Dorset- Thomas Hardy country and more 🙂
Bournemouth is located on the South West coast of England in the county of Dorset. There are golden beaches, plenty of things to do and see. There are plenty of events that go on such as The Air Show in August which is a must see.
Bournemouth is family friendly destination and just over two hours – three hours drive from London! You can also access it by coach and train from central London and all good coach stations.
You must visit Bournemouth there are 7 miles of pure golden sand to walk along, sunbathe, have a picnic and dip in the sea. There are lots of things to do and see, you can have surfing lessons, go kayaking. The list is endless. You can do these activities in the winter and in the summer.
The atmosphere is relaxed, there are fireworks every Friday in the summer from Bournemouth Pier.
I prefer going to Boscombe Pier, there is a lovely cafe/bar called The Urban Reef which I would recommend. You can play beach volleyball in the summer too, go and explore.
The local town of Southbourne is lovely, there are individual shops which sell unique jewellery and clothes.
There is a knitting cafe and Vintage tea rooms for you to visit.
As shewholovesadventure, I love everything a bit retro and old fashioned and a bit edgy!
I went to wonderful secret speakeasy called ” The Library” in Southbourne. It is not so secret now, but my goodness it was fun. We walked through a restaurant, asked a man for a key, he unlocked the door, we walked up some stairs and we were in this fabulous wooden snug with candles and drinks menu’s hidden in telescopes! You unravel the map, select which country you want to go for and I had the below! I had a pipette filled with vodka as I had a naked drink, my drink was explained to me by the mixologist and he told me when to press the pipette into my drink. Oh it was mighty. My cousin had a Sake based dish and he said it was amazing!
If you like your beers and Burgers, you must visit The Brewhouse, it is a micro brewery that sells their own beer and beers from all over the world. The sharing platters are plentiful and wine list is extensive. They have live music also! You must go!
Boscombe Pier is much less packed, there is a feeling of space and lovely zig zag paths to amble along.
I would recommend this accommodation, it is second to none. It is warm, welcoming and a few minutes from the beach. You must stay here! :https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/7853164?s=V7BunaI7
Places to visit include:Christchurch, Mudeford, Hengistbury Head
On one visit, we had a sojourn to Lulworth Cove and we saw the beautiful Durdle Dor, a fab stone formation. Park your car and wonder down, take a picnic with you! It is a walk up, wear sensible shoes, no stiletto’s!
After taking in the beautiful vista and dipping our toes into the ocean, we had a Dorset Cream tea, it was scrumptious! :
We walked off these cakes and visited Corfe Castle….
After this, we had some Dorset icecream