Family Attractions around Bournemouth

Below are a list with links to top attractions found in Bournemouth and the surrounding area:

Bournemouth Oceanarium

Explore the secrets of the ocean in an adventure that will take you to some of the world's most amazing waters. The Oceanarium Bournemouth brings you face to face with marine life from the furthest reaches of the globe - more than just an aquarium, a vibrant experience through the oasis of water.

Farmer Palmers

A working farm aimed specifically for children with 2000 sq. m of undercover facilities including the play barn with pedal tractors, pig bouncy castle and ball pits. Animal Barn is where you can take part in lamb and goat feeding, as well as have the opportunity to handle pigs, guinea pigs and groom ponies.

Moors Valley Country Park

Moors Valley covers 750 acres in the Valley of the Moors River. At the heart of the park is the visitor centre which houses a Restaurant, Country Shop and exhibition area. Just a few minutes walk from the Visitor Centre is the Adventure Play Area for older children and a special Castle and Sand Area for toddlers. From the play areas is the picnic area to the picturesque Moors Lake alongside which runs the narrow-gauge steam railway that will take you on a mile long journey through the park.

Adventure WonderLand

Alice in Wonderland themed park with outdoor childs adventure rides, alice in wonderland shows and a first class soft play area within a newly constrcuted building. Caters for 2 to 12 year olds.

Monkey World

At Monkey World they rehabilitate the chimps into large social groups but we keep the females on birth control. There are still many chimps that need rescuing and for this reason we do not allow our animals to breed in order that we have the space and funding to rescue others.

Local Events Sports & Leisure

Sport and Leisure pursuits available in Bournemouth:

Queens Park Golf Club

Queen's Park is one of the oldest municipal golf courses in the Country, founded in 1905 and last year celebrated it's Centenary. This 18 hole, former Championship Course is set in a beautiful location where the fairways meander freely through many acres of lovely heathers.

Meryick Park Golf Club

Meyrick Park is a historic golf course which was established in 1894. Alongside the course is a health club together with The Lodge accommodation. The course is set in 120 acres of undulating scenic parkland. The Club’s demanding test of golf and rich heritage draws golfers from all over Europe.

Bournemouth Surfing

Local Bournemouth Surfing shop, includes info on the local surfing attractions, lessons and equipment.

Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Club

Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Centre has one of the largest greens in the country, containing 9 Indoor rinks. Visitors are always welcome, whether on their own or with their bowls club (indoor or outdoor). They are always happy to arrange friendlies matches with touring bowls sides.

Littledown Public Sports Centre

Large indoor sports centre with a host of wet and dry sporting activities located just a 5 minute drive from The Elstead Hotel.

Christchurch Ski Centre

Christchurch Ski and Leisure Centre, near Bournemouth, is the premier artificial dry ski slope for Hampshire and Dorset, where both adults and children can enjoy a range of skiing activities including skiing lessons, snowboarding lessons and ski practice sessions.
Local Events & Attractions
The Elstead Hotel is set in the coastal town of Bournemouth which has a great reputation for its miles of golden sandy beaches, excellent cuisine, family attractions and lively entertainment.The town is also renowned for its splendid Pleasure Gardens too.

The town is set on the South coast of Dorset which has been designated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', with the Dorset Heritage Coast. Bournemouth benefits from seven miles of glorius beaches that hold two coveted 'Blue Flags' signifying the highest standards of cleanliness, management and facilities.

Bournemouth is blessed with a generally mild climate, making it ideal for a break all year round.
The town centre is traffic-free, that is complemented by a lively cosmopolitan street scene.

Entertainers perform on the corners of streets that are lined with boutiques, cafes and seating areas. There is an intriguing selection of individual shops ranging from antiques and collectibles to designer fashion. There is a street market at Boscombe, a short distance from the hotel

More information regarding local events and attractions can be found by following the links below:

Bournemouth Air Festival

The inaugural More Bus Bournemouth Air Festival is set to dazzle crowds in 2011. The FREE four day spectacular is set against the backdrop of Bournemouth’s seven miles of award-winning beaches, beautiful bay and glorious gardens. More Information can be found on the Bournemouth Tourism Website...

