Bournemouth is a cosmopolitan seaside town packed with many interesting things for young people and students to do. It was recently found to be the happiest town in the UK, with 82% of local people questioned saying they were happy with their lives! Due to its location on the south coast, Bournemouth has a mild climate. Main attractions include seven miles of sandy beaches, a thriving youth culture, exciting nightlife including countless nightclubs, bars and discos as well as major concert venues. Restaurants, cafes and bistros provide international cuisine from around the world. There is also a popular surf scene thanks to Europe’s only artificial reef and even surf schools where you can try the sport for yourself. The town is only 20 minutes from the New Forest, an area of outstanding beauty and famous for its wild horses. Our neighbouring town Poole has the world’s second largest natural harbour (after Sydney, Australia) and is gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site renowned for its geological importance.
From Bournemouth you can easily take day trips by bus, train or car to places such as London, Bath, Oxford, Stonehenge and the Isle of Wight.
Music and events:
There is no shortage of live music here in Bournemouth. Well known international acts often come to perform at the BIC, and the neighbouring Pavilion attracts world renowned performers in theatre and dance. You can check out some of the most exciting new bands and DJ’s in the historic O2 Academy and also the intimate venue Mr Kyp’s. It’s easy to attend many of the UK’s top festivals from Bournemouth, including Reading Festival and the world famous Glastonbury Festival. Bournemouth hosts an annual arts festival and is also proud to be home to Bournemouth Air Show.
Geared up for tourism, Bournemouth is packed with attractions for all ages. The town’s museum, Russell Cotes is a historic house which was one of the first family homes in the area. In near Poole you will find even more museums, documenting the town’s rich maritime past. You can take an underwater adventure at the Oceanarium or get a birds-eye-view of Bournemouth by riding up 150m on a huge helium balloon! Every Friday night during the summer there is a free firework display at the beach, and you will often find music coming from a stage that has been erected somewhere in the town.
From Bournemouth you are ideally located to visit many of the surrounding areas. Our next door neighbours Poole and Christchurch are both premier resorts in their own rights, steeped in history and host to an array of activities. International visitors love the traditional English countryside that they find just outside of Bournemouth, like the quaint village of Corfe Castle where you’ll find thatched cottages, rolling hills and the ruins of an 11th century castle. Nearby Swanage is an old-fashioned seaside town where you can buy souvenirs from quaint gift shops. Swanage also has a heritage steam railway, meaning that you can travel the local area riding on a steam train. Further south-west lies the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site. There you will find beautiful sights like Lulworth Cove, and the unusual rock formation of Durdle Door.
Of course, no visitor wants to come to England without taking in the sights and sounds of London, which is only 2 hours away from Bournemouth. Other places of interest include the beautiful Roman spa city of Bath, which was once home to Jane Austen. Stonehenge is another must-see attraction, the prehistoric monument draws 800,000 visitors a year. The famous university city of Oxford is also worth the trip, where you’ll see people punting along the river and see buildings that are reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.