SUMMER HOLIDAY WEEKENDS: BOURNEMOUTH BEACH
Who knew we were going to actually have a summer this year?! It’s been such beautiful sunshine that we decided to head to a beach that embarrassingly we haven’t been to before; Bournemouth. It’s about 45 minutes away by train which is the best way to travel as there’s not much room for parking there, but I’d somehow thought that the beach we usually visit at Christchurch was all there was to Bournemouth Beach! It wasn’t. Ha ha. Bournemouth was MUCH more fun.
When we arrived I had to read the map to see just where the beach was [20 minutes’ walk it said on the guide] and we took off with our picnic basket in search of sea air.
They had fun wandering through the underpasses and following the signs to the seafront. I was suspicious of the 20 minute claim, especially with three little boys – but we did arrive within 20 minutes at the seafront!
We finally arrived at the REAL Bournemouth Beach, and I felt like a complete idiot. We weren’t just at the beach, we were at the seaside. The boys were excited and we headed to the sand to see what there was to do for the day. There were people EVERYWHERE and I wished right there and then I’d packed beach toys, floaties, and a BBQ. Haha. The boys found a giant ice cream though so they were happy at least.
There was also the cutest vintage looking funfair complete with Helter Skelter [which I love the look of, and it screams Disney Boardwalk to me, but I will never, EVERRR let my boys on because I’m terrified of them falling off the side and plummeting to their doom]. So instead, in Mary Popping STyle [and yes, we do sing Chim Chiminee as we go around] Hero and I rode the carousel whilst Jens and Yotie took Gav to the arcades to play Luigi’s Haunted Mansion [a favourite from Butlins] and then we went on the Bournemouth equivalent of the London Eye. I was completely terrified all of the way around, but it was AMAZING to see Bournemouth from way up high. I will never, ever love big wheels. Ever.
The carousel was much better than the arcade. Ha ha. I have a huge love of any carousel with horses on them. Lucky for me the boys are still small enough that I don’t need to look like an oddball taking photos of them and riding them.
Another favourite of the boys at the funfair [and every.single.pier] that we visit which has these boards. They have no idea about the jokes thankfully but they love seeing their faces on other bodies. They will pose behind EVERY one they can find. They work together so that each of them gets a chance to pop through whilst I’m whistling and shouting where I’m photographing them from to get them all to look the same way before they collapse.
We found the most impressive surfboard wall attached to a restaurant on Bournemouth promenade. I think it was one of the main attractions for everyone under 10 years old. The boys need a few more surfing lessons I’m thinking. The posing wasn’t really Beach Boy perfect, but they loved the shark and skeletons. Now they want to know if we can make one of these at home. I mean, sure, why not, huh?We headed for an ice cream next and eagle-eyed Yotie had spotted Ben and Jerry’s earlier. Hero managed to lick his cone and have it drop onto the floor, which resulted in instant tears, a hard Paddington stare at the ice cream vendor who practically perched the ice cream on top of the cone instead of actually packing it in for a small child to eat normally, and then the purchase of a new cone, so we could wander down to the sea to have a paddle and chase the waves.
We finished the Bournemouth Beach day off before heading back to the train by eating the now infamous Shhhhicken Shhhunks [Heros pronunciation of chicken chunks] at Harry Ramsden’s restaurant and laughing until we hurt. Best impromptu seaside day ever – and even better ride home as we decided to try first class. I’m slightly worried that the boys [and Gav] enjoyed it a bit too much. Haha.
Looks like lots of fun with plenty to keep the kids busy
We absolutely loved it, we could have stayed there much longer! I can’t believe we hadn’t been before – shameful! haha
Your photos are absolutely stunning – it looks like you all had such a good time in Bournemouth! It’s not somewhere I’ve been before, but now I’d love to visit 🙂
Thank you so much! You should take a trip there, it was SO much fun! I can’t get the smell of doughnuts out of my mind though 😉 haha
Looks like a fab day out! Bournemouth was my go to for summer as a kid- nice to see it hasn’t changed too much!
I’m so glad it hasn’t changed much – I love when seaside places still remind us of our childhood!
You are actually not the first one telling me they went there this week! It is such a popular for the Summer and I am yet to visit it! It looks fab and my little one would love for sure the train!
I’m not surprised – it was so busy because it’s so much fun! The little train was adorable, you cant beat a land train!
We used to go to Bournemouth as kids. Looks like a lovely day out you had. I love the surf board wall!
I would have had a go too, if I’d thought it would hold me up! haha
I love the beach and the seaside, but for some reason never consider Bournemouth. It’s a bit far from us, but not that far really – definitely doable in a day. I’m with you – I adore a vintage carousel! There’s something so beautiful and hypnotic about them. You’re never too old to ride them in my book. I love the surfboard wall too – it looks like so much fun! Gorgeous photos as always.
It’s amazing how far you can go in one day here, but we hardly ever venture out! We need to do it more, it was such a great day!
We have had a fantastic summer so far haven’t we?
It looks like you had great fun. I’m quite envious… We haven’t gone near the beach this year. Haha!
We have been incredibly lucky – I was so sure we’d have non stop miserable weather like last year! We’re heading to the beach again next week I hope!
Ah Bournemouth is my home town, it’s amazing how much I took the beach for granted when I lived so close. Now I go back you visit family and friends and it’s great! Glad you enjoyed it, the pictures are lovely.
It’s always the way when it’s on your doorstep isn’t it? We need to get out to our beaches more!
What a great place to visit. Bournemouth is somewhere we’ve not been since before kids. Will have to add it to the list though as it looks great! I especially love the look of the surf board – you photos as ever are amazing x
Lovely photo’s. I have lots of good memories of Bournemouth after several family holiday’s there.