With a 7-mile stretch of golden sands, Bournemouth is the perfect place for a getaway. Its sparkling seas and beautiful beaches have been attracting holidaymakers since the Victorian days. But it’s also a thriving coastal town in its own right, with a popular assortment of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs surrounded by award-winning gardens and fantastic countryside. If you’re looking for fun, friendly people and a fantastic break, Bournemouth has plenty of cottages, apartments and self-catering stays to choose from.
Be sure to pack a bucket and spade - Bournemouth locals pride themselves on having the most beautiful sands in the UK. There are no pebbles or stones to be found here! If you want to do a spot of sunbathing, head to Alum Chine. For family breaks, Bournemouth beach itself is packed with activities. And for those looking for a little luxury, head to Sandbanks, otherwise known as Britain’s answer to Monte Carlo.
Whatever the weather, you can take in some crisp sea air and walk pier to pier along the promenade from Bournemouth to Boscombe. And once you’ve built up an appetite? Sit back, relax and enjoy one of Bournemouth’s fabulous seaside eateries. Just don’t forget to get a photo or two! After all, it was here that the British tradition of beach huts originated in 1908.
As one of the UK’s most loved resorts, Bournemouth boasts plenty to do, no matter what your budget.
Those in pursuit of a relaxing retreat won’t be disappointed. There are plenty of walks and trails you can take, all accompanied by some incredible vistas. Hengistbury Head provides wonderful views of the coast below, while the town’s 2,000 acres of glorious gardens are just waiting to be explored.
The resort’s surrounding areas also offer a unique shopping experience, with individual boutiques situated beside major department stores. Boscombe, with its eclectic selection of second-hand shops and Fifties-style cafes, is a great destination for vintage aficionados.
Experience Bournemouth’s lively nightlife by sampling some of the south coast’s best pubs, bars and clubs. The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) and the Pavilion Theatre both offer live entertainment, from international acts to comedy and children’s shows.
In recent years, Bournemouth has also become known across the globe for its free festivals and exciting events calendar. There truly is something for everyone. For starters, the Bournemouth Air Festival, which welcomes more than 7 million people a year, is a celebration of all things aviation. Be inspired by incredible RAF jets and displays as they soar over the shore throughout August bank holiday weekend. If gastronomy is more your thing, the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival is held throughout the end of June and promises ten days of culinary heaven from 10am-10pm, daily.
Ultimately, in this bustling seaside resort, you never know what you might stumble upon - come rain or shine.