Things to do in Bournemouth
Eddison Wells is privileged to have an office in Bournemouth. As as a Bournemouth Mortgage Broker we value the opportunity to pop down to the Pier after a day in work to soak up the sun.
Although it is well known for being a seaside town - there are lots of other things for visitors to do in Bournemouth rather than just visiting the stunning beach. There are water sports on the harbour, many nature reserves and indoor attractions for those times when the weather isn't pleasant enough to take advantage of all of the outdoor activities Bournemouth has to offer. As well as boasting a large number of free activities, accommodation in Bournemouth can also be found for all budgets. So whether it is thrill-seeking or relaxing you are after, Bournemouth is the perfect destination to get out of the hustle and bustle and have a break in the fresh seaside air.
Visit Bournemouth Pier
Bournemouth pier is not your standard seaside pier. With many adventurous attractions it is a little bit different from the arcades and end of the pier bowling that you may be used to. RockReef is an indoor activity centre on the pier that has many different clip and climb activities for all ages. Other activities here include a vertical slide and a jumping challenge. If you are brave enough you could decide to tackle the pier zip line. 'PierZip' is the worlds first pier to shore zip wire that will see you flying over the sea for a breathtaking few moments before you arrive safely on dry land. As well as all of these activities, Bournemouth pier also has all of the traditional attractions that you would expect including sweet shops, arcades and cafes with views of the sea.
Bournemouth Oceanarium is one of the most exciting aquariums in the UK. They currently house over 150 species of fish and many other sea creatures like penguins, otters and reptiles. The Bournemouth Oceanarium offer a number of different displays that let visitors of all ages interact with the creatures and learn more about them. If you really want to get up close and personal, you can book an experience with the turtles or the otters or even be an aquarist for the day. Inside the oceanarium there are places to eat and drink and also a kids play area, so you will be able to get your monies worth and spend the whole day there.
Although there are many attractions on Bournemouth seaside not many of them have been there as long as the cliff railways. Built in 1908, the West Cliff Railway takes visitors from the promenade to the cliff side town above them. Visitors can enjoy views out to sea as they take the 145ft ride along the track which was most recently refurbished in the 90s. The East Cliff Railway was built just before the West Cliff Railway - but serves the same purpose. On the other side of the beach, the East Cliff Railway gives all visitors a chance to enjoy the attraction no matter what side of the beach they are. The Fishermans Wharf Railway is again the same - but this is located in the suburb of Southbourne. Southbourne attracts many people who want to stay just outside of the hustle and bustle of Bournemouth, so the local council wanted to ensure even people using the cliff railways that it has become famous for.
The Pavilion Theatre
The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom is a purpose built building for all year round entertainment. The art deco building that was built in the 1920s puts on many forms of entertainment including West End style stage shows, Opera and Ballet. The venue also hosts many ballroom dancing competitions and holds an impressive 1012 people. If you are visiting Bournemouth this is the perfect place for evening entertainment.
Bournemouth Air Festival
One of the best seasonal attractions in Bournemouth is the world famous Bournemouth Air Festival. Held in August, it features many displays from the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy as well as civilian aviation displays. As well as thrilling displays from the Red Arrows and the Black Cats they have previously displayed aircraft such as the Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spirfire. In a bid to attract a younger audience, the Bournemouth Air Festival has in recent years also had 'Nigh Air on the Piers' which features performances from well known bands. Unfortunately there have been years where big headliners like the Kaiser Chiefs have been cancelled due to the weather, but this looks like something they are set to continue doing to try and attract people outside of the target group of aviation enthusiasts.