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Fan of the sand between your toes? Then a trip to Bournemouth is in order! Their seven mile stretch of golden sands has won numerous awards. You’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants. And the scenery is spectacular. What else would you expect? Bournemouth sits right on the edge of the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile section of unspoilt coastline and one of the UK’s designated World Heritage Sites.
Bournemouth’s renowned seven mile stretch of beaches runs from Hengistbury Head in the east to Sandbanks, near Poole, in the west. Sandbanks is famed for its coastal beauty and has become something of a hotspot for the rich and famous. So keep your eyes peeled while you’re strolling along the beach with your ice cream. You never know who you might spot.
If you’re looking for a leisurely way to see the Bournemouth seafront, then try the pier to pier walk. This gentle one mile walk along the promenade from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier is a great way to take in the sights and sounds of the seaside. And there are plenty of places to stop for a cup of tea and a slice of cake too. Lovely.
But if you’re a serious walking fan then a journey to the Jurassic Coast is a must. This World Heritage Site stretches from Old Harry Rocks in Dorset to Orcombe Point in East Devon and is regarded as the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. Experts love exploring the exposed cliff sections, which offer an insight into a 185 million year old landscape. All that complex geology makes for some spectacular scenery. Just to the west of Bournemouth are the beautiful chalk cliffs at Studland Bay. And a real visual treat awaits a little further to the west at Old Harry Rocks, a certified Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s believed that these magnificent chalk stacks were once connected to The Needles on The Isle of Wight. It’s not hard to see why.
Rather not travel too far? No problem. There’s plenty to explore in Bournemouth. And there’s no better way to get your bearings than with a trip aboard the Bournemouth Eye. This tethered balloon rises 500 feet up into the sky, allowing its passengers to enjoy amazing views across Bournemouth and beyond. On clear days you can see for up to 20 miles!
Where next? Well, there are plenty of museums to explore. And few come more highly rated than the Russell Coates Art Gallery, hailed by some as one of the most fascinating and unique museums in the world. It sits on a cliff top overlooking the Bournemouth seafront and is housed in one of the last Victorian villas in Bournemouth. Inside you’ll find famous paintings and historically significant sculptures, ceramics, furniture and craft.
Then there’s Bournemouth Aviation Museum, which is home to exciting ex-military aircraft like Hunters, Vampires and Venoms, as well as the Museum of Electricity in Christchurch, where you can learn what sparked the advent of electricity within the confines of a genuine Edwardian power station. And have you heard about the Illustrated World of Eileen Soper? Soper illustrated such literary classics as The Famous Five, The Secret Seven and Alice In Wonderland. This is a collection of her work. It’s a wonderful stroll down memory lane.
There’s plenty of art on show at the Pine Walk Art Exhibition too. It’s one of the largest and longest running open air art displays in the country. And it’s set in the stunning surroundings of Bournemouth’s beautiful Lower Gardens. All kinds of artists are invited to display their work, from painters and photographers to sculptors and craftsmen. It means there’s a wonderful selection of art to enjoy and something for every taste, from the contemporary to the classic. Why not treat yourself to a piece? It’s a great way to mark a memorable trip with something special.
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