Bournemouth is a coastal town in the county of Dorset. It is a traditional and well loved seaside destination popular with families and couples of all ages. Beautiful in its own right, it is set between Poole and Christchurch, which also makes it an ideal base for exploring the rest of the county. Sheltered on the south coast, Bournemouth enjoys a warm, settled climate throughout the summer months, which is great for getting out and about and enjoying the many and varied activities the area has to offer.
The splendid Victorian architecture of the town and seafront is a reminder of its fascinating heritage, and origins as a health spa. But modern Bournemouth is not all about buckets and spades and beach huts.. As well as over seven miles of golden sandy beaches and dramatic clifftops, Bournemouth offers a wealth of inland activities and experiences including, shopping, fine dining and a buzzing nightlife.
An essential part of of any trip to Bournemouth is a visit to the iconic Pier. Bournemouth Pier has graced the seafront since 1880 and provides a range of fun activities for all the family including traditional arcade games, the Rock Reef activity centre and the exhilarating Pier Zip Wire. Discover the Bournemouth Lower Gardens, adjacent to the Pier, part of the Bourne Valley Greenway, a three kilometre designated Area of Victorian Beauty. On special Candlelight Nights in August, thousands of tealights transform the gardens into a twinkling, magical place, complete with fire shows and street entertainment.
The Lower, Central and Upper gardens are a tranquil place to wander or cycle and enjoy a few moments of calm in the middle of this busy, bustling town, but there is plenty more to see and do in Bournemouth and the surrounding area. For family friendly fun, head to Adventure Wonderland or meet Peppa Pig at Paulton’s Family Theme Park. The seafront offers a range of watersports for everyone from beginners to advanced, and there are plenty of opportunities for sailing, kayaking, jet skiing or surfing with tuition and equipment hire widely available.
Bournemouth town centre is quite simply a shopper’s delight. Easily accessible from the Lower Gardens and Pier, its pedestrianised high street makes getting around a breeze. As well as the usual high street names, there are plenty of independent clothing and craft shops and quirky boutiques. For all things vintage, including clothing, jewellery and housewares, visit the vintage quarter on Christchurch Road. Here you can browse through second hand bookshops and take some time to relax outside a coffee shop and just watch the world go by. Bournemouth hosts a weekly open air market at Boscombe, and an annual German style Christmas market with unusual gift ideas, crafts and festive foodie treats.
The range of dining options available in Bournemouth reflects its modern, vibrant outlook. Alongside delicious local seafood specialities, you will find Indian, Italian, Asian, Greek and Mediterranean food , as well as a fine selection of vegan and vegetarian restaurants.
In the last few years, Bournemouth has increasingly developed a reputation for its lively varied nightlife and entertainment scene. From traditional fireside inns to chic urban gin bars and a thriving gay scene, there is definitely something to suit every taste and mood. There are also several nightclubs within Bournemouth itself. For disco and R & B classics, give Cameo a try, or for house music and themed student nights, Halo, a converted church, is a unique place to dance the night away. As well as bars and clubs, Bournemouth is famous for its live music scene and hosts regular events and festivals throughout the year.
Bournemouth has a long history of welcoming visitors and the range of accommodation available is second to none. A traditional sea view guest house will provide you with a reasonably priced room in a convenient location, and as in any seaside town, there is no shortage of bed and breakfast and self catered apartments available. For a slightly different experience, how about a colourful, self catered Mudeford Beach Hut. Overlooking Christchurch harbour on the dog friendly, car free Mudesford sandbank, this must surely be the ultimate accommodation for relaxing family fun.
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