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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Bournemouth, Dorset

With seven miles of beaches set within a vibrant seaside resort, you'll find lots of things to do in Bournemouth with the kids.

Pack your bucket and spade and enjoy the wide expanse of sand, which is ideal for beach games, sunbathing and watching the world go by. If rain stops play come face to face with marine life from around the world at the Oceanarium, where you can spot clownfish in the reef, guess the age of the sea turtles and see sharks swimming above your head.

Get above the clouds on the Bournemouth Eye that’ll take you 500ft in the air and deliver stunning panoramic views of the English Channel up to 20 miles beyond. If you’re a fan of heights visit Rock Reef when you’re back on the ground, which has a range of aerial challenges from drop slides to a leap of faith!

Get competitive on Bournemouth family days out! Enjoy a game of Laser Tag; pick your teams and may the best person win! Alternatively Sandbanks Crazy Golf is just three miles outside of town and has 18 challenging holes to entertain and frustrate all ages.

There’s lots of indoor fun to be had too. Splashdown is an indoor pool four miles outside of the centre that has 12 fast and furious flumes, along with a lazy river ride for a bit of relaxation, or there’s the Bowlplex Tower Park with its dedicated disco evenings!

Find your perfect day out

Mr Mulligan's Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

One course of fantastic mini golf isn’t enough? Head to Mr Mulligan’s Bournemouth for a fantastic out of this world crazy golf experience, including...

City Sightseeing Bournemouth Hop on Hop off Tour

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

A City Sightseeing Bournemouth Hop on Hop off Tour is bursting with surf, sand and seaside fun. Cossies at the ready, everyone! With 18 stops to expl...

Bournemouth Eye

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Tethered Balloon Flights every day from the beautiful Lower Gardens in central Bournemouth. They'll take you 500ft. above this exciting resort where...

Laser Quest Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Laser Tag is like a living computer game: a bruise-less, mess-less, zero contact combat game played with high tech infra red equipment! This Laser Qu...

ODEON Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

A trip to the cinema is all about kicking back for an hour or two and keeping the kids busy with a bucket of popcorn. Take time out at ODEON Bournemo...

Bournemouth Codebreaking Walk

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Bournemouth is not just about the seacoast! Discover another side of the city with the Tramble App’s Bournemouth Codebreaking Walk - famous novels, b...

RockReef

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

A day out to RockReef will not be short of action and adventure! There are 28 indoor climbing challenges to choose from, suitable from ages 4 and up,...

Oceanarium

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Aquariums

Meet amazing creatures from beneath and above the waves at Oceanarium. See over 150 species of fish on your underwater adventure as you journey throu...



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The MacGuffin Project

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Immerse into an escape room experience like no other at the The MacGuffin Project! Enter the dark and mysterious world of The MacGuffin Carnival and...

Bournemouth Pier

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

If you’re looking for golden sands and rolling blue waves, then Bournemouth Pier is the beach for you. Lined with beach huts that you could hire, it’...

Curious About Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Curious About Bournemouth is a journey of discovery: an exciting glimpse into what makes this glorious seaside town what it is. Resident or just visi...

Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Lollipops Soft Play Cafe Bournemouth offers a fun, safe, clean and friendly haven to parents, carers and children alike. The inviting coffee shop ena...

Bournemouth Alum Chine

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Home to the beautiful Tropical Gardens and has both Green and Blue Flag awards. Alum Chine is a great family friendly area with a pirate-themed child...

Bournemouth Gardens Treasure Hunt Trail1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Take a break from the seven seas and bring your band of scallywags to the Bournemouth Gardens Treasure Hunt Trail. There’s a gold doubloon or two in...

Hollywood Bowl Bournemouth Branksome

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Head to Hollywood Bowl Poole Branksome for a game of 10-pin bowling the whole family can enjoy. From novice to expert, both tots and their grandparen...

Slades Farm Skate Park

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Slades Farm Skate Park is a family skate park for in blading, roller skating and BMXing! It's unsupervised so be sure to keep an eye on them and also...

ALTITUDE High Ropes Adventure

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Looking for an outdoor activity for the whole family? Face the heights of the ALTITUDE High Ropes Adventure course in Bournemouth and take on 5 diffe...

Littledown Centre

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Set in 47 acres of parkland with its own high ropes adventure complex, a well-equipped gym, pool and refurbished spa area Littledown Centre is a luxu...

Littledown Miniature Railway

  • Bournemouth
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Visitors are welcome on running days to come and experience the Littledown Miniature Railway, situated to the rear of the Littledown Centre. They are...

Giggles 4 Kids!4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bournemouth
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Giggle away, and let the kids play at Giggles 4 Kids, Dorset. Let the laughter loose at a soft play centre perfect for young children. The soft play...

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