: we block purchase engraved bricks so there may be a delay from purchase to the brick being laid. This will be a minimum of four – six weeks due to engraving times, so please purchase well in advance if you’d like a brick for a certain date.

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