Having lived in Sherborne for two years, I'm now living in Bournemouth and happier than ever before. Whilst living in Sherborne, I explored Bournemouth and the coast line extensively. There is something for everyone here no-matter what age you are, and it's got a beach vibe that is catching. Travelodge asked me if I'd put together a list of Bournemouth's 'hidden gems' and show off the town a little bit. I accepted with pleasure.
First of all, there's the beach. But I'm not talking about the main Bournemouth Beach by the pier. I'm talking about my local beaches in my suburb of Southbourne (I say 'my' like they belong to me. I'm there enough that they might as well be.) I am lucky enough to have Southbourne Beach, Solent Beach and Hengistbury Head on my doorstep, and you can usually find me running up and down the beach front with little Max next to me, or sitting on a groyne listening to the waves and writing lyrics. It's not as busy as Bournemouth or Boscombe, and just feels like home to me now. If I've had a good day or a bad day, I can guarantee you will find me at one of these beaches.
My last hidden gem is The Dancing Duck in Westbourne. I actually reviewed this last week which you can see here. It's only been open nearly two months and is nestled in Westbourne high street. With a mixture of delicious food to suit everyone (I mean everyone..I could eat everything off the menu. Seriously.), live music, a fire ready to blaze in the Winter and snuggly East Coast style decor, it's become a firm favourite of the locals for a drink or a meal. Alternatively, if you're in the nearby suburb of Ashley Cross, you can visit The Dancing Duck's sister, The Dancing Moose.
If I've persuaded you to visit Bournemouth and its charming suburbs, there will be a Travelodge nearby to help you out with your stay - 4 to be precise which you can see here.
Bournemouth, Dorset and it's coast line stole my London born heart. I wonder if it will steal yours...