Proudly boasting mile after mile of beautiful beaches, sparkling seas and accommodation options to suit all budgets, Bournemouth remains one of the UK's most desirable and enjoyable coastal holiday resorts. By combining an incredibly welcoming family holiday scene with endless sporting opportunities and off-the-scale nightlife, the city has exploded into the 21st Century in spectacular style.
The popularity of the region has made it a hotbed for some of England's most diverse and exciting cultural events. Each year sees lively carnivals, unique exhibitions and stunning national performances descend the many theatres and concert halls.
It is, however, the stunning seven-mile stretch of golden beachfront that the Bournemouth is best known and loved for. Each summer, tens of thousands of holidaymakers break free from UK cities and make a beeline for the Blue Flag beaches - a resort that feels light years away from the real world. Safe for swimming and a great place to try out water sports, the beach is family-friendly - but get there early as on a sunny day it can get pretty busy!
Move into the town centre and you'll find a swathe of diverse and lively streets packed with chain stores, exclusive boutiques and every imaginable eating option from fish n' chips to fine dining.
Nearby Boscombe market is the place to go for incredible local produce as well as the artificial reef which is being used by the windsurfing fraternity. You'll find many bed and breakfast bargains here too should you decide to take to the waves, while Westbourne plays host to the region's premier designer shops and outlets.