Things to do in Bournemouth

Sam and I thought we’d make the most of the sunny Bank Holiday Monday and headed to Bournemouth for the day. Bournemouth is a 1 hour 45 minute drive from Bristol and is somewhere I spent a lot of time when I was younger. I’m always passing but it’s been a while since I stopped and enjoyed a few hours there so it made a nice change. Especially as the weather was so gorgeous. We’ve already looked into hotels in Bournemouth and are planning a weekend trip later in the Summer. There’s so many things to do in Bournemouth so we’re looking forward to going back.

Things to do in Bournemouth

Vegan Food at Mad Cucumber Bournemouth

Things to do in Bournemouth

The Bournemouth Big Wheel

Things to do in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Lower Gardens


We wanted to make the most of the day so arrived just before 11am and parked in the Bournemouth Central Car Park (£5.00 for 24 hours). This was just a 10 minute walk through the Lower Gardens to the beach. The Lower Gardens themselves we’re beautiful so we got ourselves a cuppa from one of the Hedgehog Kiosks in the park and had a walk around the park before making our way to the beach.

Bournemouth has over 7 miles of beaches boasting some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK. We did have a little paddle in the sea but it was only mid April so not quite swimming temperatures, for me at least. Milo on the other hand loved splashing around in the sea. Dogs are aloud on the beaches between 30th September and 1st May and there are many dog friendly beaches in Bournemouth for the other times of the year which we’ll have to make use of when we return.

After soaking up the sun for an hour or two we made our way into town for lunch. We found the Poole Hill Triangle – known as “Bournemouth’s Soho”. And the home of Mad Cucumber, an independent 100% Vegan Restaurant (bonus: it’s dog friendly too). I had a Pesto Penne Pasta which was delicious, but I did spend a lot of time eyeing up Sam’s Vegan Burrito. I know what I’m having next time!

We seemed to spend the rest of the day eating. We went to Flirt Cafe for a smoothie and a milkshake, then and ice cream at the Marshfield Farm Ice Cream Kiosk on Bournemouth Pier, Seaside Rock from the Bournemouth Pier Rock Shop and finally a Pick ‘n’ Mix from “Sweet Thoughts” on our way back to the car.

We’re always quite content with lunch and a stroll along the beach but there are many other things to do in Bournemouth. From Crazy Golf in the Lower Gardens, a ride on the Bournemouth Big Wheel or if you’re feeling brave a go on PierZip – the Bournemouth Pier Zip Line.

Have you been to any of these places? I’d love any suggestions of things to do in Bournemouth for our return visit.

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  1. 30th April 2019 / 10:09 pm

    Ah we went to Bournemouth last summer with the kdis and went up the big wheel! I was terrified, haha! That vegan food looks DELICIOUS!

  2. 1st May 2019 / 11:27 am

    I have been to Bournemouth a couple of times and have always had great fun, this post has made me want to visit again x

  3. Elizabeth O
    2nd May 2019 / 9:16 pm

    The food caught my attention for sure. I’m always game for fun places to visit that also offer great food.

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