Penny's Walk - Ferndown's major shopping precinct
Ferndown shown within Dorset
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Ferndown is a town and civil parish in the East Dorset district of Dorset in southern England, situated immediately to the north of unitary authorities of Poole and Bournemouth. The parish, which until 1972 was called Hampreston, includes the communities of Hampreston, Longham, Stapehill and Trickett's Cross. The latest population figure (2006 mid year estimate) for the parish is 17,200.
Ferndown is the largest inland town in Dorset in terms of population.
The district has a relatively large elderly population (38.5% are aged 60 or above).
Ferndown lies adjacent to the A31 trunk road between Wimborne and Ringwood. To the east, the A31 connects to the M27 and M3 via the outskirts of Southampton to Winchester, and thence to Basingstoke and London or via the A34 to the M4 north of Newbury. To the west, the A31 links to the A35 to East Dorset and Devon. The nearest railway station is Bournemouth, 7 miles (11 km) away.
The nearby port of Poole provides year-round services to Cherbourg in France and Santander in Spain. Condor Ferries catamarans run seasonal services to Guernsey, Jersey and St. Malo, Brittany.
Ferndown is also only 4 miles (6.4 km) from Bournemouth International Airport at Hurn. Ryanair, EasyJet, Thomsonfly, Bmibaby and Palmair operate from the airport and provide scheduled services to destinations in the UK and Europe.
Ferndown serves as the headquarters of mags4dorset, which publishes the local Viewpoint and 4Dorset magazines, and is also home to the Stour and Avon Magazine (formerly Community Magazine), a free magazine which is published every Friday.
Sport and recreation 
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The King George's Field named in memoriam to King George V is very large area of open space including a children's playground with equipment for children with special needs, six tennis courts, four football pitches, cricket pitch, a bowling green, boules area, croquet practice lawn and a fully equipped skateboard park.
There are two golf clubs, Ferndown Forest Golf Club, which offers a single 18-hole course, and Ferndown Golf Club, which offers two courses: The Old Course also known as the Championship Course, and the nine-hole Presidents Course.
The Ferndown Leisure Centre, situated next to Ferndown Upper School, has two heated pools, a sports hall, a fully equipped Gymnasium, Squash Courts and a rifle range as well as a power house suite.
Ferndown Community Centre is one of the town's main attractions, home of the Barrington Theatre in the main shopping centre at Penny's Walk, which also includes a large Tesco supermarket and the local branch of the county library.
Also there are large areas of woodland and heathlands around Ferndown including Holt Heath and Slop Bog. This heathland originally covered the entire area and up until the early 1900s covered many areas that are now residential. Also on many of the heaths and in much of the woodland there are many burial mounds and small ponds. However, recently Ferndown Heath, visible from King George V playing field, has been subject to several heath fires.
Schooling in Ferndown, as in much of Dorset, is based on a 3-tier system of first, middle and upper schools. Ferndown Upper School is a co-educational comprehensive school for students aged between 13 and 19 years, with up to 320 pupils admitted each year from its feeder Middle schools in Ferndown, West Moors and Verwood. This School is renowned for Visual Arts as it has won the Arts Council Gold award.
Ferndown Middle school (on the former Gorsemoor Middle School site) takes pupils at age 9 from Ferndown First School (on the old Ferndown Middle School site), from Hampreston First School and from Parley First School. The Ferndown school changes occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the original first school was demolished to make way for a small residential area. The two middle schools combined and one became the new first school.
Twin town 
See also 
- About Ferndown - Ferndown Town Council website
- Ferndown Town factsheet and profile - Dorset County Council
- Electoral Division Profiles 2006 - Dorset County Council
- "Poole to Cherbourg Route Details". Brittany Ferries. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
- "Poole to Santander Route Details". Brittany Ferries. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
- "Poole Ferry Terminal Guide". Condor Ferries. 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-18.
- "Flight information". Bournemouth Airport. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
- Ferndown Industrial Estate - Mags4Dorset
- "About us" - mags4dorset http://mags4dorset.co.uk/about-us/
- Ferndown Forest Golf Club
- Ferndown Golf Club
- Sport and Leisure - Ferndown Official Guide
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