Bournemouth’s history as an English seaside resort stretches back centuries and there is no sign of its popularity abating in modern times. Speaking at the Hermitage Hotel, a local 4-star establishment that is right by the sea, a hospitality industry expert said that one of the reasons it remains so popular with visitors from all over the country is the fact that there are so many interesting things to see and do in the area. “For a town with a population of under 200,000, Bournemouth has an amazing variety of attractions and I believe it is this fact, together with the first class hotels the town has to offer, that has helped it to retain its position as one of Britain’s favourite seaside resorts.

“Whilst many less fortunate coastal towns have fallen into a state of disrepair, Bournemouth has gone from strength to strength. We can only hope that the once popular seaside resorts in Lincolnshire, Lancashire and other parts of the country will soon be restored to their former glory and join us in celebrating the great British seaside holiday tradition every year. More competition can only be a good thing as it will lead to more variety and better value for money for British holidaymakers.”

In the meantime, if you should decide to visit Bournemouth this year, check out the following list of cracking things to see and do whilst you are there.

1. Walking in the Gardens – If you have never had the pleasure of taking a morning constitutional in Bournemouth’s Victorian Gardens, you are in for a real treat. You can either start near the pier, which would be the logical thing to do if you were staying at the aforementioned Hermitage Hotel, and work your way up to the more tranquil end by the Coy Pond (the Upper Gardens), or follow the same route in reverse.

2. Indoor& Outdoor Paintballing Games – For the more adventurous visitor who would prefer to work up a sweat whilst attempting to shoot his or her friends and family, the local paintball arenas provide the perfect opportunity to let off some steam and have great fun at the same time.

3. A Trip to Bournemouth Aquarium – A visit to the Oceanarium can easily be combined with a day at the beach as it is located just behind the promenade, right by the seafront. In addition to the many colourful fish that are housed in the various biotopes, you will find crocodiles, turtles and even penguins.

4. Shopping in the Arcade – Recreate the days when ladies and gentleman shopped in the precursors to the modern mall, with a visit to Bournemouth’s very own Victorian arcade.

5. A Flight of Fancy – Rising slowly to an altitude of 500 feet, the Bournemouth Balloon offers breath-taking views from its enclosed gondola.

With all the attractions that Bournemouth has to offer, along with top quality accommodation and numerous first-class restaurants, it is sure to remain a favourite among British holidaymakers for many years to come.