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Plenty To See And Do

When you think of a UK holiday by the beach, you probably picture a town just like Bournemouth, where you can relax on the sandy shore, surf on a beautiful reef and enjoy a festival atmosphere at any time of the year.

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Bournemouth’s popularity isn’t just a result of its award-winning beaches. The southern seaside town also boasts some of the UK’s best coastal attractions, shops, and restaurants, not to mention a calendar of events that promise to delight visitors of all ages.

Bournemouth’s seven miles of sandy beach is just the beginning. The town is home to one of only four artificial reefs on the planet, built to enhance the surfing conditions. It also offers a huge variety of bars, restaurants and clubs, catering to young party-goers as well as those enjoying a fun-filled short holiday or short break on England’s arresting south coast.

From pretty parks to interesting museums, Bournemouth offers something for every visitor to enjoy. Visit the Stour Valley Nature Reserve, or take a boat trip over to Brownsea Island to search for rare red squirrels. Other things to do include visits to Go Ape! For a tree-top adventure at nearby Moors Valley, and rides on the Bournemouth Cliff Lifts, which offer easy travel between the cliff tops and the beach, accompanied by spectacular views.

If you’re looking for an active holiday, you can fill your visit to Bournemouth with water sports, outdoor activities, and long walks along Dorset’s enchanting walking paths and Jurassic Coast trail.

Or, if you’d prefer to relax and unwind, you’ll find no better place to enjoy afternoon tea than the world-famous Betty's Tea Room, followed by an ice cream by the sea. Enjoy a typical seaside holiday as you play in the arcades, before heading back to The Savoy with an over-sized teddy bear. Savour those old-fashioned seaside sweets sold from stalls and stands on the seafront, and take home novelty souvenirs or a Bournemouth postcard.

Alternatively, simply savour time spent wandering through the surrounding picture-postcard countryside, and pay a visit to the New Forest National Park, the Holt Heath National Nature Reserve, and the beautiful Sandbanks Beach.

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Bournemouth Air Festival Thu 30 Aug - Sun 2 Sep
Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival Sat 29 Sep - Sat 6 Oct
Swanage Blues Festival Thu 4 Oct - Sun 7 Oct
Swanage Blues Festival Thu 4 Oct - Sun 7 Oct
Dorchester Literary Festival Wed 17 Oct - Sun 21 Oct
. Mon 5 Nov

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Boscombe Pier

As you make your way down this newly refurbished pier, you’ll find various musical instruments free for you to try – transporting you back to the seaside nostalgia of yesteryear.


Ringwood hosts a weekly market which remains popular with both tourists and locals, and is also home to the Ringwood Brewery which is open for tours.

Boscome Arts Trail

This unique attraction starts in the shopping district of Boscome and finishes at the Boscome Pier. Along the way you will discover seven rare art pieces.


This unique attraction starts in the shopping district of Boscombe and finishes at Boscombe Pier. Along the way, discover seven rare works of art, wonderfully exhibited in unique locations.

Brownsea Island

Famous for its red squirrel population and its stunning natural scenery, Brownsea Island is a top attraction for adventurers of all ages.

Calm waters lap against pebble beaches, and further inland you’ll find grassy fields and sheltered woodland. Managed by the National Trust, the island is accessed by ferry and has various refreshment outlets including a café and coffee bar as well as a gift shop, a second-hand book shop, and the Baden-Powell Outdoor Centre.

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Corfe Castle

The majestic ruins of Corfe Castle occupy a breathtakingly beautiful location by the Purbeck Hills, where you can witness field and forest for miles around.

Visitors can explore the ruins themselves, and the surrounding area where a wildlife walk details the birds and animals you’re likely to see on your travels. A National Trust property, Corfe Castle includes tea rooms with views of the surrounding area, and well-stocked shops selling souvenirs, gifts and outdoor equipment.

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Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is an elegant mansion set in beautiful grounds, including parkland and formal landscaped gardens.

Elaborate carvings and historic artefacts can be viewed within the house, along with paintings by famous artists. The house has an Egyptian Room that boasts the UK’s largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts, and outside you’ll find extensive lawns and a Japanese garden complete with an authentic tea house. This National Trust house also includes an on-site restaurant, waymarked trails and spaces in which you can enjoy fishing, geo-caching and picnicking.

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White Mill

This National Trust-managed corn mill, still featuring original oaken machinery, stands on a site that was marked in the 1086 Domesday Book.

The mill was rebuilt in 1776, and went through extensive repair work in 1994. Located next to the River Stour, the White Mill is a fascinating place to visit for an afternoon of cultural and historical intrigue.

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Described by Alan Titchmarsh as ‘one of the finest gardens I’ve ever visited’, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens comprises 20 acres of landscaped grounds filled with exotic and rare plants from every corner of the globe.

First established in 1765 by the Countess of Ilchester, the gardens have been developing and changing ever since. Enjoy al fresco dining at the Colonial Restaurant, in amongst the colourful tropical plants and native birds, or visit the gift shop and garden centre where you can buy handcrafted items, plants and garden accessories.

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Compton Acres

This 10-acre formal garden features five distinct areas; an Italian garden, a Japanese garden, a wooded valley, a rock and water garden, and a heather garden.

Built in 1929, Compton features an on-site tea room and plant centre that are just as popular as the gardens themselves. Open for the majority of the year, and with free entry to RHS members, the garden also houses the Italian Villa which is a stunning venue for weddings and corporate events.

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Kingston Maurward Gardens

A top attraction for all ages, the Kingston Maurward Gardens include an on-site animal park, home to a wide variety of farm and domestic animals.

More than 30,000 people visit Kingston Maurward every year to explore the Grade II-listed gardens, tended with the help of students from Kingston Maurward College. Sights to see include a lake with temple, tree trails, and the walled gardens, as well as the historic croquet lawn and the Temple of the Four Winds. 

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