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Attractions and Activities

Bournemouth and the surrounding area offer a superb range of attractions, activities, festivals and events. Explore new places, visit your favourite family attraction, try a different activity or embark on an exciting adventure.

Whatever the time of year and whatever the weather you will never struggle to find things to discover, experience and be inspired by…

Looking for a fun day out with the family? There are plenty of family-friendly places to visit, including farms, wildlife centres, aquariums and theme parks based around popular children’s characters. You’ll also find arts and crafts activities at many of our attractions and activity centres.

Fancy trying a new activity or sport? How about zip lining, golf, go-kart racing, indoor laser tag, high-rope activities, segways or archery – you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Bournemouth and Poole’s ‘Coast with the Most’ also offers a fantastic range of watersports to try. Surfing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, sailing, jet-skiing and power-boating, to name a few.

For a more leisurely way to enjoy the breathtaking coastal views, book a trip on a local boat cruise or hire a private charter for the day. Or sit back and relax on a steam train as it takes you through our beautiful countryside.

Love the outdoors? Make the most of our historic sites, nature reserves, ancient forests, coast and countryside. Why not join a local guided tour? On foot or by bus, they’re a great way to discover hidden gems and must see locations. There’s also bikes to hire – a fun, fit way to enjoy the stunning scenery and fresh sea air.

Whatever the weather, there’s a great range of superb activities and attractions to keep you entertained: historic houses and gardens, galleries, castles, museums, theatres, indoor play centres, amusements, leisure centres and waterparks, the choice is endless!

Further Afield

If you want to venture outside of the town, the county of Dorset and the neighbouring counties of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset have it all. With stunning coastline, beautiful countryside and history which is both rich and vivid there are lots of places for you to discover and explore. Why not hop of one the wide variety of tours that will take you to Stonehenge, the New Forest, deepest Dorset and lots more!

Find everything you need for a great day out with our Attraction and Activity searches or use the search facility on the top right to find your next adventure.