Things to Do in the Bournemouth Area
The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site is more popularly known as the 'Jurassic Coast'. The name comes from the best known of the geological periods found within it, but in fact the site includes rocks from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Bournemouth was recently voted the country’s best coastal resort by the British public and has plenty to offer, from hip boutiques and surfing to award-winning gardens, museums and family activities - not to mention seven miles of Blue Flag awarded golden sands.
There are plenty of things to do all year round and staff at Bournemouth West Cliff hotel will be happy to assist and recommend activities that can be enjoyed throughout your stay.
Note: COVID-19 - Businesses will be operating in a different way to ensure they meet the regulations set by government on social distancing and hygiene measures to make sure visits are safe and welcoming. Please ensure that you check each individual attraction’s website/social media for updates on their COVID-19 policy. For a more detailed list of things to do and updates regarding Covid-19 please visit the official guide www.bournemouth.co.uk
FAMILY FUN AND ADVENTURE DAYS OUT:
Adventure Wonderland https://www.adventurewonderland.co.uk Family Theme Park .The park offers rides and attractions aimed at families with children up to the age of 12. It draws much of its theme from the novel Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Alice, Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and Mr. Rabbit make appearances throughout the day around the park and in the theatre shows. https://youtu.be/cuuKMTyc7Ek
Marwell’s Zoo https://www.marwell.org.uk The 140-acre wildlife park is home to hundreds of animals, from endangered Amur tigers, snow leopards and white rhinos to giraffes, gibbons and penguins - 100s of animals – including giraffes, tigers & penguins -140-acre park, train and 4 adventure playgrounds.
Farmer Palmers Farm Park https://farmerpalmers.co.uk .Dorset’s famous family attraction, great for the younger kids. Farmer Palmer's animals are traditional farm animals, together with popular pet animals like guinea pigs and rabbits.
Mighty Adventures - Crazy Golf with Dinosaurs : https://mightyadventures.com/bournemouth/ Open 7 days a week! Explore a Jurassic landscape, filled with moving dinosaurs, thundering waterfalls and steaming volcanoes. Fiercely entertaining for everyone from little raptors to ancient fossils. Adapted from the children’s story, The Mighty Claws Don’t Want To Hunt.
Oceanarium – Waterfront aquarium and feeding sessions. The Bournemouth Aquarium takes you on a magical underwater adventure above and below the waves. https://www.oceanarium.co.uk/
Splashdown Water Park - is water park located at the Tower Park complex near to Poole. The park experiences approximately 180,000 visitors a year. It has 8 indoor water slides which operate all year round and 5 outside rides which operate only during the summer season. https://www.splashdownwaterparks.co.uk/
Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World: Paultons Family Theme Park has over 70 wonderful rides and attractions. Paultons is of course home to the world’s first & UK exclusive Peppa Pig World! https://paultonspark.co.uk/
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum - One of the most important and fascinating museum houses in England, Hold collections of international status and reflects the Victorian’s fascination with world cultures. https://russellcotes.com/
Beaulieu National Motor Museum - In the heart of the glorious New Forest, Beaulieu is one of the South's top visitor attractions. Here you will find the National Motor Museum, home to over 250 vehicles telling the history of motoring. You can also visit Palace House and Gardens, home of the Montagu family since 1538. www.beaulieu.co.uk
Dorset County Museum - Discover 200 million years of Dorset's fascinating history in this beautiful Grade 2 Listed building which is much bigger on the inside than it looks! Collections include fine art, geology, archaeology, literature, the history of the world heritage site Jurassic Coast and natural history. https://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org
The Heritage Steam Swanage Railway : Award winning standard gauge railway. Experience a unique journey through 6 miles of beautiful scenery passing through the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. The railway offers a more intensive steam and diesel timetable service than virtually any other preserved railway. www.swanagerailway.co.uk
Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway. A magical place in the New Forest National Park. The gardens, a spectacular 200 acres, are world famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. The railway follows a 1.25 mile circular route on a 12 ¼” gauge and is a wonderful and evocative way to see the gardens. www.exbury.co.uk
HOUSES AND GARDENS:
Athel Hampton House and Gardens. A 15 century manor house near Dorchester with stunning architectural gardens and riverside walks. www.athelhampton.co.uk
Kingston Lacy An art lover’s dream. Built to resemble an Italian palace, this treasure filled mansion is surrounded by formal gardens and parkland with an iron age hill fort, all cared for by the National Trust. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy
Hardy’s Birthplace and Maxgate. Visit Hardy’s birthplace, a small cob and thatch cottage and Maxgate which was designed by Hardy and where he lived until he died. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/max-gate
Compton Acres. One of the finest privately owned gardens in Southern England, including Italian and Japanese Gardens www.comptonacres.co.uk/
Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus Tours ( Open 1st Aug – 27th Sept ) Hop on and Hop off the bus as much as you like at any of the bus stops on the route and see all the best sights Bournemouth and Poole have to offer. City Sightseeing Bournemouth provides 23 sightseeing stops at some of Bournemouth & Poole’s most interesting places. Westbourne, Canford Cliffs, Sandbanks, Poole Park, Poole Quay & Poole Old Town. https://citysightseeing-bournemouth.co.uk/
Frieda’s Tea Bus offers a fabulous and comfortable journey along breath-taking English coastline while you enjoy the delicious traditional English experience of her acclaimed three-tiered afternoon teas. https://www.friedastearoom.co.uk/
Condor Ferries: If you're looking for a day out with a difference that's really great value, Condor Ferries one of thier high-speed journeys to Guernsey. With lots going on, you'll find a wealth of attractions and events in Guernsey, as well as beautiful countryside and shoreline to explore. Onboard, relax in one of their spacious passenger lounges, or enjoy a breath of fresh air out on deck, as we sail high speed from Poole. https://www.condorferries.co.uk/