Bournemouth is a thriving holiday destination nestled on the south coast of England. Recently voted number one in Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Beach Destinations in the UK 2012, it’s certainly clear why it’s such a popular family holiday destination.
There’s more to Bournemouth than the seven miles of golden sandy beaches, which is why it’s so popular; there’s; something for everyone, from young children to the retiring elderly, for a Great British getaway nothing quite beats the splendour of Bournemouth.
Holidaying at home is more popular than ever
Whilst many families will still holiday abroad, there are many parts of the UK that have seen a huge revival in tourism. Whether it’s domestic travellers or those from a far, the UK is attracting more and more tourism, and Bournemouth is one of the leading destinations. But why is this the case?
Well for people living within the UK, it’s a great deal easier to stay in the UK for a holiday. It’s not necessarily cheaper, but with the pound struggling against other currencies around the world, you might just get more for your money by staying at home. In addition, it’s the ease at which you can travel and access attractions around the UK, which is most appealing for UK families.
Holiday towns and resorts have really improved in the UK as well. Whether the industry has learned from mistakes in the past, or we’re just noticing better customer service and hospitality, in destinations like Bournemouth, you can find 5 start locations that really go all out to make your stay as special and comfortable as possible.
So what does Bournemouth have that’s so special?
Well, first of all, Bournemouth experiences a great deal more sunshine than the majority of the UK, thanks to its southern location. It’s situated within an exceptionally warm micro-climate, which makes it incredibly popular during the summer months. When it’s hot and sunny, the beaches on Bournemouth are thriving.
In around the beaches though, there’s a lot more on offer. Walk through the stunning gardens and parks just off the esplanade. These are well looked after, and there’s a great deal of flora to admire. Located within one of the green open spaces is the Bournemouth Eye, the highest attraction in Bournemouth. Visitors can reach heights of 500 feet, giving them unparalleled views of the ocean and surrounding countryside.
A short distance away is the very popular Oceanarium which is a fantastic attraction for children and families. Just up the road from here is the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) which is a huge conference and exhibition centre which plays host to a number of huge acts and performers including many top name musicians and comedians.
Also nearby is the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, located near East Beach this is a simply stunning building which used to be the private home of traveller Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie. It is now a hugely popular art gallery and museum, housing some internationally recognised collections.
The beauty of Bournemouth is that the abovementioned attractions are all within a short walk of one another. There’s many more to speak of including the pier and great night life with excellent bars, restaurants and nightclubs – of which there’s so many they cater for everyone’s tastes and needs.
What about things to see and do around Bournemouth?
There’s much more around Bournemouth for families to explore too. The New Forest is on your doorstop, where there is the largest remaining area of heathland and forest in the South East of England. It’s like a whole new world, and you wouldn’t even think you were anywhere near a bustling holiday destination such as Bournemouth. So for families that want something a little more relaxing, take a walk or cycle through the New Forest. There’s plenty of accommodation there too, just in case you fancied a change of scenery.
For those who want something a little historical and cultural, there’s Corfe Castle located in Wareham, a small town approximately 15 miles west of Bournemouth. Steeped in history, the castle is a fortification built by William the Conqueror and dates back to 11th Century. There are always kid’s activities going on, but check in advance first. There’s also Highcliffe castle in nearby Christchurch, a simply stunning building, that’s well worth a visit.
Finally, if you fancy something completely different, why not take a boat ride over to Brownsea Island? The largest Island located in the second largest harbour in the world, Poole harbour, Brownsea island is owned by the national trust where large parts are open to the public to explore and marvel.
These are just some of the highlights that make Bournemouth such a popular holiday destination for families. For some it’s more than just a holiday destination, others live and have jobs in Bournemouth too. So if you liked your stay that much, you’ll no doubt end up doing what many other people do, and stay for while longer; and who can blame you.