Volleyball! (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uncoolbob/6164363688)

Volleyball!

Bournemouth's sunny weather and beach front space make this seaside town the perfect location to try out some outdoor activities. Whether you're dusting off your roller boots, assembling your beach swingball or taking a dip in the sea, Bournemouth offers plenty of kick-starters towards a more active holiday and a more active you!

Golf

Golf enthusiasts are well catered for with around ten courses available for visitors in the Bournemouth area, from the 18-hole Championship Course at Queen’s Park (a green oasis in Bournemouth’s centre), to the Parkstone Golf Club in Poole (one of the 120 top clubs in the UK), and Playgolf, Bournemouth, which offers a new sporting trend – the combination of football and golf on their 18-hole course. There’s even mini golf at The Lower Gardens between the town centre and pier and at many other locations throughout the town.

Paddle surfing! (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/draxus/6922346240)

Paddle surfing!

Cycling and walking

Bournemouth was MADE for cyclists! But do note that the fantastic promenade from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head is not accessible to cyclists during daytime in the Summer, as there is an enormous flow of pedestrians to consider. For the rest of the year, and in the evenings, this is obviously a flat ride with gorgeous views - but perhaps you’re looking for something a little more challenging or energetic? Many of the coastal routes are suitable, or travel a little way inland? Bike hire is widely available in Bournemouth, and the seaside resort offers numerous opportunities for seafront strolls - why not try the scenic pier to pier walk with plenty of beachfront cafes and restaurants available along the way! For something a little more challenging, the cliffs framing the beaches offer great walking with incredible views, and perfect sites for picnics. Some good places to stop off en route are the Italian styled Boscombe Cliff Gardens and the gorgeous East Cliff beach.

Surfing

It's easy to learn to surf in Bournemouth! There are quite a few surf schools to choose from, most based just off the beach. Why not try Surf Steps who specialise in lessons, or the Bournemouth’s Sorted Surf Shop which sells all the respected brands.
There are a good number of bowling clubs throughout the town too. How wonderful would it be to bowl on the Cliffside at the Boscombe Cliff Bowls Club? Or perhaps try Beach Volleyball, or even have a bit of fun paddle surfing!

Accommodation in Bournemouth Town Centre

  • Bournemouth   (0.9 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £25
    Per person per night B&B (2 sharing)
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    Rating from 168 reviews
    Stylish Bournemouth hotel just minutes from beaches and town centre. Family run and cosy with private parking and all ensuite rooms. Families and group bookings welcome. Free Wi-Fi
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  • Bournemouth   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £343
    Per week (guide price only)
     
    Attractive range of pet friendly cottages in and around Bournemouth. Great facilities such as enclosed gardens, open fires, parking & Wi-Fi. Close to beaches & country walks.
     
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  • Boscombe   (1.6 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £35
    Per Person Per Night (B&B)
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 40 reviews
    Rating from 40 reviews
    Superb hotel accommodation in Bournemouth close to Boscombe Beach with excellent reviews, free WiFi and a range of room types. Varied breakfast menu and private parking.
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  • East Cliff   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £54
    Per person, per night (seasonal)
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 187 reviews
    Rating from 187 reviews
    Macmillan hotel in Bournemouth, with disabled facilities and an onsite nurse. Free local daytrips, large lawn garden and 24/7 room service. Free WiFi, ample onsite parking.
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  • Alum Chine   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £32
    Per person per night B&B (2 sharing)
     
    Welcoming hotel in Alum Chine, Bournemouth just 200 metres from the sea with ground floor rooms, discounts for senior citizens. Pets welcome. Licensed bar, parking & beach hut hire
     
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  • Bournemouth   (1.0 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
    Sleeps 6
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    £475
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 6
     
    Stylish Bournemouth Apartment in the Alum Chine area with private balcony, feature fireplace and free WiFi. Family friendly. Off road parking. Beach 2 minute walk. Sleeps 6.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
    Sleeps 6
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    £375
    Per Week (seasonal) sleeps 6
     
    Attractive two bedroom Bournemouth apartment set in a large communal garden with shared seasonal pool & sun lounger area. 10 minute walk to beach. Off peak short breaks. No pets.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
    Sleeps 2
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    £338
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 2
     
    Attractive studio apartment in Bournemouth's West Cliff with off road parking, free Wi-Fi, furnished balcony & great nearby beaches/ attractions. Short breaks. No pets.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
    Sleeps 2
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    £450
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 2
     
    Contemporary upper ground floor studio apartment in Bournemouth set a short walk from the beach. Roadside parking, free Wi-Fi, deluxe welcome hamper on request. Travel cot.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
    Sleeps 6
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    £491
    per week (seasonal) Sleeps 6
     
    Spacious 3 bedroom Bournemouth apartment a short walk from the beach with off road parking, free WiFi, fully fitted kitchen and Sky TV. Starter pack included. Sleeps 6.
     
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