Many people enjoy visiting the city of Bournemouth during the summer months as the area holds the TEN Seaside Award for the safety and quality of its beaches. There are also water sports to partake in along the seven miles of golden sands – you can have a go at such activities as sailing, waterskiing, and paragliding. For those who are holidaying in the city, there is a range of restaurants and shops to visit. You are also entertained in the evenings as Bournemouth has an abundance of nightclubs, theatres, and festivals. Outside Activities

Bournemouth has seven miles of beautiful beaches, which are generally warm all year round and have the highest sea temperatures in the UK. You can enjoy several activities on the sands – recline in a hired beach hut, stroll along the traditional seaside pier, sit back in a deck chair, and enjoy views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbecks. Bournemouth’s beaches offer its visitors a variety of water sports, and children can also enjoy the family attractions on Pier Approach.

A unique outdoor activity to try is Yoga on the Beach, which takes place on Boscombe beach. You can relax and tone your body with an instructor while enjoying the clean, fresh air and spectacular coastal views. You can also hire a bike on the East section of Bournemouth Pier and cycle along the paths situated along Boscombe Pier and Sandbanks beach.

Festivals and Events

The Bournemouth Air Festival occurs each year along the seven miles of sand. This large event takes place over four days and the organizers put on quality flying displays for its viewers. The event also has many evening entertainments, including live music, markets, and funfairs. This is a great day for all the family and free for all who visit.

Friday Family Fiestas is a summer event that takes place throughout July and August. Many families take to the streets of Bournemouth and enjoy the live acts and street performances on the show. There are also fire displays in the Lower Gardens and fireworks on the final evening.

A festival that is both breathtaking and enchanting is the Candle Light Nights. This takes place throughout July and August in Bournemouth’s award-winning Lower Gardens. Hundreds of tea lights illuminate the greenery and flowers, and visitors can walk around the garden with the assistance of the flickering flames.


Many people enjoy visiting the Bournemouth shops while they spend a weekend in the city. Westbourne is a luxurious district that has many designer outlets to peruse around. This area, known as ‘The Village’, also has many beauty stores and restaurants you can enjoy after an exhausting day of shopping. Boscombe is perfect for those exploring unique boutiques for unusual and kooky gifts. There are also many antique stores to look through along Christchurch Road. For fashion outlets and lifestyle stores, you may visit Castlepoint or Castlemore – these are large shopping areas with a wide array of shops to look around.