Bournemouth is one of our favourite spots to visit along the south coast. It's the perfect distance from our house on the Surrey/Sussex/Hampshire borders; far enough away to really feel like a little holiday, but close enough for the car journey to be bearable with two small passengers!
There are plenty of reasons why we love it so much, the main one of course being the beach - or the seven miles of award winning beaches, to be more precise. I used to come here as a child and love taking my own kiddos back to the spots I visited with my parents and siblings thirty years ago. It's a real traditional British seaside town, complete with Victorian pier, amusement arcades, mini golf, ice creams and deck chairs for hire in the summer, and the beach is one of the safest and cleanest in the UK. There are also some really great independent (and child friendly!) restaurants in town.
The coastline is utterly beautiful. All sandy beaches and cliffs and views of the Purbeck Hills and the Isle of Wight and, to conserve energy, you can enjoy them all from the Land Train which travels along the promenade and is always a massive hit with children.
There is a Travelodge right on the seafront which makes the perfect base for a seaside holiday, or to explore the local area. As National Trust members, there are loads of other places nearby that we love to visit. Kingston Lacy, the wonderful stately home, and the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle are two particular favourites, and there are plenty of walks to be done on other beaches and in areas of outstanding natural beauty. Plus you can jump on a ferry from a little further along the coast and visit the Isle of Wight for the day which is a brilliant adventure in itself!
Just writing this post is making me crave a little excursion with the girls. I think I might book up a couple of nights away for us all before the end of the year!
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