Things to do in Bournemouth & Poole

Discover the seaside towns of Bournemouth & Poole...

Home to sandy beaches and scenic quays, Bournemouth and Poole have so much to offer.

Known for its Victorian architecture and stunning seascapes, Bournemouth is one of the UK's most popular places to visit, and it's easy to see why. If beaches are what you're after, Bournemouth has them in buckets and spades (if you'll excuse the pun). A seven mile stretch of golden sands makes it the ideal seaside location and a great place to enjoy a getaway. 

The stunning seaside setting annually hosts the incredibly popular Bournemouth Air Festival, the largest aviation event of its kind. Typically held in August it is one of the most anticipated events of the year, the highlight of which is an intense acrobatic display by The Red Arrows.

Not only this, but Bournemouth also boasts a fantastic collection of Green Flag award winning gardens where you can relax, plus an array of unmissable attractions, from museums to live music venues, all of which contribute to the buzzing atmosphere. It is also home to AFC Bournemouth, meaning you can catch a match whilst you're here if you're into the beautiful game!

Poole is located to the east of Bournemouth and is a coastal town most famously known for its scenic Quayside and harbour. The shallow waters along the coast make it an ideal place for watersports, with windsurfing, sailing and paddleboarding on offer, to name just a few. Coupled with traditional shops and hidden treasures, Poole has much to explore.

Bournemouth Attractions

Bournemouth has a diverse and colourful array of things to do, here are a few of our favourites:

  • Bournemouth Oceanarium
  • Bournemouth Pier and Rock Reef
  • Russell-Cotes Museum & Art Gallery
  • Adventure Wonderland
  • 7 miles of beautiful beaches


Poole Attractions

Poole has its very own selection of incredible attractions which are sure to put a smile on everyone's face, including:

  • Poole Pottery
  • Brownsea Island
  • Splashdown Waterpark
  • Poole Quay Cruises and Boat Rides
  • Sandbanks Beach

For more amazing things to see and do in the areas around Poole and Bournemouth, click here to visit our local attractions page.

Bournemouth & Poole Activities

The coastal shores of Bournemouth and Poole are perfect for watersports, whether you're looking to take a leisurely cruise along the seafront or to get your heart racing in some of the high-adrenaline activities, there's something to suit everyone. 

Sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, wakeboarding and power-boating are just some of things you can try your hand at here! If your sea legs aren't what they used to be and you'd rather keep your feet on firm ground, the area offers plenty of idyllic routes for walking and cycling, from the dramatic coastline of Hengistbury Head to the calm shores of Sandbanks.