When you think of a real British seaside holiday, you probably think of somewhere like Bournemouth. You picture theme parks, aquariums, parks and playgrounds, formal gardens and clean beaches complete with space to sunbathe, surf and build sandcastles. Bournemouth is exactly as you’d expect a modern seaside holiday to be, with everything from traditional fish and chip shops to modern bars and night clubs that keep the town alive after dark.
Back in the early 1800s, Bournemouth was promoted as a healthy place to live. The fresh sea air was said to have healing properties, encouraging tourists to flock to the area for their seaside holidays. Bournemouth grew quickly, with theatres and other cultural venues springing up throughout the town. Today Bournemouth remains as popular as it ever has been, with activities and attractions for families, couples and individuals.
Tourists aren’t the only people that have influenced Bournemouth’s growth. The town now has a large student population and is a major destination for corporate travellers. The Bournemouth International Centre is one of the country’s leading conference centres, and doubles up as one of a number of live music and entertainment venues situated within the town. Things have changed a lot since Bournemouth first became popular, though quieter attractions including formal gardens, parks, theatres and museums continue to draw in a wide range of visitors.
Your hotel in Bournemouth is your base for a holiday or short break that is tailored to your interests. Whether you want to spend your days on the beach and your nights drinking cocktails, or whether you’d prefer a more cultural and educational experience, you’ll be able to plan a holiday itinerary that suits your interests. Bournemouth is also home to the UK’s only artificial surfing reef, and is a great choice for water sports as well as days on dry land.
As well as planning where you’ll visit, plan when you’ll visit. Few other holiday destinations have as many festivals and events as Bournemouth, which means that planning your perfect holiday might involve paying a little extra attention to your calendar. Popular festivals include the Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival, the Bourne Free carnival and the Arts by the Sea Festival, as well as the Bournemouth Air Festival which is a fascinating event that turns men into big kids and turns small kids into aspiring future pilots.
A Bournemouth holiday or short break might seem action-packed and fun-filled, but there’s nothing wrong with taking things slower if that’s what you’d prefer. Bournemouth is ideal for romantic breaks, with sunset strolls along the beach and with trips aboard the Bournemouth Eye for a bird’s eye view of the town. Whatever you’re doing, you’ll find that the town’s many restaurants and cafés are a welcome sight after you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite.
Don’t forget to also set aside some time to simply enjoy the facilities at your Bournemouth hotel. No matter what else the town offers, there can be few experiences more relaxing than a hearty breakfast, a morning swim and a sunny afternoon on the terrace, all with the prospect of live evening entertainment at the end of the day.