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Things to do in Bournemouth

Bournemouth's seven miles of golden sands continue to win awards; so it's no suprise that the town remains one of the country's top holiday resorts year after year. Hire one of the colourful beach huts for the day and you'll have the perfect base to enjoy all the traditional seaside fun.


Welcome to Sunny Bournemouth

Bournemouth’s beaches offer something for everyone. From the town centre head down to Pier Approach through the beautiful Lower Gardens and enjoy the seafront attractions, cafes and restaurants, not forgetting fantastic views of the bay from the historic Pier. The kids will love the Oceanarium and Rock Reef Climbing and Zip Wire on the pier.

Shoppers are spoilt for choice as the town centre has many of the well-known high street names as well as department stores and individual boutiques. Visit the fascinating Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum or perhaps choose to watch a show at the Bournemouth International Centre or Pavilion Theatre. Bournemouth Tourism has all the information you need to plan your trip to this popular town.

 

Hengistbury Head

Bournemouth and Around

To the west of the main pier are the quieter beaches of Durley Chine, Alum Chine and Branksome Dene. Alum Chine has a restaurant/cafe Vesuvios and a play park and toilets – so all needs are catered for! To the east of the main pier are Boscombe, Southbourne, Mudeford and Hengistbury Head – all fantastic beaches. Our personal favourite is Boscombe with it’s art deco Pier. There’s a retro diner on the seafront and to the east the wonderful Urban Reef restaurant. If you fancy trying your hand at surfing or SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) there’s two surf schools on the promenade who offer beginners lessons with all the equipment, for all ages.

Hengistbury Head is a great place to bring the whole family and has a fantastic Visitor Centre where you can learn about the area’s rich heritage. Take the land train for gentle and easy access to Mudeford Sand spit, then enjoy the view with a cup of tea and a slice of cake, or something more substantial in one of the cafes. The Boathouse cafe/restaurant is highly recommended. Mudeford quay is the place¬†to go crabbing – hours of fun can be had.

Bournemouth’s neighbour to the East is historic Christchurch. A visit to this pretty town is a must – with a quaint quay, independent boutiques, intriguing delis and cosy cafes. Not to mention, two rivers, two castles and a Priory – you will be spoilt for choice. If the sun is shining there is a Splash Park at the quay – perfect for the little ones. It has many interactive features including water jets and sprays, a water play pump and wheel, channels and sluices as well as a paddling pool. Or you could take a boat trip up the Stour.

hengistbury-head

Getting to Bournemouth

Turn left out of the campsite onto the Horton Road and keep going. Go straight over the 2 mini-roundabouts on the way, past Moors Valley Country Park and you come to the A31 roundabout. Go straight over onto the A338 which takes you directly to Bournemouth – the town centre is signposted.

Boscombe Beach
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