If you fancy a holiday in the UK this year but you just can’t decide where to go, a spokesman for The Hermitage Hotel reckons he has the answer to your dilemma. “Bournemouth has everything that you could possibly need for a great British seaside holiday, including a beach that was voted the 4th best in Europe and the best in the country just 3 years ago by the millions of travellers who post reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor.” All this is true and there are plenty more things to see and do in this traditional seaside resort than just lying on the beach enjoying the summer sun. Take a look at our top 5 suggestions below for some great ideas on what to do if you are heading to Bournemouth this year.
1. Bournemouth Aquarium – If you like exotic marine fish, loggerhead turtles and penguins, you should definitely pay a visit to the Oceanarium by the seafront while you are staying in town. If you are comfortably ensconced in a luxury room at the Hermitage, you can walk to the aquarium in a matter of minutes and, once you have taken in all there is to see and do there (which is plenty), you can take a stroll on the promenade or head to the beach if the sun is shining.
2. Bournemouth Balloon – This helium-filled spherical balloon with an enclosed gondola was once known as The Eye but changed its name recently, perhaps because disgruntled Londoners were not keen on the comparison. Whether this was the case or not, it offers a fantastic panoramic view over the Dorset countryside and English Channel, making it a must visit attraction for Bournemouth holidaymakers.
3. Victorian Gardens – For a spot of rest and relaxation, a walk in the formal gardens that stretch from the town’s Coy Pond to the pier comes highly recommended. There is no need to worry about losing your way as you can follow the route of the River Bourne from one end of the gardens to the other.
4. Bournemouth Arcade – If you fancy a delicious ice cream from an old fashioned parlour, some handmade chocolates, or a spot of jewellery shopping, head to the town’s beautifully preserved Victorian arcade.
5. Bournemouth Paintball Park – Live out your secret fantasies of waging war on your fellow man in the four game zones at Bournemouth’s premier outdoor paintball centre. It’s only a ten-minute drive from the town centre and you can buy both half and full day tickets once you are there. The very reasonable entrance fees include gas refills, gun and outfit hire, lunch and a pack of ammunition.
With all of the above to look forward to and the award-winning beach as well, it’s far harder to think of reasons not to visit Bournemouth. If you are keen to ensure that your family break in Great Britain this year is fun for all concerned, Dorset’s favourite coastal town will not disappoint, that’s for sure.