Sailings around Poole Harbour and to Wareham • Free Trips from May to September every year


Fundraising & Events

Over the years, this has been achieved in the following ways:

  • Bucket collections at Supermarkets
  • Street collections using a Fairground Organ
  • A Summer Fair in Poole Park
  • BBQ’s
  • Boat trips
  • An Information / Teddy Bear stall in the Dolphin Centre
  • Charity Concert
  • Sale of Goods
  • Supporting other Charity Events


People and Organisations have been very generous over the years in giving donation. These are usually either by cash or cheques. However, there is now another way online by credit card through the Charities Aid Foundation on the website: In addition, if you are a tax payer, then your donation can be made using Gift Aid, and we can send the appropriate form on request. A representative list of major donors over the years, as it is impossible to list them all, include:

  • The Talbot Village Trust
  • The Sunseeker Golf Society
  • Age Concern Poole
  • Justin Development Ltd
  • Bulbury Ladies Golf Section
  • Peter Booth
  • HB Allen Charitable Trust
  • Dorset Moonrakers Luncheon Club
  • Bulbury Wood Golf Club
  • The Rotary Club of Poole Bay
  • Colemans Insurance
  • Forell Estates
  • Highfield Trust
  • Kinson Townswomen Guild
  • Southern Union Chorus
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • Lloyds TSB Foundation
  • Rotarian Gerald Hunt
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Broadstone Masonic Lodge
  • Bournemouth Operatic Society
  • The Rotary Club of Parkstone
  • Seven Seas Club, coupled with the RBS Bank Staff Community Cashback Award Scheme
  • John & Celia Bonham Christie Charitable Trust

Fundraising Events 2023

Further details can be obtained from either Tony Elgar Tel. No 01202 849325 or Bob Irwin on 01258 857806.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see some of the common questions we get asked about our trips.

Can’t find a question you’re looking for?

Yes, please ring the Booking Secretary on 01202 875867 as soon as you know you need to cancel. By doing this we can offer your places to someone else.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the time of your trip.

Please wait opposite the Tesco convenience store for a member of our crew who will be wearing a bright yellow polo shirt.

The harbour trip lasts approximately 2 hours.

The Wareham trip lasts approximately 4 hours and includes a stop off at Wareham quay where you may like to purchase fish and chips for your group before returning to Poole Quay. Ask the crew when you get on board.

Passengers cannot get off the boat at Wareham Quay.

Please let us know as soon as possible so other people may book the trip.

Dolphin is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. We have no paid staff.

The trips are free of charge. We rely on donations to keep us afloat!

If the weather is not suitable for a safe and comfortable trip it is cancelled and the skipper will contact you to let you know. Please ensure you have given us a telephone number so that you are contactable at all times.

If it is just inclement weather the deck area where you sit is covered and has transparent side covers too.

No. Only the crew.

Dolphin III waits for passengers in Poole Quay Boat Haven, Poole Town Quay, Poole, Dorset. BH15 1HJ

Passengers should not enter Poole Quay Boat Haven without a member of the crew from Dolphin III

You can drop off your passengers opposite the Tesco convenience store on Poole Quay.

There are plenty of Car Parks in the area, click on the link to see more information:

Yes, there is a wheelchair accessible toilet on board.

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