1. The beach - No trip to Bournemouth is complete without a day spent soaking up some rays whilst relaxing on the golden sand. The perfect place to enjoy an afternoon picnic or to wrap up the day with a sizzling barbeque watching the sun set and taking in the picture-perfect view of the Isle of Wight and the distant horizon. However, if you prefer something a little more active the beach’s ready set up Volleyball net provides the perfect opportunity for some friendly competition, and a chance to kill off some extra energy and catch a tan all at the same time.

2. Central and Upper, Bournemouth Gardens, Tree Trail, - If you want to add some education into your trip without the kids noticing then the tree trail in Bournemouth’s uniquely beautiful gardens is the ideal activity. Enjoy the calming atmosphere and spend time getting closer to nature, all whilst learning about the different types of trees making up the vibrant gardens in the heart of Bournemouth town centre. The trail takes approximately two hours leaving plenty of time to explore the rest of the gardens and lounge on the grass enjoying a picnic. 

3. Lower Gardens - A place to let the kids run free in the nature before enjoying an ice cream from one the kiosks located in the gardens. Get up close and personal to the wildlife by heading to the bird sanctuary and admiring the multitude of different species of birds.  

4. Selfie Wall Trail - A fantastic opportunity to spice up your Instagram and be in with a chance of winning an incredible prize including a family stay in Bournemouth Beach Lodges, one year film club membership at the Lighthouse, Poole, dinner at Vesuvio Restaurant and many, many more wonderful experiences. Just take a selfie in front of one of the stunning wall art murals and hashtag it #loveselfiewalls. There’s no shortage of backdrops available with the art stretching from Sandbanks all the way to Southbourne meaning no matter wherever you are on the seafront, the perfect selfie is never too far away.

5. Boscombe Pier, Bouldering and Outside Gym - A stroll along the pier turned into a playground, a chance to burn off some extra energy by climbing to the top of the boulders or having a go on the outside gym. The ideal place to let the kids roam around the beach whilst you enjoy a pleasant stroll in the sunshine.

6. Hengistbury Head -  With breath-taking views and a chance to fully explore the dramatic coastline a trip to Hengistbury Head is a must. The beach nearby provides the perfect relaxation spot after taking in the sights. Boasting spectacular coastal views, a nature reserve and a riverbank; Hengistbury Head is the perfect family trip, plus it's dog friendly.    

7. Bournemouth Air Festival - Held every summer the Bournemouth Air Festival is a major highlight of the year. The family friendly event is four days filled with excitement and action with the perfect setting of Dorset’s Jurassic coast. There’s plenty to do with live music, military performance, fireworks and the red arrow display. No matter where you fit it in to your day there’s loads to get involved with.

8. The Original Shake and Stir Festival - If you’re feeling nostalgic then The Original Shake and Stir festival held in Southbourne is the perfect place to go with free admission. Renowned for providing great live music, local food and drink, vintage cars, all to take you back to the 50’s and 60’s. After spending the day jiving and twisting come see the bikes that made history and watch them ride out to Fisherman’s Walk.

9.  Alum Chine Tropical Gardens and Beach - Alum Chine offers the perfect place to relax away from the town centre. Located right next to the beach it offers shaded pathways, a children’s play area and a tropical garden on the cliff top the perfect setting to relax in the tranquil atmosphere. The blue flag beach, monitored by RNLI lifeguard stations in the summer months and provides the chance to cool off in the enticing blue sea or hold your own sandcastle competition.

10. Boscombe, Arts Trail -  The Boscombe Arts Trail is a free walk starting in the shopping area of Boscombe, continuing down Sea Road and ending at Boscombe Pier. There are seven unique art pieces all provoking creativity and inspiration. The walk takes approximately 25 minutes and you can enjoy a well-deserved ice cream at the end on Boscombe Pier.

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  1. Happiness
    I love Bournemouth. I've been here 2 years and truly don't want to live anywhere else.i am a photographerand Bournemouth and surrounds supply me with an endless variation of shots with nature and history at its finest.

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