Between the hills and the sea lie historic towns, unspoilt rural villages, stately homes and it is where the enchanting 'New Forest' is located, with over 145 square miles of lovely areas in the forest, it is England’s largest intact ancient woodlands where the famous herds of ponies run free, an area of outstanding natural beauty thus earning national and international status. There is a myriad of activities, from leisurely walks to visiting pretty coastal towns and beaches with excellent golden sands and the excitement of some of the best entertainment on the south coast, with great shopping, fascinating museums, fabulous bars, restaurants and nightlife. You will find that the bed and breakfast in Bournemouth UK region is of excellent value for money, friendly with immense charm and warm hospitality.
Christchurch where both the rivers Avon and Stour enter the sea in its natural harbour, a popular sailing centre making it the perfect place for watersport enthusiasts it also has six safe glorious sandy beaches that span its marvellous bay. The is a thriving artistic community that include where many writers, contemporary painters, artists and craftspeople living in the area and the old town is dominated by the famous 11th century Priory Church, the longest parish church in England. The local yacht clubs host national regattas and the World Windsurfing Championship for both masters and juniors. You can go sail-boarding, water skiing, take a sea fishing trip, or enjoy some fine fishing in the harbour or at the Royalty fishery on the Avon. During the summer months why not take a ferry trip or hire a boat and watch the diverse wildlife at Stanpit Marshes.
One of Britain’s best loved and perhaps most stylish seaside resorts is Bournemouth, a town that is full of charm and character offering its visitors a myriad of attractions both natural and commercial for all the family with seven miles of glorious golden sand beaches, a bustling pier, theatres, lovingly tendered leisure parks and beautiful gardens all set against the breathtaking natural beauty of the coastline. Don’t miss the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum or Dorset’s top family attraction, The Alice in Wonderland Family Park, set in seven acres this uniquely themed parkland has exhilarating runaway train roller coaster and yo-yo rides, hilarious water wars catapults, flying elephants, space orbiter, a giant astro slide and an adventure play centre for the tiny tots with world famous panto-style stories, to name but a few. Another place of interest are the historic Sherborne Castle built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594.
Other exciting attractions include the Bournemouth Aviation Museum, a collection of ex-military and civilian aircraft with many that still fly today. You can view aircraft such as Hunters, MIG17, Vampire, Jet Provost, BAC-111, Buccaneer and the world’s last flying sea Vixen. Also on display is a romantic 1934 Dragon Rapide, recent additions to the Museum include a stunning Sea Fury and Lightning cockpit. There is also an outdoor viewing area where you can grab a bite to eat and admire a display of model airplanes. If you like the secrets of the ocean, then head for the Oceanarium where you will come face to face with marine life, explore the fully interactive aquarium and meet the ocean creatures such as rare green marine turtles, stingrays, exotic fish, sharks and piranhas to chameleons, terrapins and tortoises, walk through the impressive underwater tunnel and experience touch screen games, feeding demonstrations and learn more about the fascinating underwater world.
Visit the spectacular World Jurassic Coastline Heritage Centre, notable for its geology and geomorphology along the stunning coastline. Walking is also very popular as there are ample parking facilities making it a lot easier for everyone to see the beautiful changing scenery before you.
You’ll find pretty little villages like West Lulworth consisting of old thatched cottages dating back 300 years surrounding the parish church and the world famous attractions of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove most celebrated for its cove, a natural horseshoe-shaped harbour in a beautiful, almost semi-circular shore-line, with an amazing collection of unique geological treasures featuring natural arches, caves, sea-stacks and high cliffs where you’ll find excellent exposures of folded Jurassic and exposed twisted rock strata. On the cliffs to the east you can sample a fantastic walk along the cliff’s top and where you’ll find the Fossil Forest and Mupe Bay with an ancient soil and tree remains, it is perhaps the most-visited geological locality in Britain, although the footpath is within an MoD Restricted Area and only open at weekends and August. Fishing with rods from the beach is permissible, or you can swim, sunbathe and explore the many beautiful pristine beaches, other activities in the surrounding area include, climbing, mountain biking, bird watching, boat trips and kite flying.
Nearby you’ll find popular beauty spots and other picturesque hamlets like that of Coombe Keynes, the charm of this tiny settlement is tucked away in the beautiful Dorset countryside with its array of thatched houses that combine a wonderful blend of mellow stone and greenery, dark brown heathstone and brick that were randomly arranged during the 18th century. Apart from excellent walking facilities, you’ll also find horse riding and trekking over farm and heathland through wonderful woodlands with lovely scenic coastal views that are very popular with both adults and children. An accessible vacation destination suitable for every taste and the bed and breakfast in the Bournemouth UK area is second to none with breath-taking scenery.
Visit the historic riverside town of Wareham situated on the River Frome and nearby River Piddle where you can enjoy some unusual fishing. The town's oldest features are the town ancient walls and the earth ramparts surrounding it built during the 9th century by Alfred the Great.
