Bournemouth town centre runs through the Lower Gardens – where you can enjoy a hot air balloon flight – down to the seafront. The stunning seven-mile-long golden beach holds four European blue flags and two Seaside Awards. You can stroll along the traditional English pier or get an adrenaline rush surfing, kitesurfing, paddle boarding or on the pier's zip wire – or relax with a coffee or something to eat at one of the many seaside cafes and restaurants.
The bustling, pedestrianised town centre has your all favourite high street shops, including Superdry, Topshop and Primark, as well as department stores like House of Fraser and Debenhams and a range of independent boutiques. The town square hosts live music and activities and each summer Bournemouth hosts the largest free air festival in Europe. And as well as many places to enjoy a drink, you'll find great priced cafés and restaurants including Thai, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Italian.
Bournemouth comes alive at night with clubs, bars, restaurants, live music and theatres. The Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth O2 Academy and Pavilion Theatre attract international stars, as does the Students’ Union venue, The Old Fire Station. UB40, The Strypes, Noah And The Whale, The Kooks, and comedian Eddie Izzard have all played Bournemouth recently.
Bournemouth is also home to a thriving high-tech digital industry, fuelled by BU expertise and graduates. A Tech Nation report in 2015 highlighted Bournemouth as having the ‘fastest growing digital economy in the UK’ with The Telegraph identifying Bournemouth University graduates as being ‘key to this new lease of life’.