Produced by Will Rodwell
BA (Hons) Media Production
While Bournemouth itself is famous for its extensive beach, pier and gardens, there are plenty of places you can visit only a stone’s throw from Bournemouth itself! In this blog, I’ll take you on a tour of some of the best places I have been to along the Jurassic Coast.
First up we have Worbarrow Bay, a spot not many people know about. You can find this 1 mile or a 20 minute short walk from Tyneham Village, or otherwise known as the village where time stopped in 1943. This village was evacuated in 1943 to allow space for military training in WWII and to this day the area nearby is still used by the Ministry of Defence. Worbarrow Bay is a perfect place for anybody who wants a day out in nature, away from distractions. Whether you want to have a picnic or walk your dog, there’s plenty you can do here.
Nearby is, of course, Durdle Door. One of Dorset’s most-loved natural landmarks. Being extremely popular, it is recommended that tourists go between September and May when the roads and beach is quieter. Not only is it popular with tourists, but also with film crews with films such as Nanny McPhee and World of Z.
If you’re looking for more of an urban day out, Swanage has a great mix of high-street brands and independent shops so you can find souveniers for friends and family or even indulge yourself in handcrafted chocolate from Swanage-based chocolate company ‘Chococo’. Not to mention the Swanage Outdoor Market which is held every Friday featuring local traders selling a wide range of artisan goods and fresh produce.
Or, if you’re willing to travel just that little bit further, you are able to take the train from Bournemouth Travel Interchange to Weymouth where you can visit amazing attractions like the Sandworld Sculpture Park, shop ethically at Bibi’s Boutique or clog up your camera roll with pics of Weymouth Quay while enjoying fish and chips from Bennett’s.
It’s so great that even in a place as bountiful as Bournemouth, there is so much just nearby to occupy your weekends and forget about everything else for a day or two.