Adventure England: 5 Must-See Things to Do in Bournemouth

Itching for a little adventure in England? Tired of the same staid, “culture vulture”-esque museum and history destinations that every other site demands you must see? Or are you just traveling with some adrenalin-junkie types who are looking to check those last few testosterone-fueled bucketlist items off before you tie the knot (and inevitably start looking for hotel wedding venues in Bournemouth)?

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Sweet! Check out our top five recommendations to get your blood pumping in this killer seaside town!

The Worlds Largest Deck Chair
The Worlds Largest Deck Chair, Bournemouth © Darren Johnson

#1: Just Drive!

Sure, it’s a beachtown. But there are a sh*t load of killer wheel-centric activities for any gearhead traveler! Fancy 4×4’ing, buggy-driving, quad-biking or go-karting? Bournemouth has you covered!

#2: Nonstop Nightlife (You Can Sleep When You’re Dead!)

Grab a VIP card and tackle some of England’s hottest nightclubs because the nightlife here almost never stops. Plus, you’ve got comedy clubs, a casino, a greyhound racing track, and premier strip clubs. If you’re the sort who fancies “I’ll sleep when I’m dead!”, there’s plenty here to keep you busy!

#3: Cruise Bournemouth in Style

If you’re looking to see as much of the city in style as possible, check out any one of the party buses on offer. Among others, Club Class Bus for example offers free pick-up from a city centre bar, Q jump and free entry to each venue, a visit to the area’s top party bars, and hosts onboard to help you party the night away.

#4: Get (Seriously) Wet

If you’re actually able to get out of bed the next morning, Bournemouth offers a huge array of watersports. Not surprising given its prime location along some of England’s most stunningly beautiful coastline (directly east of the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile (153 km) World Heritage Site). Adrenalin junkies will love the area’s offering of kayaking, wind/kite surfing, coasteering, and more! Just grab your wetsuit and go!

#5: Relax at Bocombe Pier

OK, it’s not exactly heart-stopping, but … everyone needs a little reprieve from the nonstop adventure. Grab a beer and head to Bocombe Pier. After a recent £2.4m restoration, there’s never been a better time to visit. Grab a bite or some takeaway at the (relatively) new Reefside Cafe at the entrance then walk to the platform at the end of the pier to soak up some of the most stunning views in Bournemouth. It’s a great place to relax in between … every other act of debaucherous adventure you’re pleasuring yourself with while in town.

  1. Hmmm, not sure I’d agree with you on this article…but I’m saying that as Bournemouth is my hometown! :P

    You don’t really do watersports in Bournemouth or wheel-centric activities as they are primarily in the surrounding areas such as Poole, Christchurch, Hurn, Ringwood and of course, Poole Harbour.

    People often group Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch as one town as the borders merge here there and everywhere, but we are very proud of our individual towns :)

    Bournemouth is basically an awesome base to stay at: relax on the beach & gardens and it always has a ton of free activities going on such as the Air Festival each year, a 4 day event each summer where you get to see the UK’s famous Red Arrows.

    You’re right about the nightlife, it is pretty awesome :)

    I’d say, Poole or Bournemouth for the bars, Bournemouth for the nightlife, Poole Harbour for watersports, Hurn/Christchurch for skiing, ringo-ing, go-carting etc, Ringwood (Moors Valley) for Go Ape High Ropes course and Boscombe/Bournemouth pier for a bit of surfing/bodyboarding.

    If you want to head further afield try Weymouth area for Paragliding (1hr away) or Old Sarum nr Salisbury for Microlighting over Stonehenge (1hr away).

    Hope this helps :)

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