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Hoburne Park Cottages

6 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 5
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Hoburne Park Cottages are a collection of luxury holiday homes adjacent to Hoburne Park Holiday Park in Christchurch, Dorset.
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4.4

Oakdene Forest

6 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 6
Pets 2
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Oakdene Forest is part of our Go Active+ Breaks Collection, set amidst picturesque surroundings and boasting the stunning scenery of the New Forest and Castleman Trailway on the doorstep.
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Sandhills Holiday Park

6 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 6
A warm welcome, amazing location and so much to see and do at Sandhills.
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4.3

Forest Edge

7 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
This small 9 acre park is ideally positioned to explore the delights of the New Forest and with close proximity to the A31 offers great access to the popular resorts of Poole and Bournemouth.
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Sandford

8 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 8
Pets 2
Sandford Holiday Park, situated in the picturesque county of Dorset, offers a serene yet vibrant setting for a family holiday.
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Swanage Coastal Park

8 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
Boasting stunning views from its ideal location just a mile from Swanage town centre, this relaxing park is perfect for exploring the many delights of wonderful Dorset and East Devon.
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Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat

9 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 2
Pets 1
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Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, surrounded by amazing countryside and woodland walks and cycle routes.
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Shorefield Country Park

11 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 12
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Shorefield Country Park has so much to offer from 100 acres of beautiful parkland, amazing entertainment and facilities, top accommodation including lodges with hot tubs and pet friendly offerings.
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The Bay Colwell

15 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 4
Pets 2
Tastefully influenced by the Isle of Wight’s dramatic and spectacular west coast, and proudly positioned just a short stroll from the sandy shores of Colwell Bay.
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Orchards Holiday Park

20 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 5
Pets 2
Located in Newbridge, on the edge of an area of ’Outstanding Natural Beauty’, on the Western side of the Isle of Wight, The Orchards Holiday Park is surrounded by breathtaking scenery.
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4.2

Warmwell

20 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 6
Pets 2
Warmwell Holiday Park, situated in the picturesque county of Dorset, offers a distinctive blend of activities and facilities, making it an exceptional destination for families, adventure seekers, and those looking to relax amidst nature.
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Thorness Bay

22 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 6
Welcome to Thorness Bay Holiday Park, a coastal haven situated in the scenic village of Thorness on the Isle of Wight.
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Osmington Mills Lodge Park

22 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 4
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Based in one of Dorset’s finest countryside locations in the peaceful hamlet of Osmington Mills, the park is nestled within a beautiful wooded valley yet is just 200m from the seaside with a shingle beach and numerous rock pools.
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Bowleaze Cove Holiday Park & Spa

24 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 6
Situated on the edge of the iconic heritage Jurrassic coast and just a short stroll from the bustling resort of Weymouth, Bowleaze Cove Holiday Park & Spa provides the ultimate location for families or couples looking for an unforgetable holiday experience.
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Solent Breezes

27 Miles from Bournemouth
Sleeps 6
If you like relaxing by the sea and watching the boats and ships sail by, then you’ll love Solent Breezes Holiday Park.
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bournemouth Park & Visitor Guide

Bournemouth, with its stunning coastline and vibrant atmosphere, is a gem on the UK's south coast. It's a paradise for families seeking adventure, from its award-winning beaches to the buzzing nightlife and diverse food scene offering everything from fresh seafood to international cuisines. Activities abound, including water sports, exploring the Victorian gardens, or hitting the coastal zip line. An interesting fact? Bournemouth boasts its own microclimate, making it one of the UK's sunniest spots. Opting for a family break at a UK holiday park here means embracing convenience and variety – all the fun and relaxation you need in one spot, without the hassle of long travel times.

Have You Discovered UK Holiday Parks?

These self-contained resorts offer caravans, lodges, and sometimes tents or glamping pods. You can enjoy a range of facilities including swimming pools, entertainment venues, kids' clubs, and restaurants. They're designed for families looking for a break where everything is on your doorstep!

Holiday parks offer more space and freedom than hotels, such as separate bedrooms, living areas, and your own outdoor space. With the added bonus of on-site amenities and entertainment. They're self-catering too, saving money on dining out.

Going for a UK holiday park means you can forget about stressful airports, and luggage restrictions, and you can pack the car with as many of your home comforts as you like. Plus, you're contributing to the local economy and reducing your carbon footprint.

Why Take Your 2024 Family Holiday Park Break in Bournemouth?

