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Bournemouth is a cosmopolitan, vibrant and exciting city with lots on in the heart of the South West of England. Warmer weather, coastal views and great travel links to London and the other major UK cities make this area an ideal choice for families with young children who want to holiday in the UK secure in the knowledge that there is always something on for their children to do.
As a major UK tourism destination, there is a lot of child friendly accommodation and attractions throughout the town. Food isn’t an issue either, as in the heart of rural Dorset, you can find farmers markets, quality cafes, kid friendly restaurants and quick eateries wherever you are. The pedestrianised town centre and child friendly walkways make this a really safe destination for the kids.
This is a top ten “whatever the weather guide” for what’s on in the Bournemouth area aimed at families with younger children.
1. Take part in the acclaimed Pier to Pier walk. Start at either Bournemouth or Boscombe Pier and finish at the other. Take in the fantastic views as you walk down the promenade not forgetting to treat yourself to coffee and cake at one of the many eateries at either end.
2. Take a step back in time and hire a beach hut. Not many are aware that Bournemouth invented the beach hut back in 1908 and still rents out the oldest in the world? Bournemouth has over 10 miles of sparklingly clean, sandy beaches across the Dorset Jurassic Coast, giving you and your family the perfect chance to enjoy some good old fashioned sea side activities. Building sand castles, hunting shells, creating beach art and paddling in the warm surf are all ways to make the sort of golden holiday memories that last a lifetime.
3. Swimming - There is a large centre in the town which has great facilities for all the family with a large swimming pool with fun flumes for the kids, swimming lanes for the adults and a baby pool. If you get some time to yourself take in a gym class – no booking required.
4. Go to the theatre! Bournemouth offers something for everyone in its top entertainment venues. The are two theatresoffer live entertainment across the genres of classical music, rock and pop, musicals, children's shows, comedy, ballet, ice shows and ice skating.
5. Learn about local nature and wildlife on a guided walk round Bournemouth's parks and gardens. This is a diverse area with many breeds of plants, animals and flowers to discover.
6. Encourage your childs creativity at an open air display of artwork at the Pine walk. The exhibition is open daily from 22 May to 5 September. You could even book to exhibit your works of art here yourself
7. View life below the waves at the Oceanarium. See life the way the fish do and learn about the underwater environment, viewing all of your favourite and some unknown magical underwater creatures.
8. Step into a more exotic world and discover a world of rare plants and beautiful tropical flowers at the Gardens at Alum Chine, then take to the beach for some good old seaside fish and chips from the traditional seaside chippies that line the pier.
Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre. Located near Ringwood, on the edge
of the New Forest, the centre is home to an amazing collection of birds of
prey, which includes eagles, owls and vultures. You can also observe reptiles
and all manner of creepy crawlies safe in the knowledge that the centre
provides rescue facilities to lost and injured birds and creatures.
10. Step back in history with Wimborne Minster Model Town, Re-creating the historic market town of Wimborne Minster exactly as it was during the 1950s, you can get really close up and even touch the buildings, checking out every minute detail of over 100 shop window displays wondering all the while at the expert craftsmanship that went into making the miniature town.