From leisurely strolls along the promenade to exploring hidden gems in the heart of the town, here are the top eight free activities to enjoy spring in Bournemouth without spending a penny.

1. Bask in the sunshine at Bournemouth Beach.

No trip to Bournemouth would be complete without a visit to its award-winning beach. With seven miles of golden sand stretching as far as the eye can see, it’s the perfect place to soak up the spring sunshine whilst walking along the shoreline, taking a refreshing dip in the sea, or taking out your paddleboard to see the coastline.

Bournemouth Pier surrounded by the sea from a drones point of view

2. Wander through the Lower Gardens

Escape the hustle and bustle of the town centre and lose yourself in the stillness of the Lower Gardens, with vibrant flowers, towering trees, and winding pathways. This scenic spot is the ideal place for a leisurely stroll, a family picnic, or simply reading a book.

3. Explore Boscombe’s Coastal Activity Park

For those seeking a bit more adventure, head to Boscombe’s Coastal Activity Park for free-to-use activities, including the use of the beach volleyball court, table tennis tables, and boulders to climb. There is something for everyone to enjoy, all against the backdrop of the breathtaking sea views. 


4. Take a stroll along Boscombe Pier

Stretching out into the glistening waters, the Boscombe Pier viewing platform offers sweeping views of the coastline. Take a stroll, breathe in the sea air, and keep an eye out for local wildlife; you might even see a pod of dolphins dancing in the waves.

5. Marvel at the Natural Beauty of Hengistbury Head:

Nature lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to explore Hengistbury Head, a natural beauty spot, just a short distance from Bournemouth. With its sweeping coastal views, diverse wildlife, and rich archaeological heritage, it’s the perfect place to explore the great outdoors.

6. Enjoy live music at Bournemouth’s Bandstand:

Situated in the heart of Bournemouth’s vibrant gardens, the Bournemouth Bandstand plays host to a variety of free live music events throughout the spring and summer months. From jazz and blues to folk and rock, there’s something happening to get your toes tapping. Pull out a picnic blanket and enjoy the music.

7. Coastal walk to Sandbanks:

Walk from Bournemouth to Sandbanks for a charming coastal adventure. Along the way, take in the scenic views along the shoreline while passing cosy food and drink outlets offering the perfect spot to pause and enjoy a refreshing drink. Arrive at Sandbanks to admire its award-winning golden beaches and luxurious waterfront homes. It's a perfect way to experience the beauty of Dorset's coastline.

8. Take in the views from Durley Chine:

Pack a picnic, perch yourself on a grassy slope overlooking the sea, and watch the sun set in a blaze of orange and pink hues—the perfect end to a perfect day in Bournemouth.




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