Bournemouth, with its Victorian architecture and seven miles of golden beaches, is a gem on the South Coast. It's not just about the beach; the town is buzzing with activities, making it perfect for a holiday park break. You get the comfort and community vibe, without sacrificing the convenience of being close to major attractions. **2024 is exciting** with the Bournemouth Air Festival and the Arts by the Sea Festival. What sets Bournemouth apart is its blend of coastal beauty, vibrant town life, and family-friendly atmosphere.

If you're visiting Bournemouth with kids

Absolutely, Bournemouth is a playground for kids. With the Oceanarium, Adventure Wonderland, and the Bournemouth Pier offering endless fun, it's a no-brainer. Holiday parks add to the experience by providing kid-friendly facilities and a safe environment for them to play and explore.

  1. Swimwear and towels for beach days
  2. Comfortable walking shoes
  3. Sunscreen and hats
  4. Beach toys and games
  5. Rain gear, just in case!

Pet Friendly Bournemouth Adventures

Bournemouth welcomes pets with open arms. Many cafes and pubs, like The Goat & Tricycle and The Libertine, allow pets, making dining out a breeze. When booking, look for pet-friendly holiday parks to ensure everyone's comfortable.

Dog walking ideas in Bournemouth

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Hengistbury Head 4 Coastal & Nature Reserve BH6 4EN
Bournemouth Gardens 2 Park & Gardens BH2 6EJ
Alum Chine to Sandbanks 3 Beachfront BH4 8AN
Stour Valley Nature Reserve 5 River & Wildlife BH7 7DE
Moors Valley Country Park Variable Forest & Lake BH24 2ET

Dining at the park, or heading out

Holiday parks often boast their own restaurants, offering convenience after a long day of adventures. Bournemouth's local cuisine includes fresh seafood and traditional British dishes. For families, The Smugglers Cove on the pier is a hit. Couples might prefer the intimate setting of Arbor Restaurant.

Outdoor Family Adventures

Bournemouth is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. The Coastal Activity Park offers everything from paddleboarding to bouldering. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £15-£30 for most activities. Check seasonal opening times to plan your visit.

Nearby shopping

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Castlepoint Shopping Park Shopping Centre High-street brands, dining BH8 9UZ
The Square Outdoor Shopping Area Boutiques, cafes BH2 5SL
Boscombe Market Street Market Local goods, food BH5 1AN
Westbourne Village Shopping Independent shops, antiques BH4 9AY
Bournemouth Vintage Emporium Vintage Shopping Antiques, retro fashion BH1 4PP

Top Parks for 2024 in Bournemouth

Sandhills Holiday Park, Hampshire

Driving Distance: About 0 hours and 20 minutes | Sleeps: 6 | Pet friendly? No

About this park: Sandhills Holiday Park is a serene getaway nestled amongst trees right on the beach in Christchurch, offering panoramic views over the English Channel. It's a smaller park, perfect for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle, with an outdoor swimming pool and a cosy bar area.

For the kids - Children will love the proximity to the beach for sandcastle building and paddling. Although Sandhills is more leisurely, nearby attractions like 'Adventure Wonderland' and 'Wild Thing' offer exciting days out.

What's on-site? On-site facilities include an outdoor heated pool, a paddling pool for the little ones, a small gym, and a family bar. The park also offers superfast Wi-Fi, an outdoor adventure playground, and a launderette.

What's nearby? Historic Christchurch is just a short journey away, offering charming market towns to explore. Bournemouth, with its award-winning beaches and shopping, is also close by. Adventure Wonderland, a great attraction for younger guests, is within easy reach, offering a variety of rides and activities (driving time approximately 15 minutes).

Accommodation options: Sandhills offers the Sandhills Gold Plus 2 accommodation, a 12ft-wide caravan suitable for up to 6 guests. It features one double and one twin room, with additional sleeping space in the lounge. Early check-in is available from 2.00pm. Please note, pets are not allowed.


Hoburne Park Cottages, Hampshire

Driving Distance: About 0 hours and 19 minutes | Sleeps: 7 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Hoburne Park Cottages offer a collection of luxury holiday homes adjacent to Hoburne Park Holiday Park in Christchurch, Dorset. Guests can enjoy park facilities or relax in their luxury cottage, with stunning beaches and the New Forest nearby.

For the kids - The park boasts an impressive entertainment complex, indoor soft play area, kid's adventure playground, and Sammy’s Squad for engaging activities.

What's on-site? Facilities include heated indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna and steam room, a fitness suite, an amusement arcade, and an impressive entertainment complex with food and drink options like Brasserie 1912 and Café.

