Living in Canford Heath

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Canford Heath is within close proximity to the Tower Park leisure complex and Poole Town Centre, and benefits from the frequent public transport. It also boasts a leisure centre, supermarket, two public houses (The Haymoor & The Pilot) and the largest heathland in Dorset among many other fine traits. Due to the increasing quality of schools and size of property on offer Canford Heath has grown in demand and seen an increase in house prices over the last five to ten years.

Location & Geography

The area is split politically into two areas, Canford Heath West and Canford Heath East. It is approximately four miles to Poole where you can find Poole railway station which connects the Weymouth to London Waterloo South West train service. Bournemouth is also roughly just six miles way.

Historical Facts

In 1938, most of the heathland was destroyed by a series of massive fires, and only a few years later, it was suggested that Canford Heath should be "preserved from business development" after the War. In 1946, a plan was issued by Professor Abercrombie, which suggested the use of Canford Heath as a housing development, in preference to building in the New Forest. Building work began on a housing development in 1963 in South Canford Heath.


Leisure destination Tower Park is just a short distance away. Few of the site's attractions are Splashdown – a water park boasting 13 slides, Cineworld, Hollywood Bowl and a bingo hall. In Canford Heath itself there are a selection of children’s parks, a skate park and Everyone Active leisure centre that is attached to the Magna Academy.

Eating & Drinking

Adastral square in the heart of Canford Heath has The Coffee House, The Ocean Fish Bar and McColl’s. The two public houses (The Haymoor & The Pilot) and Asda supermarket are also in the area. Tower Park has a variety of big chain restaurants and a Tesco supermarket.


Primary Schools

Canford Heath Infant School

Junior Schools

Canford Heath Junior School

Haymoor Junior School

Senior Schools

Magna Academy

Other Schools

Montacute is a specialist school for children and young people who have complex learning difficulties or disabilities (CLDD). Both Parkstone and Poole Grammar schools are also in catchment that are selective with one being an all-boys and the other an all-girls school.