From romantic weekend breaks to fun family days out, you'll find a wide range of things to do in Bournemouth.
A lively seaside city with a relaxed atmosphere, Bournemouth is also home to award-winning gardens and host to a wide range of watersports, which are popular with tourists and locals alike, all year round.
Admire the miles of stunning coastline, hire a traditional beach hut or take a peaceful stroll along the water's edge. Once described by the writer Thomas Hardy as "a Mediterranean lounging place on the English Channel", Bournemouth is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year.
Award-winning, Grade II listed gardens have kept their Victorian character, or take an idyllic walk through the tropical flora and fauna along the beaches.
For something more wild, visit Adventureland Bournemouth; a sprawling theme park with more than 30 rides to suit all ages. The nearby Oceanarium; home to hundreds of awesome creatures from stunning sharks to colourful clownfish.
The town centre is dotted with boutiques and cafes, as well as big-name high street chains and independents stores. The beautiful Victorian Royal Arcade and the newly refurbished Sovereign Shopping Centre are also worth a visit.
If you’re travelling to Bournemouth on a Thursday or Saturday, be sure to wander along the Christchurch Road for Boscombe Open Air Market. You’ll find delicious local produce, clothing, crafts and antique shops.
On a shoestring: Chez Fred. A quaint little fish and chip shop in Westbourne, serving up ethically caught haddock and cod in a rich, crispy batter. Get there quick to beat lunchtime queues.
Middle of the road: Highcliff Grill. Part of the Marriott Hotel, this elegant lounge and bar offers award-winning cuisine on a spectacular cliff-top location.
Bigger budgets: Urban Reef. A laid-back restaurant with great views, great music and delicious, varied menus.
Cycle along the seafront towards the popular Sandbanks Beach or stop off for an ice cream and enjoy the spectacular views.
Bournemouth Pier is home to a selection of eateries and a fun amusement arcade – be sure to pack a pocketful of pennies!
Bournemouth is also one of the best spots in the UK to learn to surf!