This February, the focus isn't solely on Valentine's Day but also on the half-term break, offering a wonderful opportunity for both romantic celebrations and family bonding. Whether spending quality time with loved ones or enjoying a special outing with a partner, Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole offer an abundance of winter wildlife, creative crafts, and captivating trails, ensuring an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
With 15 miles of stunning coastline to explore for free and a plethora of activities and adventures tailored to entertain and delight all ages, there's no better time to plan your short break.
Bournemouth: When in Bournemouth, immerse yourself in art at the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum while the little ones embark on an exciting trail through this historic house, uncovering hidden treasures from February 10th to 18th.You can also enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Lower Gardens, pausing at the Hedgehog Park Café for a comforting hot chocolate, then head to Rock Reef at the end of Bournemouth Pier for an exhilarating challenge to see who can climb the highest.
Glide across the ice at the Cool Coast Ice Rink in the Bournemouth International Centre or explore the archaeologically renowned Hengistbury Head. Begin your journey at the Visitor Centre for a glimpse into history, then embark on a scenic walk over the headland and onto the renowned Mudeford Spit.
Christchurch: Families can delight in half-price admission to Highcliffe Castle on Valentine's Day, with interactive stained glass activities for little ones and fairy tale activities from February 11th to 15th.Step into a magical world of bubbles at the Red House Museum on February 15th, where you'll learn bubble tricks, play games, and immerse yourself in this enchanting workshop.
Poole: In Poole, embark on a winter wildlife adventure at Upton Country Park on February 14th, with experts on hand to guide you through minibeast hunting, bird counts, crafts, and more.From February 10th to 18th, solve riddles leading to hidden activities around the park—a perfect outing for you and your four-legged friends!Head to Poole Park and challenge your family to a round of crazy golf, followed by a visit to the adventure playground. Then, treat yourselves to a refreshing ice cream from one of the park's eateries. Hop aboard a City Cruises boat and marvel at breathtaking views of Brownsea Island, Sandbanks, Studland Bay, and more as you cruise around the harbour.
With such a diverse array of activities during the February half-term, you're truly spoiled for choice. For more information on activities and events taking place throughout the week, visit BCP Council's tourism web pages.