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With golden sands, a glorious coastline, magical island hideaways and award winning park and gardens, create your own unique adventure in Poole, the jewel of the South.

Adventurers of all ages can explore Poole’s stunning natural harbour, the largest in Europe, all year round.  With its eight unique islands and striking peninsula, the harbour is a haven for sailors, wildlife and water sports and is gateway to the world heritage Jurassic Coast.

Poole’s three miles of Blue Flag beaches offer the perfect place for seashore detectives to play, explore and sharpen their sandcastle skills whilst for the more adventurous, Poole Harbour’s safe, shallow waters are ideal for trying one of over 25 water based activities.

Just a short walk from the centre is Poole Park with a host of activities available around the stunning lake. Poole is also home to the famous Compton Acres, reputed to be the finest gardens in Europe and Upton Country Park an early 19th Century residence built for a wealthy merchant, the formal garden, woodland and parkland offer a haven for visitors to explore.

 

Ashley Cross, Lower Parkstone

Lower Parkstone is a popular residential suburb situated on the slopes above Poole. From Constitution Hill, visitors can enjoy a wonderful panorama that stretches from Old Harry Rocks, across Poole Harbour, and around to the Purbeck Hills, with Poole Town nestling in the foreground.

Ashley Cross, by Parkstone Station, is the cultural heart, with excellent restaurants like Isabelle’s and award-winning gastro pubs like The Cow, and an assortment of lively bars and bistros. The journey into Poole town centre takes a matter of minutes by car, or just one stop on the train.

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Sandbanks

Sandbanks, long nicknamed ‘Britain’s Palm beach’ by the media, with its large and glitzy steel-and-glass modernistic homes, high quality hotels and restaurants including Rick Stein on Sandbanks, is also the startof the fantastic Blue Flag beaches, and some of the most legendary sailing waters in the UK,hosting a whole range of water sports – from jet-skiing to kite surfing and paddle boarding.

A chain link ferry connects Sandbanks to the Purbecks and the Jurassic coast.

Additionally, there are many other surrounding areas of interest, including Brownsea Island with its castle and endangered red squirrels, and plenty of other areas in Poole, including Lilliput (with fantastic fish-and-chips), Parkstone (with its internationally acclaimed PGA golf course), and many other attractions and interesting areas to visit.

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Bournemouth

Bournemouth has been reported as the UK’s best seaside resort  with its seven-mile stretch of unspoilt coastline it’s the perfect playground as we head into the sporting season.

Known as the ‘coast with the most’, there’s acres of space to enjoy outdoor pursuits or mess about on the water! Walk, run or cycleon sandy beaches, through Victorian gardensor along our majestic clifftops. Surf, paddle-board or jet skiagainst a backdrop of panoramic sea views and picture-perfect sunsets.

Whatever the weather, there are museums, amusements and a huge cinema complex where you can enjoy a great day out under cover from the elements.

There are also hundreds of bustling restaurants,cafés andbars in the heart of the town. Stop in after a day spent in the selection of high street shopsor department stores or grab a bite to eat or celebratory tipple before catching a show in one of the theatres or concert venues.

The coastal villages of BoscombeSouthbourne and Westbourne are dotted delicately along the clifftops, home to independent boutiques and brasseries where you can soak up life on the coast.

 

Westbourne

Just outside Bournemouth to the west is Westbourne, a fascinating coastal village that is definitely worth exploring. Westbourne’s unique appeal has attracted an ever growing and varied number of cosmopolitan restaurants, bars, delicatessens, food stores and independent shops.

At the heart of Westbourne is its beautiful arcade. Built during 1884 and 1885 by Henry Joy, it’s described as a “well-preserved polychrome Gothic shopping arcade”. Today, it plays host to an eclectic mix of gift shops and cafés, plus the UK’s smallest cinema, ‘Bournemouth Colosseum’, with only 19 seats! Wander along the central streets and you’ll find an intriguing range of shops, cafés and restaurants offering temptations and finds that

Westbourne has a distinct continental feel. Al fresco seating entices shoppers to stop and catch up with friends in the summer while warm, cosy venues welcome visitors in the colder months. Westbourne is well established and proud to boast more than 50 venues where visitors can dine, snack or drink, and discover food from across the globe.

The many bars and pubs offer anything from cocktails to real ales, so there’s something for everyone. There’s also a speciality gin bar to try. As well as food, some venues provide fantastic entertainment including quiz nights, wine tasting evenings, live music, film nights and more.

Wander away from Westbourne, and you’ll find a lovely walk from the centre through a wooded area leading to the beautiful tropical gardens, just a short walk away from the beach at Alum Chine. The gardens have become renowned for their award-winning facilities, striking landscape design and stunning views.

Southbourne

To the east of Bournemouth is Southbourne – a bustling and thriving coastal suburb which has plenty to offer. Whether it’s award-winning eateries, buzzing bars or exciting retail therapy, Southbourne has it all.

