DID YOU KNOW
An ice cream and a sandy beach go hand in hand, so naturally every year about 750,000 ice creams are devoured on Bournemouth’s seven miles of beachfront. On average, a massive 30,000 will be sold on a busy weekend and we applaud anyone who’s brave enough to tackle a Neapolitan three-scoop (especially in the winter).
WHAT TO DO
Sitting atop a cliff and overlooking the coast in all its glory, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is one of the last Victorian houses to be built in England. It’s filled with stunning marble and bronze sculptures, stunning paintings and a completely dreamy Japanese garden.
BEST VANTAGE POINT
Take a trip to the wild side – Hengistbury Head. Projecting out into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford, this nature reserve is a Stone Age archaeology site home to woodland and wildlife, which overlooks beautiful, (sometimes) blue waters.
WHAT TO EAT
Eating fish and chips by the sea is a rite of passage and in Bournemouth Chez Fred is the only place to go. Eat in or get a takeaway and have it on the beach to be really authentic. Question is, do you get mushy peas or gravy?
WHERE TO DRINK
Go on a whiskey field trip to Smokin’ Aces, a cocktail lounge with a rock ‘n’ roll edge and moody, sophisticated interiors. Whilst they specialise in whiskey, they can also make any classic cocktail to your liking. We suggest getting something unique to Smokin’ Aces – the Boom Chickaboom – not only does it pack a punch, but it’s also pretty fun to ask for at the bar…
WHAT TO WEAR
Going for a walk along the sea front? Dress the part. Guys wrap up warm in a coat, trousers and a casual tee – girls you’re going to want to bring a jacket too, choose jeans or a skirt, and a simple T-shirt to complete your look.
Passing through? Be sure to pop in to our new store and say hello to our fabulous team. Our store locator is here.