With its seven miles of sandy coastline, Bournemouth’s Blue Flag beach is a big draw for visitors heading to the coastal resort town in summertime. When hordes of holidaymakers pack their bags for a chance to unwind on one of Britain’s best-loved beaches. That’s on top of the great shopping, historic gardens, restaurants, bars, parks and events we have to offer here year-round.
Call us biased but we think summertime in Bournemouth is one of the nicest places to be in Britain. So when you’re checking in with us at The Connaught Hotel (while the heat is on) here are seven essential items we recommended you pack for your stay.
Unless you want to spend the whole day squinting, or indoors with the curtains closed then you definitely don’t want to visit Bournemouth in summer without a pair of sunglasses. While the sun’s refection on the sea is a beautiful sight to behold, it’s even better through a cool pair of shades.
You can find deckchairs and sunbeds for hire all along Bournemouth beach, but bringing your own beach towel is always a good idea. If you do decide to go into the sea for a dip or a paddle then you’ll need something to help you dry off.
Although Britain’s not known for great weather, in the summertime the temperature regularly rises into the high 20s and this year has been no exception! Even on a cloudy day the sun’s strength can still shine through. So don’t hit the beach without a good factor 30. Don’t forget to reapply liberally throughout the day.
Unlike some of Britain’s beaches, Bournemouth’s Blue Flag beach is all sand (no stones) so you’ll need a shoe capable of navigating the terrain. Flip-flops are ideal as they slip on and off easily, but any other type of sandal (that you don’t mind getting sandy) will do just as well. For the more adventurous the New Forest is just a few miles away with everything from horse-riding to cycling so sensible shoes will be a must.
Even if you don’t think you’ll go in the water, a trip to Bournemouth Beach without a bikini or swimming trunks is sure to end in regret. You’ll look a little out of place among all the other sunbathers, plus a quick dip in the ocean is the perfect way to cool off in the heat. Not forgetting our Bournemouth spa which has an 18m heated indoor pool if the weather does not go to plan.
With the sun beating down from above whether you head to the beach, or just stay in town, it’s essential your head gets protection from the rays (a burnt parting is painful in a hot shower). So pack a hat that can help block out the sun – and ensure you actually wear it too.
What’s a summer holiday without a good book to read? The essential travel companion, a good book is there for company whether you’re sunbathing on the beach or enjoying a crisp glass of wine. So make sure you don’t leave home without yours.
Finally and perhaps most importantly – you’ll need a place to stay for the night if you’re travelling into Bournemouth from afar. Perched upon the West Cliff (just seconds from the sea) The 4 star Connaught Hotel is the ideal base to call home during your Bournemouth break.