Bournemouth occupies an enviable position on the South Coast to explore the surrounding areas.
Head to the east and you come across the New Forest National Park, an area of natural beauty covering over 200 square miles, known for its heathland, forest trails and native ponies.
Head to the west and you come across the incredible Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO heritage site, which stretches just shy of 100 miles from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset.
Read on to discover more about these surrounding areas and hear from BU students too.
The New Forest National Park
The New Forest National Park is just a short train hop away from Bournemouth and offers a huge variety of things to see and do.
If you are keen to keep active, there are lots of fantastic walking and cycle trails to discover. Plus there’s the New Forest Water Park (think Total Wipeout) and Spinnaker Sailing Club if you are a watersports pro or novice.
There is always lots to do in the New Forest but it really does become a hub of activity in the summer months. There are loads of diverse events taking place, ranging from the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend (a must for any supercar fan) to the Lymington Seafood Festival, the New Forest & Hampshire County Show and Hampshire Food Festival (to name just a few).
“The New Forest is beautiful with so much open countryside. I went camping with my flatmates in the summer and had the most amazing weekend, exploring the area and making memories that I'll never forget.”
– Beth Cordon, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing graduate
The Jurassic Coast
The incredible sights of the world famous Jurassic Coast are just a short distance away from Bournemouth, easily reached by either car, bus or train.
The Jurassic Coast really does need to be seen to believed. As one of the most popular destinations in the UK and with its history dating back an outstanding 185 million years, there is bound to be something which takes your fancy.
Whether its a coastal walk along the stunning clifftops, relaxing on the pebble beaches, hunting for fossils or visiting a museum, the Jurassic Coast offers plenty of opportunities to escape everyday life.
“Being situated on the Jurassic Coast is a great excuse to get out and about for a bit of exploring and what better way to start than by taking a walk down to the stony beaches of Hengistbury Head? If you want to go a bit further along the Jurassic Coast, the naturally sculpted rocks of Lulworth Cove can be reached, by car, within an hour.”
– Emma Brookes, BSc (Hons) Marketing graduate