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Explore our region

There are so many beautiful and interesting places to enjoy near Bournemouth. Neighbouring Poole has the largest natural harbour in Europe and is renowned for its watersports. There's also the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast and the New Forest National Park, and world-famous archaeological wonder of Stonehenge is close too. 

Explore the historic coastline of the Isle of Purbeck by taking the ferry to Studland Bay from Sandbanks (where you can see some of the UK's most expensive properties). Here you'll discover the Jurassic Coast – a 185-million-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning 96 miles from Old Harry Rocks in Swanage to Orcombe Point near Exmouth. It's an area of unique natural beauty, adorned with beautiful coves and bays, including Lulworth Cove, Lyme Bay and Durdle Door.

In Poole, speedway offers a great night out, while art lovers can enjoy theatre, dance and live music at the Lighthouse. Tower Park entertainment centre has a multiplex cinema, ten-pin bowling, Splashdown and a huge range of restaurants, while Poole Quay offers waterside pubs, bars, restaurants and shopping.

Head east and you’ll find historic Christchurch and its 11th-century priory, castle ruins, nature reserves and quay. And the New Forest National Park – with its native wild ponies – offers the perfect opportunity for a picnic with friends. The picturesque towns of Beaulieu, Brockenhurst and Lymington offer rural footpaths and challenging bike rides.