The Blue Pool is a lake within the 25-acre Furzebrook Estate, about 5 km south of Wareham and 3 km west of Corfe Castle.
Originally a chalk pit providing Purbeck Ball Clay from the mid-17th century to the early 20th century. The clay was used to make plates, cups, teapots and other fine ceramic products. Minute particles of clay in the water cause the colour of the water to appear in varying shades of blue and green giving the pool its name – Blue Pool.
The entire site is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is protected. There is a nature reserve and a tearoom that has been on the site since 1935.
Blue Pool is renowned for its peace and tranquillity. There are some steps, but also a completely flat route making it suitable for wheelchairs. Grey squirrels, rabbits and badgers as well as many rare birds can be spotted at the Blue Pool. The Blue Pool has a great museum, tearooms and the Wareham bears collection. There is also a gift shop and a plant centre.
The Teahouse offers morning coffee, delicious lunches and cream teas with homemade scones.
The Museum details how the arrival of tobacco and tea fuelled the demand for clay pipes and teapots. The white firing properties of the clay made it very popular with pottery manufacturers such as Wedgwood.
The Wareham Bears is a collection of 200+ miniature dressed bears set within their own house, stables and other environments.
The Blue Pool is about 40 minutes from Bournemouth and is a great day out for the whole family. Find out more at the Blue Pool website.
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