LOCAL NEWS: Bournemouth beats Brighton and Blackpool in battle of the Christmas seaside resorts


Bournemouth has been revealed as the most sought after place to visit this Christmas.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. From markets to city breaks, people flock in their thousands to destinations across the UK, and this year, Bournemouth is the favourite according to a national survey conducted by Luxury Spa Hotel chain Armathwaite Hall

Map showing Bournemouth most popular searched resortData gathered shows Bournemouth beating Brighton and Blackpool to the top spot as the most searched for Christmas Seaside resort, with 720 average searches a month.

Did you know:

  • Last year it was hoped that half a million people would attend the BCP area over the Christmas period, however a staggering three million ended up visiting.
  • There are over 580 hotels in the BCP area, so there are plenty of options if you’re looking to stay here this Christmas.
  • The Christmas Tree Wonderland trail scooped the Best Event of the Year Award at the Association of Town and City Management Awards 2019.

If you’re looking for things to do this Christmas:

– Bournemouth: The Christmas Tree Wonderland Trail – Experience the magical, mystical and memorable spectacle of over 100 glittering trees and illuminations. The trail will return on 15 November 2019 to 2 January 2020.
– Bournemouth: The Bournemouth Alpine market is returning for another year and is the place to be this festive season. There will be a variety of products on offer this year, from local meats to Dorset mulled cider, you can be sure to find something you like. It will return on 15 November 2019 to 2 January 2020.

– Poole: Sail with Santa! People will get the chance to accompany Santa on a cruise around Poole Harbour whilst also enjoying a free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie.
– Poole: The Poole Lantern Parade – Get that festive feeling as Poole Lantern Parade lights up the town with beautifully crafted handmade lanterns. Leaving Falkland Square at 6pm on 12 December, join the parade through the town centre before arriving at the Guildhall for carols and mince pies.

– Christchurch: Santa’s Winter Wonderland – Santa’s Grottos can be hard to find these days, but luckily Stewarts Garden Centre in Christchurch have one open right up until Christmas Eve. Take your children to meet Santa and take a trip through the snowy wonderland grotto.
– Christchurch: Christmas celebrations at the Red House museum – Visit the museum on 23 November for an afternoon of free seasonal fun and entertainment for the whole family.

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