Top 10 things to do in Bournemouth
Student Services Manager at Kings Bournemouth Luke Jarvis gives his top tips for things to see and do in and around this lively seaside city.
Bournemouth is a seaside town like no other, with its long beaches, exciting nightlife and one-of-a-kind attractions! Here are my top ten things to see and do...
1. Eat fish and chips
What better way to start your UK adventure than by indulging in our national dish - fish and chips. This popular seaside treat dates back to the early 19th Century and has stuck around ever since!
Bournemouth and the south coast is home to some of the best fish and chip shops in the UK, notably the world famous Harry Ramsden’s located next to Bournemouth beach.
2. Get wet!
The south west is the home of the UK water sport scene with hundreds of surf schools, kayak tour sites and much more.
Bournemouth is a fantastic location for all types of water sports enthusiasts, with plenty of schools and academies nearby to cater for all. Be it surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking or windsurfing, Bournemouth has it covered.
No trip to Bournemouth would be complete without it, so be sure to pack your swimming gear!
3. Visit the Purbecks
The Isle of Purbeck is a stretch of coastline located to the west of Bournemouth and easily accessed by local bus services.
The Purbecks are a great place to spend a sunny day, with miles upon miles of awe inspiring coastline; it’s a must for any visitor to Dorset.
4. Watch a football match
The English football leagues are amongst the best in the world, with players from all over the globe showcasing their talents here in the UK.
Bournemouth’s local football club AFC Bournemouth has recently found there from, and are currently lying in a comfortable position in the Championship, just one league below the Premier League!
With regular home fixtures and student discounted tickets, a trip to support your new home team is a must...
5. Eat Cream Tea
There are not many things more English than a cream tea, and Bournemouth has more than its fair share of locations to indulge in this classic English tradition.
Cream teas also known as Devonshire teas date back to the 11th century where its origins are linked to the nearby counties of Cornwall and Devon.
Frieda’s Tea Room is one of Bournemouth’s most popular providers of the cream tea; conveniently located in the centre of the town its traditional decor and various selections of cakes make it a hotspot for the cream tea enthusiast.
6. Take a coastal walk or bike ride
Whether it be by bike or by foot, Bournemouth’s beautiful 7 mile golden coastline is a must-see. The coastline stretches from Sandbanks in Poole to Hengistbury Head in Christchurch and is home to many locally owned restaurants, shops, local attractions and the best views in Bournemouth.
For a great weekend trip why not hire a bicycle from The Front bike hire, and spend the day cycling the entire stretch!
7. Visit Brownsea Island
If wildlife is your thing, then Brownsea Island should be on your 'to do' list whilst you are here. The Island, located just out from Poole harbour, is a thriving natural conservation site with one of largest natural populations of the endangered red squirrel. It is also the home to many different types of birds, woodland and a lagoon.
8. Get a view of Dorset from the Balloon
Enjoy the sights of Bournemouth from a whole new perspective with a ride on the Bournemouth Balloon! Located in the town’s central gardens, the balloon will take you 150 metres into the air where, on a clear day, you can see all of Bournemouth and its surrounding areas for up to 20 miles.
9. Visit the New Forest
The New Forest is located in the neighbouring county of Hampshire, just a short train ride from the centre of Bournemouth and is packed with wildlife, traditional English villages and a whole host of things to do. From horse riding to a pub lunch the New Forest has something for everybody.
10. Hit the town!
Bournemouth has a nightclub, pub, or bar for every taste. The town’s clubs are scattered throughout the centre with a party every night! Be it a rock club or a salsa party, the clubs and bars of Bournemouth have all bases and tastes covered. The most popular club in the town in Halo, situated directly in the town’s centre, is a refurbished church which is now the home to some of the best parties in town, and often host to world class DJ’s.