Treat that special man in your life to an unforgettable Father’s Day this year with an original Bournemouth adventure. There’s so many ways to enjoy our town’s stunning beach, forest and parkland, attractions and day trips abound and, of course, countless opportunities for eating and drinking!
F is for Food and Drink Festival
Bournemouth’s popular Food and Drink Festival returns from 15 – 24 June 2018, filling Bournemouth Square with delicious flavours and aromas from various world cuisines. Grab a generous helping of paella or a slab of wood-fired pizza to eat in the Lower Gardens or take a pew at The People’s Kitchen to watch the experts whip up a culinary masterpiece as you slug down the champagne and oysters!
A is for Alum Chine
With the weather (hopefully) picking up, now is a great chance to find your favourite stretch of beach before summer properly sets in. Alum Chine is a particularly beautiful stretch just beyond Durley to the west of Bournemouth Pier on the border of the Poole beaches. It’s home to the impressive Vesuvio Italian restaurant, a thrilling adventure play park, the stunning Argyll Gardens and a beautiful woodland walkway, which guides you through to the upmarket Westbourne district past three iconic bridges (the arched bridge replaces one Winston Churchill fell from while playing as a boy in 1892!)
T is for Tennis
Bournemouth has a lot of tennis facilities around the town and in the bordering districts whether you’re after a pay-and-play arrangement or you want to join a glamourous members-only club. Grab your rackets and enjoy a set or two in Bournemouth Central Gardens or the heart of Poole Park, check out your local club in Southbourne, Winton, Mudeford, Iford, Branksome Park, Redhill or West Hants or head to a nearby park for an informal knockabout to work on your Murray serve ready for Wimbledon fortnight!
H is for Holiday spirit
Whether you’re visiting Bournemouth for Father’s Day weekend or you’re a resident of the town, why not treat yourself to a
beach hut for the weekend and enjoy more luxurious beach trips with the benefit of somewhere to get changed, store the inevitable boogie boards, balls, endless changes of clothes and towels and, of course, enjoy cups of tea on tap! You can hire huts from Bournemouth Council, from private owners or why not sample Boscombe’s swish new beach pods and stay for the night!
E is for Entertainment
Bournemouth is fortunate to have a number of theatres and entertainment complexes both in the town centre and in the surrounding towns. Check out An Audience with Prem Rawat at the BIC and Little Mix Experience at The Tivoli in Wimborne both performing on Father’s Day evening. Or do your bit for charity by attending Shelley Theatre’s Father’s Day Charity Concert, which is fundraising to provide instrumental tuition to financially disadvantaged children. The event will see Jack Maguire, former co-leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra joined in concert by talented young local musicians.
R is for Restaurants
Have you tried any of the new restaurants that have launched this year at Bh2 Leisure on Exeter Road in the heart of Bournemouth Town Centre? With thirteen brand-spanking dining establishments and a giant Odeon multiplex too, dad can really fill his boots here regardless of whether he’s a fast fooder or slap-up banqueter! If the weather’s rotten why not book in for a trip to the flicks while you’re there?
S is for Scrum
If dad’s a sports fan, peel him off the couch to catch the culmination of the first ever British beach rugby 5s tournament on Boscombe Beach. This international event will see twenty teams of men and women battle it out for victory and Father’s Day on the Sunday will also feature a closing ceremony, beach festival and party.
D is for Dip
If dad’s usually content to let the kids paddle in the water while he rests his eyes on the beach, why not coerce him into taking the plunge with some paddleboarding, kite surfing or jetskiing around some of Poole’s beautiful bays? If he’s not too keen on the cold you could settle for taking a boat trip across to Brownsea Island or a boat tour along the Jurassic Coast. And if he still just wants to sit and spectate, the town’s splash parks and paddling pools are now open and great places for the kids to play while he kicks back with a well-deserved cuppa and a newspaper.
A is for Adventures
Encourage dad show off his boy scout skills at one of the town’s numerous adventure centres. Head for the climbing walls of Rock Reef on Bournemouth Pier, book in for some outdoor pursuits at Butcher’s Coppice, build dens in the woods at Upton Country Park, Moors Valley or Avon Heath Country Park or go on a river trek and nature walk along your favourite part of the River Stour.
Y is for Youth
Give dad the night off and let him relive his youth in some of the town’s many nightspots and clubs. Whether his old stomping ground was Bournemouth or Boscombe, Poole Quay, Tower Park, Ashley Cross or Christchurch, tell him to round up the lads and get ready to throw some rusty shapes on the dance floor!
Whatever you decide to do with your dad this Father’s Day, there’s no doubt Bournemouth has something for everyone – whether he’s a couch potato, a wannabe Bear Grylls, frustrated Olympian, pub golfer or the world’s most dedicated spectator / sun worshipper / official family photographer!