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Half Term Bournemouth: The Perfect Beach Holiday

When considering a UK beach staycation, it’s important to make sure that there will be plenty to keep you and the kids entertained should rain postpone your sunbathing plans. That’s why fun-filled Bournemouth, with its array of premium Bournemouth serviced apartments, should be at the top of your list when it comes to your school holiday plans. Booking a half term Bournemouth staycation will ensure you and your family have plenty to see and do, come rain or shine. Read on to discover the many incredible attractions on offer.

Southbourne Beach

Southbourne beach
The peaceful and contemplative evenings at Southbourne promise a relaxing experience

Of all the beaches Bournemouth has to offer, Southbourne Beach is perhaps the most peaceful and scenic. This Blue Flag award winning beach has broad, clean sands and offers stunning views of the English Channel and nearby Isle of Wight. Less built up than Bournemouth’s central beach, Southbourne benefits from a few pubs and other venues, but its main appeal is its simplicity. Walk ways and cycle paths are ideal for those who like to explore and take photographs of the majestic panorama, while on sunny days it’s essential to take a dip with the kids before indulging in some well-earned sun bathing. A half term Bournemouth stay simply wouldn’t be complete without spending some time at this incredible beach.

Highgrove House lounge perfect for half term Bournemouth holiday
Highgrove House is beautifully appointed, making it ideal for a luxurious family half term holiday

Family Pad – If you’re intending to take a large family to Bournemouth this half term, Highgrove House provides the maximum amount of space one could expect from our range of Bournemouth serviced apartments. Five minutes away from the town centre, and within easy reach of all of Bournemouth’s top attractions, this house contains two double bedrooms, a twin bedroom and a king sized master bedroom, meaning there is ample room for everyone.

Oceanarium

Oceanarium shark half term Bournemouth
See the creatures that you won’t encounter at the beach (thankfully!)

When the beach is rained off, continue the maritime adventure by taking the family to Oceanarium. Located right off the beach front near the pier, this aquarium couldn’t be better positioned, with multiple takeaways, chip shops and ice cream shops within walking distance for a lunchtime snack. Inside, you can discover over 150 species of fish, including crowd favourites such as sharks, pufferfish and stingrays – and not forgetting the Disney famous clownfish. With otters, crustaceans and a host of reptiles also inhabiting the aquarium, hours can be spent learning about marine life and seeing the beautiful creatures of our seas up close. A new exhibit, the Penguin Beach Encounter, allows guests to see the penguins gliding below the water up close through toughened class – a memory no child will soon forget.

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Hengistbury Head half term Bournemouth
Hengistbury Head is a spectacular oasis beside the sea

Escape into nature during your Bournemouth school holidays break by visiting the Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre. This spectacular headland south of Christchurch Harbour offers outstanding views across the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. You can easily explore the area on a self-guided visit; for a small fee you can purchase a detailed area map from the visitor centre which points out the major geological features of the area, including the incredible Bronze Age barrows. The visitor centre itself is well worth a visit, as it features a wildlife garden with plenty of discoveries to be made, a shop and an exhibition space filled with history and facts about the remarkable area and its nature. You can even make your way there on the Hengistbury land train – a sure fire way to get your half term Bournemouth staycation off to good start!

St Michael's Apartment lounge
Comfortable and cosy, St Michael’s Apartments are a perfect half term retreat

Beach Retreat – The one or two bedroom St. Michael’s Apartments are ideal for small families who need somewhere close to the beach for their half term holiday. Restaurants, bars, the arcades and many more amenities are within walking distance, making these properties perfectly placed for those looking to enjoy the sights and sounds of the town during their Bournemouth break.

Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf

Smugglers Cove Golf
Nothing brings a family together like a game of crazy golf!

No family trip to Bournemouth would be complete without a good old fashioned game of crazy golf. Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf is based upon the town’s smuggling past, and invites you to join the Moonshadow Gang as you putt your way through 1700s Bournemouth. Fun is guaranteed across 18 holes of action and adventure – all within view of Bournemouth’s central beach. A family ticket – for two adults and three children – costs just £28.00 and last entry is 6pm, so there really is no excuse not to get yourself, and your little smugglers, down to this golfing bazaar.

All set for your half term Bournemouth staycation? Explore our full range of Bournemouth serviced apartments today to begin your booking. Alternatively view some of our other recommended UK staycation cities and discover your next holiday destination today.

Charles McIntyre

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