100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 64 – Tower Park

There’s so much to see and do in Bournemouth on a warm, sunny day. But when it’s wet and windy, less so. One place with plenty of indoor activities on offer is Tower Park. Situated around 5 miles to the north west of Bournemouth, this entertainment complex was, according to Wikipedia, ‘one of the first leisure complexes of its kind in Europe when it opened in 1989’. Translation; has seen better days.

Tower Park
Tower Park

There are a number of different entertainment venues across the complex catering for both kids and adults, plus various food outlets. To be honest, it’s not really my thing. I have been there once or twice on auntie duty. But not since the time when my niece climbed to the top of the water flume, then refused to slide down and had to climb back down the ladder against the traffic. Twice.

Tower Park
Side of Nandos


Buzz Bingo is easy to locate; follow the smoke from the gaggle of bingo players who’ve popped outside for a cigarette.

Tower Park
Buzz Bingo

Water Park

Splashdown Water Park markets itself as the ‘UK’s biggest and best waterparks!’ It has 13 flume rides. As you can see from the car park.

Tower Park
Splashdown Water Park


There is a cinema complex consisting of 10 main screens and 6 studio screens. Personally, I prefer to watch my movies at 40,000 feet…

Tower Park


There’s a Hollywood Bowl with 24 lanes.

Tower Park
Hollywood Bowl


Sandwiched between Burger King and the all-you-can-eat buffet is a PureGym.

Tower Park

Lemur Landings

Lemur Landings has a soft play area and climbing wall for under 11s plus a role play villa for under 7s.

Tower Park
Cineworld and Lemur Landings


All the junk food is represented at Tower Park. Pizza Express, Pizza Hut, Nando’s, Taco Bell – it’s all here. There’s even a Burger King, despite the best efforts of a former, disgruntled employee who burnt the original restaurant down. There’s also Day’s world buffet. And if all that lot hasn’t done enough damage, there’s Candy Cabin.


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