Bournemouth has all the trappings of the perfect family weekend away. Miles of sandy beaches, acres of unspoiled countryside (the New Forest National Park is on your doorstep) and most importantly, plenty of child-friendly activities.

BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a selection of the best activities for a great day out in Bournemouth.

Things to Do In Bournemouth With Children

Family Friendly Places to Stay in Bournemouth

Family Restaurants & Cafes in Bournemouth

1. Compton Ares

Admire over 10 acres of beautifully manicured gardens at Compton Acres, that is to say a fabulous day out for all the family. Constructed in 1920, these are certainly some of the UK’s finest privately owned gardens. Firstly explore The Italian Garden, secondly The Japanese Garden, then The Wooded Valley and more. There’s a charming tea room to retire to after all that fresh air. In addition, a plant centre and gift shop for green fingered inspiration to take home.

Address: Canford Cliffs Rd, Poole BH13 7ES

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 4pm / 6pm (winter / summer)


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2. The Beach

Alum Chine Beach is voted the best in the area for families. Boasting both green and blue flag awards, a pirate themed playground, tropical gardens. Moreover a paddling pool for little ones and colourful beach huts to hire. The gently sloping sand makes certainly swimming safe all year round, and there are lifeguards on watch from May to September.

Address: Alum Chine, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH4 8HS

Opening Hours: 24/7


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3. Splashdown Waterpark

A water park offers guaranteed fun for the family, and this is one of the UK’s best. Offering 13 indoor and outdoor rides for older kids and three ‘splash zones’ for young ones (under five yrs.) Chill out with the kids as you glide down the lazy river or choose the Infinity flume, which is accompanied by dance music and laser beams. Don’t forget your camera for some great action snaps!

Address: Tower Park, Poole BH12 4NY

Opening Hours: Opening times vary, check the website for more info.


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4. Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

This 82 acre country park is a fantastic place to visit with kids on a sunny day. For instance, discover the mile long Play Trail’s wooden play equipment, or brave the treetop trail’s wooden walk ways. Keep your eyes peeled for The Gruffalo and his friends, as you meander along one of the cycle trails. Also head to the Zog activity trail for dragon themed adventures. In other words, a charming place to spend the day soaking up fresh air and nature. You will be guaranteed a fantastic Day Out in Bournemouth.

Address: Horton Rd, Ashley Heath BH24 2ET

Opening Hours: Open daily 8am – 5/6/7pm (depending on season)


5. Adventure Wonderland

A family theme park for children under 12, Adventure Wonderland has to keep your brood entertained all day. There’s a miniature railway, a maze, teacup rides and much more. In addition, expect to meet lots of favourite childhood characters too, including Alice in Wonderland. If the weather turns wet, fear not, there’s in addition, an indoor Aztec Adventure playground to explore!

Address: Merritown Ln, Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6BA

Opening Hours: Open daily 10am – 6pm


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At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels. We hope you will have a great Day Out in Bournemouth.

So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Bournemouth for your next family weekend, just visit our different Bournemouth pages to find what this destination has to offer.

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