Our guide to holidays in Bournemouth
If you’ve ever visited Bournemouth then you’ll understand why it’s said to be the happiest place in the UK (that’s an actual fact by the way). When you wake up to seven miles of sandy beach waiting for you to kick off your flip flops and sink your toes in, it’s pretty difficult not to feel smug. It’s not just the beach life that we love Bournemouth for though, it’s the cosmopolitan feel to the town that means there’s something for everyone.
For starters, the Bournemouth attractions make it easy to keep the family entertained during those times when you manage to peel the kids from the beach. And then there’s the shopping…for those days when you fancy doing a little damage to the credit card, you’ll find everything from the big names in fashion to quirky boutiques, and there are plenty of cafes to beckon you when you’re in need of a little time out.
One of the lovely things about Bournemouth holidays is that they’re a great chance to get active and try your hand at something new. If your kids are at that age when they need something a little more than a family sandcastle competition, attractions like the pier to shore zip line mean you can get the old adrenaline pumping.
You’ve got to love the fact that there are more Bournemouth attractions than you’ll ever be able to squeeze into one break, but half the fun’s in trying to. Let’s start on the sand (where all good holidays start), Bournemouth Beach stretches all the way from the pier, past Boscombe and into Poole.
The best place to park is on the cliff top, and you can either wander down via one of the winding paths or use the Victorian cliff railway. Bournemouth’s lucky enough to enjoy its very own microclimate, and that means sea warm enough to swim in and plenty of opportunities to catch up on the novel you’ve been meaning to finish.
The pier itself has so much going on that it’s something of an attraction too. The best part’s the zip wire that makes it possible to fly your way high across the waves and onto the shore, and as there are two wires you can even go along with a friend…if you’re feeling brave!
Just beside the pier, you’ll find the Oceanarium. One of the town’s most popular attractions, this one’s about as close as it’s possible to get to experiencing life under the sea. You’ll find yourselves face to face with some of the weird and wonderful creatures that call the sea home, and there are ten recreated environments within the attraction.
Things to do in Bournemouth
With all that sunshine and its famously warm weather, you’ll want to spend much of your stay outside soaking up the climate, and there are plenty of ways to do so. If you’re dreaming of long days on the beach, you could rent yourself a beach hut. The huts are available for rent 28 days in advance, and what better way to forget the world and embrace beach life for a few days than to have your own little slice of beachside living?
If it’s been too long since you challenged the rest of your clan to a tournament, there’s mini golf. Perfect for the whole family, the mini golf course in Bournemouth Gardens has 18 holes, and the flower beds make it a peaceful setting for that all-important family competition.
And then there’s RockReef. Just the place for the adventurers amongst you (and if you happen to get a wet day), you’ll find RockReef on the pier. Whether you fancy tackling the Clip and Climb wall, the indoor caves or the highline aerial obstacle course, everything about this attraction has been designed with one thing in mind – having a great time. If you’re happy to sit back and sip on something warm in the café while the kids do the adventuring, keep your eyes peeled for them in the cave viewing window in the café’s floor…
Let’s start with the steak shall we? Somewhere between bustling steak house and fine dining, Funki Griller has a fantastic reputation for good service and great food. With glowing review after glowing review, this is one of the Bournemouth restaurants that needs to go on the list to try and make a reservation for before you set off.
For that special meal during your holiday, Restaurant Roots is well-known for its good food, warm welcomes and attention to detail. With an emphasis on serving up good food with flair, this one’s perfect for that meal for two on the last night of your Bournemouth holiday.
How about this then? Renoufs cheese and wine restaurant offers something of a unique dining experience. The whole menu’s based around showcasing great cheeses and delicious wines, and they offer everything from whole baked camembert to platters to share. Enjoy!