The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool is a unique and well-known attraction located in the Isle of Purbeck. The pool of water constantly varies in colour, as extremely fine clay suspended within the water diffracts light in a variety of ways. The process thus produces a spectrum of colours, varying from green to turquoise. Steps leading down the deep clay bowl take visitors to the water’s edge or up to a higher point where one can enjoy stunning views of the Purbeck Hills. The Blue Pool is surrounded by over twenty acres of woodlands, interlaced with winding paths.

Follow the Green Route to enjoy views of nature or to trek down to the edge of the Pool. Follow the Red Route that leads around the Blue Pool for a more leisurely adventure. Whatever your choice, you’ll be given the opportunity to enjoy the magical pool of water that has been made famous for its beautiful, ever-changing colours. Children can also enjoy the trails while searching for Magic Fairy Doors, or model squirrels hiding in the trees. Upon completion of their hunt, each child can collect their very own certificate from the Teahouse. Children may also play in any of the provided play areas while their parents or guardians rest on any of the benches located around the pool.

The Wareham Bears

The Blue Pool is home to the Wareham Bears, an amazing collection of over two-hundred miniature bears set within their own homes or environments. The internationally known collection was the original creation of Mary Hildesley. Several years ago, the 15-room bear house was moved to the Blue Pool, where they now greet incoming visitors. See the Wareham Bears at work, rest, and play, all while marveling at the amazing detail that went into the creation of their clothing and settings.

The Estate

In 1985, the Blue Pool estate was officially declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest. As a result, the area receives ongoing protection from both man-made and ecological damage. Today, the law protects a variety of rare plants and animals within this natural habitat. Dogs are welcome to visit the estate with their owners but must be kept on a lead at all times. Neither dogs nor humans are allowed to enter the pool, as the waters are not considered to be safe for bathing. Please observe this rule for your own health and safety.

The Museum

Visitors to the Blue Pool Museum are invited to learn the story of clay mining in the area. The mining industry was of extreme importance to the Dorset economy and traces back to the 16th century. The high quality of Furzebrook clay was well-known to the Romans who had operated kilns within the area. With the arrival of tobacco which was transported in from the New World, came a great demand for clay which was used to produce tobacco pipes. The desire for clay would not diminish during the 17th century, as it was then used to meet the demands for porcelain. The extra-fine Furzebrook clay was perfect for creating fine China and was used by famous manufacturers such as Wedgwood.

The Blue Pool Museum is now home to a collection of Chinese porcelain including a teapot that was salvaged from the Dutch East Indiaman, Geldermalsen. A number of Famous painters ranging from Augustus John to A.R.Quinton have painted works featuring the Blue Pool over the years. Each has managed to capture the Pool in their own special way. The museum is home to a selection of these painters’ works, which are currently on display.

Tea Rooms

The Blue Pool Tea Rooms were constructed in 1935, containing sand and lime bricks from the local Beacon Hill brickwork. The tea rooms feature Canadian cedarwood shingle roofs, allowing the building to seamlessly blend into its surroundings. A number of fixtures and fittings within the team room are original to the building, including the pine floors.

The Teahouse serves coffee, along with a variety of teas and freshly baked scones. These delicious treats can either be enjoyed outside on the terrace, overlooking the Blue Pool or indoors near the fireplace. The Tea Rooms also offer a selection of hot lunches and Purbeck ice creams. The daily menu is comprised of as many locally sourced items as possible, and catering services are available. Gluten-free and dairy-free products are on offer, as is a variety of organic drinks.

Information for Visitors with Disabilities

Wheelchair visitors are admitted for free. Those who are able to show their identification of disability (blue/orange badge or similar) along with any caregivers are admitted at the concession rate. Disabled restrooms are situated to the left of the main restroom area. Ramped access is available for all our buildings. Follow the marked Red Route in order to avoid any steps as you travel about the grounds. Do note that the pathway is sandy, uneven, and does slope. Manual wheelchairs are available at the entrance.

Blue Pool Contact Information

To contact a Blue Pool representative, either phone 01929 551408 or send an email to info@bluepooluk.com