Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre
Kingfisher Barn Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Stour Valley Nature Reserve. It is run in partnership between BCP Council and the Bournemouth Parks Foundation.
We recommend stopping in before you head out down to the river. This true hidden gem is in Muscliff, North Bournemouth, and is popular with local residents enjoying a perfect day out for all the family.
There is free entry into Kingfisher Barn. Inside, you will learn all about the Stour Valley Nature Reserve, its smuggling past, the plants and the wildlife in the ‘A-Z exhibition’. Just ask for a nature trail or walk leaflet before you head off to explore – what wildlife will you see on your journey this time?
Even in the chilly air of autumn and winter, the landscape is stunning with rich colours and frosty fields. There is less vegetation at the riverside outside of the summer, so you’re more likely to spot the early morning otters and the bright blue flashes of Kingfishers during the day.
Refuel after your walk with some tea and cake from ‘Kingfisher Café’ in our tranquil wildlife garden (Kingfisher Café is operated by the Bournemouth Parks Foundation, with profits going towards projects along the Stour Valley).
Join us for an event or two throughout the year: there is plenty happening for all ages, from pond-dipping and nature tots to crafts, music and our famous ‘Cream tea Festival’. All the information can be found on our website.
You’ll find these at the Visitor Centre:
- A full events programme (see website for details)
- Creative outdoor learning areas plus a wildlife garden with pond
- Easy access for all abilities and ages to information and activities
- Light refreshments and ice cream
- Free parking (donations to the Bournemouth Parks Foundation most welcome).
|Open All Year (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00*|
* (Open until 5 pm in summer time)