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Things to do inBournemouth

Visitor information for Bournemouth in Dorset

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Bournemouth attracts millions of visitors of all ages each year. Seven miles of golden sand, a vibrant nightlife, first-class attractions, beautiful gardens and summer festivals promise something for everyone.

The beautiful sand and sheltered waters make Bournemouth a firm favourite for beach and activity holidays. Perfect not only for families, with its pioneering beach safety KidZone scheme and dog-free areas, Bournemouth also enjoys 18 – 25% more sunshine over the summer months than the national average.

Bournemouth's beautiful Parks and Gardens are real winners, both of national awards such as the coveted Green Flag, and for the millions of visitors each year who enjoy their splendour. Why not spend a lazy summer's afternoon listening to the band playing in the Pinewalk bandstands, just watching the world go by, or take a stroll to the sub-tropical and Italianate gardens a short distance away. Whatever you decide, you'll find the Victorian pleasure gardens are a real horticultural treat.

By day, the town is a shopper's paradise, a combination of high-street favourites and exclusive boutiques. The lively Square, with its mosaics and stylish Camera Obscura centrepiece, gives an atmosphere of continental chic, a perfect spot for people-watching over a cappuccino.

As the sun sets over the Victorian architecture, the nightlife in the vibrant and cosmopolitan town centre starts to hot up. With a reputation for top entertainment, Bournemouth caters for all tastes; West End blockbusters, hilarious comedians, classical concerts and plays to some of the hottest nightclubs in the country – it’s all here. Night owls will certainly be spoilt for choice.

And don’t forget to eat! With so many restaurants to choose from diners are spoilt for choice. Traditional British, Mediterranean, Asian and French cuisine are just some of the mouthwatering options.

Things to do in Bournemouth

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Bournemouth Events

22 Jun 2024 to 23 Jun 2024
Shake & Stir Vintage Music Festival
03 Jun 2024 to 30 Jun 2024
25% OFF FOR LOCALS AT ROCKREEF!
05 Jul 2024 to 06 Jul 2024
Bourne Free Pride Festival
26 Jul 2024 to 27 Jul 2024
BSO Proms in the Park

Latest Bournemouth Features

7 Nov 2023
Ice Skating in Dorset Christmas is nearly here and there’s a fun way to get you in the festive spirit — by ice skating in Dorset! Nothing beats wrapping up, getting your skates on and heading out to glide (or stumble) across the ice, before treating yourself to a delicious hot chocolate afterwards. Whether you’re a cling-to-the-side kind of skater or have a Torville and Dean style, ice skating is a fab activity for all and a great way to get together with friends and family to have ... Read more...
1 Nov 2023
Whether you call him Santa Claus, Father Christmas, St Nicks or simply Santa, your little ones will want to meet the real deal this year. Lucky for you, many of Dorset's businesses have arranged magical experiences for you and your family to do just that. So why not take a look at the festive fun to be found in Dorset this year. Read more...
26 Sep 2023
Halloween Events in Dorset The October half-term is now synonymous with Halloween and the themed fun that takes place. If you’re out and about in Dorset, you’ll find many a Halloween event happening, so grab your broomsticks, sharpen those fangs, and prepare to have one hell of a good time! It's scary how much there is to choose from... Halloween Events Read more...
2 Aug 2023
Things to do on a rainy day in Dorset Dorset is blessed with countless scenic locations to explore in the summer months, from Durdle Door to Portland Bill there are plenty of beauty spots and outdoor activities to enjoy. But what about those rainy days in Dorset when the number one priority is keeping dry? We’ve compiled a list of fantastic Dorset attractions and activities to keep you and your family entertained when the rain takes hold. Rainy Day Attractions & Activities in Dorset What else ... Read more...
17 Jul 2023
Top things to do in Dorset! Top things to do in Dorset this Summer! Here is a snapshot of some of the great things to do taken from Resort Dorset. 1. Hop on the Swanage Railway, sit back and let your senses take you back in time! 2. Take a break from the beach and visit one of Dorset’s delightful gardens, Sherborne Castle, Compton Acres, Mapperton Estate, Athelhampton and Abbotsbury Gardens have some of the most beautiful grounds. Take a leisurely stroll and build up the appetite for tea and ... Read more...

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