Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole thrives all year round but especially in the spring and summer with a wonderful places to visit and enjoy locally. From Bournemouth Pier to Poole Harbour, there is something for everyone in the family.
Bournemouth Pier is a must see attraction as a resident or tourist and has a selection of different things to do while on the pier including RockReef and the only pier to land zip wire in the world, Key West at the end of the pier and the great amusements at the start of the pier. It is the centre of Bournemouth beach.
The Local Beaches are perfect for any type of person and great for a rainy day or a superb sunny day. From Sandbanks Peninsular to Highcliffe Beach, there is over 10 miles of sands for everyone to enjoy. In May 2019, some our local beaches came #blueflag and #seasideaward beaches including Bournemouth Pier, Sandbanks and Highcliffe Beach. More info here.
Poole Quay & Harbour:
Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world and there is so much to do including boat rides, relaxing in the many restaurants along the key or even visiting Brownsea Island to visit the red squirrels and other wildlife. The harbour is also the home of the cruise liners from France and many rivers which end at the Harbour and go into the channel.
Old Harry Rocks:
Old Harry Rocks are three chalk formations, including a stack and a stump, located on the Isle of Purbeck around about half way between Sandbanks and Swanage if you were to go across the ferry. This World Heritage Site is located at the far end of the Jurassic Coast and is a picture sight to see.
Hengistbury Head is a headland jutting into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford in the English county of Dorset. It is a site of international importance in terms of its archaeology and is scheduled as an Ancient Monument. With a cafe, beach huts to rent and many walks available, it is a relaxing family afternoon out for all on a great summers day.
Christchurch Harbour is a natural harbour in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England named after the nearby town of Christchurch. Two rivers, the Avon and the Stour, flow into the Harbour at its northwest corner. Get your camera out for some beautiful sites of birds, water and stunning scenery.
Bournemouth Lower Gardens:
From small events to welcoming local birds and squirrels, Bournemouth Gardens is a calm and quite place to sit and have a picnic or walk through from Bournemouth Square to the Pier. At the top of the Gardens, off Westover Road, there is a Market taking place everyday until September, bird aviary with a selection of different type of bird and a cafe with picture perfect views of the beach through the trees.
Russell Coates Arts Gallery & Museum:
The Russell-Cotes Museum is an art gallery and museum in Bournemouth, England. A Grade II* listed building originally known as East Cliff Hall, it is located on the top of the East Cliff, next to the Royal Bath Hotel. With many years of History available from the surrounding areas, step back in time and see what the local area used to look like.
Highcliffe Castle, situated on the cliffs at Highcliffe, Dorset, was built between 1831 and 1835 by Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay in a Gothic Revival style near the site of High Cliff House, a Georgian Mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute with the gardens laid out by Capability Brown.
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre & BIC:
The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom, located in the Westover Road in Bournemouth, is a venue for year-round entertainment including events, shows and more. The BIC, located near Bournemouth Pier, is perfect for bigger shows, events and more.
Poole Museum is a local history museum situated on the Lower High Street in the Old Town area of Poole, Dorset, and is part of the Borough of Poole Museum Service. Entrance to Poole Museum is free, and the museum is the fifth most visited free attraction in South West England.
Christchurch Priory is an ecclesiastical parish and former priory church in Christchurch in the English county of Dorset. It is one of the longest parish churches in the country and is larger than 21 English Anglican Cathedrals.
Kingston Lacey House:
Kingston Lacy is a country house and estate near Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England. It was for many years the family seat of the Bankes family who lived nearby at Corfe Castle until its destruction in the English Civil War after its incumbent owners, Sir John Bankes and Dame Mary, had remained loyal to Charles I.