• 101 Things to do in Bournemouth – Manor Steps Beach

    101 Things to do in Bournemouth – Manor Steps Beach

    For some people, going to their ‘local’ means a trip to the nearest pub. This is my local. In-between Southbourne and Boscombe, two miles east of Bournemouth is Manor Steps Beach. This Blue Flag Beach doesn’t have as many facilities as some of its neighbours, but being between suburbs means it can be somewhat quieter…

  • 101 Things to do in Bournemouth (2023)

    101 Things to do in Bournemouth (2023)

    Back for 2023, as I spend the summer pootling round my home town, is my list of things to do in and around Bournemouth. This year it’s been updated and expanded with more things to do and more information. As I have added extra places, I am calling it 101 Things to do in Bournemouth.…

  • 100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 84 – Bobby’s

    100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 84 – Bobby’s

    There was a period of time when shops in Bournemouth town centre were closing left, right and centre and the place was at risk of becoming a ghost town. Luckily, places like The Avenue and Bobby’s have helped ensure that the town centre remains a fun place for a bit of retail therapy, as well…

  • 100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 83 – The Avenue

    100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 83 – The Avenue

    There has been a lot of change to town shopping centres such as Bournemouth over the past few years. Many stores, such as the former Beale’s and House of Fraser Department stores now lie empty. Two local inititiaves which have bucked the trend are housed in former department stores; Bobby’s (was Debenhams) and The Avenue…

  • 100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 82 – Christmas Tree Wonderland

    100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 82 – Christmas Tree Wonderland

    Introduction Bournemouth’s annual Christmas Tree Wonderland is a trail including replica Christmas trees from cities around the world, other festive illuminations, plus ice skating, a Christmas Market and Alpine Bar. It runs from Mid November until the New Year. Since we moved to Bournemouth, it’s become part of our family Christmas tradition to take a…

  • 100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 80 – Watch Premier League Football at The Vitality Stadium

    100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 80 – Watch Premier League Football at The Vitality Stadium

    With its 11,300 capacity stadium on the outskirts of a town of half a million inhabitants, AFC Bournemouth may well be considered to be punching above its weight in the English Premier league along with the footballing giants of Manchester United or Chelsea. To put it into perspective, AFC Bournemouth has an annual wage bill…

  • 100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 79 – Bournemouth Pavilion

    100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 79 – Bournemouth Pavilion

    Bournemouth Pavilion is a theatre at the bottom of Bournemouth Gardens close to the sea front. The 1920s Art Deco theatre providing year-round entertainment. Built in the 1920s, this vintage theatre retains its original and elegant styling and is home to touring West End stage shows, Opera, Ballet, Pantomime, Comedy and concerts houses a wide…

  • 100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 78 – Poole Beer Festival

    100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 78 – Poole Beer Festival

    Tonight we’re off to Poole Beer Festival. This annual festival, organised by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), is being held for the 23rd time. The event takes place at St Adhelm’s Centre in Branksome, just 3 miles west of Bournemouth, on the main (A35) road to Poole. It would, theoretically, be an easy place to…

  • 100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 70 – Canford Heath

    100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 70 – Canford Heath

    Introduction Canford Heath on the outskirts of Poole is the largest area of heathland in Dorset. The 850 acre site is situated approximately 6 miles north west of Bournemouth. It is home to snakes, lizards, dragonflies and birds and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Criss-crossed with trails and with its elevated view…

  • 100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 77 – Kingfisher Barn

    100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 77 – Kingfisher Barn

    Kingfisher Barn is a Visitor Centre in the Stour Valley Nature Reserve, a two mile stretch of riverside footpaths on the north-west edge of Bournemouth. The reserve is abundant with flora and fauna with over 400 species of plants plus plenty of wildlife, such as kingfishers, otters and dragonflies. Visitor Centre The Visitor Centre provides…

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