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Bournemouth

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Sink your feet into golden sands and wander through Victorian gardens before exploring a vibrant shopping district or soaking up sea views over lunch.

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Bournemouth has long been attracting holiday makers to its beautiful Blue Flag beaches, which are some of the finest in the country. Winning four Blue Flag awards in 2015 and nestled between local beauty spots, such as the Purbecks and Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth is the perfect place to enjoy the great British seaside.If it’s traditional seaside amusements you’re after, why not hire a beach hut, hop on the carousel or indulge in a portion of fish and chips?

Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, test your nerve on the PierZip, the world’s first pier-to-beach zip wire, or enjoy a surfing, paddle boarding or sea kayaking lesson at the Coastal Activity Park. For even more seaside thrills, pull on a pair of goggles and snorkel in some of the warmest sea temperatures in England, and then crash through the waves on a powerboat.

Glorious gardens

With over 2,000 acres of gardens to explore, Bournemouth is always in bloom. Within the town centre alone you will find three award-winning gardens located between the town centre and Pier Approach. Renowned for their floral bedding displays throughout the year, Bournemouth’s Victorian gardens bring together brilliant colours, subtle textures, height variations and scent. Aside from the beautiful foliage, the Lower Gardens are brimming with entertainment over the summer months with live music from the bandstand, children’s entertainment and of course the famous Bournemouth Balloon, a helium balloon ride that soars 500ft-high to reveal views of Dorset’s blissful coastline.

Festival fever

Bournemouth is fast becoming renowned for its free annual festivals. Every spring, Bournemouth Wheels Festival roars into town with a fantastic selection of supercars, monster trucks, bike displays and classic car pageants. A summer highlight for many takes the form of Bournemouth Air Festival. With an action-packed four days of dazzling air displays and demonstrations, that will leave your head in the clouds. In October, art comes to life on Bournemouth Seafront with the arrival of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, which sees a mix of interactive and immersive activities. Other highlights throughout the year include Bournemouth Marathon Festival and Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival.

Food and drink

Dorset is renowned for its fantastic selection of local produce. With fresh seafood in abundance, local meat suppliers and artisan cheeses, there’s something to suit all tastes. Many of our restaurants and eateries take advantage of this by including local produce on their menus.   

How to get here

Arriving into Bournemouth couldn’t be easier; with excellent road links, cross-country train services and even its own airport, you can rest assured that your arrival into Bournemouth will be an easy one. Bournemouth is 2hrs 40mins from London (car), 1hrs 45mins from London Waterloo (direct train), 2hrs 50mins from London Victoria (coach) and 14mins from Bournemouth airport (car).

For more local tourist information:

  • Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre
  • Contact Details 0845 051 1700 / 01202 451720
  • Twitter @BournemouthInfo
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