Bournemouth – 3 things to try

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.  Over the years, Bournemouth on the south coast has become a second home for us, our children, and now our grandchildren.  We love taking them to play on the sand, but here’s our pick of places to play when you’ve had enough of the beach:

* Bournemouth Pier.bournemouth pier
At the end of the pier are old fashioned fairground rides and games just right for pre-schoolers.  When the children have had their fill of rides relax over coffee and cake or a meal at The Key West Cafe.

The pier is also home to The Pier Theatre

Our tip is to buy a summer season pass, which is fractionally more expensive than a single entry.  In the winter the pier is free.


* The Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium.  Located just by the pier, this is big enough to keep the family entertained, but small enough for the little ones to see all the exhibits before they lose interest.  A must see is the Otter Oasis.

* Winter Gardens.  bournemouth winter gardens

The gardens wind all way from the middle of the Bournemouth town centre shops to the pier, with a hot air balloon ride, crazy golf, and plenty of places to sit down and enjoy the sunshine.

In the summer there are often plenty of activities for children of all ages.

We try to be in the Winter Gardens on Wednesday nights in August.  Following a tradition that goes back to 1896, the Lower Winter Gardens are decorated by displays of tealights in coloured glass containers.

bournemouth winter gardens2


Anyone can use the special tapers and light the candles at dusk.  None left to light, don’t despair – just blow out the flame and relight them so every child gets a turn!



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