The largest resort in Dorset, Bournemouth was voted the UK’s best beach in the Travellers’ Choice award for the second year in a row. This seven-mile stretch of perfect coastline and Blue Flag beaches provide a wonderful setting for your weekend away in beautiful Bournemouth.
It has been branded “the coast with the most”. Water sports abound, or simply walk, run or cycle along the sandy beaches, through the beautifully maintained Victorian gardens or along the majestic clifftops. Looking for a fun-filled hen party weekend? Before heading out for a night on the town, there are also plenty of opportunities to try surfing, paddle-boarding or jet skiing.
As a seaside getaway, you can’t ask for more. A magnificent cliff line guards the bay below. Thanks to its own micro-climate, the area has some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK. There are also numerous spots to enjoy the spectacular views across to the Isle of Wight and the Purbecks, so make sure you take your deckchairs along.
Did you know that Bournemouth invented the modern beach hut 100 years ago and boasts the oldest beach huts in the country? The town was also the first place in the UK to have purpose-built beach huts. The first beach hut, built in 1909, is marked with a Blue Plaque near the Bournemouth Seafront Office (to the east of Bournemouth Pier).
If you do intend to spend the day at the beach, you can hire one of the 250 beach huts. These are available for weekly, daily and period hire. What better way to spend the day relaxing with friends and family while appreciating the coastal views?
There are beach huts available at Alum Chine, Durley Chine, Bournemouth, Boscombe, Southbourne and Fisherman’s Walk. With plenty of choices they are available for hire from as little as £125 a week.
Bournemouth’s beautiful coastline offers loads of fun things to do all year round as it hosts over 500 fantastic events and festivals. August sees the annual Bournemouth Air Festival. The biggest event of its kind in the world – there are flying displays, evening entertainment, shopping and much more. And what’s even better is that it’s FREE. Also in August, there are free Friday night fireworks display on Bournemouth Pier. In October there’s the Arts By The Sea, with 10 days of events, installations and experiences for everyone to enjoy.
Festivals, Concerts and More
Whatever time of year you are planning your weekend in beautiful Bournemouth you will find events and festivals and concerts available.
The Shake and Stir Vintage Festival in June takes place in Southbourne. It has become renowned locally and across the South of England for its vintage-themed live entertainment and music. Along with local food & drink, trade stalls, vintage and classic cars, mods and rockers, and classic bikes.
The beautiful coastline lends itself to a range of outdoor activities, from swims and runs, including the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, to water sports and beach games. There are also several arts events throughout the year, including the Arts by the Sea Festival mentioned above. Comedy and live music are another drawcard, and events take place both in the town itself as well as in surrounding villages.
Bournemouth also welcomes some of the biggest dance shows and competitions to the town to its world-class performance venues. From ballet and ballroom to contemporary and conceptual, there’s always something to entertain you. The international concert venues, museums and theatres put on a huge variety of events throughout the year. From displays of art and sculpture to lifestyle exhibitions – all of them will inspire you with ideas for your upcoming wedding, or you can try the latest health and fitness fad.
The Land Train
Getting around the town is made easy with the Land Train, which runs along the promenade and means you don’t have to worry about driving after that sneeky afternoon G&T. You can get from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier; via Boscombe Precinct and Gardens; from Bournemouth Pier to Alum Chine; and along the new route from Boscombe Pier to Bournemouth Pier via the East Overcliff for remarkable coastal views.
Amusements, Shopping & Food
And, luckily, when that good old British summer rain sets in, there is a range of amusements or cinema complexes where you can shelter, while still having fun. Even better, there is a huge selection of wonderful high street and independent shops where you can fulfil your inner retail therapy obsession. Bournemouth is much more than simply sand and sea. Whether you are looking for the latest fashion trends, antique jewellery from Westover Road or a piece of art, you’re bound to find it in the town or in the nearby coastal villages.
Perfect sunsets will end off your day on a good note as you get ready for a party at some of the local nightclubs. After an activity-filled day, head for one of the hundreds of bustling restaurants, cafes and bars in the centre of town. Fresh seafood, local produce, traditional cream teas… the choice is all yours. There are award-winning restaurants, trendy cocktail bars, spacious pubs and fast food chains all over the place so you’ll never be stuck for anywhere to eat.
So, Bournemouth really is part of the “coast with the most”. Whether you’re on a hen party or just want a weekend away in beautiful Bournemouth, this seaside resort offers everything you could possibly want. As The Independent says in one of the numerous articles about the town, it is the quintessential seaside escape and a chic bolthole to boot. The Bournemouth Townhouse is the perfect place to stay, sleeping 19 guests, just a short stroll from the beach.