What's nearby? Friars Cliff and Avon Beach are just a 20-minute walk away, offering quieter beach experiences. Mudeford Quay is a few minutes away, perfect for seafood lovers. The New Forest and historic Christchurch are also within easy reach, offering plenty of exploration opportunities.

Accommodation options: Accommodation ranges from luxurious cottages like Mude Cottage, suitable for 4 guests, to Hengistbury Cottage, which sleeps up to 7. Some cottages are pet-friendly, and many feature hot tubs, modern living rooms, and spacious kitchens.


Sandford, Dorset

Driving Distance: About 0 hours and 27 minutes | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Sandford is set in a wooded wonderland in the peaceful Dorset countryside, offering a range of action-packed activities and facilities. With both indoor and outdoor pools, high ropes, and more, it's perfect for families seeking adventure or relaxation.

For the kids - Children will enjoy the adventure playground, soft play area, crazy golf, high ropes course, and the bungee trampolines, ensuring there's never a dull moment.

What's on-site? On-site amenities include indoor and outdoor heated pools, a waterslide, a sports dome, and various dining options like The Boathouse Bar and Restaurant, Fish and Chippery, and Street Eats. There's also a convenience store and launderette.

What's nearby? The park is close to the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, glorious sandy beaches, the New Forest, and the towns of Poole and Bournemouth for seaside classics.

Accommodation options: Accommodations range from stylish lodges like Holme Lodge, suitable for 4 guests, to larger caravans like Verwood, which can accommodate up to 8 guests. Some accommodations are pet-friendly.


Oakdene Forest, Hampshire

Driving Distance: About 0 hours and 22 minutes | Sleeps: 8 | Pet friendly? Yes

About this park: Oakdene Forest is part of the Go Active+ Breaks Collection, set amidst the stunning scenery of the New Forest and Castleman Trailway. It's a perfect choice for pet owners, offering a range of pet-friendly accommodations and activities for the whole family.

For the kids - The park offers a variety of activities including an indoor pool, archery, crossbow, snorkelling, and sea scooters, ensuring fun for all ages.

What's on-site? Facilities include an indoor heated pool, a fitness suite, a sauna, and an entertainment programme. Dining options include the Acorn Bar for a relaxed meal or takeaway options for a cosy night in.

What's nearby? Bournemouth and Poole are just a 20-minute drive away, offering beaches and entertainment. Attractions like Paultons Park, Peppa Pig World, and Go Ape are within 20 miles, providing exciting day out options.

Accommodation options: From the Sublime Caravan 2, a spacious caravan with a hot tub, to the Superior Lodge Plus 4, a modern lodge for up to 8 guests, Oakdene offers a variety of accommodations. Many are pet-friendly and feature modern amenities for a comfortable stay.


Family Days Out In Bournemouth

Planning a trip to Bournemouth and looking for the best attractions to keep the whole family entertained? You're in luck! Bournemouth, with its stunning beaches and vibrant town centre, is also home to some fantastic family-friendly attractions. Whether you're staying in one of the holiday parks in Bournemouth or just visiting for the day, here are the top 6 attractions you won't want to miss.

Oceanarium, The Bournemouth Aquarium

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 daily
  • Prices: Adults £12.95, Children (3-15) £8.95
  • Postcode: BH2 5AA
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: BIC Multi-Storey

Dive into an underwater adventure at the Oceanarium. It's perfect for families, offering close encounters with marine life from around the world. Don't miss the interactive turtle rescue exhibit, a hit with kids. The best time to visit is during feeding times for an extra special experience. Tip: Buy tickets online to save.

Phone number: 01202 311993 | Web: oceanarium.co.uk


Bournemouth Beach

  • Opening Times: 24/7
  • Prices: Free
  • Postcode: BH2 5AA
  • Est. time required: As long as you like
  • Nearest parking: Undercliff Drive

Bournemouth Beach is a must-visit. With its golden sands and clear waters, it's ideal for families. The kids can build sandcastles while you relax. Visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds. Remember to bring sunscreen and a picnic for a perfect day out.


Adventure Wonderland

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices: Adults £14.99, Children £14.99
  • Postcode: BH23 6BA
  • Est. time required: Full day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

For a day packed with fun, head to Adventure Wonderland. It's an all-in-one theme park, zoo, and adventure play area. The park is themed around Alice in Wonderland, making it a magical experience. Visit during school holidays for special events. Tip: Tickets are cheaper online.

