Get out and about this winter
5 months ago
The nights are getting darker and the temperature is dropping. That can only mean one thing... Christmas is fast approaching. We have listed places for a great family day out and festive magic to be enjoyed this year. Don't forget to check out our Christmas and New Year bus times.
Get your winter warmers on and head down to the square where you’ll be met with the hustle and bustle of festive traders offering the very best local retail and catering goods! Take refuge in the exclusive, two-storey Alpine lodge which is back by popular demand following the success from last year! Sip mulled wine, indulge in the festive delicacies and soak up the atmosphere during this magical time of year!
Spectacular Christmas tree trail, enchanting illuminations and seasonal family fun. Experience the magic display of over 100 glittering trees and wonderful illuminations.
Whether you're a Dancing on Ice champion, a total newbie or just about anything in between, you can be sure to find some festive euphoria on the surface of the real, genuine ice. The rink is held within the canopies of Bournemouth's Lower Gardens, which have been magically brought to life for the Christmas season.
Take a Winter Beach 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.
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.
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.
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. Plus, they have father Christmas visiting every weekend (or at 11am Tue/Wed) during December. Only £7 extra & you recieve a present.
At Tower Park, Poole, a galaxy of entertainment unfolds. With the Splashdown Water Park, Tenpin bowling, kid’s soft play, bingo and a range of restaurants, there's enough to keep you busy whatever the weather.
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.