Bournemouth is one of the UK's top holiday spots, so it's no surprise that stag dos are held there all year round. The seaside town offers a wide range of activities to please every type of stag - from lively pubs and beach sports to relaxing spas and theatres. Ready to explore the wonders of Bournemouth? Here are some of our favorite attractions that you won't want to miss!
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Bournemouth Pier is always bustling with excitement, no matter what time of year you visit. It's famous for its World's First Pier To Shore Zip Wire and RockReef - an all-weather indoor activity centre that lets you climb, jump and explore your way around. Apart from these activities, the pier is just a great place to come and enjoy the sound of the waves crashing against the shore while watching boat trips around Poole Bay or new bands taking the stage at one of its many music venues. There are fun activities such as fishing and boat rental, as well as a variety of delicious food and drink options both on land and right off the pier. Make sure you leave time for shopping too - visitors can explore an array of local stores selling anything from souvenirs to handmade crafts.
Bournemouth Beach is one of the most beautiful sights in England. Located on the south coast, the beach stretches 11 kilometers and is comprised of both sandy and pebbly shores. Picturesque views combine with stunning golden sands, perfect for sunbathing or relaxation. Every year, locals and tourists alike flock to Bournemouth Beach to take a dip in its crystal clear waters or take part in a range of exciting water sports, from surfing and paddleboarding to kitesurfing and sailing.
With its lively energy, Bournemouth Square is an essential stop when exploring the city. There are shops, restaurants, and cafés, along with plenty of seating for those who just want to sit back, relax, and take in their beautiful surroundings. The Square itself is flanked by buildings featuring stunning Georgian architecture, including the imposing pier which rises majestically over the harbour. There are also events hosted year-round, such as outdoor theatre performances and open-air concerts, so you can almost always find something exciting going on in the Square. It's no wonder Bournemouth locals consider it one of the best spots in town.
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church stands atop a hill, its majestic spire visible from the beach should one go looking for it. Not just for history buffs and Shelley fans, St. Peter's is worth checking out regardless of your interests. Mary Shelley's resting place can be found just past the Chapel, and though you don't need to enter the church to visit it, you won't regret setting foot inside. The atmosphere is delightful, and many people come around 3pm to enjoy an evening service.
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is like a fairytale come to life. Built over 110 years ago, this Victorian mansion has been decorated exactly as it would have been at the time and houses a treasure trove of goodies collected by its owners on their travels around the world. With stunning rooms filled with diverse works of art and artefacts, vintage furniture and exquisite paintings, the museum offers a virtual tour around the world right in one place. In addition, visitors will discover a fantastic cafe offering delicious food and breathtaking views from the rooftop terrace.
The Lower, Central and Upper Gardens are all part of the Bourne Valley Greenway in Bournemouth and are Grade II listed in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens. Since 1999, they have been Green Flag winners and run for over 3 kilometres from the famous Bournemouth pier to the boundary with Poole. The Lower Gardens are quite a short section of the garden complex, running from the pier to the town centre, but there is always lots going on there. You can take part in mini golf, grab some refreshments from the Hedgehog Kiosk or Street Food Corner, marvel at the exotic birds in the aviary and admire the work on display at the open-air art exhibition. There are also lots of exciting events held here throughout the year, with Christmas Tree Wonderland being one of the most spectacular.
The Bournemouth Oceanarium offers a nice chance to view sea creatures up close and personal. The venue is relatively small; it takes visitors about an hour to get round, but still it is worth visiting, especially on a cold or rainy day, as there is quite a good selection of sealife to keep both young and old entertained. There are sharks, sea turtles, clownfish, piranhas, cute otters and penguins, giant jellyfish, and even a weirdly wonderful octopus! The café on site is worth a visit too; it has a friendly atmosphere and a great menu, so you can take a break from all the excitement and refuel for the rest of your journey.
Bournemouth International Centre
Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is an award-winning venue for events in Dorset, from hosting conferences and exhibitions to exciting live shows and music events. Established in 1984, it is one of the largest entertainment centres in the country and remains a major attraction for both locals and visitors alike throughout the year. It is one of Britain’s premier entertainment stages, and with its multi-purpose design and exceptional service, it's no surprise why. With top-of-the-line audiovisuals, customizable seating options, air conditioning and generous hospitality areas, the BIC ensures that all your event needs are taken care of - whatever the size or type you have in mind. It even includes a rollerskating rink and several restaurants offering delicious cuisines from around the world!
