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   (1.2 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 94 reviews
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    Travelodge hotel in Bournemouth just over 3 miles from the Airport and station. Easy access to the beach & attractions with free parking, WiFi and double rooms. Restaurant adjacent
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  • Boscombe   (1.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £26
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 129 reviews
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    Charming, family- run Bed and Breakfast in Bournemouth, with free WiFi and onsite parking. Close to the sandy beaches and bustling town centre. Ideal for a great family holiday.
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  • Meyrick Park   (0.6 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
    Sleeps 5
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    £255
    Per Week (Seasonal) Sleep 2-5
     
    Immaculate holiday apartments and bungalow in Bournemouth close to beaches and amenities. Ideal for families, couples, business and single occupancy with parking. Sleep 2-5.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 740 reviews
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    Modern Bournemouth hotel set close to the seafront with contemporary ensuite rooms, chargeable car parking, bar/ cafe, Wi-Fi service & early check in/ late check out.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.7 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £54
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 1063 reviews
    Rating from 1063 reviews
    Well appointed Bournemouth hotel with great value guest rooms for solo stays, couples, families & groups. Onsite leisure club, function facilities & free Wi-Fi. Pet friendly.
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  • Bournemouth   (0.9 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    Per person per night B&B (2 sharing)
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 142 reviews
    Rating from 142 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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  • Alum Chine   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    Elegant Victorian hotel in Bournemouth just 200 metres from the sea with ground floor rooms, discounts for senior citizens. Pets welcome, Licensed bar & Parking
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.3 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
    Sleeps 4
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    £294
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Contemporary fourth floor Bournemouth apartment with limited off road parking, Freeview TV, washing machine & Freeview TV. Off peak short breaks. No pets.
     
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  • Bournemouth   (0.4 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    £67
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 455 reviews
    Rating from 455 reviews
    Recently refurbished hotel in Bournemouth. Close to the beach, BIC and town centre. Two styles of room; TravelRest and budget. Families and couples welcome. Free Wi-Fi and parking
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 455 reviews
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  • Bournemouth   (1.2 miles from the centre of Bournemouth Centre)
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    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 551 reviews
    Rating from 551 reviews
    Newly refurbished Travelodge hotel in Bournemouth with 'Dreamer' beds, great bar/ cafe, chargeable car parking & Wi-Fi service. Families welcome, pet friendly.
    TripAdvisor traveller rating from 551 reviews
    Rating from 551 reviews