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Things to do in Bournemouth

A vibrant and cosmopolitan seaside town, with long sandy beaches and its own pier. Lovely Victorian buildings surround the town centre from its growth as a spa and sea bathing resort during the 19th century, tourism is still an important part of the local economy.

Are you looking for some exciting things to do in Bournemouth? You'll find that we've got plenty of great ideas for you right across the town and surrounding areas.

Known for...   Beaches, Bournemouth Pier, Boscombe Pier, Winter Gardens, River Bourne and Bournemouth International Centre


Did you know...

  • In Bournemouth on 12th July 1910 Rolls Royce co-founder Charles Rolls became the first British man to be killed in an aircraft crash.
  • Percy Shelley’s heart is interred in St Peter’s Church, Bournemouth.
  • Bournemouth has nearly 2,000 acres of Parks & Gardens.



 

  Attractions

Pier Amusement Arcade

Amusement Arcades.
The Waterfront
Pier Approach
Bournemouth
BH2 5AA

01202290196

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy the best possible views of Bournemouth on this hot air balloon.
The Lower Gardens
Bournemouth
BH1 2AQ

01202317697

 

Bournemouth Aquarium

Spectacular aquarium and undersea adventure.
Pier Approach
West Beach
BH2 5AA

01202311993

 

All Fired Up

Paint your own ceramics cafe.
35-37 Bourne Avenue
Bournemouth
BH2 6DT

01202558030

 

Compton Acres Gardens

The South's Finest Privately Owned Historic Gardens.
164 Canford Cliffs Road
Poole
BH13 7ES

 
 

  Parks

Lower, Central And Upper Gardens FREE

The Gardens retain much of their original character and are Listed Grade II* in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens.
Pier Approach
Bournemouth
BH2 5AA

 

Alum Chine And Argyll Gardens FREE

A chine is a steep dry river valley and Alum Chine is the largest of four chines within Bournemouth.
Alumhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH4 8HS

 

Bournemouth Gardens FREE

Parks & Open spaces.
Bournemouth
BH2 5AY

 

Boscombe Chine Gardens Local Nature Reserve FREE

Transformed in recent years, and is now a local nature reserve and a green flag site. The site is a good mix of formal & informal.
Christchurch Road
Bournemouth
BH1 4AA

 

Moore Avenue Park FREE

Offers a great chance to get active for visitors of all ages and interests with a street style skate park with steps rails & ramps.
Moore Avenue
West Howe
BH11 8AU

 

Redhill Park And Common FREE

Historic green space, greatly valued by the local community and intensively used for informal recreation.
Redhill Drive
Bournemouth
BH10 6AN

Recommended by George Talbot, Bournemouth

 

Winton Recreation Ground FREE

Greatly valued by the local community for informal recreation, in particular by young people and dog walkers.
Maxwell Road
Charminster
Bournemouth
BH9 1DQ

 
 

  Beaches

Beach Hut Hire FREE

Hire your very own beach hut.
Undercliff Drive
Bournemouth
BH2 5AA

01202451781

 
 

  Galleries

Courtenay

Fine art gallery.
11 Westbourne Arcade
Westbourne
Bournemouth
BH4 9AY

01202764884

 
 

  Bowling

Bowlplex Poole Branksome

Tenpin bowling centre.
382 Poole Road
Poole
BH12 1DA

01202765489

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Bournemouth BH2

Multi-screen cinema.
Exeter Cres
Bournemouth
BH2 5DD

03330144501

 
 

  Theatre

Brownsea Open Air Theatre

Unique theatre experience. Full listings available.
Brownsea Open Air Theatre
Poole
BH17 7ZT

01202251987

 
 

  Live Music

Old Fire Station

Unique live music venue and nightclub. Full listings available.
36 Hldenhurst Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8AD

01202963888

 

Bournemouth International Centre And Pavilion Theatre

The best in live music, comedy, drama and ballet. Full listings available.
Westover Road
Bournemouth
BH1 2BU

01202306126

 

O2 Academy

Live Music and Entertainment Venue. Full listings available.
570 Christchurch Road
Bournemouth
BH1 4BH

01202399922

 
 

  Comedy

Bournemouth Comedy Club

Popular night out.
60 Fir Vale Road
Bournemouth
BH1 2JA

08456066647

 
 

  Golf

Bournemouth & Meyrick Park Golf Club

Golf Club.
Central Drive
Meyrick Park
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH2 6LH

 

Queen Park Golf Club

Queens Park Golf Club.
Queen
South Drive
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH8 9BY

 
 

  Leisure centres

Fitspace

Affordable gym and fitness centre.
Saint Pauls Road
Bournemouth
BH8 8DL

08450000000

 

Pure Gym

Fitness centre.
The Triangle
Avenue Road
BH2 5RQ

08451302970

 

DW Fitness

Sport and fitness club.
The Commerce Centre
Redlands
BH12 1DN

08443725361

 

Fitness First

Friendly gym and fitness centre.
51 Queens Park South Drive
Bournemouth
BH8 9BJ

01202394900

 

Women's Workout

Ladies only gym.
Hectors House
676 Wimborne Road
BH9 2EG

01202510010

 
 

  Water sports

Dorset Diving

Learn to scuba dive.
5-6 W Howe Industrial Estate
Bournemouth
BH11 8JX

01202580065

 

Bournemouth Surf School

Learn to surf.
Toft Steps
Undercliff Drive
BH5 1BN

08000437873

 
 

  Sport

Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Club

One of the largest greens in England.
King's Park Drive
Bournemouth
BH7 6JD

01202394439‎

 
 

  Paintball

Bournemouth Paintball

The Bournemouth paintball site offers several great paintball game scenarios and game zones.
Glen Fern Road
Bournemouth
BH1 2AA

 
 

  Laser

Laserquest

The South Coast's largest laserquest centre.
Glen Fern Road
Bournemouth
BH1 2LZ

01202556888

 

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