Thursday, 13 August 2020

Staycation in Bournemouth

We are almost in mid-August and lockdown has been going on for almost 5 months. With the current situation, holidays and travel abroad has become difficult and uncertain too. However United Kingdom is a large country with so many beautiful places to visit that it’s time we all considered a staycation. You can do a city break, countryside break, highland break or a beach break. The options are numerous, whether you choose a camping holiday, stay in a caravan or in a luxurious hotel or hire a chalets in the forest, stay in a caravan, or even stay in Air BnB. Travelling in the UK is fairly easy as there is a vast network of public transport, trains, coaches and busses, however we find it easier to drive and its convenient to have a car to enable us to explore the surrounding area. If you are opting to use public transport, it is important to be prepared to follow all government safety measures such as keeping social distancing where ever possible and wearing masks and gloves and carrying hand sanitiser.

This year we chose Bournemouth in Dorset which is in the South of the UK as our staycation holiday destination. It offers activities for all ages from young kids to teenagers and adults too. It also has many surrounding places you can visit during your stay such as Poole, Christchurch, New Forest, and Southampton which are all within a 45 mins radius.

Bournemouth has 7 miles of sandy beaches; all rated a European blue flag. There is plenty to see and do in and around the area. The beach has a pier which has zip wiring activity and there is an observation wheel on the beach front as well an Ocenarium. There is a small entrance fee to walk on the pier.

There is also the Aruba bar & restaurant on the pier that offers family dining in the day and you can enjoy evening drinks whilst enjoying the sunset. At night the place turns to a night club so you can dance the night away. During the July and August there are also beach front fireworks show every Friday night at 10 pm.

The nearby Bournemouth Gardens are perfect to enjoy a picnic, play a game of mini golf or just relax around the band stand and enjoy a live music. For the theatre lovers Bournemouth Pavilion offers theatrical shows or you can catch a movie at I sense Odeon cinema. For the younger generation there are the new escape rooms and Bh2 complex in Bournemouth too.

During the summer months the central beach at Bournemouth gets very busy and crowded so it makes sense to visit other nearby beaches at Sandbanks near Poole, Alum Chime Beach, Durley Chine Beach, Boscombe Beach, Fisherman’s Walk Beach, Southbourne Beach and Hengistbury Head which are less busy.

Hengistbury Head, a headland jutting in the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford Quay, it is 20 -30 mins away and the perfect place to enjoy a day at the beach. Here you will find a range of lovely beach huts that you can hire for the day, there are some that you can stay overnight as well. 

There is a mini Land Train that runs from Bournemouth to Mudeford Quay. It is a popular way to get to the different beach destinations as it makes many stops. If you have younger kids they will enjoy crabbing in Mudeford Quay.

Poole Quays is another place worth visiting; here you will find the Sandbanks Beach where there is a water sports academy. For boat lovers you can enjoy a walk round harbour with boats.

Poole also has the original Lush shop and the famous Poole Pottery. From Poole, you can also get a ferry across to Brownsea Island a national trust heritage site, which is very picturesque with views of Purbeck Hills and worth a visit to see famous it’s wild life, red squirrels. It is a very popular place for camping for scouts and guides.

If you enjoy outdoor activities the nearby New Forest National park, is great for camping and for hiking and there is also a water park there which is a hit with the kids. For the more adventurous you can also visit the Go Ape Activity centre in Moors Valley
Bournemouth has many coffee shops, tearooms, eateries, restaurants and the famous Harry Ramsden chip shop. A visit to the sky bar on the 8th floor of the Hilton Hotel is a must, to enjoy a few cocktails with spectacular views of Bournemouth and Isle of Wight across the horizon.

In Bournemouth, there are many hotels, guest houses, Air BnB, campsites and caravan parks that you can stay at. A varied choice of accommodation is available to suit all budgets.

Bournemouth is the perfect staycation destination to visit. It is popular for stag and hen dos and also suitable for couples and families too. With so much to see and do you could easily spend a week there. Due to Covid, some of the attractions may be closed or require prior booking , it is best to check the website for up to date booking information.

Bournemouth is not only a summer vacation place, you can visit in the winter too. There are many Christmas markets and the Bournemouth Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland complete with an ice skating rink too. You can easily spend a weekend in Bournemouth.

What are your holiday plans this year, do share them in the comments below. Can you recommend some places  to visit in the UK. Some places to visit are the British music festival in Liverpool, East Links Family park Dunbar, Newquay and the Isle of Wight
There are so many places to visit and stay in the UK why not check this stay in worthing too.

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  1. I think it is wonderful so many people are managing to get off on holidays around the UK. Bournemouth is an amazing place to go and visit, with so much to do and see and who doesn't love a good beach day.

  2. I think Uk needed this local support because it has been so hard for the economy. We do have great places here though they can be so pricey too. Sounds like you had a great staycation

  3. We live in Cornwall so very lucky to have beautiful beaches on our doorstep. There are so many places I'd like to explore in the UK though, yet we always seem to go abroad.

  4. I'd love to visit Bournemouth for a seaside holiday; I can't get over how clear and blue the sea is!

  5. Kristine Nicole Alessandra14 August 2020 at 13:40

    This is such a beautiful place, and yes, perfect for a staycation. I could use some Vitamin Sea right now. I love that there are so many different kinds of accommodation you can choose from when you visit Bournemouth.

  6. I was talking to my friend the other day after her holiday was cancelled and how lovely it is to explore at home

  7. I adore Bournemouth, I holidyed there as a child every summer and then went to uni there. Sadly it can get very busy. Mich x

  8. I could use something like the Bournemouth Gardens right now, to play some mini golf!

  9. Bournemouth sounds amazing and it definitely sounds like there is plenty there to see and do! I have never been myself but would love to visit with the kids someday!

  10. A well detailed travelogue with minute details especially during these times when safety is top priority. Now I know where to look up when we plan a holiday to UK

  11. Looks like a fun place to visit. Wish we could get away to some place like this. Ithas been only work work and more work since mid March. Not even stepped out of the apartment since then.

  12. I needs a loooong holiday right now. This sounds awesome with o could just fly to Bournemouth right now.

  13. It is lovely to see my home town from a tourist perspective. We call the land trains "Noddy Trains" here. As a local we avoid the busy Bournemouth Beach and tend to do to Flaghead Chine or Hengistbury Head / Southbourne. We love crabbing at Mudeford quay too

  14. Looks lovely, I love the seaside, it's just so amazing for clearing my mind. Looks like you had a fab time.

  15. We’ve never been to Bournemouth but my husband use to go every year as a child . It looks lovely

  16. I’ve never been to Bournemouth but my husband use to go every year when he was younger . It looks lovely

  17. I'd love to visit Bournemouth - I have never been there before but it looks like there is plenty to do there.

  18. What a great place, Is it open after covid19 I want to fix thi splace


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