Bournemouth Things to See and Do

Bournemouth seafront

Bournemouth seafront

Bournemouth’s popularity as a tourist destination isn’t just a result of its award-winning beaches. The town hosts entertaining events, has some of the UK’s best attractions and features a huge selection of shops and eateries that help to attract almost five million visitors every year, including two million holidaymakers staying for one night or more. Great events include Bournemouth’s annual Pride Festival – Bourne Free, the Air Festival and October Arts By the Sea. Take in a show at Bournemouth’s outstanding theatres including the Pavilion Theatre within the International Conference Centre and the Pier Theatre at the end of Bournemouth Pier.

Train and huts on Bournemouth's East Beach

Train and huts on Bournemouth’s East Beach

Bournemouth has everything, from family attractions to a varied selection of bars and nightclubs. There are luxury restaurants and cheap and cheerful cafes, pretty parks and golden beaches that stretch for miles. On your visit to Bournemouth, don’t miss out on great activities and fantastic places to go. Take the kids to the Bee a Bug Play Cafe complete with an on-site hair salon and soft play equipment. While away the hours walking through the Stour Valley Nature Reserve, or visit late in the year for the Arts by the Sea Festival, complete with performances of music, film, dance, poetry and literature.

Play mini golf at Bournemouth Gardens, watch gigs at Bournemouth’s O2 Academy, attend the Bournemouth Tattoo Convention or pay a visit to the Bournemouth Aviation Museum where the whole family can sit in planes and helicopters, have a go at a flight simulator and learn about the use of aircraft in the war. There’ll be plenty to fill your time, so be sure to browse our site for hotels, B&Bs, inns, cottages and apartments for an overnight stay.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.