Book a train ticket and you’ll discover that Bournemouth’s fabulous stretch of sandy beach, fringed by miles of sparkling sea, is genuinely breathtaking, and is perfect for the simple pleasures of a bucket and spade. But if you like your seaside stays a little more active, there’s plenty of water-based wow-factor, from surfing to kayaking and paddle-boarding, all available to try at the Sorted Watersports Centre. They even offer bike hire for those wanting to soak up the full 7 miles of beach on 2 wheels.
There’s plenty of fun to be had on the piers too, from a round of mini-golf on the recently restored Boscombe Pier, with its specially hand-crafted musical instruments, to the exhilarating Pierzip zip-wire ride at Bournemouth Pier, a thrilling way to get from pier to shore, 25 metres above the waves. It’s part of RockReef, an all weather adventure sports centre with indoor climbing walls, drop slides and much more.
Away from the sand and sea, stroll through Bournemouth’s gorgeous, 2 mile long Gardens, dotted with attractions such as tennis courts, mini-golf, a bandstand, art installations, and most importantly ice-cream kiosks.
And to truly get away from it all, explore the Russell-Cotes house, gallery and garden on the cliff top, a lavish Victorian seaside villa filled with beautiful objects and art from the Russell-Cotes family travels around the world in the early 19th century.