Bournemouth & Beautiful South Coast of England
Whether you want an easy day on the seven miles of beaches, or wish explore the New Forest National Park , Bournemouth and the South Coast have so much to offer. Please see the vast selection of brochures at the Cavendish or ask during your stay.
PIER & BEACHES
- Just a short stroll down the clifftop walk to the Pier
- 7 miles of sandy beaches, the East through to Hengistbury Head and the West Beaches to Sandbanks then over the ferry to Shell Bay and Studland Beach
- Safe swimming on our award winning beaches
- Lower Pleasure Gardens with its floral displays throughout the year
- Crazy Golf in the Gardens and at rear of Sandbanks beach
- Bournemouth Balloon – tethered “hot air” Balloon for a thrilling panoramic view across the outer landscape.
- Surfing, rowing, paddle boarding watersports and sailing
- Pleasure Boats from the Pier to Swanage, Poole Harbour & Brownsea Island .
WALKING & CYCYLING
- Clifftop paths and the promenades.
- Pier through the Central, Upper and Lower Pleasure Gardens.
- Pine studded Chines of Bournemouth and Poole.
- South Coast Path Swanage to Sandbanks or further afield the stunning Durdle Door & Lulworth Cove.
- Bikes available to hire from the West Cliff or on the seafront by the Pier.
- Situated by the Pier, with plenty of aquarium sea life to view including the newest addition the Penguins
- Every Friday evening from the end of July through August on Bournemouth Pier
- Every Saturday off Poole Quay with street entertainment
BOURNEMOUTH AIR FESTIVAL
- Completely free & by the sea – this event is the biggest outdoor free event in the U.K.
- 4 day/night program every August of awesome air displays including several by the Red Arrows.
- City sightseeing – Take an open top bus in summer, along the clifftop roads from Boscombe to Poole & Sandbanks. Buses run regularly so you can hop on and off as you please.
- Ride from Hengistbury Head near Christchurch to Sandbank or further to Swanage crossing on the Sandbanks chain ferry
- Town centre is mostly pedestrianized
- Street entertainment & pavement cafes
- 3 large department stores and most major chain stores represented.
- French street market is often featured
- Christmas market in December with a themed Market
- Castle Point nearby features many large stores including a mega Marks & Spencer, ideal on a wet day.
THEATRES & CINEMAS
- Pavilion Theatre offers concerts, ballet, opera and plays
- Lighthouse Theatre in nearby Poole for plays and concerts. This is also the home of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
- Bournemouth International Centre for live concerts and shows
- Carefully restored building from Victorian times
- Free entry
- Many oriental treasures and art exhibits
MUSEUMS & STATELY HOMES
- Kingston Lacey House, Wimborne
- Lulworth Castle , Dorset
- Broadlands House, Romsey
- Wilton House, Salisbury
- Beaulieu Motor Museum , New Forest
- POOLE QUAY, Harbour & Brownsea Island
- CHRISTCHURCH, Harbour, Quayside & Priory
- Tank Museum, Bovington
- Meyrick Park & Queens Park are the nearest public courses
- Solent Meads at Hengistbury Head, par 3 for beginners
- Championship courses at Parkstone, Broadstone and Ferndown nearby
- The Open Golf Centre at Iford in Bournemouth has a driving range and easier golf course – good for a family day out. Moors Valley is a good intermediate course, and the family can be amused too on the Adventure Trails, Mini Steam Loco Rides and Picnic areas.
- Barton on Sea
- Isle of Purbeck
- Canford Magna
- Tennis Courts, some undercover, in the Upper Pleasure Gardens
- West Hants Tennis Club
- Knyveton Gardens , Meyrick Park and Argyll Bowls are the closest outdoor greens
- Kings Park in Bournemouth is the closest indoor rink
- Take a day out to explore the wild country of the New Forest National Park
- Superb for walking, cycling, wagon rides and horse-riding
- Visit the villages of Burley, Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst
- Beaulieu Motor Museum and Palace Stately Home is popular
- Boat trip up the Beaulieu River to Bucklers Hard
DORSET VILLAGES & JURASSIC COASTLINE
- Drive into Dorset and see the woolly side!
- Corfe Castle and Corfe Village & take the scenic steam train to Swanage.
- Walk from Worth Matravers along the cliff paths of the Jurassic Coast, or around the Durlston Country Park at Swanage
- Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Kimmeridge
- Maiden Castle (Roman settlement)
- Thomas Hardy’s Cottage (famous literary writer).
Local tour company Discover Dorset Tours, provides tours throughout the year. You will be collected directly from the West Cliff and taken in a small group (16 people max.) by a local guide to explore some of England’s finest scenery. Leaving after breakfast you will have a full and fascinating day out before returning to the hotel later in the afternoon.
STONEHENGE, SALISBURY & THE NEW FOREST
A full day tour visiting Stonehenge, Salisbury and the New Forest. Experience England’s Neolithic and Medieval past, and learn about the New Forest and its inhabitants.
ISLE OF PURBECK & JURASSIC COAST WORLD HERITAGE SITE
A full day tour exploring Studland, Swanage, Corfe Castle, Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Experience tranquil rural Dorset villages and dramatic coastal walks just a stone’s throw from bustling Bournemouth.
For full details and to check current availability please visit: www.discoverdorset.co.uk