Things to do by bus this winter

6 months ago Mon 13th Jan 2020

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Winter is in full force. As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, even the best of us can get a little down. But fear not, because there is plenty of things to do right here in Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding area - and they're all accessible by bus! We have compiled a list of some of our favourite places to visit.

Bournemouth Pier

The iconic Bournemouth Pier dates back to the mid-19th century and is still bursting with character. Over 300m in length, the pier is packed with all-weather entertainment from amusement arcades to adrenaline pumping activities. Rock Reef adventure centre offers pulse-racing activities for thrill-seekers of all ages and PierZip whizzes people on a zip wire 40ft above sea level, from pier to beach! After all that action, you’re sure to be hungry – luckily whatever you fancy, the pier will provide. Grab a coffee and sandwich, enjoy a traditional fish and chips or treat yourself to a cocktail at Aruba Restaurant and bar where you can enjoy 180-degree views of the town’s beautiful coastline.

Take a Coastal Walk

Warmer weather and lighter evenings make spring the perfect time to enjoy a coastal walk. Bournemouth is surrounded by amazing countryside so it’s the perfect place to head if you want to get some fresh sea air and feel the sun on your face. Take a leisurely stroll from Bournemouth Pier to Sandbanks beach and enjoy beautiful seaside views along the way. There are no hills to tackle on this walk and plenty of cafés and restaurants along the way. If you’re a regular hiker, you will appreciate the walk from Bournemouth Pier to Swanage, which takes in stunning views of Old Harry Rocks, and The Pinnacles, Studland and Bournemouth beaches.

Spend the day with some furry friends at Farmer Palmers

Farmer Palmers Farm Park is packed with fun-filled play and lots of cute and friendly animals! With attractions designed specifically with under 8s in mind, the park is guaranteed to keep your little ones entertained throughout your stay. Hop on the Purbeck Breezer 40 from Poole and get off right outside the door.

Explore Bournemouth parks and gardens

Bournemouth is home to over 2,000 acres of green parks and gardens which provide a peaceful escape from the bustling town. The Upper, Lower and Central Gardens are the most popular and retain much of their Victorian character. From the sea front you can take a beautiful 1.5 mile walk through these gardens, admiring colourful flowers, unusual wildlife and lush lawns. Alum Chine is best known for its award winning tropical garden, which in the 1920s was laid with paths, borders and stonewalls to create a terrace garden overlooking the bay (so don’t skip the view point!).

Take a trip to the Oceanarium

Take an underwater adventure and learn all about the fascinating creatures from above and below the waves at Bournemouth’s very own aquarium. Come face to face with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, dwarf crocodiles, clownfish and even a cute colony of penguins. At Oceanarium, you will travel through the amazon, Great Barrier Reef and even the Ganges to see over 150 species of fish. Watch the water come alive while penguins, otters, and sea turtles get their grub during daily feed talks and if you’re feeling brave, why not join the sharks in the virtual interactive dive cage? Make sure you stop off for a refreshment at Bay View Terrace for panoramic views of Bournemouth bay.

Delve deeper into the beautiful Compton Acres gardens

Compton Acres boasts over 3000 species of plants, some which grow nowhere else in the county. With over 10 acres of gardens, Compton Acres is home to a magnificent collection of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. The gardens of Compton Acres are laid out on a circular route, rather like jewels on a necklace. This unique layout allows visitors to discover each of the gardens in turn. There is a step free route around the garden.

Visit the New Forest towns

Visit the market town of Lymington, located on the edge of the Lymington Estuary the town has a very nautical feel! Wander through the local salt marshes and enjoy the coastal scenery and wildlife before enjoying some traditional fish and chips in the marina. Saturday is market day in Lymington and it really brings the High Street to life!

Get to Lymington on the X1 or X2 buses from Bournemouth.

Why not delve a bit further and head to Ringwood?

Home to Ringwood Brewery, a collection of designer and independent shops, large supermarkets including Sainsbury’s and Waitrose as well as an abundance of delightful cafes, Ringwood is a wonderful place to whittle away a few hours. Market day in Ringwood is a Wednesday, which is well worth a look.

Get to Ringwood on the X3, X6, 38 buses and once there travel around town on the Ringo.

Head on an adventure to Corfe Castle

The dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle stand on a natural hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck Hills. As you can see it guards the gap between the south of Purbeck, where Purbeck marble was once quarried, and the rest of England.

Finish your day with a cream tea at the tea-room in the heart of Corfe Castle village, which has unique views of the castle from the garden and a cosy atmosphere.

Shoot some balls at Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf 

Causing havoc across the town, a motley crew must be stopped but the King’s Men are too few and the rest of the town are too scared to intervene. Join Archie the dog and the daring Moonshadow Gang, or side with the fearless King's Men as you chase through historic Bournemouth on a thrilling golfing adventure. Try not to be seen in the old church, spot the barrels of rum and tally up your score to see where will your loyalties lie. Get putting to find out!

Spend the day in Swanage

Swanage is a popular destination with award winning sandy beaches and beautiful countryside. It offers many sports and activities from a relaxing walk in the countryside to cycle routes for all abilities and for the more adventurous rock climbing and water sports. Enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants and cafes or have a drink in one of the local pubs or bars, or shop in one of the businesses offering local food – whatever you fancy, you will find something for everyone.

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Tickets are available from your driver and you can pay using cash or contactless on-board. Some tickets are also available on the clickit2ride mobile app and theKey smartcard.