The Local Area

Enjoy the best of Bournemouth and Poole

Less than two hours from London, the neighbouring towns of Bournemouth and Poole are located on the south coast of England, offering a blend of traditional seaside resort, beautiful green spaces and a busy cosmopolitan lifestyle.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth (population 168,000) is famous for its 11 kilometres of award-winning safe, sandy beaches. It has an exciting and vibrant nightlife, beautiful parks and gardens and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. It has been one of the UKs leading holiday resorts since the Victorian era.

There are many restaurants and specialist shops offering a wide variety of food options. Both Bournemouth and Poole are great shopping centres with many popular retail stores such as Zara, Karen Miller, Nike, etc. The town is a regional centre of business and leisure, and home to several large financial organisations; banking giant J P Morgan is an important local employer. 

Bournemouth has a thriving youth culture, with a large college and university population, great nightlife and major concert venues including the BIC and Pavilion Theatre, and the O2 Academy

One of Bournemouth’s most noted cultural institutions is the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, which performs more than 100 concerts each year across southern England.

Bournemouth is also home to AFC Bournemouth, newly and famously promoted in 2015 to the English football Premier League.

The town also hosts a number of festivals, including the Bournemouth Food & Drink Festival, the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival and, since 2008, the 4-day Bournemouth Air Festival which attracts up to a million people each year.

If you want to visit some of the great European cities, you can fly from Bournemouth or Southampton airport to France, Spain, Italy, Ireland and many more destinations:

Poole

Poole (population 138,000) boasts Europe’s largest natural harbour and is famous for watersports including kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing and jet-skiing. It is home to the globally renowned luxury boat builders, Sunseeker.

A bustling Quay, some of the best beaches in England and the stunning harbour make Poole a natural choice for visitors to the region.

The Poole Harbour area has been inhabited for at least 2,500 years and has a rich history as a port and fishing community.

Along the coast from Poole is the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the UK’s premier sailing venue.

From Poole you can take the ferry to France or the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey):

Things to do and see

www.bournemouth.co.uk
The Official Guide to the UK’s premier resort

www.pooletourism.com
The Official Guide to vibrant, historic Poole

www.afcb.co.uk
Our local Premier League football club and affiliate, AFC Bournemouth

www.bic.co.uk
The South Coast’s largest event venue, offering rock, pop, comedy, sporting events, art exhibitions and more.

www.bsolive.com
Founded in 1893, the BSO has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading orchestras

www.rockreef.co.uk
RockReef Activity Centre on Bournemouth Pier, including Clip ‘n’ Climb, PierZip, the Pier Cave and Highline

www.oceanarium.co.uk
Immerse yourself in a sea of colour and underwater adventures

www.bournemouthair.co.uk
2016 Air Festival, Thursday 18th August – 21st August