It’s no wonder that the Dorset coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK.
Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and the nearby New Forest offer a true wealth and variety of activities for every visitor, of any age and for any pace of life.
Our Apartments are set in the perfect location for visitors – far enough away from town to enjoy peace, quiet and relaxation, but near enough to be able to walk in and back, or take a very short taxi drive which won’t break the bank.
Bournemouth’s unrivalled sandy beaches (our 7 Golden Miles) , palm-lined walks, gardens, all with it’s wide variety of bars, restaurants and bubbly nightlife, provide the ideal ingredients to create your memorable vacation stay.
Did You Know? Bournemouth has 2000 acres of gardens and parks, and the three Victorian gardens are Grade 2 listed! You are guaranteed to find a new path to stroll down and a new garden in bloom to admire!
The Local Beaches
Whether the beaches are the “Main Event” for your stay, or just a beautiful backdrop for an evening walk, there is no doubting why they are so renowned and attract visitors from far and wide. They are simply put, close to perfect, holding four Blue Flags and 2 Quality Coast Awards, known for having warm seas and so perfect for watersports lovers! Stretching from Hengitsbury Head in the East to Sandbanks in the West, with Alum Chine Beach being right on your doorstep. Feeling energetic? Why not take the “7 Mile Challenge” and walk or run the length! Each beach area has a different feel, and Alum Chine benefits from being close to both the popular Town beach, and to the more exclusive western areas of Branksome, Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks (with it’s eye-watering property prices!).
Eating Out, Nights Out, in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch
If you don’t fancy cooking, the incredibly wide variety of places to eat and drink mean that you will always find something you like, from intimate, more romantic fine-dining restaurants to lively eateries from all 4 corners of the world, and something to suit all budgets – the award winning Chez Fred Fish & Chips are always a favourite, located not far from the apartments! Maybe try Brasserie Blanc with it’s breathtaking sea views from it’s cliff-top location, or Rick Stein Sandbanks for dining on the peninsular beloved by the wealthy. Visit https://www.bournemouth.co.uk/food-and-drink/restaurants for a full selection.
As a University town and holiday resort, Bournemouth has become a fashionable and memorable night out for younger adults! The Centre is brimming with lively clubs and bars, but retains it’s friendly atmosphere.
Events and Entertainment
There is no shortage of things to do and see in and around Bournemouth, and some are free, such as the Friday night fireworks! For spectacular views, go up the Balloon, maybe visit the underwater world at the Oceanarium or take in a show at the Bournemouth International Centre. Visit www.bournemouth.co.uk for inspiration and more details.
The Bournemouth Air Festival is now a long established spectacular, held each August or September (pandemics permitting!), where previous highlights have included the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Wing Walkers, Night Air Displays lighting the skies and of course the Red Arrows. Go to www.bournemouthairfestival.co.uk for more details.
Lovers of Golf and Bowls are well catered for at Meyrick Park, and there are a number of highly regarded Courses in and around the town, and at the New Forest.
Want to have a go at skiing or snowboarding, or just keep your hand in? A visit to Snowtrax dry slope, just 10 minutes away is great fun, whilst a further 10 minutes north will bring you to Go Ape for an assault course through the trees!
Check out https://discoverdorset.co.uk/ to book excursions, including the Jurassic Coast Experience, which takes in some great views, Lulworth Cove and the village of Corfe Castle.
Indoor & Family Attractions
For Art lovers, a trip to the Russell Cotes Gallery and Museum is well worthwhile, and for younger people, Adventure Wonderland is nearby at Hurn (by the Airport), and Paultons Park & Peppa Pig World at Ower is just 35 minutes away. A trip on the Land Train between Boscombe and Bournemouth isn’t just for the kids!
CentreVR provides unforgettable immersive adventures, experiences and Escape Rooms!
The New Forest National Park and Day Trips within 1 hour by car For a change of scene, but without travelling too far!
The New Forest is just a short 15-20 minute drive away. Aside from it’s sheer size and beauty, with wide open heathland, forests, streams and wildlife, you will find picture-postcard villages, complete with thatched cottages and tearooms and often populated by the wild ponies native to the area. A perfect venue for a romantic picnic or for the kids to run free. If long walks are not your thing, hire a bike or go for a horse ride through the stunning scenery, or if the weather is not so kind, a drive around the vast Park, maybe stopping off at a local hostelry for refreshments?
Here you will find gems ranging from Elizabethan Manor Houses, stunning Gardens, the Beaulieu National Motor Museum and historical sites from Ancient times to D-Day.
A day in the Forest is not to be missed! Visit https://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/ for full details.
A little further away, but easily done as a leisurely day trip, you could consider:
The Jurassic Coast for lovers of fossils and Dinosaurs, and visit Durdle Door or Corfe Castle
The Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth, home of HMS Victory, HMS Warrior, the Mary Rose, and take in the incredible view from the Spinnaker Tower
Shopping in the old streets of Salisbury, and take in the historic Cathedral
Paultons Park & Peppa Pig World – a theme park ideal for younger people