With just shy of eight hours of summer sunshine a day and some of the best beaches in the world, it’s not hard to see why Bournemouth attracts 3.5 million visitors every summer.
Bournemouth offers something for everyone – incredible beaches, a lively town centre, a state-of-the-art leisure complex and stunning green spaces.
Discover more about the town and some of the exciting events which are taking place this summer.
Everyone knows Bournemouth for its fine, golden sands – and this year, TripAdvisor crowned ours as Britain’s best beach. It was also rated sixth in Europe and 20th worldwide – beating beaches in California, Seychelles, Gran Canaria and Australia.
Whether you’re seeking out some much-needed chill-out time now that your exams are finished or you’re keen to try your hand at a selection of watersports (surfing, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, jetskiing – the list goes on), our coastal location really does have heaps to offer.
“Bournemouth is situated on one of the nicest beaches in the UK. Not many students can say that they can wander down for a swim, surf, subathe and beach BBQ after their lectures.”
– Imogen Byers, BA (Hons) Communication & Media
Bustling town centre
Bournemouth boasts a lively, diverse and multifaceted town centre, with loads of choice when it comes to coffee shops, pubs, bars, clubs, music venues, theatres and restaurants.
The shops in town offer a good mix of high street brands, department stores and independent boutiques, while Bournemouth Square, the heart of the town centre, really comes to life with Summer Live.
From 12 July–26 August, a variety of events are taking place every day and into the evening, including live music, an outdoor bar and BBQ, and a selection of charming huts offering everything from henna body art to beach-themed jewellery.
“Bournemouth town centre has always been one of my favourite places. The best thing about the town centre is that although it's busy, there is always music playing in some corner.”
– BU international student Chandreyee
Bh2 – state-of-the-art entertainment
Conveniently located just a short walk away from the Square stands Bh2 Leisure. Opened in 2017, this £50 million complex is Bournemouth’s very own one-stop shop for entertainment and eating out.
Home to a wide variety of restaurants (the likes of Nando’s, Prezzo, Las Iguanas, Five Guys and The Real Greek, to name a few), a 10-screen multiplex cinema, VR gaming and glow-in-the-dark golf, there is bound to be something that takes your fancy.
You can benefit from a variety of student discounts here too.
The beautiful Lower Gardens – a place to relax
If you fancy a break from the golden sands between your toes, Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens are a great alternative to the beach.
Just a five-minute walk from the town’s main shopping centre, the beach and the pier, the Lower Gardens are the perfect place to while away time with friends and family, doing as little, or as much, as takes your fancy.
From music concerts in the Pine Walk bandstand to outdoor yoga, candlelight nights to art exhibitions, pop-up food outlets to mini-golf, or even a simple picnic, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
“The Lower Gardens are amazing meeting spots to spend quality time with your friends whilst enjoying the summer sun.”
– BU student Talya, MsC Foundations of Clinical Psychology