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 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.
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.
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!