Artisan food is on offer in Southbourne, so whether it’s delicious chicken and tapas, restaurants known for their amazing chef’s sauces or handmade burger bars, you’ll find it in Southbourne. If Italian food is your preference there are quirky restaurants and rustic delis offering fantastic charcuterie, juicy olives, authentic lasagne and sourdough pizza. Into the evening, Southbourne’s buzzing bars offer a range of exciting options including micro-breweries and award-winning cocktails.

Wandering around Southbourne you’ll find an intriguing range of shops offering enticing and individual products for the home, vintage jewellery and quirky gifts.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift to take away from your holiday, you’ll be sure to find it along Southbourne’s high street and parking is available nearby, making it even easier to discover the delights of this charming seaside village.

Wandering through Southbournetakes you to its picturesque Blue Flag beach, where you can enjoy panoramic views and fresh sea air.

Don’t forget to explore Fisherman’s Walknature trail, a stunning walk along the cliff top situated between Fisherman’s Avenue and Portman Crescent in Southbourne, linking to Southbourne Grove. It’s a narrow strip of wooded land with a nature trail, woodland flowers and shrubs, and plenty of wildlife. You’ll find more refreshments and a lovely walk down the zig zag to the beach. Or if you prefer, you can take the cliff lift. Built in 1935, The Fisherman’s Walk Cliff Lift is in operation every day between Easter and the end of October. With a great cliff-top café and a…… Read More

Wandering through Southbournetakes you to its picturesque Blue Flag beach, where you can enjoy panoramic views and fresh sea air.

Don’t forget to explore Fisherman’s Walknature trail, a stunning walk along the cliff top situated between Fisherman’s Avenue and Portman Crescent in Southbourne, linking to Southbourne Grove. It’s a narrow strip of wooded land with a nature trail, woodland flowers and shrubs, and plenty of wildlife. You’ll find more refreshments and a lovely walk down the zig zag to the beach. Or if you prefer, you can take the cliff lift. Built in 1935, The Fisherman’s Walk Cliff Lift is in operation every day between Easter and the end of October. With a great cliff-top café and a children’s play area at the bottom, there’s plenty to see and do.

 

Christchurch

Just a few miles along the coast from Bournemouth lies Christchurch, a pretty town that offers scenic harbour and riverside walks, beautiful countryside, and heritage attractions.

Famous for its majestic Priory and castle ruins, there’s the opportunity for a tranquil walk around the Priory grounds, following a stream that runs alongside under shady trees until it joins the picturesque harbour.

Christchurch’s harbour and numerous nature reserves are wildlife havens that are ideal for birdwatching and, with the New Forest National Park on its doorstep, all the family can enjoy time together in the fresh air. Whether it’s cycling, sailing, walking or golf, there’s an outdoor activity for everyone.

Whether it’s afternoon tea by the quay watching the boats, traditional fish and chips on the beach listening to the sea or a romantic meal by the harbour as the sun sets, eating out in Christchurch is a pleasure.

Christchurch’s Food Festival in May is extremely popular and an opportunity to sample a huge range of tasty local fare.

There are excellent sandy beaches nearby, including Friars Cliff, with magnificent views of the Isle of Wight and Christchurch Bay.

 

Wimborne

Wimborne Minster or simply “Wimborne” as it is known locally is a vibrant and historic market town lying on the River Stour. The town is set around the famous Wimborne Minster with its traditional square and High Street providing an array of local shops, High Street names including Waitrose, together with a number of traditional and modern cafes, restaurants and inn’s. There are stunning walks along the River Stour, Kingston Lacy & Badbury Rings. Wimborne is also famous for The Tivoli a 1930s art deco cinema and theatre.

The architecture of Wimborne is regarded as one of the foremost collections of 15th-, 16th- and 17th-century buildings in Dorset. Local planning has restricted the construction of new buildings in areas such as the Cornmarket and the High Street, resulting in the preservation of almost all of the original buildings. The most interesting examples of English architecture include the centuries-old Wimborne Minster, the town hall, the Priest’s House Museumand dozens of original 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century fronted shops and pubs.

Every summer in June the town holds the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival.[12]Founded in 1980, the annual event of traditional folk danceand musichas become the focal point for one of the largest gathering of dance teams and musicians in the South of England. The festival involves morris dancing, Appalachiandancing, concerts, workshops and children’s activities, parts of the town being closed to traffic.

There are a number of restaurants, wine bars, cafés and pubsin Wimborne. There are many antique, curio and other individual shops in the town, as well as a modern shopping centre. An antiques market is held each Friday, a flea market on Saturday and a combination of both every Sunday.

Wimborne Minster is so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful Dorset Countryside with an array of stunning and traditional villages and Hamlets. There are so many to mention but it is worth taking a leisurely drive being tempted to visit one of the lovely public houses.

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