Bournemouth has seven miles of Blue Flag sandy beaches. When you have had enough sunbathing or relaxing why not enjoy a stroll or land train ride along one of the world’s safest, cleanest beaches to Hengistbury Head in the East or Poole to the West. For the more energetic take a swim or join in with numerous water sports. Bournemouth is the “Coast with the Most”.
On Friday nights in the summer enjoy a spectacular firework display on the pier. As well as every Wednesday in the summer, the Gardens come alight with colour as candles illuminate the evening sky. Bournemouth has been popular for many years due to its temperate climate and high sunshine record. The town centre is a bustling shoppers mecca, often complete with Continental and Farmers markets.By night it comes alive with the many restaurants, bars and clubs. Come and enjoy top live entertainment from leading comedians, touring musicals or bands.
Places to Visit in Bournemouth
Linking the town to the beach are the stunning Lower Gardens with the Bourne Stream, aviary, wonderful flower displays and crazy golf. Here you will also find the Bournemouth Eye, a tethered hot air balloon; where from 200 feet up you get a real bird’s eye view of the town and sea.
An abundance of shops curve around the gardens, creating a cosmopolitan atmosphere especially when the continental markets are in town! Not to be missed are the food stalls, bier keller and live music.
Bournemouth has an increasing collection of both historical and art in the Russell Cotes Museum and is recommended for art lovers.
Bournemouth’s attractions including the seven miles of Blue Flag sandy beaches and the Oceanarium you will find the glorious county of Dorset, and The New Forest just a short drive away. Westbourne has the smallest cinema in Britain showing all sorts of films.
For those looking for a totally comprehensive shopping experience, all under one roof, head to the Castlepoint shopping centre.From Poole’s beautiful harbour and Nature reserve on Brownsea Island (spot the red squirrels) you can board the chain ferry to the unspoilt Studland Bay.
For those who enjoy walking a walk along to Old Harr’ys Rocks is not to be missed.
Explore Old Harry’s Rocks, Corfe Castle and Swanage.
Bird lovers will be in their element at Arne, a 1200 acre heathland established by the R.S.P.B. Take a jaunt down the Jurassic coast to West Bay, Weymouth, The Fleet and onto fossil hunting ground around Lyme Regis.
East of Bournemouth is the historic Priory town of Christchurch with its lovely old buildings and ducking stool.
Close by is the fishing village of Mudeford with picturesque fishermen’s cottages and lobster pots. For boats galore go no further than Christchurch Harbour where the River Stour meets the River Avon. Catch a ride on a vintage ferry at Tuckton Tea Gardens. Just past Christchurch is the ancient woodland and heathland of The New Forest.
Royal Hunting ground for centuries these 150 miles of coastal woods are home to a number of protected and unprotected animals including deer, cattle and the famous wild ponies which wander freely in this National Park. The dramatic scenery The New Forest has to offer spanning Heathland, Ancient Woods and Pasture enclosures will ensure no one will tire of its ever changing beauty. Peruse through the idyllic villages and small towns such as Lyndhurst and Lymington. Or Explore the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and become lost amongst the magical gardens at Exbury.