Bournemouth – a vibrant town in Southern England, renowned for having one of the best beaches in Europe – and the place where I grew up.
I’ve lived in and around Bournemouth all my life and I can honestly say that I am one lucky person to have been brought up in such a great place.
For those of you who don’t know where Bournemouth is (or, perhaps, haven’t even heard the name), I wanted to write this post to give you an idea of what it was like to grow up in my hometown and learn a little more about me.
Where is Bournemouth?
Bournemouth is situated on the south coast of England (just to the left of the Isle of Wight and Southampton), plus it is also only a short two-hour train or bus ride to London!
What is there to see and do in Bournemouth?
If you’ve never been to Bournemouth, then here are a few reasons why you should make the trip:
- Sun, Sea and Sand
Spanning several miles and more, Bournemouth’s golden sandy beaches are award-winning, not just in the UK, but in the whole of Europe. Thousands flock to this Dorset coastline for a taste of holiday sunshine.
Just this year, Bournemouth saw temperatures reaching 30 degrees- I mean, who needs to go abroad when you’ve got this beautiful beach destination on your doorstep?
Lined with colourful beach huts and mouthwatering fish and chips, it’s a must-see beach that’s great for holiday-makers.
- New Forest
Whilst it’s not technically within Bournemouth, I couldn’t go on without mentioning the wonderful nature surrounding this neighbourhood. The New Forest, spanning a whopping 566 square kilometres, lays to the right of Bournemouth town. Labeled as a National Park in 2005, the New Forest is a local destination that draws many visitors to the South of England each year.
Get back to nature and see wild horses roam free, hike unexplored trails in the woods or stroll through some of the oldest, traditional villages in England. Whatever it is you do, a trip to the New Forest should definitely be on your bucket list should you visit Bournemouth.
- Reaching for the Skies
A recently new addition to the Bournemouth skyline is the Hilton and its Sky Bar. I’d be surprised if anyone hadn’t heard of the Hilton brand, but to see the new skyrise in Bournemouth, shows just how far this little town has come.
The LEVEL8IGHT sky bar itself brings a touch of high class sophistication to every evening and has fantastic views across all of Bournemouth.
- Festival Fun
No matter what time you visit Bournemouth, life here is always buzzing and you’ll find there’s always something going on. Probably one of the biggest event of the year is the renowned Bournemouth Air Festival. The show is the one and only aviation celebration of its name. From the aircrafts to death-defying stunts on land, sea and skies this is a fantastic show to watch (I’ve been twice in the last consecutive years!). There’s entertainment throughout the day and night, and, for four whole days, visitors can be mesmerised by the whirlwind of shows, music and rides that the festival brings including, of course, the spectacular Red Arrows display.
And that’s just me blabbing on about the air festival. When you go to Bournemouth there is always the Christmas Wonderland, the Arts by the Sea, and the Food and Drink festival to attend!
- Watch a Show
If you’re like me and you love to watch a west end show or go to the movies, then Bournemouth is also the place to go. Whether it’s at the newly built BH2 cinema complex, the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) or in Bournemouth’s original theatre, the Pavilion, there are a host of spectacular shows to see all year round.
- Foodies’ Secret Eats
Bournemouth is fast becoming a foodie haven. With the dramatic decline in shops in the town centre, little boutique eats and new vegan restaurants are popping up to the scene. From fine dining restaurants to greasy burger joints, there is something for all tastes.
One secret eat that I must mention is a little donut shop called Glazed – they do the best donuts I’ve ever tasted and they make vegan donuts too!
No matter what happens here or in my life, Bournemouth will always be home to me.