10 great summer activities in Bournemouth
With its beautiful beach and laid-back vibe, Bournemouth is a town that really thrives in the summer. Here is a selection of some of the many activities to enjoy at this lovely time of the year.
1. Enjoy spending time on one of the world's best beaches
Whether you're soaking up the sun, relaxing with friends, or doing something more energetic like playing volleyball, there are endless things to do on Bournemouth's 7 mile stretch of golden sand — recently voted among the Top 25 in the world by Tripadvisor! It's the perfect place to while away those balmy summer evenings and weekends.
2. Watch the planes take to the skies at the annual air show
Bournemouth's famous air show, the UK's biggest air festival, will take place from 29th August to 1st September this year. It's one of the region's most popular annual events, and regularly showcases some of the British Airforce's most impressive planes and display teams.
3. Tickle your taste buds at the 10-day food festival
The Bournemouth Food and Drink Festival is a 10-day food event celebrating cuisines from across the world. From Mexican to Italian, Spanish to Thai, there's something for everyone! The main hub is in Bournemouth Square where you will find many stalls, as well as a farmers market and demonstration events.
4. Explore the Arts by the Sea festival
Now in its ninth year, the Arts by the Sea aims to explore and challenge current attitudes towards mental health and spark conversations through artwork and installations. The event features a rich mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word, literature and music. It takes place at various locations across the town.
5. Picnic in one of the many green parks
Bournemouth is brimming with well-kept green spaces that provide the perfect place to relax and enjoy the summer with a picnic or two. Lower Gardens, Queen's Park and Meyrick Park are just a few...
6. Enjoy some high adrenalin at the RockReef adventure centre
Although Bournemouth boasts one of the UK's most pleasant climates, anyone who has spent time in the country during summer will know that you can't always guarantee sunshine! As an indoor activity centre, RockReef — located at the end of the pier — provides the perfect venue for those rainy days. Activities include themed, indoor climbing walls, a Vertical drop slide, a 'Leap of Faith' jumping challenge, a HighLine high ropes aerial obstacle course the awesome PierZip — the world's first pier to shore zip wire, with a 250-metre dual zip line.
7. Hire a bike and explore the surroundings
With so many beautiful places to see in and around Bournemouth, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a cycle route! Some of the most popular destinations that you can reach by bike from Bournemouth include Christchurch and Mudeford to the east, and exclusive Sandbanks to the west — from where you can hop on the 15-minute ferry to Studland, a beautiful sandy bay from where you get a great view of Old Harry Rocks.
8. Take a day trip to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
Just west of Bournemouth, nestled in the heart of the stunning Jurassic coast, lie the lovely village of Lulworth Cove and iconic Durdle Door — a natural stone arch standing in the beautiful blue sea. It's well worth the short trip along the coast to see the natural beauty of these two Dorset attractions!
9. Watch, or take part, in the pier to pier swim
The annual swim from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier spans 1.4 miles and is a great way either to get involved with a local charity event by taking the plunge yourself, or to soak up the lively atmosphere and help support those taking up the challenge! It's due to take place on 14th July this year.
10. Take a trip to Brownsea Island
Open from mid-March every year, the National Trust's Brownsea Island is the largest of the islands in Poole Harbour. Much of the island is open to the public and includes areas of woodland and heath with a wide variety of wildlife, together with cliff top views across Poole Harbour and the Isle of Purbeck.