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Visitors from all across the world descend upon Bournemouth throughout the year and the resorts main attraction is the seven miles of beautiful sandy beaches which are perfect for anyone choosing to spend their coach holidays here. The resort has been a popular holiday destination for centuries and this was evident in the 19th century where many people believed that their ailments could be cured at the seaside spa. Nowadays, the resort is popular for its outstanding parklands, shopping centres and amusements.
If it's a gorgeous sunny day, head to Bournemouth beach early so you can grab a perfect spot before the crowds come. Children and parents alike will fall in love with the beaches here because not only are they perfect for building sandcastles, they are clean to award-winning Blue Flag standard. You may even be lucky to spot a pod of dolphins playing in the surf! For a change of scenery, pack a picnic and find a suitable spot in one of the many parks and gardens to be found in the town. If you don't want to venture too far from the seafront, then Lower Gardens are for you but walk a bit further and you'll come across Boscombe Chine Gardens, Alum Chine and the beautiful Upper Gardens all at your disposal and looking to be explored.
No matter what the weather is like outside, you'll find a multitude of things to see and do whilst on your Bournemouth coach holiday. For something fun that the whole family will enjoy, instead of sticking to the amusements on one pier, why not walk from one to the other? Decide whether you wish to start at Bournemouth Pier or Boscombe Pier then throw on your walking shoes and step it out. You could even give yourself a time challenge and see if you can beat it! After all that walking, you'll need to replenish so have a traditional High Tea or a cool drink in one of Bournemouth's many hotels, restaurants and bars. Should the unpredictable British weather take a turn for the worse, no need to panic, have fun in the indoor pools at Splashdown, visit the Oceanarium near the pier or see top events at Bournemouth's International Centre. If variety is what you're looking for, a coach holiday in Bournemouth should suit you down to the ground!
Tours start from only £99 per person and each Bournemouth holiday package includes: return coach travel, accommodation in a quality hotel (except self-drive), meals and excursions depending on the duration of the tour.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Bournemouth, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For more information about visiting Bournemouth, visit the Official Tourism Website at bournemouth.co.uk
Bournemouth is a fabulous coastal resort that's perfect for everyone offering all manner of activities to keep the whole family entertained. How about these for some inspiration:
Bournemouth Aviation Museum
This new open air aviation museum has a selection of classic aircraft such as a Vulcan Bomber, Jaguar, a Vampire and a Meteor. With aircraft from pre and post-World War II, visitors can see the evolution of the British fighter jet. There is a chance to take a close look at some of the cockpits to see the conditions the pilots had to endure on a daily basis.
No trip to a UK seaside town is complete without a visit to the pier (if it has one)! and Bournemouth is no exception.With cafes and restaurants, Bournemouth Pier is a hotspot for holiday makers of all ages. In 2013, the pier will be undergoing a complete refurbishment where the building will be converted into an Adventure Sports attraction with a climbing wall, high ropes course and a surf training wave.
Oceanarium – The Bournemouth Aquarium
The Oceanarium in Bournemouth is the perfect attraction to visit year round. Go on a fascinating underwater exploration and see sharks, piranhas, lion fish, clown fish and rare sea turtles. Experience the Interactive Dive Cage where you will go on an underwater adventure without having to get wet! Wander through the impressive underwater tunnel and watch sharks, eels and other impressive fish float past you – see how many different varieties you can spot during your visit!
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
The home of two Victorian collectors Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum houses a remarkable collection of British art and exotic objects from their travels far afield. Children can complete a House Trail as they go around identifying various objects around the house.