Phone number: 01202 483444 | Web: adventurewonderland.co.uk


Bournemouth Pier

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Prices: Free to walk, attractions vary
  • Postcode: BH2 5AA
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Bath Road North

Bournemouth Pier is iconic. It's home to amusements, an indoor climbing and adventure centre, and the PierZip. The PierZip is a must for thrill-seekers, offering a zip line over the sea. It's best visited on a sunny day. Tip: Check the website for PierZip age and weight restrictions.

Phone number: 01202 237915 | Web: thebournemouthpier.com


RockReef Activity Centre

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Prices: Prices vary by activity
  • Postcode: BH2 5AA
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Bath Road North

Located on Bournemouth Pier, RockReef is an indoor adventure centre with climbing walls, a highline, and even a vertical slide. It's great for active families and suitable for all ages. The Clip 'n Climb is particularly popular. Booking in advance is recommended, especially during peak times.

Phone number: 01202 983983 | Web: rockreef.co.uk


Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

  • Opening Times: 10:00 - 17:00, closed Mondays
  • Prices: Adults £7.50, Children Free
  • Postcode: BH1 3AA
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: Bath Road South

For a cultural day out, visit the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. It's housed in a stunning Victorian villa and showcases a fascinating collection of art and artefacts. The museum is family-friendly, with interactive exhibits for kids. The garden offers beautiful sea views. Tip: Enjoy a cream tea in the café.

Phone number: 01202 451800 | Web: russellcotes.com


Whether you're staying in one of the many holiday parks in Bournemouth or just visiting, these attractions offer something for everyone in the family. From thrilling adventures to relaxing beach days, Bournemouth has it all. Enjoy your trip!

FAQs

This is our first stay on a holiday park, what will it be like?

Expect a laid-back vibe with plenty of activities for the kids. Most holiday parks in Bournemouth, like Sandhills Holiday Park, offer pools, playgrounds, and family entertainment. It's a great way to meet other families and enjoy a communal atmosphere while having your own space in a caravan or lodge.

What should I pack when visiting Bournemouth?

Pack for the beach and the British weather! Bring swimsuits, towels, and sun cream for sunny days at Bournemouth Beach. Include raincoats and wellies just in case. Don’t forget essentials for your holiday park stay, like toiletries and a cosy jumper for cooler evenings.

Is Bournemouth a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely! Bournemouth is charming in the off-season. The crowds thin out, making it perfect for peaceful walks along the beach. Attractions like Oceanarium and Bournemouth Pier are open year-round. Plus, holiday parks like Rockley Park offer heated indoor pools and cosy accommodations, making it a great getaway any time of year.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Yes, if your holiday park accommodation includes a hot tub, it will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised before your arrival. Parks like Hoburne Park take hygiene seriously, ensuring a safe and relaxing experience for you and your family.

Can we bring our pets to the holiday park?

Many holiday parks in Bournemouth are pet-friendly, allowing you to bring your furry friends along. Sandhills Holiday Park, for example, welcomes pets in specific accommodations. Always check the park's pet policy when booking to ensure your pet can enjoy the holiday too!

How do we book activities, and do they need to be booked in advance?

For most holiday parks, it's a good idea to book activities in advance, especially during peak times. You can usually book online or at the park's reception upon arrival. Activities like swimming, mini-golf, or kids' clubs at places like Rockley Park can fill up quickly, so plan ahead!

What's the best way to get around Bournemouth and the surrounding area?

Having a car is handy for exploring the Dorset coastline and New Forest. However, Bournemouth has excellent public transport, with buses and trains connecting major attractions. Consider renting bikes for a scenic ride along the promenade.

Are there any grocery stores or restaurants within the holiday parks?

Most holiday parks in Bournemouth have on-site convenience stores for essentials and dining options ranging from casual cafes to restaurants. For example, Hoburne Park has a well-stocked shop and a lovely restaurant, making it easy to grab a bite or cook in your accommodation.

What are the best holiday parks in Bournemouth for families with young children?

Sandhills Holiday Park and Rockley Park are fantastic for families with young kids. They offer great playgrounds, kids' clubs, and family-friendly pools. Plus, their safe, welcoming environments make them a hit for both parents and children.

Can I find any holiday park deals or discounts?

Yes, it's always worth checking for deals, especially during the off-season or if you're booking last minute. Websites like Parkdean Resorts often have special offers. Signing up for newsletters from your favourite parks can also alert you to promotions and discounts.

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