Planning a Staycation in Bournemouth

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With restrictions being put in place, it can feel disheartening faced with the prospect of a second extended period at home. If you have had to cancel your holiday abroad this year, you may be looking into a staycation here in the UK as an alternative. Having lived in Bournemouth and the surrounding towns for over twenty years, I’ve come to know and love the area. Here are some of the places I would recommend you visit during your Bournemouth Staycation, if you’re looking to venture a little further afield.

Explore the Jurassic Coast

If you are heading to Bournemouth, especially during peak season, or when the weather is exceptionally good, avoid the crowds and give Bournemouth Pier a miss. Instead, head off of the beaten track and visit less busy tourist spots such as Hengistbury Head, Branksome Chine, or head out a bit further to Winspit Caves or a trip to Portland Lighthouse. It’s well worth a visit! If you are feeling like a proper tour, Discover Dorset offer hassle free, fun options including services to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

Try out Watersports

Fancy trying something new during your stay? Why not get a surf lesson, try out jet skiing or charter your own boat for the day? There are so many fun and interactive activities available in the Bournemouth area, just because you’re not abroad, it doesn’t mean you can’t get out on the water!

Set Sail on a Boat Trip

If you aren’t sure about getting hands on, an organised boat trip, such as the ones offered by City Cruises, is the perfect way to explore the Jurassic Coastline, from the water! You can choose the trip that suits you best, but I do have a soft spot for the Jurassic Circular Cruise.

Discover National Trust Properties

We became members of National Trust last summer and have used our passes so much since then. We are so lucky to have both Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacy so close to Bournemouth, providing beautiful days out, free for members.

Walk in the New Forest

We love to take the children out to the New Forest on the weekends. One of our favourite places to go for a walk is Burley, which is only around 40 minutes away in the car from Bournemouth. There are also the fantastic Sculpture by the Lakes and Exbury Gardens nearby, which provide beautiful landscapes for your walks.

Remember, if you are planning a staycation or any travel within the UK, it is best to check the website for up to date advice and guidance on the regulations currently in place. Also, ensure you check all safety regulations in advance for activities during this time.

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