Things to do in Bournemouth


Things to do
in Bournemouth

With its award-winning beaches, gorgeous gardens and bustling town that plays host to an array of exciting events and attractions, there are plenty of things to do in Bournemouth. Whether you’re looking for exciting and adrenaline packed activities for the family, fine dining for two with stunning shores as your backdrop or to shop until you drop, you’re sure to find it here in beautiful Bournemouth.

Adrenaline inducing activities

For thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, choosing things to do in Bournemouth has never been easier. Dare to try the world’s first pier to shore zip wire, battle against the clock in an escape room challenge or even try your hand at surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking on Bournemouth’s beautiful coastline.


With 28 Clip N’ Climb wall challenges, as well as an array of exciting activities such as Leap of Faith, Vertical Slide and HighLine, RockReef is not one to miss! If you’re feeling brave, try your hand at PierZip; the world’s first pier to shore zip wire! Conveniently located on Bournemouth Pier, this indoor rock climbing and activity centre is the perfect any weather attraction and is sure to get any budding Indiana Jones’ hearts racing.

Escape Rooms

If you’re looking for a team building challenge or day out with a twist, why not try an escape room experience? In Bournemouth, there are plenty to choose from! From Marvo Mysteries, U-Escape to The MacGuffin Project, lovers of puzzles, problem-solving and mind-boggling challenges will be spoilt for choice.

Sorted Surf School

For those looking to hit the waves, Sorted Surf Shop, which is located next to Urban Reef restaurant on Southbourne beach, is the place to venture. Whether you’re looking to hone your surf, paddle boarding or kayaking skills, this O’Neill sponsored surf school caters to all ages and abilities, and is open all year round. Or, if you’re just looking for somewhere to hire wetsuits, surfboards, SUPs and kayaks, Sorted Surf School is your one-stop shop.


From romantic candlelit dinners for two with the beautiful beach as your backdrop and fine dining eateries to family-friendly spots and more, you’ll find them all on the menu when you visit Bournemouth.

Key West Bar and Grill

If you’re looking for stunning views, delectable dishes to suit all tastes and delicious drinks, look no further than Key West Bar and Grill. Situated on Bournemouth Pier, there really is no better place to soak up the sun during the day or witness the buzzing nightlife that this town is renowned for. Offering unrivalled views of the coastline, which includes Isle of Wight to Old Harry Rocks, as well as a varied menu featuring cuisine from across the globe, there is something for everyone to tuck in to.

Ojo Rojo

For those seeking a dining experience with a difference, Ojo Rojo is the place to be. With origins as a street food eatery in Mexico, Ojo Rojo is now a lively and contemporary restaurant located close to Bournemouth Triangle. Infusing flavour with a unique flair, the menu consists of tasty tacos, nachos and patatas Rojo, as well as an array of tempting cocktails, wines and bottled brews.

Bar So

If you’re looking for an award-winning bar and restaurant that embodies the buzz of Bournemouth’s nightlife, Bar So offers just that. Located a short walk from Bournemouth Beach, Bar So is a multi-levelled venue that boasts two large outdoor terraces where you can sip on your cocktails in style. During the summer, this contemporary bar and restaurant serves a range of delectable delights.

Downstairs, you’ll find a dance floor, bar and sound system that has played host to some of the world’s leading DJs, making Bar So one for the music lovers bucket list.

Exciting entertainment

If you’re visiting with the little ones and are looking for some family-friendly fun, you’re sure to find plenty of things to do in Bournemouth! With museums, galleries and parks, to indoor activity centres, mini golf and more, the hardest part of your visit will be deciding what to do first.

BH2 Leisure Complex

For movie lovers, a visit to the newly launched BH2 Leisure Complex is a must. With ten state-of-the-art cinema screens and reclining seats, it promises visitors the ultimate premium cinema experience. The complex also includes an array of restaurants serving a range of cuisines that cater even to the fussiest of eaters. From Nandos, Pizza Express and The Real Greek, to Five Guys, Chicquitos and more, there is sure to be something to tempt everyone’s taste buds!

Oasis Fun

With six bowling alley lanes, an indoor soft play area, jungle themed adventure golf course, arcade machines and pool tables, Oasis Fun is an exciting any weather attraction for all of the family. Whether you’re after a competitive challenge or somewhere for the kids to let off some steam, Oasis Fun offers it all.

Better still, you won’t have to worry about feeding the family after all of the fun. You’ll find an American themed diner and bar onsite offering classics such as burgers, chips and more.


Located opposite Bournemouth Pier, the Oceanarium is an exciting day out for lovers of underwater critters. Make friends with some cute Humboldt penguins, learn some fascinating facts during daily talks and feeds, and take part in some interesting interactive creature experiences. For your little budding conservationists, you’ll find a kids play zone, cafe and gift shop where they can purchase souvenirs.

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