Bournemouth - British beachside bliss

Who said unforgettable beach holidays only take place abroad?

Ditch the Balearics for Bournemouth this summer, and explore award-winning beaches, costal coves, exhilarating attractions and quaint local eateries… all without getting on a plane.

Let’s start with those beaches. Seven miles of golden sands cover this sun-drenched enclave of Dorset, all with the Blue Flag mark of quality. This is the Great British seaside at its quintessential best, with all the charming beach huts, nostalgic promenades and Kiss Me Quick hats you’d hoped for.

A peaceful hideaway for couples, but look no further if you’re bringing the kids too, with a raft of attractions to keep them entertained whatever the weather. Sail out on a boat trip, take in a variety of museums and art galleries, or set off on an exciting cliffside climb in a vintage funicular lift.

While days can be whiled away exploring the coast, evenings might lead you to a show. Far from your classic end-of-the-pier-style variety, Bournemouth’s been nurturing a reputation for showcasing some world-class productions, straight from the West End.

Looking for a different kind of relaxation? The area has over 2,000 sprawling acres of gardens and parks open to everyone to explore. Or maybe a therapeutic shopping trip in the heart of Bournemouth?

Add in a vibrant golfing scene, a multitude of arts festivals and close proximity to the New Forest National Park – you’ll soon see why this south coast hotspot is one of the nation’s favourites.

We’ve pulled out our personal picks for things to do in Bournemouth, while staying locally at one of our brilliantly different Best Western hotels.

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