blue sky and ocean and golden sand
Days out, Dorset, Holiday

A Family Adventure In Bournemouth

Bournemouth is one of my favourite places in the country. We discovered it during our holiday to Dorset in 2016 and I immediately fell in love with the place. It is truly a stunning place and I can’t quite believe that such a beautiful destination is found in our little country. It is, however, a little on the expensive side, but here’s what you get for your money.

Golden beach

Bournemouth beach is packed full of golden sand and is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. During our first family holiday with Little E in April, we were a little disappointed to find that the sand is so perfect that you can’t build sandcastles with it as they just collapse! This didn’t stop Little E from having a whale of a time on her first trip to the beach, though. In fact, she enjoyed playing in the sand so much that she cried when we left.

Oh, I do like to beside the seaside

Bournemouth seaside is like no other seaside destination I’ve been to before. I expect to see row upon row of fish and chip shops, ice cream huts and shops selling tacky seaside memorabilia at the beach. To my surprise, there is very little of this on Bournemouth’s seafront. Harry Ramsden’s world famous fish and chips is the only fish and chip restaurant that we’ve come across on the main promenade, while the pier offers several other food options.

A stroll in Bournemouth gardens

Just a stone’s throw from the beach is Bournemouth gardens which are a delight to wander through. A leisurely walk through them reveals beautiful water features, food huts, crazy golf and we even encountered a singer. When you reach the end, you’re right in the heart of the town where there are an array of shops to keep you occupied.

water feature situated next to grass and a building

A costly day out

One thing that does shock me about Bournemouth, is the cost of a day out there. The closet car park to the beach costs a whopping £2.50 a hour, so it’s no surprise that visitors spend £501 million each year in the seaside resort. Ice creams, donuts etc also cost above average, when compared to the seaside destinations I’m used to in the East. Nonetheless, as it was an enjoyable day out and a treat for us, we didn’t resent paying it as much as we probably should have done.

Have you visited Bournemouth? Let me know what you think of it in the comments section below.


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  1. Mother of 3 says:

    That looks like a lovely area! We do enjoy our days at the beach but are thankful that we get a break in the cost visiting during the week and not on the weekends. Living in New England they do tend to be quite chilly year round but my boys have so much fun in the sand. #FamilyFunLinky

  2. Looks great, being a ‘frugal dad’ (that’s a kind way I call myself stingey) I’m not sure I could pay 2.50 an hour to park.

  3. Gosh I haven’t been to Bournemouth for years. I remember loving it though, as a child. The beach was great and we had some great holidays there. I must take my kids back. However £2.50 an hour is just outrageous. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  4. I confess that I have never actually been to Bournemouth, but it looks lovely. I might add it to my list! Pen x #familyfun

  5. We often go to Bournemouth and are hoping to visit during half term! You are right the beaches are something else! #FamilyFunLinky x

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