Bournemouth is a seaside town with a lot to offer. If you want a scenic holiday, you can find unusual accommodation and some of the most majestic natural landscape in the UK.
1. Coastal cottages
The Sandbanks peninsula near Bournemouth is one of the most expensive places in the world to buy property. If like most, you can’t afford the deposit on the beautiful peninsula, then there are amazing holiday cottages available to rent at good prices. Sandbanks coastal cottage a spacious apartment set in a stunning Art Deco building. There’s a jacuzzi, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, plus comfortable amenities. Once you venture outside, you’re a stone’s throw from Poole’s famous natural harbour, where you can go wind and kite surfing, jet skiing and sailing. If you want to venture further, a short ferry trip will take you to the Isle of Purbeck and Brownsea Island, a wildlife hotspot. Bournemouth is nearby and many holiday makers choose to take a day trip to northern France.
2. Parks and gardens
Bournemouth’s parks and gardens are a Victorian-style treasure. There are several notable parks, beginning with the Lower Gardens which sit adjacent to the sea. The Pinewalk Art Exhibition takes place here between May and September. The Alum Chine gardens are famous for their tropical plants, which flourish in the unique coastal climate. These parks are a great place to bring children, take a gentle walk and practice your photography. If you’re after a more active experience, then the nearby Meyrick Park has an 18 hole golf and even outdoor bowls greens.
3. The New Forest
A 30-minute drive from Bournemouth will take you to the New Forest. This newly-appointed national park is an incredibly varied landscape which takes in coastal villages and small towns nestled deep in the heart of the forest. The New Forest is best explored on foot. You can go on a guided tour with a Ranger and takes walks ranging from the easy to the challenging. There are plenty of picnic sites, all of which have been planned with good access in mind.
There’s plenty more to see in Bournemouth and the surrounding coast. Try Dorset’s Dinosaur museum if you want to experience a unique attraction. It’s sure to fascinate kids and adults alike.