The South Coast is a gorgeous part of the country and we are so proud to have three wonderful hotels in the vibrant, seaside town of Bournemouth.
With plenty of places to spend active days, Bournemouth is an ideal destination this half term. First, head to Rock Reef, an ultimate activity centre where adventurers can climb, jump, swing and fly. There are 28 indoor climbing challenges to tackle (for a variety of ages, from four upwards) and the best bit: it has the first pier-to-shore zip wire in the world!
Bournemouth boasts seven miles of sandy beaches, explore whilst breathing in the fresh salty air. Children will love running along the beach in any weather, so don’t let the autumn season stop you.
Oceanarium: The Bournemouth Aquarium is a fantastic day out for the family, where you’ll meet many enchanting sea creatures including sharks, eels, lobsters, moon jellyfish and long-spined sea urchins. As well as penguins, crocodiles, iguanas and otters.
Just outside of Bournemouth you’ll find Adventure Wonderland – a paradise for small children. This lovely theme park has 30 rides and something suitable for all ages. The park’s theme is ‘wild’, and there are plenty of imaginative decorations and features which will entertain the kids. The park will also be hosting Home of Halloween week for half term which will be packed with ghoulish fun – but don’t worry, it’s a ‘no clown zone’ so you can reassure the little ones.
Next up there’s the Bournemouth Aviation Museum, where your kids will get to sit at the controls of a real-life aircraft. There are lots of interesting planes to look at – both civilian and military – that will fascinate the kids (and possibly the dads too!). The picnic area is also situated very close to the main runway of Bournemouth Airport, so you can have your lunch while watching the planes take off and land overhead.
A mere 18 miles from Bournemouth you’ll find the captivating Corfe Castle. These ancient ruins have over 1,000 years of secrets and history for you to discover. This half term, the Castle will be holding a wonderful week of Halloween festivities. It’s not like most standard Halloween events either, at Corfe Castle you’ll see teddies doing a zip wire challenge, the castle’s medieval trebuchet (named Warwolf II), and you’ll get to hear scary stories about the castle’s horrible history told by Granny Cousins.
The sightseeing bus tours of Bournemouth are always popular with visitors. Not only can you hop on and off at any one of the 18 stops, but you’ll also get to enjoy beautiful scenic views of town’s nooks and crannies.
Make sure you pack your swimming things because just five miles from Bournemouth you’ll find Splashdown Waterpark in Poole. There is 13 different indoor (and outdoor) flume rides that will keep the kids running back for ‘one more go.’ There’s a splash zone for under-fives too and the flume rides are just as popular with grownups!
There is also a wide range of soft play centres and indoor adventure centres in both Poole and Bournemouth if you need to dash out of the rain and keep little ones entertained (and tire them out so they – and you – get a good night’s sleep!).
If you fancy going a little further afield to explore, then we recommend Monkey World, which is an animal sanctuary home to 250 rescued primates (only a 38-minute drive from Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth West Cliff).
Finally, head over to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, where you’ll wander through ‘one of the finest gardens’ that Alan Titchmarsh himself has ever visited. Treat your senses with an impressive range of tropical plants and flowers, and then let the kids loose in the children’s play area. While there, be sure to go and see the ‘Enchanted Illuminations’. Running from 5.30pm throughout October, it’s truly breath-taking to see the gardens light up in an array of stunning colours in the autumn dusk.
We hope you have a wonderful half term break with us in any one of our hotels in Bournemouth – and do ask any of our staff for any extra information you may need to make the most of your stay.