Summer is more than just a season; it's a state of mind. It's the feeling of cool sand between your toes as you stroll along the beach, the taste of an ice-cold drink on a hot afternoon, and the laughter that echoes through the air during late-night gatherings with friends. It's the sense of freedom that comes with shedding layers and embracing the warmth of the sun on your skin. We want to give you some fantastic ideas of what you could be looking forward to this season, welcome to our six weeks of summer!

Bournemouth offers an excellent blend of attractions and activities that make it an ideal destination for families on a budget. Here are some reasons why Bournemouth stands out as a great place for family fun without breaking the bank.

Free Beaches: Bournemouth boasts beautiful sandy beaches that stretch for miles, providing a cost-free and enjoyable way for families to relax, build sandcastles, paddle in the sea, and enjoy beach games without any entrance fees! Why not bring a picnic blanket and some sandwiches, or try out our environmentally friendly electric BBQs

Scenic Gardens and Parks: The town is adorned with lush, well-maintained gardens and parks, such as the Lower Gardens and Queen's Park, offering an ideal setting for picnics, leisurely walks, and even open-air family gatherings at no cost.

Affordable Accommodation: Bournemouth offers a variety of budget-friendly accommodation options, including family-friendly hotels, guesthouses, and holiday apartments, allowing families to find affordable places to stay without compromising on comfort.

Budget Eateries: Bournemouth is home to a range of eateries offering delicious and reasonably priced meals, making it easier for families to enjoy dining out without overspending.

Free Outdoor Activities: Families can partake in an array of free outdoor activities like hiking along the stunning Jurassic Coast, exploring the breathtaking Durdle Door, or taking scenic walks along the Bournemouth Pier and promenade.

Popular Attractions: Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf is packed with challenges, perfect for some friendly family rivalry and just a stone’s throw from the beautiful sandy beach. Or, are you a thrill seeker looking for an exhilarating ride with a view? Try Rockreef’s pier to shore zipwire for a memory you’ll definitely not forget!

Family Events and Festivals: Bournemouth frequently hosts family-friendly events and festivals, many of which are free to attend, providing entertainment and cultural experiences for families on a budget. Summer Live is free entry, watch over 100 live music acts and join in children’s holiday fun and games, plus there’s a pop up themed garden bar.

Get ready for Britain’s biggest free air and land festival by the sea this summer! The Bournemouth Air Festival will feature an incredible four days of aerobatics from 31 August - 3 September 2023 including the RAF Red Arrows, Typhoon and Battle of Britain planes and more. The award-winning family friendly event includes dazzling dusk performances and delicious food, drink, stalls and entertainment on land. 

Finish your day with a bang! Our fabulous Friday night Fireworks in Bournemouth are free and there are many places on the beach and cliff tops to get a great view. Just pick your spot early, ready for 10pm!

Low-Cost Transportation: Bournemouth benefits from efficient public transportation, making it easy for families to explore the city and nearby areas without the need for costly car rentals. Morebus bus fares are currently £2 so you are saving money as well as being environmentally conscious!

Indoor Entertainment: On rainy days or when seeking a break from the sun, families can find affordable indoor entertainment options, such as local museums, indoor play areas, and discounted cinema tickets. Bournemouth also has its own aquarium - dive in to a magical underwater journey and discover 1000’s of amazing creatures above and below the waves at Bournemouth Oceanarium!

Nature and Wildlife: Families can appreciate the natural beauty of Bournemouth by exploring nearby wildlife reserves, bird-watching spots, and nature trails. Visit the aviary and experience the morning chirp of bird song.

Did you know that Pine Walk in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens is a sanctuary to around 200 tropical birds who have been rehomed!

Bournemouth offers an abundance of wallet-friendly activities, attractions, and accommodations that cater to the needs of families seeking a memorable and budget-conscious summer holiday.

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