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Things to do in Bournemouth

Whether you're visiting Bournemouth for the first time or a local who wants to find out more, our things to do in Bournemouth guide is here to direct you to all the best hot spots in town there is so much to see and do you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning a day out in Bournemouth.

Read below to discover our best pick of things to do in Bournemouth .. 




About: AirJumpX is Sir David England's super-sized infoor inflatable obstacle course! As well as enjoying time on the bouncy castle obstacle course, AirJumpX also includes; the slam dunk, a giant side, a jelly mountain, wipe-out balls, and an assault course!

This is the ultimate activity for the family!

Address: BH Live Active Sir David English, East Way, Bournemouth BH8 9PZ

Telephone: 01202 055503

Opening Hours: 

  • Mon-Thurs: 6:30-22:00
  • Friday: 6:30-21:00
  • Sat-sun - 9:00-17:00
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BH Live Active

About: No matter where you are situated within Bournemouth, there is bound to be a BH Live Active centre near you! 

BH Live Active go beyond offering the typical gym and fitness classes, with each centre boasting multiple other amenities and activities for members to make the most of! 

Across the various centres you will find a combination of spas, wellness centres, tennis courts, swimming pools and even soft play centres for your little one to have fun whilst you do the same! 

Venues: BH Live Active Stokewood, BH Live Active Sir David English, BH Live Active Queen's Park, BH Live Active Pelhams, BH Live Active Littledown

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Bournemouth 7s

About: Bournemouth 7s Festival is the world's largest sports and music festival. Amidst the sport, the main festival arena boasts 12 uniquely themed festival arenas, as well as numerous experiences such as Bingo Lingo, foam parties, a silent disco, a funfair and more. In regards to sport, get ready to watch Rugby, Dodgeball, Hockey and much more!

Date: Friday 24th - Sunday 26th May 2024

Location: Bournemouth Sports Club, Chapel Gate, East Parley, Christchurch, BH23 6BL

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The Pavilion

About: The Pavilion in Bournemouth Town Centre is a great spot for both local and famous talents! Enjoy a range of live music events, comedy shows and theatre; there will be a range of different events running for everyone! View their list of events below.

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Address: Bournemouth Pavilion, Westover Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 2BU

Telephone: 0300 500 0595

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Bournemouth International Centre

About: The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is one of Bournemouth's hotspots for live entertainment! Enjoy a range of live music events, comedy shows and performances; there will be a range of different events running for everyone! View their list of events below.

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Address: Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5BH

Telephone: 0300 500 0595

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Centre VR

Centre VR

About: Centre VR are Europe’s largest virtual reality venue. They provide the ultimate day out for your teenagers. You can play all the best single and multiplayer games:
-Crazy Golf
-Laser Tag
-Group Adventures
-Action Adventures
-Motion Rides
-Excursions & Educational Titles

You can choose to play solo, against each other or cooperatively.

Address: Richmond Gardens Leisure & Shopping Centre, Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 1EN

Telephone: 01202 878300

Opening Hours: Mon-Fr 12pm – 8pm / Sat 10am-8pm / Sun 10am – 4.30pm

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Marvo Mysteries Escape Room

About: You enter the world of M.A.R.V.O as Volunteers looking to recover a Mysterious Artifact. All is not what it seems. Old stories give a glimpse into another world, a mirror world, a wonderland filled with powerful Artifacts. Has someone found a way to travel between them? You must search for clues, solve the mystery, recover the Artifact and Escape the room, all before Time runs out. You’ll have great fun in this award winning escape room adventure!

Address: 664 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH7 6BT

Telephone: 01202 386525

The Oceanarium

About: Embark on a magical underwater journey with the family at the Oceanarium. Complete with daily talks and feeding presentations with Otters and Penguins and brilliant animal experiences that gives you the chance to be even closer to some of the most awesome animals! Located on Bournemouth’s seafront also means that you can carry on the fun at the beach afterwards.

Address: Oceanarium, Pier Approach, Bournemouth. BH2 5AA

Telephone: 01202 311993

Opening Times: Opens daily at 10am and last entry is 5pm

Catch a film or a show

Where: ODEON

About: ODEON is the largest and best-known cinema chain in the UK. ODEON Bournemouth has 10 screens showing 2D and 3D films and is located at BH2 amongst plenty of places to eat. At this cinema you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of premier and recliner seats.

Address: BH2 Leisure, Exeter Crescent, Bournemouth, BH2 5AU

Telephone: 0333 014 4501

Where: Bournemouth Pavillion

About: With plenty of parking, the Bournemouth Pavillion is the ideal location to watch a show, a tribute act or some comedy. Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre is Bournemouth’s stunning Art Deco theatre providing year-round entertainment. Built in the 1920s, this vintage theatre retains its original and elegant styling and is home to touring West End stage shows, Opera, Ballet, Pantomime, Comedy and concerts.

Address: Bournemouth Pavilion, Westover Rd, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU

Telephone: 0300 500 0595

Where: BIC

About: The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is an award-winning entertainment venue situated in the town centre. Plenty of parking on-site and plenty to watch too!

Address: Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

Telephone: 0300 500 0595



Perfectly located right next to the beaches and the beautiful gardens are plenty of shops so you can shop ‘til you drop! You’ll find everything from clothing, jewellery, footwear, cosmetics and so much more up and down the high street! While you’re in the town centre, we recommend that you visit Bobby’s which is home to a beauty hall housing global brands, The Makers Store, Bobby’s PARLOUR, AFC Bournemouth Store, Flaming Nora’s and much more!

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Have a picnic

Have a picnic

Where: Bournemouth Gardens

About: The lower, upper and central gardens are only a short walk from the main shopping centre, the beach and the pier, Bournemouth gardens are Grade II Listed Gardens and have the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award for 2021. Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the range of colours and scents and watch the world go by with a picnic from home or you’ll find plenty of shops in the town centre to grab some food and drink.

Russell-Coates Museum

About: Russell-Coates house is one of the last Victorian houses to be built in England. Located on the East Cliff, this was home to husband and wife, Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes (1835-1921) who filled this seaside villa with objects from their travels across the world and lined the walls with a remarkable collection of British art. Take a tour around the rooms including four beautiful galleries showcasing beautiful artwork and the stunning garden. There’s also an outdoor café to enjoy a delicious range of light lunches, teas, coffees and cakes.

Address: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth, BH1 3AA

Telephone: 01202 128000

City Sightseeing Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

About: Visiting Bournemouth? Looking for something fun to do with the kids? or just fancy doing something different? Then how about exploring Bournemouth on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Travel quickly and easily around town aboard an open-top, double-decker bus with your 24 or 48-hour ticket. Choose to stay on the bus for the full loop, or hop on and off at any of the conveniently located stops to visit the places that interest you the most. You’ll get to see all the main sights and enjoy an informative audio commentary on board.

Address: Bournemouth Pier (Stand DD), Bournemouth BH2 5AA, UK

Tours operate from 10am to 5pm every hour. Tour times subject to change at any time. The bus leaves the first stop on East Overcliff Drive at 9:45 a.m and 10:45 a.m. each day.

Telephone: 01202 557007

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