The Bournemouth Tourism Website

A comprehensive website containing a section incorporates a wide range of leisure interests both active and passive. Whether a local or a visitor you should find something there to entertain you.

The Bournemouth International Centre and Pavilion Theatre

Only 5 minutes drive from The Elstead Hotel, The Bournemouth International Centre and Pavilion Theatre has more flexibility for everything from large rock and pop concerts to multi-hall conferences and smaller more intimate meetings to exhibitions, opera, ballet and comedy performance. For the latest Shows, visit their website ...

LightHouse (Previously Poole Arts Centre)

Lighthouse are the largest arts centre outside of London with their 669 seat theatre, 1500 seat concert hall, 150 seat studio, 105 seat cinema, Image Lab/ media suite, a large gallery for photography and digital art, a restaurant and three function rooms!.

The Odeon Cinema

The Odeon is one of the largest cinemas within Bournemouth offering latest and greatest movies in the town centre.

The Bournemouth Borough Council Website

Leisure provides information about all the leisure and tourims activities in Bournemouth, including libraries, events, health, fitness, sport, the seafront, parks and gardens.

The New Forest Online Website

This website is not only packed with business advice, it is also the gateway to further tourist and management information. It hosts local authority tourism pages which provide accommodation and visitor information.

English Heritage Website

From visits to historic properties and battle re-enactments to conservation grants, from archaeological digs to children's books, English Heritage offers exciting insights into the past and helps the past contribute to the lives of everyone now, and in the future.

Tower Park

Tower Park is one of the premier entertainment spots in the South. You can find something for just about every member of the family all on the one site.

Wimborne Minster Model Town and Gardens

A thriving visitor attraction set in the heart of the historic town of Wimborne Minster. Discover, explore and be amazed at the detail and magnificent craftsmanship which has gone into creating our unique and famous Model Town, an exact 1/10 scale replica of Wimborne Minster as it was in the 1950's.

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

Dedicated to preserving and presenting to the public at large, operational examples of historic aircraft.

Compton Acres

Located in Poole, Dorset, Compton Acres is a 10 acre site with one of the most varied selections of gardens in one place anywhere in Europe.

Bennetts Water Gardens

Bennetts Water Gardens is a family run business founded in 1959. The site is now an established tourist attraction where visitors can enjoy a tranquil walk around the gardens and lakes growing thousands of water lilies.

Brownsea Island

Just a short and enjoyable boat trip from the bustle of Poole or Bournemouth, the charm of the landscape, the rich variety of wildlife and an intriguing heritage, make Brownsea a fascinating place to visit.

The Tutankhamun Exhibition

A spectacular re-creation of Tutankhamun's tomb and treasures. This internationally acclaimed exhibition spans time itself.

The Dinosaur Museum

Acclaimed as one of Britain’s top hands-on attractions, the Dinosaur Museum is unique. The incredible world of dinosaurs comes alive in a new way that visitors of all ages will love and enjoy.

Local Entertainment around Bournemouth

The Elstead Hotel is set just on the outskirts of Bournemouth Town Centre which gives access to an array of entertainment options, some of which are listed below:

Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is one of the most prestigious venues for entertainment and events. Only 5 minutes drive from The Elstead Hotel the BIC is one of the South’s premium events centres.

LightHouse (Previously Poole Arts Centre)

Lighthouse are the largest arts centre outside of London with their 669 seat theatre, 1500 seat concert hall, 150 seat studio, 105 seat cinema, Image Lab/ media suite, a large gallery for photography and digital art, a restaurant and three function rooms!.

The Odeon Cinema

The Odeon is one of the largest cinemas within Bournemouth offering latest and greatest movies in the town centre.

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