When we think about Bournemouth many things spring to mind…like history and lots of it from the Jurassic period when dinosaurs inhabited the area to the Victorian’s and their spa retreats. But Bournemouth is so much more. One of the larger coastal towns in Dorset Bournemouth has a rich variety of activity to offer residents and holiday makers alike and this is what makes it so popular as a destination.
Where do we start?…
Venues and Concerts. Bournemouth is a hive social events. It boasts some amazing shows and concerts through out the year. Venues such as the BIC and the O2 Academy host pop concerts, UK Dance Championships, sports events and much much more. For more information on upcoming events visit:
Bournemouth hosts many festivals which are great for the family! The Bournemouth Air show is held every year in mid August and over 2 days delights crowds of onlookers with air displays including WW2 planes and of course the Red Arrows. Stretching along the beach from Boscombe to Bournemouth Pier are stalls, cafes etc so you can settle on the beach with an ice cream and enjoy the show. www.bournemouthair.co.uk
Another very popular festival is the 10 day Food and Drink Festival. It’s a free event with cocktail making master classes, cookery shows, tasting stalls and more. This is a foodies dream!
And then there is the landmarks and parks in Bournemouth. The piers are an obvious one. Built in the late 1800s Bournemouth pier and Boscombe pier have both had upgrades over the years and are both worth visiting.
In the middle of Bournemouth town centre are the ‘Gardens’. Grade II listed, they stretch down to the sea and are a popular picnic destination throughout the year! At Christmas the parks are decorated with beautiful lights which are well worth seeing.
Beaches and Watersports
Love the beach? Bournemouth has 7 miles of award winning beaches with stunning cliff scenery and even boasts a ‘surf reef’a short walk down from Bournemouth Pier. If its lazing on a deck chair with an ice cream, chilling out in a traditional beach hut or adrenalin seeking out on the surf, Bournemouth beaches have it all.
Pubs and Restaurants
Bournemouth is full to the brim with wonderful pubs/bars/restaurants and cafes. Any variation of food you could want is available. Of course you cant go to the seaside without having fish and chips. There are many choices and here are just a couple for you:
www.crabatbournemouth.com which advertises modern seafood and local cuisine.
The Urban Reef https://www.urbanreef.com which offers Rock Oysters and Cornish mussels
Bournemouth is very hilly so hard work with a wheelchair or buggy but the pedestrianised town centre and gardens makes it a much easier place to navigate without worrying about traffic.
Parking is limited in the centre but there are a few NCP car parks in the centre. Just be aware they fill up quickly in peak season!
Bournemouth is well worth a visit…