Bournemouth is situated on the east coast of Dorset; the resort has plenty of activities and attractions to offer the visitor. It also makes a great base if you wish to explore more of the surrounding area. With around seven miles of beaches it becomes a very popular destination
to visit in the summer months. Whether you prefer to relax on the clean sandy beach swim in the sea or try some of the water based activities on offer which include pedaloes, banana rides or jet skiing there is something to suit most everyone.
Apart from the beach area, another attraction that might be of interest is the Bournemouth Eye located in the Lower Gardens This 'hot air balloon' is attached to a steel cable it rises up to 500ft. and gives some fantastic views over the town. Have a walk around the gardens and enjoy some beautiful floral displays.
Bournemouth Centre has a good choice of shops which include fashionable boutiques and many of the popular high street names. For out of town shopping try Castlepoint shopping centre where there are more top high street shops.
You may want to take a coastal or harbour cruise while on your holiday break, for up to date information on availability etc you should contact the Bournemouth Pier Office. There are various trips available from full day to hourly cruises. Bournemouth Pier has the traditional amusements associated with a British seaside resort i.e. arcades etc. There are deck chairs, sun beds and parasols for hire and plenty of restaurants along the promenade for an evening meal, on a summer evening you can enjoy a drink at one of the sea-front bars. During August on Friday nights watch the fantastic firework displays. If you would like to learn a little more about Bournemouth you can take a guided walking tour which takes about 90 minutes.
You should visit the Oceanarium which is situated on the West Beach promenade particularly if you are on holiday with children; it is a fun day out for everyone. There are interactive activities the walk through tunnel enables you to see lots of fish species and creatures swimming around and above you.
Another visitor attraction is the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum which contains a personal collection of art which was presented to the town. There are 19th century paintings, sculptures and Japanese items, worth a visit.
You might like to catch the Land Train which you will see as you are wandering around it makes a good way of seeing the town, there are different routes and it makes several stops along the way to Boscombe Pier.
You will find plenty of eateries, trendy bars and some fashionable clubs where you can party til late! Bournemouth International Centre features some shows and concerts in the main summer season as does the Pavilion Theatre. You can contact them direct to find out what is on at the time of your visit or contact the local Tourist Information Office (www.bournemouth.co.uk) who should be able to help.
The town has plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets and is a great destination for a short holiday break for all age-groups.