How I Spent Just Over 24 Hours In Bournemouth

bournemouth beach

I made myself a pact at the beginning of the year that alongside my normal travels that I’d try to explore more of the UK as there’s so many awesome sounding and looking places that I’ve never been to. I’ve managed to tick a few of them off my list but last weekend saw me head to Bournemouth and tick off the southern seaside town off my to visit list.

We left pretty early on the Saturday morning as I was convinced that it would be super busy as the summer holidays had officially started, but thankfully due to some mixed weather, I didn’t feel we were affected. Leaving ours at 730am meant we were parked up at our lovely hotel by 930am, so a whole day in Bournemouth laid ahead of us.

After a yummy breakfast stop, we walked 5 minutes from our hotel to Bournemouth Gardens to play mini golf as fortunately being so early it wasn’t packed so we didn’t feel rushed along. For someone who has no sporty tendencies, I didn’t play as badly as I thought I would, only losing by 6 points across the whole game. I see that as the ultimate win considering my other half actually plays golf.

mini golf

Next up we headed to the Aquarium because I have an obsession with animals and can’t go to a new place without visiting an aquarium/ zoo. The Bournemouth one wasn’t huge but there was plenty to see from penguins and otters to a shark tunnel and some awesome fish. We got here about 11 am and I’d say if you are going try to get there near opening as it can get a little busy especially at weekends.

Next up was a trip to the arcade which you can’t miss if you’re at the seaside, after working as a great team playing Jurassic Park, crashing my motorbike and winning at Guitar Hero we popped outside to grab an ice cream on the sea front before taking off our shoes for a stroll along the beach. The beach itself is a really good size so despite the people it didn’t feel too busy, and the soft sand meant it was a lovely leisurely walk and a relax on the beach.

By this point, we were feeling a little tired as we’d been up for a long time but we had an hour or two to kill before we could check into our hotel so we wondered around the shops in Bournemouth before checking in and having a nap which ended up lasting about three hours *oops*. By the early evening we knew we’d done most of what we’d like to do so we freshened up and heading out for a lovely dinner just across the road from our hotel before coming back and relaxing to the max. What’s a trip away if you can’t both do things and relax?!

The following morning we had one last stroll along to the beach to jump on the Ferris wheel just at the start of the pier and it gave us some lovely views out over the city and the beach, luckily avoiding any rain. At around midday, we jumped back in the car to head to Compton Acres on our way home, but that’s another post for another day.

Where’s your favourite place in the UK to head for the weekend?
July 31, 2017
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29 Comments

  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    I have actually never been to Bournemouth before but I am so pleased that you are enjoying some of the UK as well as abroad. I do like arcades as well x

    August 1, 2017 at 12:00 am
  • Reply Joanna

    Shame you didn’t have great weather, it’s really nice to just relax on the beach in Bournemouth. I live here but the weather has been so unpredictable recently that I didn’t get a chance to go to the beach yet this year. At least not in Bournemouth. 🙂

    August 1, 2017 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Mummy Times Two

    I love the Aquarium in Bournemouth, especially the tunnel you can walk under.

    August 1, 2017 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Cassandra Mayers

    I havent had a weekend break for a while, But did used to head to weymouth when I was living closer. Now I guess it would be blackpool!
    I havent played mini golf for ages! Great fun!

    August 2, 2017 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Being Ashleigh

    Looks so lovely! I have never been to Bournemouth, but have always wanted to go . xx

    August 2, 2017 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Lynne Harper

    I have never been here but it looks great. I haven’t been mini golfing in years I really must go soon for a giggle if nothing else x

    August 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply KGR

    I went to Bournemouth for Christmas one year and it was lovely. The beach is so nice and golden but we didn’t go to the mini golf as it was winter and it was closed. Will have to go back x

    August 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    I’ve never been to Bournemouth but it looks lovely! It actually sounds pretty similar to where i live! xo

    August 2, 2017 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Ania Ewelina

    Sounds like an awesome time. I’m a fan of arcades and ferris wheels so I would have loved this. The beach looks fun too 🙂

    August 3, 2017 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Sarah L

    Bournemouth is such a lovely place! It sounds like you had a lovely time. Mini golf is great fun and I also love the arcades. xx

    August 3, 2017 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Ami Rose

    Sounds like you had a lovely time and managed to fit so much in. I’ve been trying to plan a trip to Bournemouth for a couple of years now but can never find a hotel with parking or that allows dogs. The beach looks so nice!

    Ami xxx

    August 3, 2017 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Rachel

    Wow you did so much I would be feeling tired too haha sounds really fun though, I love seeing animals too.

    August 3, 2017 at 9:54 am
  • Reply Razena Schroeder

    It sounds like you had a very enjoyable time at the seaside. I love that the beach has sand and not pebbles, so how can one not love that.

    August 3, 2017 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    Great post. Bournmouth is somewhere I would love too take the kids over the summer. I want to go to a few beaches if the weather improves.

    August 3, 2017 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Dena Jayne

    I’ve never been to Bournemouth before! Looks like an amazing place. I really love mini/crazy golf too! x

    August 3, 2017 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Dani / floraldanielle

    I’ve actually never been to Bournemouth – but I really need to go.
    I love arcades and mini golf 🙂

    Dani x

    August 3, 2017 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Lauretta

    Looks like you had fun in Bournemouth. I love going to places with seaside.

    August 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply Laura

    I absolutely love to play mini golf when I’m away, I’m not very good at it like but I give it my best shot everytime! xxx

    August 3, 2017 at 11:47 pm
  • Reply AnnMarie John

    I’ve only been to London but I sure would love to explore the different places in the UK. It sounds like you had a great time there!

    August 4, 2017 at 6:13 am
  • Reply Agata @BarkTime

    We love nature, so a trip to our local woodland was always a great way to relax and walk for hours in order to rechange for week to come.

    August 4, 2017 at 6:16 am
  • Reply Laura Hartley

    Never been to Bournemouth before but I really need to travel more locally! Looks like something I would enjoy for a short trip.

    August 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Usher

    I have to say, Bournemouth is one of my favourite places! I would go all the time if I could! xxx

    August 4, 2017 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    That sounds like such a nice weekend. I’ve never been to Bournemouth before x

    August 4, 2017 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    I liked visiting Bournemouth when my sister used to go to uni there 🙂 I would say that my favourite place to visit in the UK is St Andrews up in Scotland

    August 5, 2017 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Dreammerin

    It looks like an amazing time! Quality time and a lot of fun! I need to visit that place too in the future! Thanks fot posting! Hugs

    August 6, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Angela Milnes

    This sounds like a great little visit. I love mini golf and the aquarium would be a big hit for Sylvia. I love that you had ice creams. Glad you enjoyed your 24 hours.

    August 7, 2017 at 3:23 am
  • Reply Anosa

    I have not been to Bournemouth for the longest time but the last time I went I too played mini golf. I am hoping to tick off some UK travels too

    August 7, 2017 at 6:15 am
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    Do you know I don’t think I’ve ever been to Bournemouth, it sounds like such a lovely place to visit! I’m really awful at mini golf though so might skip that bit haha!

    August 7, 2017 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Hayley Warren

    I really want to go to Bournemouth, it’s on my 30 before 30 list and there’s a cat cafe there!

    August 8, 2017 at 3:12 pm
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