On Friday night at 8pm we'll be catching a private ferry together over to the island from Sandbanks Quay ferry terminal (postcode BH13 7QN), so please make sure you get there in good time. On arrival, our bags will be taken to the accommodation so we can enjoy the short walk to the lodge. A relaxing evening meeting the group, watching the sunset from our beach or taking a walk to the nearby clifftop viewpoints.
Saturday will start with a cooked breakfast and an optional half-day kayaking session led by qualified instructors starting right from the beach at the bottom of our garden! We'll spend the morning exploring the Brownsea coastline and do some island-hopping, back in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon we will explore the many paths and trails around the island, winding through woodland, heath, green fields and along secluded beaches - all the while watching out for the elusive red squirrels and shy sika deer. If the weather is good we'll get a BBQ going on saturday night, and spend the evening relaxing together. After dinner we can don our headtorches and go for a night-time walk - the day visitors to the island leave on the last ferry at 4pm so we'll be the only ones exploring the island after dark
Sunday will be a laid back day to carry on exploring, play games on the lawns above the lodge or wildlife watching - there is so much to do! We might want to spend longer in the bird hides, find the ruins of Maryland village, get a souvenir from pottery pier, discover more clifftop trails, or carry on searching for wildlife. Before heading back across to the mainland, it's worth stopping at the cafe to grab a coffee and watch the birdlife - we've seen oystercatchers, gulls and terns diving for fish. Everyone will be leaving at different times so we'll be getting public ferries back to the mainland - on Sundays the ferries leave Brownsea every 30 minutes so we can just jump on the next one when we're ready to go (it's £3.25 and you pay on board). Don't miss the last ferry - it leaves at 5pm!