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
Boasting an impressive history and recently renovated, the Pavilion Theatre is a real gem in the city. From its inception in the early 20th century when it hosted silent films, minstrel shows, and other events to modern times when it offers productions of all sorts of high-end entertainment such as theatre performances, comedy acts, and even award ceremonies. It is no surprise that this stunning venue has become a popular destination for cultural experiences. With its grand auditorium space, complete with beautiful seating and great acoustics, visitors will feel fully immersed in a world of art and culture. From experienced stage-goers to those just looking to explore their cultural side, Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre will be sure to provide an unforgettable experience.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum
Bournemouth Aviation Museum is a must-see for those passionate about aviation. It is run by enthusiastic volunteers and differs from many other museums offering a “hands-on” experience. From commercial airliners to historic military aircraft, the museum houses an impressive array of aircraft from various time periods to marvel at. Moreover, visitors are encouraged to climb into the cockpits, dress up as pilots and handle the controls of the many preserved aircraft on display, thus providing a memorable and inspiring experience for all those interested in aviation. Another good point: the displays are open-air, outdoor seating is available, and picnicking is welcomed, so you don't have to miss out on a nice sunny day.
Hengistbury Head Beach
Hengistbury Head Beach is the sort of place you might find in a postcard. It has a gorgeous patchwork of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, and unspoiled countryside. It's perfect for walks and with the land train running in peak seasons, it's ideal for exploring. However, if relaxation is more your thing, there's plenty of opportunity to kick back and take advantage of the gorgeous scenery.
Coastal Activity Park
Stretching along either side of Boscombe Pier, the Coastal Activity Park is a great place for families and friends. With more than 30 different activities currently on offer, ranging from sports courts and water sports to smooth jive and yoga, from thrilling funfair rides to a bumper boat lake and mini golf, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, even better, a lot of activities are available for free. Whether you want to take part in land sports like basketball, volleyball, or boating, hire yourself some equipment, or simply soak up the scenery and spend quality time together, the Coastal Activity Park is the perfect spot. With lots of snacks and refreshments available on-site, you can be sure that everyone will have a remarkable day out.
Boscombe Chine Gardens
Boscombe Chine Gardens is a picturesque spot for visitors to enjoy. Walking among its pathways, one will discover a range of lush and inviting plants, as well as magnificent coastal views. Nearby lie the ruins of a chapel that was apparently destroyed by the sea centuries ago. With teahouses, souvenir shops, and restaurants lining the gardens, it provides an idyllic place to relax and take in both nature and culture at the same time.
Bournemouth Natural Science Society
The Bournemouth Natural Science Society & Museum is a mecca of science knowledge and beautiful artifacts. Visitors to the museum can explore a wide range of exhibits from botany, wildlife and earth sciences, as well as a diverse array of dinosaur fossils and skeletons. The museum also includes dedicated educational areas where visitors can improve their scientific understanding of earth sciences such as biology, geology and zoology. Those looking for something more interactive can choose from an extensive programme of events run by the Society throughout the year, including museum open days and lectures, exhibitions, study groups and field meetings, cultural visits and social activities.
Westbourne Urban Village
Westbourne Urban Village is a unique and vibrant neighborhood. It boasts a plethora of local businesses, ranging from quaint coffee shops to hip bars. Its cobbled streets create a buzzing atmosphere, and its colorful history adds to its charming ambience — particularly Victorian red-brick terraces that line the streets.Once mostly known as an affluent area, Westbourne has become increasingly diverse over the years, welcoming people from all walks of life. This vibrant community also offers a selection of appealing green spaces - from playing fields to picturesque parks - providing plenty of outdoor experiences for visitors.
As you can see, Bournemouth has something for any taste. Plus, its proximity to London means you won’t need to travel too far to get your celebrations rolling. With vibrant nightlife, stunning coastal views, plenty of affordable accommodation options and energetic activities all on offer, Bournemouth is definitely worth considering for your stag do bash.