Bournemouth is a large coastal resort in Dorset on the English south coast. There are four beaches with the prestigious Blue Flag status: Alum Chine Beach, Durley Chine Beach, Fisherman's Walk Beach and Southbourne Beach.
Boscombe Beach is famous as being the location for Europe's first artificial surf reef, which provides crashing waves throughout the year. Bournemouth has created a coastal activity park around the reef with lots of free activities ...and some paid... including bouldering, a gym trail, slacklining and swingball.
Bringing you even closer to sea life is Bournemouth Oceanarium. Here you can stroll through a tunnel surrounded by sharks and stingrays or head to Otter Oasis, which is set in a bamboo forest with its own rock pools. The aquarium also boasts the world's first virtual Dive Cage, which will take you into the belly of a whale - from a safe distance we hope!
Bournemouth town centre has lots to entertain. There's a wide variety of shops, bars and restaurants, with the wonderful Pier Theatre a great place to take in a show. For bigger exhibitions, the Bournemouth International Centre is located nearby. The town also features open top buses and the Bournemouth Eye, which provides wonderful views.
Bournemouth is close to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site so walkers and sightseers don't have far to head to discover this amazing coastline. Three different prehistoric periods can be seen in the rocks, there are stunning views and fossil walks to explore. If that all sounds too adventurous, stick to the idyllic public gardens that are dotted throughout the area - perfect for picnics.