Best Places Guide

We take an independent look at the top things to do in Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding areas.

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Children’s Farms and Animal Parks near Bournemouth and Poole

Zoo Bournemouth: 11 Best Places to See Animals Locally

Being in Dorset, you’d expect Bournemouth and Poole to have a few good children’s farms and animal parks nearby; and you won’t be disappointed. These options are all worth a visit if you have children interested in animals and energy to burn.

Family Pubs with Play Areas near Bournemouth & Poole, East Dorset

13 Family Pubs with Play Areas Near Bournemouth & Poole, East Dorset

Who doesn’t enjoy a roast dinner in a cosy pub on a Sunday? That said, it can be a bit more of a challenge when you have little ones to entertain. Here are our top picks of close-by pubs with play areas and more to keep the whole family happy.

Great Playgrounds, Play Areas and Splash Parks in Poole and Bournemouth

10 Super Play Parks in Poole & Bournemouth

There are so many playgrounds in the area it can be hard to know which ones are really worth the time and trouble to visit. We’ve compiled a list of the best ones in Poole and Bournemouth so you can spend time having fun instead.

Things to Do Indoors and on a Rainy Day in Bournemouth and Poole

14 Best Indoor Activities Bournemouth & Poole Offer

Whilst there is plenty to do in good weather, on rainy days it can be tricky to think of local indoor activities that will suit all the family. To give you some ideas, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best things to do indoors in the Bournemouth and Poole area.

Cycling Routes, Cycle Shops and Bike Hire in Poole and Bournemouth

8 Best Bike Shops in Bournemouth & Poole

Here is our list of recommended bike shops in Bournemouth and Poole, together with top-end cycle cafés, bike hire and cycle routes to kick start your search…

Super Soft Play Near Me: 13 in Bournemouth & Poole

Soft Play in Bournemouth & Poole: 15 Super Venues

If you are looking after restless little ones, it is very useful to know where good local soft play facilities are. They are a reliable fallback option as you can go in all weather conditions, are open all year round with good changing facilities, and normally have a decent café serving great coffee and cake.

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9 Best Garden Centres near Poole & Bournemouth

12 Best Garden Centres Bournemouth & Poole

There are a variety of different garden centres around Poole and Bournemouth, each with their own character and appeal. Here is a flavour of what is available in the area…

Cycling Routes, Cycle Shops and Bike Hire in Poole and Bournemouth

8 Best Bike Shops in Bournemouth & Poole

Here is our list of recommended bike shops in Bournemouth and Poole, together with top-end cycle cafés, bike hire and cycle routes to kick start your search…

Easy East Dorset Walks To Try Today

8 Best Walks in Bournemouth, Poole & Surrounding Areas

Bournemouth and Poole have some fantastic country parks and areas to explore. If you are looking for a leisurely stroll with tea and cake after, here are some good options.

Leisure Centre Options in Bournemouth and Poole

10 Best Leisure Centres in Bournemouth and Poole

When we first moved to the area, we spent an evening visiting local leisure centres to get a feel for what’s on offer. Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch have a good range and you are sure to find one to suit your needs.

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Top Poole Pubs to Try Right Now

27 Best Pubs in Poole Quay, Ashley Cross & Poole Harbour

The quality of Poole drinking holes varies significantly and it’s not always easy to judge what they are like from the outside. A lot of time can be wasted going in and out of establishments, or just settling for second best. To save time, here is a list of great all-round pubs and bars that appeal inside and out.

Family Pubs with Play Areas near Bournemouth & Poole, East Dorset

13 Family Pubs with Play Areas Near Bournemouth & Poole, East Dorset

Who doesn’t enjoy a roast dinner in a cosy pub on a Sunday? That said, it can be a bit more of a challenge when you have little ones to entertain. Here are our top picks of close-by pubs with play areas and more to keep the whole family happy.

Vegan restaurants in Bournemouth

6 Best Vegan Restaurants in Bournemouth and Poole

Looking for a plant-based meal out in the local area? You are in luck, there has been a recent explosion in vegan eating and there are some marvellous vegan restaurants in Bournemouth and Poole to try right now.

Farm Shops Worth Visiting near Bournemouth and Poole

Farm Shop Near Me: Best 9 Around Bournemouth & Poole

Enjoy buying local produce, cutting down food miles and supporting the local agricultural economy? South East Dorset has a selection of small to medium farm shops nearby, and going West into more rural areas they get bigger and better.

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8 Best Poole and Bournemouth Cinema Options

8 Best Poole and Bournemouth Cinema Options

If the weather takes a turn for the worse or you just fancy a relaxed evening out, the cinema is a great choice. We are lucky in this area to have a few places to choose from too, so you can mix things up a bit. Here is our pick of the best cinemas in Poole, Bournemouth and the surrounding area.

Super Poole & Bournemouth Theatre Venues

8 Best Theatres in Bournemouth and Poole

If you’re looking for some live evening entertainment, Bournemouth and Poole offer a wide selection. Options include muscials and the globally acclaimed Bournemouth Syphony Orchestra, to boutique venues serving up circuit comedians, farce theatre and indie bands.

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Bed and Breakfast Bournemouth and Poole

21 Best Choices for a Cheap Bed and Breakfast in Bournemouth

You’ve decided you would like to visit Bournemouth for a few days and are now looking for some comfortable and affordable accomodation. It can be difficult to find a good Bournemouth bed and breakfast (B&B), as they are not as well advertised as the larger hotels and the quality can vary. That’s why we’ve pulled together our local knowledge of the area and created a list of top-notch guest houses to help you on your way.