Weekend breaks in Bournemouth

With over seven miles of golden beaches, and a vast variety of attractions all nestled amongst beautiful countryside, the south coast town of Bournemouth has all the ingredients for the perfect short break. With it’s temperate climate and a laid back yet vibrant ambience, Bournemouth remains one of the countries most popular seaside resorts. With such an esteemed and lively seafront it is easy to overlook the multitude of other attractions that Bournemouth has to offer. Having been a popular tourist destination for over a hundred years the Dorset town is brimming with a fantastic variety of of activities to cater to almost any taste, so whatever kind of break you are after you can be certain that Bournemouth will deliver.

Of course, the town is most famous for its beach front and in the summer the majority of visitors arrive to enjoy the sun, sea and sand. A real contender as Britain’s best, Bournemouth’s beach is huge, sandy and very clean, winning many Blue Flag awards. The beach is particularly family orientated making Bournemouth a great place for a short break with the kids in tow. The seafront has all the facilities and attractions you’d expect of a traditional British seaside resort with a grand Victorian Pier housing entertainment and restaurants, a multitude of water sports to try out and a constant stream of events taking place throughout the year, especially in the summer months.

Beyond the seafront, Bournemouth has much more to offer. The town is located in Dorset which is in itself a beautiful place. This beauty extends into Bournemouth itself with a good variety of gardens and parks. Bournemouth Central Gardens provide a great setting for a relaxing afternoon with some stunning landscaping. There are also a selection of facilities including Mini Golf, and Art Exhibition and the Bournemouth eye – a tethered balloon which allows visitors to see the town from hundred of feet in the air. Close by there is also the New Forest National Park if you really want to get away from the hustle and bustle for the day. You can simply wander around the 70 square miles enjoying the peace, or take part in an activity such as horse riding or deer watching.

Bournemouth town centre is lively – a combination of its popularity as a tourist destination and its student population. Shopping trips are well catered for with a number of unique independent shops and the Victorian splendor of the Bournemouth Arcade as well as the established high street chains. Nightlife is vibrant with a busy town centre providing a large number of clubs and bars, along with plenty more relaxed pubs and restaurants. As you might expect from such a well established seaside resort, the choice of accommodation provides a massive choice with a huge selection of guest houses, B&B’s and large and boutique hotels to choose from.