Bournemouth, home of AFC Bournemouth, has been a popular holiday destination since the nineteenth century. Generations of families have enjoyed its sandy beaches and temperate climate. Unlike many south coast resorts, Bournemouth doesn’t just attract older people. Arts, beaches, culture, dining and sports are all readily available and make Bournemouth an attractive holiday destination for all.
Family fun at the beach
Bournemouth is family focused and makes it possible for the extended family to find their ideal holiday, all in one place. There are clean, safe beaches for the children, with plenty of facilities including:
- First Aid
- Kid Zones
- Kiosks for Ice cream and fast food
- Activities specifically for children on designated beaches and the lower gardens
Parents can rest easy knowing their children are playing on clean beaches. In 2014 four family beaches were awarded blue flag status and two additional beaches were awarded the seaside award.
Activities for young adults
Young adults will find plenty to do in Bournemouth; there are a wide range of water sports available on the beaches and a bespoke Coastal Activity Park either side of Boscome pier. This offers activities for all ages. These activities are particularly appealing for young adults and include beach tennis, football, bouldering, sea kayaking, surfing, body boarding and general fitness.
Something for couples and the elderly
Couples can enjoy a day at the beach, or a relaxing walk through Bournemouth’s lower, central and upper gardens. If you like music visit the lower gardens on a summer’s afternoon, live music from a Victorian bandstand is atmospheric, especially if accompanied by a picnic. A ride on the balloon moored in the lower gardens will please the thrill seekers; the 360 degree views are breathtaking. October’s Arts by the Sea festival is not to be missed by those who love and support fringe art and theatre.
For older visitors the beaches and promenades are flat and many offer disabled access and facilities. The lower and central parks offer ambient surroundings and easy to walk paths.
Dining in Bournemouth
Eating out in Bournemouth is a pleasurable experience. There are tearooms like The Living Room and cafes like Cafe Riva, as well as fish and chip shops, bars on the beachfront and patisseries in the town centre. There is everything from fine dining to budget cafes and restaurant. Many cafes and restaurant offer the choice to dine al fresco and allow patrons to take advantage of the sea air.
For musical, comedies and dancing visit The Pavilion in Bournemouth.
Art and culture
If Art and culture is your passion, there is also a delightful art exhibition in the lower gardens, which runs all summer. The Pavilion theatre and ball room offers musicals, comedians and dancing. A visit to the Russell-Cotes museum is a must. The house itself is reminiscent of a fairytale castle with its turrets, set in beautifully landscaped gardens. The setting of the house is spectacular. Its cliff side location overlooks the sea. There are three areas of interest, the art gallery, the museum and the gardens.
The art gallery contains nineteenth century art and work by many British artists. The museum retains the floor plan of the original house and exhibits have themed rooms. There are exhibits from Japan, Russia, Spain and Scandinavia.
The gardens reclaimed from the sand dunes, still retain original features. The Japanese Garden is worth a visit. After your exploring, there is cafe to reflect on what you have seen.
Shop ‘til you drop
Bournemouth is a shopper’s delight. Boutique shops in Westbourne, open air markets in Bournemouth town and Boscome cater for the most eclectic tastes. For lovers of vintage, there are plenty of shops to visit and for those who prefer high street shops, Bournemouth town centre and Southbourne shopping centre, which is close to a lovely beach, will meet all your expectations. When your day is finished we’d recommend a stay at the ultra-comfortable Hermitage Hotel Bournemouth, where you can rest your weary legs with a great meal and 4* luxury.
So combine a beautiful beach with a cultural experience, add in great food and shopping and you have the recipe for the perfect holiday for all the family in Bournemouth.
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