10 THINGS TO DO IN SPRING IN BOURNEMOUTH
The coastal resort of Bournemouth has a lot to offer for a spring break this year, with over seven miles of golden sand beaches, a range of accommodation to meet all budgets and lively restaurants. Plus, many of the hotels in Bournemouth are offering themed breaks at special prices this spring. Here are the top 10 things to do in Bournemouth
Experience the world’s first pier-to-shore Zip Wire, an exhilarating ‘zip surf’ over the waves to the beach. Fly with friends or family and race them to the beach on dual zip wires. Enjoy the great views from the launch tower situated high above the end of the pier, before you zip across the sea towards your landing spot on Bournemouth beach! Book in advance for the best prices or simply turn up on the day. The PierZip is one of many Bournemouth attractions with special accommodation and activity offers available this spring.
2 Wheels Festival
Bournemouth stages Britain’s biggest free wheels-themed festival over the Wheels Festival weekend, 29 -31 May 2015, and it’s not just about cars. You’ll see jaw-dropping stunts and displays for almost anything that uses wheels, BMX, skateboarding, freestyle motocross, wheelchair rugby, vintage and classic cars, monster trucks and supercars are all among the vehicles taking part. Precision driving expert Paul Swift will attempt to make it along the narrow edge of East Overcliff on just two wheels. On Saturday 30 May, the festivities carry on into the evening in Southbourne, with live music, family entertainment and shows from freestyle mountain bikers Savage Skills.
3 Culture and Cream Tea
The Czech master of Art Nouveau and the quintessential artist of fin-de-siècle Paris, Alphonse Mucha’s distinctive style returns to the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum this spring. The Russell-Cotes, full of exquisite items from around the globe, offers the perfect backdrop for his iconic imagery depicting feminine beauty through poster design, magazines and, even, baby food packaging. As well as enjoying the exhibition itself, Urban Renassiance, the Gallery’s in-house café is offering cream teas for two at just £5 as part of a Spring Adventure themed package.
4 Coastal Activity Park
Make the most of the beach that sretches over 1km either side of Boscombe Pier at the Coastal Activity Park, which has everything from tennis courts and water sports to spa treatments and cocktails. Find a new hobby; try all the free activities, hire equipment, courts or just enjoy the lovely surroundings. With over 30 different activities currently on offer, such as beach volleyball, bouldering, surfing, kayaking, beach tennis, beach fitness, slacklining and even Salty Dog Triathlons, there’s something for all ages and abilities.
5 Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival
The fifth annual Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival‘s 10 days of foodie fun takes place between 19 June and 28 June 2015. Centred on Bournemouth Square, you’ll find food stalls, a Chef’s demo kitchen, farmers and producers market both weekends, entertainment, plus fantastic £15 offers at local cafes, pubs and restaurants across Bournemouth. Enjoy the local ciders and ales and a great range of food. The first weekend also coincides with the new Bournemouth Jazz Festival, taking place for the first time this year.
6 The Burma Rope Bridge at Abbotsbury Gardens
Celebrating its 250th anniversary, Abbotsbury’s subtropical garden has a fun new addition – the Burma Rope Bridge. Recent winner of the HHA/Christie’s Garden of the Year, Alan Titchmarsh described Abbotsbury as “one of the finest gardens I have ever visited.” Exclusive ‘two-for-one’ vouchers for Abbotsbury Gardens are available when you book a Bournemouth Spring Gardens break.
7 Front Bike Hire
Hiring a bike is a great way to explore the seven miles of golden sands along the seafront in Bournemouth – in fact you can even venture across into Poole and out to the Sandbanks Peninsular and have a nose around one of the most expensive places to live in the UK. Or, head east and cycle out to Hengistbury Head. The prom is level (a great advantage if you’re cycling), mostly traffic free and gives great views across to Old Harry and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, or the Needles and the Isle of Wight. Pick up a free half day’s hire when you book a Spring Adventure package.
8 Rock Reef
Also at the end of the Pier the new indoor Rock Reef experience includes Clip ‘N Climb on a variety of artificial rock walls. Push yourself to the limits and step up to the ultimate Adrenaline Experience which includes the ‘Leap of Faith’, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Vertical Drop Slide’. For kids there’s the Pier Cave, which twists and turns through tunnels, grottos and ball pits. If all this is sounds too much, relax over a coffee and watch others from the café.
9 The Edge Restaurant
In the spring, alfresco dining on the terrace is back on the menu at Edge Restaurant, with its fabulous views of Hengistbury Head and Old Harry Rocks. Located on the cliff top at Alum Chine and overlooking the sweeping Dorset coastline, Edge Restaurant offers one of the best dining experiences in Bournemouth in an elegant setting with spectacular views and fine wine. Serving European, modern British and seafood cuisine you can enjoy breakfast (weekends only) lunch or dinner.
10 Colossal Coastlines
Bournemouth is just across the bay from Britain’s only natural World Heritage site. Drive round through historic Wareham and Corfe Castle, or take the ferry from Sandbanks to Studland across the mouth of Poole Harbour. There are some amazing walks along the cliffs from Old Harry, through Swanage and along the South West Coastal Path. Several Bournemouth hotels are offering special walking breaks which include not only a free guided walking tour in the Purbecks, but 10 handpicked self-guided walks around Bournemouth, the Jurassic Coast and the New Forest National Park.
For full details on Bournemouth’s spring offers go to bournemouth.co.uk/spring