Fishing is free for coarse fish downstream and if you have a national rod licence then you can fish on the banks of the River Frome. Once you find the car park at Wareham Quay, you’ll see there are a few restaurants as well as a couple of friendly pubs, a delightful way to have a nice pint of beer while you are fishing. The town also has a marvellous collection of Lawrence of Arabia's photographs and ephemera, there is an effigy of T.E. Lawrence in St Martins Church. He died in a motorcycle accident at nearby Bovington, now famous for its Tank Museum, which is one of Dorset's top visitor attractions. The museum holds a Rolls Royce armoured car and a Borough Superior motorcycle.
The town of Sandford is situated near the Royal Signals Museum where exhibitions and heritage attractions of spies, codes and secret agents are on display and where you can discover the Science and Technology of Communications with hands on experiments and interactive devices. Here you can crack codes, invent a spy gadget or experience how the secret agents were trained. Not too far is the Monkey World where you can see primates from all over the world. Living at the park is the largest group of chimpanzees outside of Africa with orang-utans, gibbons, and many more primates enclosed in spacious surroundings amongst a natural woodland setting. In the Malagasy habitat you can even walk through the lemurs forest and come nose-to-nose with these beautiful animals. Additionally there is a woodland walk and pets encounter area for picnics, an outdoor fun adventure for the children as well as amusements, café and gift shops. Ferndown is situated on the River Stour where fishing is excellent and you’ll find it is a good base in which to explore the surrounding countryside where you’ll find the Tower Park Leisure Complex.
The medieval port of Poole and the Waterfront Museum tells a great deal about its historic past, hear all about the smuggler's tale and the Studland Bay wreck dating from the 1520's. Visit the famous Poole Pottery and the 100-year old Poole Park, it features some magnificent flower displays with a jungle playground, a miniature railway and a large boating lake. You can play on the immaculate bowling-green, try the crazy golf or putt the golf course. Poole beaches are renowned to be amongst the cleanest and finest in England and are often referred to as the 'British Florida Keys'. You’ll also find excellent facilities for boating and water sports, including windsurfing, jetskiing and for the angler there is good quality mackerel and deep-sea fishing. You’ll find Poole Quay has many attractions with numerous shops, excellent museums and art galleries, restaurants, cafés, bars and traditional pubs, many with excellent views of the harbour with all the splendid yachts and boats bobbing on the blue waters. A vibrant and bubbly region with an exciting atmosphere, offering friendly and cosy bed and breakfast in the Bournemouth UK region.
For a delightful seaside vacation then visit Swanage a resort of immense charm which attracts families and visiting yachtsmen to its stunning Bay and award-winning beaches. Choose from the traditional cosy tea-rooms serving wonderful tasty cream teas and hearty cuisine ranging from pub-food to continental cuisine or you may opt to try the takeaway, seafood specialities of traditional fish and chips. To see and admire the breathtaking coastal scenery at its very best, then why not take The Swanage Railway at Swanage to Norden, a distance of six miles through the beautiful Purbeck Hills of unspoilt countryside and picturesque villages. Nearby is the ancient Corfe Common and Creech Grange Arch, an outstanding area with spectacular views and unique views of historic Corfe Castle can be seen from the train. See one of Britain's most majestic ruins, this 1,000-year old castle dominates the skyline of the Isle of Purbeck. The castle has an eventful history, having been an important stronghold since the time of William the Conqueror.
As a resort, the enchantment of the New Forest in Hampshire is endless, enjoy the timeless beauty in a unique natural and cultural heritage area where you’ll find the beautiful localities of New Milton situated on the edge of the forest among tranquil country lanes. With its wide range of shops, restaurants and pubs it is not too far from a stunning stretch of coastline. For those who prefer a more leisurely form of transport then you can take a Horse Drawn Wagon Ride into the forest from the enchanting village of Burley, renowned for its association with witches, both ancient and modern. Browse the truly amazing Coven of Witches gift shop, stroll the little winding main street home to quaint shops selling antiques and gifts, finally a visit to "The Studio" in Pound Lane which is the home to a group of local artists should provide an interesting detour. Surprisingly it has remained untouched by time, steeped in old customs and history, enabling the visitor to unwind and enjoy its tranquil simplicity.
The picturesque market town of Ringwood where there are a wealth of attractions and places to visit was once, centuries ago, the sole province of Kings, Queens and Nobility and became William the Conqueror’s hunting ground. Today, the forest is a wonderful playground for tourists who come to explore and enjoy the wild woodland scenery, sparkling streams and rivers, wooded glades, heaths and stay in the ancient villages crammed with picturesque, thatched roofed cottages and picture-post-card flower filled gardens. The landscape is dominated by rich grazing lands for the wild and beautiful New Forest ponies who can be seen almost anywhere and are used to visitors. You can hike, cycle, ride a horse and picnic within the peaceful woods and clearings near ponds, watch out for beautifully shy fallow deer, who usually like to keep their distance. If it’s bird life you like, then don’t miss the Owl Sanctuary with its amazing collection of owls and birds of prey. For something a bit more daring why not have an exhilarating and hell raising experience and ‘Go Ape’ on an extreme high wire forest adventure where participants traverse through the canopy, negotiating scramble nets just as Tarzan did as you swing and zip through some 35ft off the forest floor! To experience a slower pace of life taking in spectacular scenery, enjoying a round of golf, or just expressing your say over a traditional pint in a friendly country pub, then the bed and breakfast in Bournemouth UK area is for you! No matter what time of year you choose you’ll find friendly warm ambience everywhere!