There’s over seven miles of golden sandy Bournemouth beaches and 3000 stripy deckchairs to choose from on the Bournemouth seafront – but grab your spot early because during the summer Bournemouth gets packed with holidaymakers and day trippers. The southern Dorset resort represents an honest, good old-fashioned day out at the seaside. Buts there are no ‘kiss me quick’ hats here - Bournemouth has an old fashioned Victorian gentility which puts it a cut above the rest.
Bournemouth has two Piers, Bournemouth Pier and Boscombe Pier, the perfect places to enjoy your fish and chips, but beware the aggressive seagulls – they have been known to carry small children off, let alone your dinner. You can also enjoy a small or big promenade along the huge promenade, whilst admiring the well tended ornamental gardens. If you like your entertainment more exciting, then try out surfing or water boarding at the Surf School, then test out your new skills at the brand new Artificial Surf Reef.
Bournemouth has been guided gently into the 21st Century - and now has a huge shopping complex and enough bars and clubs to keep even the most energetic of stag and hen parties happy.
Bournemouth’s Top 10
10. Pavilion Dance is Bournemouth’s national dance house with world class performances and workshops.
5. The Littledown Centre is perfect if you prefer being able to see your feet when you swim, plus outdoor picnic area and miniature railway.
9. Dorset Belle Cruises run trips from Bournemouth Pier to the white Jurassic cliffs of Old Harry, Brownsea Island and Poole.
4. The Russell-Coates Art Gallery & Museum houses paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics.
8. If you must go clubbing, Elements is Bournemouth’s biggest, but prepare to queue or get on the right side of the bouncers.
3. The Pleasure Gardens really are pleasurable - Grade II listed greenery stretching for one and a half miles north west of the seafront.
7. Brush off the sand and head for The Village, Bournemouth’s most refined area with designer shops, beauty stores, posh deli’s and quality restaurants.
2. Find out t if you suffer from vertigo in The Bournemouth Eye, an air balloon which rises 150m to give views for 25 miles.
6. Tee off at Queen’s Park Golf Course’s tree-lined fairways.
1. Get eye to eye with mean looking sharks at the Oceanarium – they know you wouldn’t be so brave without the glass.
3) Bournemouth Events
The Bournemouth Air Festival is a real highlight on the events calendar. Watch vintage planes and The Red Arrows take to the skies next to the seafront in this free August event.
Bournemouth Pride Festival takes place in July and takes over the seaside resort. Celebrate diversity with locals and visitors alike.
The Vienna Proms offers a full programme of Austrian Romantic composers’ work at Bournemouth’s Concert Hall at the end of June (tickets £21).
Bournemouth’s Boscombe Market runs an open air market every Thursday and Saturday throughout the year. It’s good for fruit and veg, as well as handbags, clothes and much more.
Classic Cars on the Prom takes place on a weekly basis throughout the summer at the back of Bournemouth International Centre (BIC).
Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier Fun Run takes place in July in aid of the Samaritans. Warm up begins at Bournemouth Pier.
Bournemouth International Triathlon features a mile swim, 25 mile bike ride, seven mile run and a sprint in July.
The DPA Bournemouth Summer Festival takes place in July, commencing at the Bournemouth Pavilion. Tickets are around £13.00.
The Bournemouth Pier to Pier Swim is a 1.4 mile swim from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier in July.
Bournemouth Family Festival is held in late July and features stalls, bands, tons of free activities for children at Meyrick Park.
Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival celebrates food, wine and beer with regional producers and chefs in attendance at Bournemouth Town Square in August.
4)When to Go
· Bournemouth’s weather is akin to British weather in general which means it can be unpredictable. There are plenty of sunny days to be had, however during the summer months of May to September. Bournemouth’s location by the sea means its climate will be generally milder than places inland.
· Maximum temperatures in August are 27 °C with a minimum of 15 °C. During the winter months temperatures can dip as low as 7 °C.
· There is always the chance of rain during a trip to Bournemouth – days which start out sunny can often turn overcast and vice versa, so be prepared and bring a brolly.
5) Getting There
· Bournemouth International airport runs a number of scheduled and charter services – and London Heathrow and Gatwick are easy to get to from Bournemouth by train or coach.
· National Express runs a regular service from London, Bristol and Oxford as well as many other main UK cities. The journey time from London is around 2 and a half hours and ticket prices are very competitive – currently around £17. If you’re driving, Bournemouth has good road links
· Trains run hourly from London Waterloo, a journey of around only 97 minutes at a current cost of £34.50, however it possible to get cheaper fares if you book tickets well in advance.
The county of Dorset in South West England is famous for extraordinary beauty, most notably on the Channel coast. The UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, traversable via the South West Coast Path, is especially scenic. Resort towns draw scores of visitors to Dorset in the warm summer months as well, with Bournemouth as one of the most popular.
The town of 165,000 people is the most populous in Dorset and sits just east of the Jurassic Coast. From June to August, Bournemouth transforms into a veritable leisure, entertainment and recreation mecca, as scores of urbanites descend on the resort town to escape life in the city for a week or two. The beach and pier remain the most desirable spots for visitors, with the vast majority of restaurants, bars and attractions within close proximity. For a taste of genuine history, check out the Royal Bath Hotel, with such famous former guests as Oscar Wilde and H.G. Wells.
Bournemouth has a temperate climate, with mild weather throughout the year.
- Winter (December to February) 2-9°C
- Spring (March to May) 3-17°C
- Summer (June to September) 10-22°C
- Fall (October to November) 4-15°C
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