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100 Things To Do and See in Bournemouth


Sports and Games

  • Play beach volleyball
  • Swimming at Stokewood Road Leisure Centre
  • Play basketball at Winton Recreational Centre
  • Play tennis or crazy golf in Bournemouth Pleasure Gardens
  • Go fishing from Bournemouth Pier or Poole Quay
  • Swimming at the Littledown Leisure Centre
  • Play golf in Meyrick Park
  • Have a go on the Golf Driving Range
  • Aerobics at Stokewood Road Leisure Centre
  • Go Ten-Pin Bowling
  • Watch a football match at AFC Bournemouth
  • Windsurfing, kite surfing, sailing and stand up paddle boarding in Poole Harbour
  • Take surfing lessons at Boscombe Pier
  • Visit the spa and swimming pool at the Littledown Centre
  • Hire a bike and go cycling in the New Forest National Park
  • Horse riding in the New Forest National Park
  • Join Bournemouth Table Tennis Club
  • Play pool at Sharkeys Sports Bar
  • Play Snooker at Riley’s

Fun Activities

  • Go on the Pier Zip Wire at the end of Bournemouth Pier
  • Rent a beach hut for the day
  • Laser Quest Bournemouth
  • Speed boat ride from Bournemouth Pier
  • Watch banger racing at Matchams
  • Go-Karting at Matchams
  • Dog Racing at Poole Stadium
  • Speedway at Poole Stadium
  • Take a dance lesson at the Pavilion Dance
  • Take Flying Lessons
  • Hire a Boat in Christchurch
  • Crab fishing at Poole Quay
  • Have fun at Splashdown Waterpark at the Tower Park Complex in Poole
  • Go to the New Forest Water Park
  • Visit Max Events Bournemouth – Quad Biking and Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Go Ape! High Wire Forest Adventure
  • Ice Skating at the BIC
  • Play Bingo at Gala Bingo Hall
  • Take Helicopter Flying Lessons

Museums and History

  • Pay a visit to the Red House Museum
  • Visit the Russell Cotes Museum
  • An aerial sightseeing tour of Bournemouth
  • Look around Bovington Tank Museum
  • Museum of Electricity at Christchurch
  • Visit Bournemouth Aviation Museum
  • The Sammy Miller Motorcycle museum
  • See the ruins of Corfe Castle
  • Visit St. Peters Church
  • Visit Christchurch Priory


  • Late night shopping at Castlepoint Shopping Centre
  • Visit Boscombe Market
  • Shopping in Poole Dolphin Centre
  • Shopping at Wimborne Market
  • Go to a Car Boot Sale
  • Christmas shopping at the traditional German Market
  • Go shopping at Southampton’s West Quay

Walks and Visits

  • Walk along Bournemouth Promenade
  • Take a bus trip to Swanage
  • Boat trip from Bournemouth Pier
  • Take a bus to Wimborne and visit the Model Town
  • Walk the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve
  • See the world’s most unique collections of passenger carrying miniature steam and diesel locomotives at Plowmans Garden Nursery and Plant Centre in Ferndown
  • Take a bus to Hengistbury Head
  • Boat trip to Brownsea Island
  • Ride the land train along Bournemouth promenade
  • Visit the Steam Railway at Swanage
  • Take a chain ferry to Studland Bay
  • Visit Durdle Door
  • Visit the Oceanarium
  • Pay a visit to Monkey World
  • Visit Liberty’s Raptor and Reptile Centre

Parks and Gardens

  • Walk in Bournemouth’s Pleasure Gardens
  • Walk in Boscombe Gardens
  • Visit Winton Recreation Ground
  • Visit the Aviary in Bournemouth Gardens
  • Visit Poole Park
  • Feed the Ducks at Christchurch Priory
  • Visit Moors Valley Country Park
  • Visit Compton Acres Gardens

Food and Drink

  • Enjoy Fish and Chips on Bournemouth Pier
  • Cream tea at Highcliffe Castle
  • Have a Sunday Roast at the Toby Carvery
  • Go out for dinner in Bournemouth
  • Visit West Beach Restaurant
  • Have a bbq on the beach

Things to do in the Evening

  • International Student Night at Walkabout (every Wednesday)
  • Experience Camel Bar
  • See a show at the Pavilion or BIC
  • Watch a Movie at the Open Air Cinema
  • Under 18’s Disco (Summertime) at Cameo Nightclub
  • Cuban Salsa Classes in Bar So (every Wednesday)
  • Take Dance Classes
  • Fireworks at Poole Quay (Summertime)
  • Fireworks at Bournemouth Pier (Summertime)
  • Visit Pubs on the Quay in Poole
  • See Father Christmas at Poole Park
  • See the Flotilla of Lights at Poole Quay
  • The Thomas Tripp traditional English Pub
  • Candle Illuminations in Bournemouth Gardens

Cultural and Creative

  • Watch a pantomime at the Pavilion or Lighthouse Theatre
  • Get creative at All Fired Up (Cafe and ceramic painting)
  • Attend a cookery class at Bournemouth School of Flavours
  • Brownsea Island Open Air Theatre – celebrating the work of William Shakespeare on the beautiful island of Brownsea in Poole Harbour
  • Catch a show on Bournemouth Bandstand
  • Take in an open air concert in Meyrick Park
  • Listen to live music at ‘Mr Kyps’
  • Visit The Winchester Pub to listen to live music
  • Go to the cinema
  • Visit the library