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There are 7 miles of promenade including Bournemouth Pier. Bournemouth offers waterspouts including surfing, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing or power boating.
Hire a beach hut for the day and see the UK's oldest beach hut and the UK's first wedding hut. (www.bournemouthbeachhuts.co.uk)
As well as all this you can visit Hengistbury Head (the 5th best beach in England) Swanage, the Jurassic Coast, Poole, Christchurch, Brownsea Island - full of wildlife and stunning coastal walks and views, Corfe Castle or Studland Beach.
Don't miss Bournemouth's Grade II listed gardens in all their Victorian elegance, ride in a tethered balloon, pay a visit to Alum Chine, Middle Chine and Durley Chine. Visit the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, the Oceanarium, Boscombe market on Thursdays and Saturdays or Highcliffe Castle.
There are free events all summer in the lower gardens - kids free entertainment, family fun nights including fireworks from the Pier, concerts and art exhibitions.
The Bournemouth International Centre hosts national exhibitions and conferences and high profile shows some of which this year include Michael Ball, Nigel Kennedy, McFly, Leona Lewis, Eddie Izzard, Paloma Faith, Derren Brown, Jessie J and Diversity to name a few!
And it's not far to the Beaulieu Motor Museum, the New Forest, Southampton, Monkey World, Peppa Pig World and many other attractions