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Bournemouth Guide




There’s loads going on in Bournemouth and you’ve probably all been there for a summer holiday as a kid – here’s our guide to everything that’s new, fun and interesting in this seaside town.

Getting there…

Car

Going to Bournemouth in the car is probably the easiest way to make your journey. If you can persuade a couple of the girls to drive, travel by road on the M27 and then turn off at the A31 and finally the A338 exit to Bournemouth. Watch out for traffic and congestion if it’s a sunny day though!

Train

It’s relatively simple to get to Bournemouth by train but you may end up having to change trains a fair bit. During the summer months far more trains run directly however.

Bus

More so in summer you’ll be able to find great national coach deals for direct journeys to Bournemouth. It takes a little longer but can actually be quite relaxing and allows everybody to catch up on sleep or enjoy a bit of downtime.

Entertainment Venues

Now we know that you’ll be busy pretty much all of the time on your hen weekend in Bournemouth but if you find yourself with a free half an hour or so or simply fancy an evening away from the clubs, here are some ideas!

Pavilion Theatre

The Pavilion Theatre really is an example of architecture from a bygone era and its curves, domes and fancy fountain really are a sight to behold. See a variety of plays, musicals, dance acts and comedy from big names you’ll recognise and local talent that you might not.

Bournemouth International Centre

Somewhat surprisingly perhaps, the biggest conference centre in the whole of the South West lies in Bournemouth. Although conferences are generally boring, loads of massive concerts go on here, from the X Factor Tour and Anton du Beke’s dance tour to Russell Howard and Miranda Hart. 

Odeon Bournemouth 

Going to the cinema might not seem like a particularly thrilling way to spend your hen but when everybody needs a little time to relax, it will really hit the spot! Watch all the latest releases and chill out for a few hours over some popcorn and giggles. 

Top of the Shops

What would be the point in visiting a new town or city and shopping in the same old chain stores? Here’s a selection of some of Bournemouth’s best independent and unique areas to try.

Open Air Market

Operating on every Thursday and Saturday, you can pick up wonderful fresh produce here and a whole variety of items. Mingle with the local crowd in Bournemouth and shop where the locals shop!

Vintage Market

Located next to the Royal Arcade, this is a great place to pick up some unique items ranging from clothing to crafts and pretty textiles. Taking place on every first Saturday of the month, it’s wonderful to simply browse, even if you don’t feel like buying anything.

Southbourne

This area which lies a little further away from Bournemouth’s main drag is packed full of pretty independent bistros, cafes, shops and is within a short walk of the beach and everything you’ll want to visit.   

Free Stuff

Sometimes, money can run a little tight on a hen weekend so we’ve put together a list of great stuff which you can try for free when you’re away.

Boscombe Pier

Take a walk down this pretty pier and have a good gawp at surfers pulling some totally gnarly moves – or just trying not to fall over! It’s completely free to walk along and you’ll get some amazing views at the end. Boscombe Pier has recently undergone 2.4 million pounds worth of renovation and there’s a gorgeous pier theatre to enjoy too.

Boscombe Chine

A hangover from the Victorian era, this hilly area was transformed into a huge, beautiful flower garden and still looks stunning to this day. Great for a chilled out walk in the sun.

Pine Walk

A gorgeous walk shaded by huge pine trees as the name might suggest is a beautiful route to the main beach. Enjoy the stunning scenery just like the Victorians did as well as an open community art project at the end of your walk which is a fantastic spectacle.

Red House Museum

Capturing local history and events in the surrounding area, the Red House Museum is great for a quick browse if you’re at a loose end when about town.  


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