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.
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.