Poole is centered on its pretty old harbor, which was once busy with fishing boats and trading vessels and now bustles with designer yachts and cruise boats. The quay area is dotted with restaurants and pubs, and the Sandbanks area has an excellent beach and is a popular area for water sports. Brownsea Island is a small wooded island in Poole Bay that is now a nature reserve and wildlife habitat run by the National Trust. There are a number of nice walking trails here and you can walk among deer, peacocks, and rare red squirrels. The Poole Old Town has attractive 18th century buildings, including a wonderful Customs House and Guildhall. The Scaplen’s Court Museum is housed in the town’s most complete medieval building. There are loads of water sports operators in the Poole area offering everything from wakeboarding to power boating. You can try H2O Sports or FC Watersports Academy for rentals and classes. Shockwave offers 10 minute speedboat trips around the bay, and you can try sailing with Rockley Watersports and jet skiing with Absolute Aqua. Poole also has a lively arts center that hosts a full calendar of events including live music, theater, film, and exhibitions.