Travel

a long weekend in bournemouth

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve written any travel content! It feels so good to be able to travel again, even if it is limited to the UK (and very few countries abroad) at the moment. A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I met my family (who went a few days earlier) in Bournemouth for a long weekend away.

If you read my post about going to university, you will know that from September I will be living in Bournemouth. It’s such a lovely place and visiting again has only made me more excited. Here is a roundup of what we got up to…

Saturday 5th June

We arrived in Bournemouth at around 4pm, checked in and headed straight down to the beach to meet my family. It was such a gorgeous day.

The hotel we stayed at was Premier Inn Eastcliffe. We stayed there in 2018 and I would really recommend it. It’s very affordable, close to the beach and the rooms are lovely. I feel like with Premier Inns you always know what you’re getting, and I love the breakfast.

As you can see in this photo, the beach was very busy (not surprising considering the weather!). We sat a bit further down towards the beach huts which was a bit quieter.

Before we joined my family on the beach we got ice cream and hot dogs. We probably queued for about half an hour, but it was worth it. I got the biscoff and white chocolate brownie ice cream which was incredible.

Later that evening we had dinner at TGI Fridays. I had chicken fajitas which were, as expected, delicious. I did end up leaving my sunglasses there though.

After TGIs we went for a stroll along the beach. These pictures were taken at 9:45; I couldn’t believe how light it was at that time!

Sunday 6th June

Due to COVID the breakfast wasn’t a buffet, which at first I was disappointed about, but it was actually lovely. It was all table service and was probably easier than getting it yourself!

After breakfast we went to the beach and played a game of mini golf which was fun. I came 4th out of 5 but there was only 2 points in it so I’ll take that!

After mini golf we went on the zip wire that goes from the pier to the beach. We somehow managed to convince my brother to go on it, who is terrified of heights. Jonah and I went on the zip wire in 2018 so we knew what to expect. It’s higher than it looks once you’re up there and I found walking up the stairs pretty nerve-wracking!

We then had a Toby Carvery which I haven’t had in ages. I made the most of it and got a kingsize plate! My family then left Bournemouth to go home. After a much-needed nap at the hotel we somehow managed dinner (and dessert!) at Prezzo. I can’t believe how much we ate that day!!

Of course I have a cocktail in my hand 😉

We discovered a bar called ‘Aruba’ which is on the entrance to the pier. I had no idea it was there but it’s such a great place – good atmosphere and really pretty. It looks over the pier which was so lovely to see as it got dark. With the music playing it really reminded me of going to clubs which was very nostalgic – it made me feel like life is returning to normal again.

Going to Bournemouth before I move there was a great opportunity to look at what places there are to eat and drink, and there were so many! If anyone has any recommendations (especially for students) please let me know!

Monday 7th June

After checking out of the hotel we walked to see my accommodation for September. It’s in the perfect location and I’m so glad I know where it is before I move there. It’s only a five minute walk from the beach!

On our way to the beach we took a walk through the gardens. I had no idea how beautiful they are! If you’re in Bournemouth definitely go to the parks near the beach, they are so pretty.

We sat and chilled on the beach for a bit before getting the train to Boscombe beach, which is about a 10 minute journey. I didn’t get any pictures, but we sat on the beach, got some fish and chips and just relaxed before our journey home.

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So that was what we got up to! I enjoyed it so much and I can’t wait to go away again.

Have you got any holiday plans for this summer? Let me know in the comments!

Charlotte x