Out and About
Bournemouth is a popular destination for group travellers. Bournemouth’s breathtaking coastline provides the perfect backdrop to a wide range of exciting experiences for you and your group, whatever the weather or time of year. Choose from picturesque coastal walks, great cycling experiences, new watersports adventures or simply just relaxing on the resort’s seven miles of golden sand. There are plenty of ways to enjoy our coastline, by foot, by bike, a trip on our famous land trains or cliff lifts, sea trips and local bus tours.
Bournemouth and the surrounding area offers glorious gardens, parks, nature reserves and beautiful countryside just waiting to be discovered all year round. Bournemouth was awarded Gold in the 2014 European Entente Florale- one of only two destinations in the UK.
Bournemouth Town Centre offers an enjoyable shopping experience with a selection of departments stores, well known brands and independent shops. The town centre's stunning Victorian architecture and vibrant gardens provide a unique backdrop for shoppers looking for a thriving retail scene. Our Coastal Villages also offer a fabulous selection of shopping experiences, wander westwards to Westbourne with its beautiful boutiques, delectable delicatessens and indulgent beauty salons. Visit boho Boscombe to the East of Bournemouth with its characterful antiques, original crafts and regular open air market on Thursdays and Saturdays. Saunter to Southbourne where you’ll find handmade one-offs, gorgeous gifts and buzzing bistros.
After exploring Bournemouth and the surrounding area, discover a wonderful variety of eating out places and entertainment venues offering excellent hospitality and service. Feast by the sea, enjoy our seafront restaurants, cafes and bars, no matter what time of year you are visiting, the views are breathtaking. Many of our local restaurants and cafes in the area serve local produce from special boards that display the 'catch of the day' to harvesting their own fruit and vegetables.
Bournemouth is home to a host of fantastic entertainment to suit all ages and tastes. If you want to cosy up in a traditional pub with real ale and traditional fare, enjoy an evening of live music with your group or maybe sip exotic cocktails in a stylish bar, Bournemouth's eclectic collection of venues mean there is truly something for everyone. We have a year round calendar of exciting events for you from our free Bournemouth Wheels Festival in May to Bournemouth Air Festival in August to our Arts by the Sea Festival in October.
Visit our full 2015 programme of events and festivals here.