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Bournemouth/Poole City Guide

Written by Helen

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In need of some cheap things to do with the family in the Dorset area? I know days out can soon add up and cost a fortune especially if your are on holiday and have lots of mouths to feed.

Days Out With Kids office is based in Bournemouth and we know firsthand that there’s plenty of free things to do with the family around this area. We have gathered together a few here:

Bournemouth Central Gardens

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These long gardens extend from the town centre to the Coy Pond and has numerous attractions for the family to enjoy. There are tennis courts, a children’s play area, beautiful flower and rose beds and access to Bournemouth beach. The play area has an interactive play sculpture, play house, slide, nest swing, climbing frame with cargo nets and a cableway/zip-line and sand pit. The lower gardens has a mini golf course with 12 holes for the family to battle it out (small fee), there is an aviary with lots of tropical birds, bandstand and an outdoor art gallery.
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Bournemouth Pier Fireworks (summer months)

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Every Friday in the summer months at 10pm the lights go out on Bournemouth Pier and there is a spectacular fireworks display! It’s maybe a little late for some kids, but it’s worth staying up for!
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Bournemouth Air Festival, 20th -23rd August

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In it’s 8th year now is Bournemouth Air Festival will see the Red Arrows appear 4 days is a row! Between Boscombe Pier and Bournemouth Pier find loads of little stores, a large display by the Royal Navy with a 4 ship fleet, which includes the French Navy’s FS Sagittaire alongside the RFA Argus, HMS Westminster and HMS Mersey and lots of planes to watch. To make sure you know what planes are flying and what time make sure you purchase one of the air show brochures.
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Poole Museum

Poole Museum is housed in a converted 19th Century warehouse on the quayside in Poole Town Centre. There are displays from across the ages, including an Iron Age Poole logboat, a vast collection of Poole Pottery and regular exhibitions. Next door to the Museum itself is Poole Local History Centre, a converted woolhouse in which you will find newspapers that date back for many years, old maps and charts and photographs, along with Poole Family History.
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Bournemouth Beach

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Consisting of seven miles of golden sand, Bournemouth Beach is a perfect destination. Obviously enjoyed best in the summer, you’ll enjoy the beach itself but also the many attractions and fun you’ll find all around you. The stunning pier is visited by over half a million holiday-makers a year.

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Poole Park

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Poole park has something for all the family to enjoy with a miniature railway, restaurant, cafe, water sports, tennis courts, bowling green, indoor and outdoor play areas, ice skating rink and more. The surrounding park and lake have acres of room for the family to picnic, relax and enjoy and is only a short walk from the harbour or the town centre. Keep an eye out for the mnay birds who call the lake and surroundings home.
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Russell Coates Art Gallery & Museum

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This museum was once a Birthday present from Merton Russell-Cotes to his wife. A sea side villa full of history filled with beautiful objects from their travels around the world. It is as if the house has been locked away in time and never changed. Now you can take the family and enjoy what they would have many years ago as well as a number of temporary art exhibitions.
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Coastal Activity Park (summer months)

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This fantastic new activity park stretches 1km either side of the pier at Boscombe. You will find volleyball courts, water sports, arts & nature classes, gym equipment and so much more! Visit the website or pop down to the information centre near the pier where the daily activities are displayed.
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