Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole offer year-round city-style, countryside and coastal experiences like no other. But we ask that you visit our wonderful coastal resorts later and urge you to think twice, stay at home and save our NHS by keeping your distance from our shores. Soon you'll be able to enjoy it all: we're just a stone's throw from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the New Forest, and have a number of award-winning beaches, coastal nature reserves, vibrant towns and quaysides packed with history and culture. Miles of picture-perfect beaches, vast stunning natural harbours and acres of internationally protected heathland and open spaces offer a fabulous backdrop for you to get out, get active and see rare native wildlife on land or at sea. So please, come back later when it's safe to do so.
With its shimmering bays, this unique part of the UK’s coastline is packed with more water sports than any other UK resort. From surfing, kite surfing and stand-up paddle boarding to jet skiing, cruising, sea kayaking and snorkelling, there’s action and adventure for everyone. Whether you’re trying something for the first time or bringing your own wetsuit, embrace life on the water! On land create your own adrenaline-fuelled adventure with acres of open space in picture perfect locations to walk, run, cycle and explore.
Russell-Cotes Gallery & Museum
Rich history is deeply woven into the area with its ancient settlements and tales of trade and smuggling brought to life in a network of museums, historic ruins, great houses, a castle and 11th century priory. Art and culture flourishes with exciting theatre and concert venues hosting year round programmes of national and international music, dance, comedy, visual arts and gallery spaces. The area even has its own world-class orchestra.
Christmas Tree Wonderland
Arts by the Sea
Bournemouth hosts the annual Air Festival as well as Arts by the Sea and Christmas Tree Wonderland. Christchurch is a food lovers’ paradise with its food festival and Poole is home to Wave 105 Summertime in the South, with events including Poole Harbour Boat Show, the British Beach Polo Championship and Folk on the Quay.
Al Fresco Dining
The area’s coastal and rural surroundings foster some of the best local food in the UK and seafood is always on the menu. Celebrity chefs, Good Food Guide stars, independent family-run restaurants and a celebrated food festival make it a food lovers’ dream.
Explore beyond Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and discover beautiful countryside and picturesque villages steeped in history just waiting to be discovered.
Old Harry Rocks