Bournemouth’s Stunning Beach Retreats

It’s never too early to start planning a holiday or weekend break in Bournemouth—the UK’s best seaside resort

Known as the ‘coast with the most’, Bournemouth provides acres of space to enjoy outdoor pursuits or mess about on the water—run, cycle or walk on sandy beaches, through Victorian gardens, or along majestic cliff tops—paddle, surf or jet ski against a backdrop of panoramic sea views and picture-perfect sunsets.

You can also enjoy a great day out at many of the museums across Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas. For example, have fun at the amusements at the pier or catch the latest film releases at the huge cinema complex. There are also hundreds of bustling cafés, restaurants and bars in the heart of the town, all offering a great selection of kid’s meals and menus.

The coastal villages of Boscombe, Southbourne and Westbourne are also dotted delicately along the cliff tops—home to independent boutiques and brasseries, where you can soak up life on the coast.

An ‘eventful’ resort, there is always a reason to #lovebournemouth with its host of annual family or sporting events. This year, new for Christmas, the resort is set to stage a fabulous festive extravaganza with the arrival of a brand-new winter attraction—Christmas Tree Wonderland.

For families and children, Bournemouth beach is perfect—with the beach as your playground, it’s an adventure for kids young and old. Make sure you pack your bikes and scooters; the seafront promenade is ideal for a bracing walk or bike ride. To the left, explore Southbourne beach and Hengistbury Head, and to the right, head to Bournemouth beach, Pier Approach, and on to Poole’s picturesque beaches.

If you’re unable to bring your own wheels, you can hire bikes from a popular cycle hire service located on the seafront. If your tribe includes little people, you can hire tag-a-longs, child seats and buggies, so there’s no excuse not to get outside and see the best of Bournemouth!

Into next spring and summer, 2019 will welcome a host of great free events across Bournemouth, Poole and neighbouring Christchurch. Highlights include:

  • The annual Christchurch Food and Drink Festival (May, Christchurch)
  • Original Shake and Stir Vintage Festival (29—30 June, Southbourne)
  • British Beach Polo Championships (12 & 13 July, Sandbanks, Poole)
  • The internationally renowned Bournemouth Air Festival (29 August-1 September, Bournemouth seafront) 

Whether you’re looking for an iconic, period hotel or a cosy, family-run B&B, there are plenty of places to stay in-and-around Bournemouth. For example, when planning your stay, considering a beach lodge could be the start of a perfect seaside getaway. Located a stone’s throw from the sea, the lodges offer a unique beach break and will be sure to give you lasting memories. By escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life, staying in a beach lodge will make the most of what Bournemouth, and its surrounding areas, has to offer to families, couples and friends alike.

Staying in a lodge can be suitable for up to six people and will guarantee a view that overlooks the soft golden sands of Bournemouth beach. This area is home to the 15 Bournemouth Beach Lodges that are all heated, have a south-facing wooden deck, their own shower, toilet, WiFi, TV and a fully equipped kitchen with a hob and microwave. There are also lodges that are dog friendly.

With their fantastic beachfront location, uninterrupted views of Bournemouth Bay and the beauty of waking up to the sounds of the sea, opting for a lodge can compare to a fabulous five-star experience. Looking ahead to late Spring 2019 there will be nine more, fully equipped lodges to choose from. Keeping with the original 15, the design of the next ‘Manor Steps’ phase will be innovative, space efficient and constructed with the environment playing a key role.

Prices for a three, four or seven night stay start from £450 for a spring break and from £675 for the summer period. To book your seaside escape, visit or call 01202 451781.

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