Student Blog: Things to do in Bournemouth During the Winter

Charley Bennett
Year 2 - Master of Chiropractic

Cold nights, warm jumpers and fairy lights can only mean one thing- winter is on its way! For me, winter is the best time of year because there is always so much going on! Whether it is a nice coffee you’re after or a night at the theatre, Bournemouth has you covered as there is always something to do.

Starting with coffee shops, there are so many quaint, little places to drink, and as students, coffee is always welcomed. A stone’s throw away from Bournemouth Square is a little place called South Coast Roast. It’s a lovely place where you can order a good coffee and brunch too (they even do vegan and gluten free options).

Another place to eat, which is right on Boscombe seafront, is Urban Reef. You can either sit outside by the beach and catch those beautiful autumn sunsets, or head indoors where the atmosphere is also amazing! They do the most delicious pizzas in their wood oven which you can sit and devour whilst watching the waves crash.

Once November sets in, Bournemouth is filled with things to get you in the Christmas spirit. From crisp, wintry walks along the promenade and gardens, to the buzzing Christmas Market in the Square, there is something for everyone. This year we have the fantastic, enchanting Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland with 100 glittering, sparkling trees lining the gardens. You can also check out the ice rink and go skating with friends.

There are so many buses in and around Bournemouth which makes it easy to find beautifully unique places to visit. Places like Swanage and Hengistbury Head are but 40 minutes on the bus. In the winter months it can be lovely to wrap-up and wander around.

Each year, there is a theatre production held at the Pavilion Theatre just up from the Central Gardens in Bournemouth. This year they are showing Sleeping Beauty which will be there until 6th January 2019, so there is time to get your tickets!

A place that I really enjoyed visiting last year was the Christmas Market. Browsing the trinkets stalls to having a glass of warm Mulled Wine, it made Christmas shopping so much more enjoyable. As part of the setup, there is an Alpine bar which serves festive drinks right into the New Year.

There are so many things to do in Bournemouth this winter and it is a great chance for you to explore the area in which you study if you haven’t done so already. Just go explore and see the many places for you this festive season!

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