For an unforgettable hen weekend, Bournemouth is alive with exciting activities, offering just about everything a bride-to-be could want! Seven miles of golden sands, buzzing beachside bars, spas and great shopping make it a vibrant choice. Most of Bournemouth’s nightlife is found in the town centre and surrounding areas which are really easy to walk to.
Countryside activities include Rage buggies, Clay Pigeon shooting, blind driving, human table football, archery, water skiing, paddle boarding, Kite surfing Surfing, Power boating, Sea Kayaking, jet skiing & sailing and many more.
You can’t go to Bournemouth without enjoying the golden sands and fresh sea air whether it’s on a cold February day or a sweltering Summer evening. Head towards the Pier Approach to find the seafront cafes and restaurants with fantastic views of the bay and pier. If you are looking for inexpensive hen activities play some beach rounders or cricket. For those that love the water there is so much to do from swimming, surfing, sailing to water sports.
Something for everyone: Southbourne for café culture, delis, bistros and unique independent shops; The High Street for its mix of high street fashion stores and intriguing independent stores; Christchurch Road for retro boutiques, quirky cafes and individual book shops & Boscombe Vintage Market for a vintage fix.
Needing a bit of Christmas inspiration then look no further than Bournemouth’s annual traditional German-style market. The town centre transforms into a Christmas shopping wonderland filled with quaint wooden chalets that feature unique gifts, crafts, handmade jewellery and an abundance festive foods.
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Bars & Restaurants
This is a great beachside bar offering international food with a buzzing feel. Enjoy one of the many lovely cocktails made by the expert mixologists.
Chaplins Cellar Bar
Found in the Boscombe area, this is a wonderful place to eat if you are looking for a pub with a difference. They offer home made food, cocktails, ale and live music 7 days a week. You can also get comedy, film, theatre and poetry special events.
Located within 5 minutes walking distance to a wide range of shops, cinema and the beach Zizzi is a great way to break up the day. Part of a chain, this restaurant offers good Italian food and is great as the pre-run for a good night out.
For great cocktails & a thumping vibe, this bar with a mix of different DJs has a really young and vibrant feel.
There are loads of other great places in Bournemouth, let us know what sort of things you like and we can come up with some ideas.
June – Food and Drink Festival
10 days of food heaven not be missed! Experience wood fired pizza, Thai noodles, Spanish paella, Italian ice cream, or relax with oysters and champagne while enjoying live entertainment in the festival hub.See website
August – Bournemouth Air Festival
More than an air show with 4-days of Red Arrow displays, a multitude of Royal Navy assets, Pier to Pier trading shops and three nights of music with the best chart acts.
October – Arts by the Sea Festival
For art lovers there are a rich mix of music, dance and visual arts throughout the town. See website
December – Christmas Market
The town centre transforms into a Christmas shopping wonderland filled with quaint wooden chalets that feature unique gifts, crafts, handmade jewellery and an abundance festive foods.
Getting to Bournemouth
South West Trains from London Waterloo and other locations on the South coast. Cross Country trains from Manchester via Birmingham New Street terminate at Bournemouth.
Most journeys by road will be via the M27 which turns into the dual-carriageway A31 and passes through the New Forest. At Ringwood look for the (A338) Bournemouth exit. Congestion can be a problem so time your journey well. The main road west is the A35 to Honiton in Devon.