Located down on the south coast of England (pretty much smack bang in the middle), Bournemouth is a lovely seaside town that has been welcoming tourists for hundreds of years. My grandparents even c
ame here on their honeymoon in the 60’s. Formerly known as being a retirement town, the millennials, digital marketing buffs and entrepreneurs have totally transformed it and made it a really special and exciting place to live and work or visit for a holiday.
7 miles, 7 MILES!! of beautiful sandy beaches is the dream, stretching from Heingsbury Head up to Sandbanks, you can walk, cycle, run or swim all along the bay throughout the year. The beaches are so well looked after and the council are always out cleaning them (shout out to the 5am beach tractor team that I’ve waved to on my way home from nights out whoops!). It’s no wonder some of the beaches have won awards and have been recognised as blue flag beaches.
Top tips if you’re visiting Bournemouth to come to the beach
If you want a good spot with a nice amount of space, don’t head to the pier, there are so many other areas with convenient carparks, facilities and foodie places. (Durley Chine, Alum Chine, Branksome, Boscombe, Southbourne)
Take your rubbish with you and put it in the bin, as much as we love the seagulls and their wake up calls, leaving rubbish on the beach can not only harm the local wildlife but its also very messy and does the environment absolutely zero favours.
If you have kids there are many beaches with ‘kidzones’ and where there are lifeguards and safe swim zones
Travel in packs, turn it into a road trip and get all your friends in the car and argue over whose Spotify playlist is the best
2. The Food
Oh my god where do I start. The food scene in Bournemouth is a dream, there are so many innovative and unique foodie places at good prices and a range of cuisines that you will never get bored. I’ve lived here 4 years and I still haven’t visited all the places i want to go, I usually only go to a restaurant once as well. Bournemouth is the home of Koh Thai Tapas and we are so lucky to have a selection of the restaurants around the area to choose from to taste the amazing Thai flavours, if you’ve been to Asia and love the flavours then Koh Thai is the one. The seafood scene is also unreal, Westbeach & The Crab are restaurants close to the beach where you can get a real taste of the area. My other faves are Funki Griller – where the most wonderful steaks are made and if you haven’t tried the sharing platter than you are missing out, Aruba, 7Bone, Harry Ramsdens, Cosy Club & all of the classic chains are fab. If you come to Bournemouth use your Tastecard or check out Tablepouncer for some awesome discounts which makes eating out actually affordable.
3. The Nightlife
Woow we have had some fantastic nights out in Bournemouth, its a hub full of holiday makers, students, stags and hens and locals all inspired by the sunshine and up for a good time! There are a few areas you can go for a night out and i’d say there is almost something for everyone. My favourite places to go for glamorous cocktails are – Aruba, 1812, Lost Paradise, Level8Skybar, Cosy Club & Turtle Bay. For a good night out where you can get good drinks and have a proper dance til the very early hours are Vodka Revs, Bar So & Cameo. You’ll find the nightlife in 2 areas of Bournemouth, by the pier and up towards town and on Old Christchurch Road. There’s something about walking home along the beach at 5am with your heels in hand that makes you feel like you’re on holiday!
Read more here: Best Bars and Clubs In Bournemouth
4. The Lifestyle
I can’t speak for everyone in the BH area but majority of people I know and surround myself with love the outdoors and making the most of every moment spent outside of work. Fitness and wellbeing is really huge in Bournemouth and no trip to the beach is complete without seeing runners, cyclists or people doing yoga on the beach. From Spring to Autumn I start my mornings on the beach with my porridge and just take 10 mins to sit and chill before I head to work, I find its a really lovely way to start the day and it puts me into a great mood. I’ve done yoga on the beach with the girls, done the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body guide on the beach, practiced Muay Thai and been on lots of lovely cycles all along the seafront, its the perfect way to chill out after work.
5. The free events
Throughout the summer there is always something going on and you’ll find sometime you even stumble across events. My faves are the Wheels fest, a 3 day festival dedicated to all things cars, the air festival which is the biggest event in the Bournemouth diary and attracts sooo many people and has excellent displays, events and attractions, it really brings a sparkle to Bournemouth over a long weekend in August. Every friday night throughout August there is an amazing fireworks display at 10pm from the end of the pier, you can see it from miles away and its a great way to finish off your beach BBQ or to watch whilst enjoying a cocktail from the balcony at Aruba. Also during the summer there is a huge stage set up at Pier Approach and there are usually brilliant bands playing of an evening, the summer also brings an outdoor bar in Bournemouth Square with a stage where you can catch local artists. Christmas also brings magic to central Bournemouth with an ice skating rink, 2 Apres Ski bars, a german market, christmas trees, fairground rides and of course.. german sausages! The council and Make It Bournemouth are brilliant so its worth keeping an eye on their websites and social media for upcoming events.
All in all, as you may be able to tell, I love Bournemouth and everything it has to offer, if you’ve never visited before I’d say it’s a must do!