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Things to do in Bournemouth

Whatever the weather there is lots to keep you entertained in Bournemouth

With one of Europe's best beaches, shopping, dining and entertainment, Bournemouth is commonly regarded as one of Britain’s premier seaside resorts attracting visitors from all over the UK and the world. The town offers an array of beautiful parks and gardens, quality shopping, a host of entertainment and nightlife, local attractions and a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Famous for its 12km of beautiful beaches (7.5 miles) which have won numerous prestigious awarda including the European Blue Flag Award and were voted by Trip Advisor in 2012 as the number 1 UK beach and 4th best in Europe.

Beaches The beaches of Bournemouth, Boscombe, Southbourne, Alum Chine and Durley Chine are very convenient and offer facilities such as cafés, water sports, boat trips and deck chair hire. If you are prepared to go a little further afield, then visit the beaches out of town. Water sports fans will love the Sandbanks Peninsula, as the conditions are perfect for windsurfing and jet skiing. Studland Beach, owned by the National Trust, is famous for its beautiful clean white sand and local wildlife - you can get there by taking a small ferry from Sandbanks.

Water Sports On some beaches you can enjoy water sports or perhaps a game of volleyball in one of the Game Zones or, if surfing is your thing, then head down to Boscombe.

Dining Enjoy a meal with a fantastic view of the sea at one of the many restaurants, bistros and bars along the seafront promenade offering the delights of fresh seafood, Italian and of course traditional fish and chips!

Gardens Aside from the beach, Bournemouth also offers 2,000 acres of award winning parks and gardens, which provide the ideal place to sit and relax with a good book or newspaper or have a game of mini golf.

Shopping  The shopper is also well catered for in Bournemouth. High street favourites exist alongside independent stores and cute boutiques. There is also Castlepoint Shopping Centre just on the edge of Bournemouth and West Quay a little further away in Southampton.

Bournemouth Pier  A traditional pier with beautiful views over the bay with the Isle of Wight on one side and the Purbeck Hills on the other. The pier has a wide selection of attractions, retail outlets and entertainments, including a zip wire for the adventurous!

AFC Bournemouth With the football ground only a few minuites drive from the hotel, watch your favourite team play AFCB click here for the fixtures.

The Oceanarium Take an underwater adventure round the waters of the world in 9 spectacular recreated environments and come face to face with awesome creatures; tiny terrapins, flamboyant clown fish, stunning sharks and the infamous piranha.

Entertainment Bournemouth’s nightlife is well known throughout the UK as the place to be at the weekend! During the summer months Bournemouth puts on free firework displays every Friday at 10pm which always provide an exciting end to the day.

The Bournemouth International Centre Established as one of the UK’s international venues and the largest venue on south coast attracting international artists as well as hosting some of the largest conferences and events in the UK.

The Pavilion Theatre Leading names provide year round entertainment from west end stage shows, opera ballet and pantomime.

The Lighthouse In nearby Poole, the Lighthouse is one of the largest Arts complexes outside London.

Cinemas The incredible state of the art, 10 screen multiplex ODEON cinema has landed in Bournemouth and you're going to absolutely love it! With so many incredible films taking to the big screen each and every year, you can now watch them in incredible quality in the most comfortable seats in town.

Countryside Just west of Bournemouth is the stunning World Heritage coastline, with romantic locations such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, and the New Forest National Park. You can also visit the nearby town of Christchurch with its attractive quay and even venture farther afield to Winchester with its famous cathedral or Southampton.

Walking  Even when the weather is not so great, you can still enjoy a leisurely stroll on the cliff tops of the Purbeck Hills or along the promenade all the way to Poole and back.

Land Trains Run from Alum Chine to Hengistbury Head and there’s also an open top bus tour, which runs in the summer. Both are great ways of exploring the town.

Let us know what you would like to do and we will help you plan your holiday. Call our Reception Team on +44 (0) 1202 551521.

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