Discover our home in Dorset and the gem of the south coast
We absolutely adore being in Bournemouth. Not only are we located in the centre of town, seconds from a rich mix of shops and independent eateries, but we’re also only ten minutes from the award-winning golden sands of the Dorset coastline. Read on to learn more about some of the best that Bournemouth has to offer!
1. Natural Wonders
Go on an adventure to some of the many iconic landscapes along the Jurassic Coast, which has been a treasure trove for fossils since its formation 185 million years ago and is also the UK’s only natural World Heritage Site. Our favourites are the picturesque rock formations of Durdle Door and the dazzling Lulworth Cove nearby.
2. A Place In The Sun
We’ve got a bit of a microclimate in Bournemouth that makes it much more pleasant to live in than the rest of the UK*. Springs and summers are longer and warmer (from March to October, you generally get a good period of sunshine and lovelier weather to start enjoying the outdoors more), our winters are less harsh and biting, and to top it all off – we get much less rain in the summer than the rest of our British counterparts.
3. Get Inspired
Dive into the arts and history of the town with the Russell-Coates Art Gallery & Museum, a beautiful Grade II*-listed building. You can also be wowed by intricate Victorian arcades all over and the historic ruins of Corfe Castle. For the book buffs, Bournemouth has plenty of literature heritage. Mary Shelley and the heart of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelly, are interred in Bournemouth; Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Westbourne; and Thomas Hardy’s cottage is only an hour away in Dorchester.
4. Let’s Eat!
Bournemouth is a bustling food and drink centre with many exciting independent cafes and restaurants to satisfy all tastebuds. From some of the finest coffee for miles at South Coast Roast seconds from our office, to mouthwatering burgers at Sevenbone, the best fish and chips in town at Chez Fred, homemade cider and pies at The Stable and much more. For drinks, we love locally brewed beers at The Brewhouse, rock-themed watering hole Buffalo, the inviting allure of Cosy Club** and the quirky 60 Million Postcards***.
5. That’s Entertainment
It’s always busy in Bournemouth, with markets popping up all the time. One of the biggest events here is the Bournemouth Air Festival, while AFC Bournemouth’s home games also attract many Cherries fans. The Arts by the Sea Festival is also a great showcase of abstract performances and creative exhibitions. There's always live music on at Chaplin’s, while The Old Firestation and 02 Academy Bournemouth are great music venues (the latter was once a gorgeous grand theatre).
6. Get Active
There’s a growing Bournemouth community of surfers hitting the waves, as well as scuba diving training and kayaking spots around Poole Harbour, Sandbanks, Swanage and more. But perhaps you’re more of a landlubber and in that case, you can cycle along the ethereal trails of Burley or take part in sporting events like the Bournemouth Marathon or Pier to Pier Swim.
7. Into the Blue
Yes, we’ve mentioned it before, but Bournemouth beach really is a sight to behold. With its gorgeous glittering sands, panoramic cliff views and bluer-than-blue waters, it’s no wonder that it was voted best beach in the UK and fifth best in Europe (above beaches in Sicily, Crete and Gran Canaria – yes, really!) by TripAdvisor. There’s really nothing like finishing work on a Friday in the summer and being able to hit up the beach for a beer and a BBQ with your colleagues on the soft sands.
* Anecdotal experience. May be subject to random weather extremities
** Designated official winter drinking hole of Outpost VFX
*** Designated official summer drinking hole of Outpost VFX