Bournemouth is well known for being a student city with a great nightlife as well as having one of the best beaches in the UK. Although seeming like a relatively small town, there is so much to do at any time during the week that you will never be bored. So for all Erasmus students coming or thinking of coming to Bournemouth, here are the 8 top things to do and experience in Bournemouth.
1# Miles and miles of beach – Sandbanks, Boscombe, and Poole – Bournemouth Pier
Anyone who lives or has visited Bournemouth will always tell you to go to one spot above all others: the beach. It spans 7 miles between the chilled out surf town of Boscombe all the way to Sandbanks, where some of the richest people in the world live. Bournemouth beach is famous for it’s clean pale sand and awesome surf. Groups come enjoy barbecues, surfing, volleyball, paddle boarding, sailing, air shows, fun fairs, or even just a swim. During the summer, Bournemouth gets the most sunny days out of the whole of the UK – so when the weather reaches up to 35º (hard to believe, but it does!) thousands will head to this glorious coast line and make the beach resemble a holiday destination in the Mediterranean.
2# Bournemouth Gardens
Just seconds from the beach and pier, the Bournemouth Gardens are well maintained and always a lovely stroll – whether it’s in flip flops with the hot summer breeze and its’ lingering smell of candy floss, or wrapped up in a woolen scarf and mittens
during the Christmas/winter period when it’s tastefully decorated with lights. Oh and the squirrels are very friendly!
3# Get High… In the Hot Air Balloon
You know you’re nearing Bournemouth when you spot the renowned white & red hot air balloon floating on the horizon. It’s an iconic landmark situated at the top of Bournemouth Gardens. So it would be a shame not to, right? And trust us, the views are well worth the ascent!
4# Eating Out
There’s a restaurant or take-out for every pallet in Bournemouth, and with some exploring you can find some great hidden gems. Charminster high street once held the trophy for having the biggest choice in cultural cuisines. We recommend Koh Thai for a delicious thai tapas, the Three Amigos for Mexican, and the Love Cafe for canteen style fresh food with a quirky atmosphere. But if you’re feeling quintessentially British, why not grab some traditional fish and chips from Harry Ramsden’s by the pier and stroll in the fresh sea air.
5# The Nightlife
Of course a good night out is important to any Erasmus student, whether it’s just chilled out drinks or a full night of great music and parties. Bournemouth’s main high street transforms into a club strip at night and there is not one person left out when it comes to taste. Each night of the week you will find a student night that best suits your musical taste and hectic student schedule!
A Student favourite is 60 Million Postcards, a bar/restaurant which serves up burgers, beers and American classics with an eclectic music selection from live bands and DJs.
6# Music – Firestation/BIC – Bournemouth International Centre, Pavillion
If watching live music and discovering different sounds is more your thing then you don’t have to worry about making a trip to London every weekend to catch your favourite band play live. With the Old Firestation (student union venue), Bournemouth International Centre and the O2 Academy, several local groups and high profile artists will stop in Bournemouth at some stage of their tours. Past names have included Calvin Harris, Alt J, Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club among many others.
If you need that new outfit for a night out, or want to do some shopping for your family before you head home for christmas. There are vintage markets and stores in Boscombe, local independent businesses and boutiques in Westbourne or more commercial favourites like Topshop and Zara in Bournemouth town centre. One particular time of year to experience is the German themed christmas market which takes place in the central square in December. You can look at and purchase Christmas themed toys and treats or sit and enjoy a hot glass of mulled wine with your friends in the typical ski chalet themed outdoor bar. But don’t worry! Heaters and blankets are plentiful for the frosty night time temperatures.
So no matter what it is, this seaside town will cater to you ever taste and need!
You couldn’t be in a better place for sport, whether it’s on dry land, sand or in the water. Bournemouth is home to a vast array of sports clubs and events – from surfing to football, volleyball, rugby, rock climbing, and even horse riding. A great (and cheap) way to get involved is through any one of the many university societies… They even arrange trips to the alps!
How many of these have you done? What other Unmissable activities do you recommend in Bournemouth? Leave us a comment in the section below!
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