Free Things to do in Bournemouth & Poole 2023

Written by Claire

Looking for a fun day out in Bournemouth or Poole that doesn’t cost a lot?
Here’s our handy guide with some super lovely spots!
From galleries, museums and lots more to do and see,
The best part is these activities are all completely free!

Bournemouth Central Gardens

These long gardens extend from the town centre to Coy Pond and have numerous attractions for the family to enjoy! There are tennis courts, a children’s play area, beautiful flowers, and access to Bournemouth beach. Little adventurers will love the play area, which has a playhouse, slide, nest swing, climbing frame with cargo nets, a zip-line and sandpit! Head to the Lower Gardens’ mini-golf course with 12 holes for the family to battle it out (a small fee is required). Nature lovers will love the aviary with lots of fascinating tropical birds, a bandstand and an outdoor art gallery. Find out more.

Stompin’ on the Quomps 2023

Saturday 5th August

Stompin’ on the Quomp is a free blues and jazz festival in Christchurch. for one day only visit for the fantastic food stalls, dashing dance moves and quirky jazz tunes. Find out more here.

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, where you will find newspapers that date back for many years, old maps and charts and photographs, along with Poole Family History. Find out more.

Bournemouth Beach

Consisting of seven miles of golden sand, Bournemouth Beach is a perfect destination for a seaside escape! Not only will you 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! Find out more.

Bournemouth Air Festival

31st August – 3rd September 2023

Come to witness the wonders of the sky. Bournemouth Air Show drives in thousands of people throughout this event, to see the action in the air, land and sea. There’s live music, military shows and street entertainment.

Poole Park

Poole Park has something for all the family to enjoy with a miniature railway, restaurant and cafe, as well as water sports, tennis courts, bowling green, indoor and outdoor play areas, an 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 many birds who call the lake and surroundings home! Find out more.

Russell Coates Art Gallery & Museum

This museum was once a birthday present from Merton Russell-Cotes to his wife! A seaside villa full of history and 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. Find out more.

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