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It’s not hard to find something to get excited about in Bournemouth. With its seven miles of sandy beach, fantastic restaurants and bars, top nightlife spots and great programme of events, you’re sure to find a side of Bournemouth which suits you.
Our hand-picked holiday cottages in Bournemouth are perfectly positioned to help you make the most of the town and the surrounding area. Don’t worry if you’d like to bring the family dog along too, they’re more than welcome at our dog-friendly cottages in Bournemouth!
A wealth of things to do in Bournemouth
Boredom is unheard of in this town. With so much to see and do you’re likely to need another Bournemouth holiday just to finish off your to-do list!
The beach, of course, is the feature which stands out the most. The seven mile stretch is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, with kite surfers, wind surfers, body boarders and swimmers regularly seen among the waves. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, there are a number of schools and activity centres in whose safe hands you can try everything from jet skiing to stand up paddle boarding.
If getting wet’s not for you, a relaxing day on the beach in the summer could be just the ticket. If the weather is a little cold, however, or you fancy stretching your legs, the walk from Boscombe pier to Bournemouth pier is a great way to make the most of the beach. Take a break in one of the many cafés and restaurants along the way for a well-earned coffee and cake.
The Russell-Cotes art gallery and museum is perfect for those looking for a little bite of culture during their holiday in Bournemouth. The former home of two Victorian collectors, Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes, the incredible house is filled with souvenirs from the couple’s travels and a fascinating collection of art. The gallery also offers beautiful views from its cliff top location.
If shopping is on the agenda, you’ll love Bournemouth. The town centre itself boasts department stores, big brand names, fashion and independent boutiques, while out of town Castlepoint Shopping Park offers even more opportunities for retail therapy!
A lovely way to enjoy the weather on a fine day is to explore the beautiful gardens of Bournemouth. Retaining much of their Victorian charm, the Upper, Central and Lower gardens are Grade II listed. Vibrant floral displays are a feast for the eyes and along with trees and shrubs provide interest all year round. The tropical garden of Alum Chine overlooks the bay and has a fascinating selection of exotic plants and the newly renovated Boscombe gardens now reflect their glorious Victorian past.
Treat yourself to an evening enjoying the arts at Pavilion Dance Southwest or the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre. They hold regular world-class contemporary dance performances and fantastic professional shows, while smaller venues throughout the town also have an exciting performance schedule.
Activities near Bournemouth
The area surrounding Bournemouth is rich in fantastic attractions and interesting towns. Visit Poole, Bournemouth’s neighbour, which is home to the world’s second largest natural harbour or head a little bit further around the coast to the small town of Swanage.
The New Forest National Park is a big draw for many visitors, offering a wealth of great walks and picturesque villages, not to mention the opportunity to see wild ponies in their natural habitat.
Active families will love Go Ape, the Top Adventure Course just out of the town centre. Swing through the trees and enjoy being a monkey for a couple of hours on their exhilarating course of zip-wires, swings and obstacles!
If you’ve got little ones with you, what better way to spend a day than at Paultons Family Theme Park. The New Forest based park is home to over 60 rides and attractions, including the popular Peppa Pig World.
Discover some of Bournemouth’s heritage sites, including the iconic Corfe Castle in Wareham, Athelhampton House and Gardens in Dorchester and Durlston Country Park near Swanage.
Eating and drinking
Whether you’re after a quick bite to eat on the beach or a slap-up fine dining experience, you’ll find it in Bournemouth.
With over 250 restaurants covering every genre of dining, from Thai to Turkish, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Add to that the many cafés, fish and chip kiosks and numerous ice cream shops and you’ve got a foodie paradise!
After your delicious evening meal, if you’ve still got enough energy you can head out for a night on the tiles. With nightclubs, pubs and bars aplenty there’s always somewhere to party the night away. Cameo is a top choice for those after a buzzing club experience, while converted church Halo and Lola Lo are also popular.
Whether you want an active holiday of water sports and clubbing, or a relaxing break enjoying the beach and gardens, Bournemouth is the place for you. Browse our selection of self-catering holiday cottages now and find your perfect home-from-home.