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Things to do in and around Bournemouth this Summer

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The Ultimate Guide to a Bournemouth Summer Staycation

Still opting for an alternative summer holiday that is much closer to home?

A holiday that brings with it all the delights of being abroad, such as the weather, activities,

beaches, and booze but with less of the hassle of airport security,

overpacking, delays and long check in ques.

With this in mind, we have put together an abundance of reasons as to why we believe that

a summer holiday staycation in Bournemouth is the next best thing.

Whether you are a couple, family, adrenaline junkie, historian etc, we have something for



Water Based Activities
Power Boating:

H20 Powerboat Experience offer skippered powerboat tours around Bournemouth, Poole Harbour, and the Jurassic coast.

They allow you to take in the landscapes and views at whatever pace you would like.

From couples to families to a group of friends, what a great way to explore.

Check out their website here for more details:

Fly Boarding:

Not quite adrenaline junkie enough for you? Try out Aquatic Jetpacks.

A unique flyboarding experiences so you can fulfil your childhood dream to fly!!

Jet Skiing:

How about a ride on a Jet Ski?

Sandbanks Jet Ski Company offer instructor led tours to keep you and your group entertained.

Why not hit the water with them for a great day out and those all-important Instagram shots! Check out there website here:

Or for a little bit of everything:

Why not check out The Watersports Academy in Sandbanks.

They offer an array of activities from Kite Surfing to Paddle Boarding to Kayaking to Sailing and all under one roof.

Explore Poole harbour and conquer the waters with full tuition and lessons available for beginners. Check them out here:


In the Air Activities

Test your nerves and height fears by visiting Go Ape @ Moors Valley!

With Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventure+, Forest Segway and Nets Adventure, all thrill-seeking, family entertainment boxes are firmly ticked.

Push yourself on the Challenge course which will take you 11-metres skywards and features a massive 166-metre zip wire.

Whilst the Adventure+ course boasts narrow crossings, suspended walkways and tree-high platforms.

We have also got an hour of challenging woodland trails if you’re up for exploring on our all-terrain Segway’s. Visit; for more details.

Go Ape @ Moors Valley


What a better way to ‘fly’ into Bournemouth than on a zip wire!

The PierZip is the world’s first pier to shore zip wire, boasting a 250-metre dual zip wire.

The dual zip line means you can ride with family & friends and challenge them to race to the shore!

Launching from the Zip Tower platform 25mtrs above the sea, thrill-seekers race out and “zip surf” 250 meters over the top of the waves to land on the beach.

A truly unique and unforgettable experience and a wonderful way to experience the amazing, panoramic view of Bournemouth and its stunning coastline!



If you’re into aircrafts and wanting to step into a pilot’s shoes for the day, then this is the museum for you!

Bournemouth Aviation Museum is different to other Museums, it offers a “hands-on” experience.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to


climb into the aircrafts. Imagine what it is like to be a pilot! Check out; for more details.


Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum; Check out the Museum based in the last Victorian house to be left in England!


How about a visit to the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy?

An elegant 17th Century Italian styled country mansion set in attractive formal gardens with extensive parkland to explore.

National Trust's Kingston Lacy



Want to step back in time? How about exploring Bovington Tank Museum, Home to the world’s best

collection of tanks and the Tiger 131 – the world’s only running Tiger Tank.

You may even be in with the chance of seeing a tank in action.


Animal Lovers


Channel your inner Nemo and go marvel at fascinating creatures from above and below the waves!

Come face to face with sharks


, turtles, stingrays, a crocodile, jellyfish, clownfish, and the very cute otter family at the Bournemouth Oceanarium.

Bournemouth Oceanarium



Why not try Farmer Palmers, a farm with a difference? Not only do they offer the typical farm animals that you can handle


or feed, but they also have an array of other activities including a sand and water play area, a trim trail, tractor rides,

bouncy castle, go-karts, indoor soft play, a barn full of tunnels and slides amongst hay bales and the list goes on.


Do you find Alpacas adorable? How about the opportunity to take them for a walk or getting up close and personal and helping to feed them?

Hope Farm Alpaca Rescue offer just that.


You could take a walk or a cycle, following the trails through the New Forest and incorporate a visit to the New Forest

Reptile Centre while you are there. Here, they help protect rare snakes and lizards and encourage the re-introduction

of these animals across the country. Check out the website for opening times and location:

Cycling in the New Forest


Bournemouth Town Centre

Summer Live is a free event for all ages.

Bournemouth town centre offers visitors a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and the award winning gardens.

Summer Live is located in Bournemouth Square.

  • Live music every day
  • Visit the huts for gifts and goodies to purchase
  • Kate and the team will be creating Henna body art
  • Watch our resident artist at the weekends
  • Enjoy the outdoor ‘Garden Bar’ plus delicious food available from Larry’s Snack Shack
  • Traders include beach themed jewellery, cool sunglasses, wooden gifts, fashion hats and beautiful gem stones.

For more information.


We hope you have an amazing time in Bournemouth 🙂