Bournemouth Staycation September 2020

With everything still being crazy and new information being given out almost weekly about what the population in England can and cannot do I decided it was time for a little staycation whilst we could.

In the middle of September we decided to book a few days at Bournemouth, I love going there and haven’t been for a few years so was a good time to revisit! With everything going on it was nice to finally have something to look forward to for the first time in months.

We stayed in a lovely hotel mid week so it was cheaper and quieter than a weekend would be. The week we had chosen to book off coincidently was one of the hottest weeks! We couldn’t believe our luck at how gorgeous the weather was!

Our hotel was Boho House Hotel, and was a 10 minute walk to the beach and right in the town centre. We arrived Wednesday lunch time and went straight down to the beach, where we wasted no time in dipping our toes into the sea!

Bournemouth beach

After wandering around the town and getting used to our surroundings we decided to get fish and chips to eat on the beach. After some Googling the best place that kept coming up was Chez Fred, a 5 minute drive from our hotel. So we decided to pick up some dinner and then walk back down to the seafront! The reviews were not wrong it was delicious and it was so nice to have dinner watching the waves! The beach wasn’t packed, but there were people having BBQs and hanging out, but everyone kept a good distance from each other.

The next day we decided to walk from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier, it’s not a long walk but was lovely to do in the sunshine! However it was quite windy first thing in the morning, but by the time we had gotten to the pier and got a drink it had started to die down.

I used to go to Boscombe beach all the time with my family when I was younger so it was so lush to go back there and have loads of memories come back to me. The beach now had boulders in the shapes of some of the landmarks near by, and was a nice addition. Boscombe was a lot quieter than Bournemouth, even though they are next door to each other, Boscombe as always been quieter which is nice.

We decided to have lunch at the Prom Diner, which is an American diner style restaurant right on the sea front, so we chilled in their for a little bit. Walking back we wandered slowly and stopped to sit on the sand and watch the waves. It was so relaxing and so nice to have a different view.

We had a pretty chill day and decided to have dinner at Ojo rojo which is a Mexican style restaurant. However, the food was nice but very tiny portions. Which we didn’t realise. So that sucked a bit, but it was nice. After we wanted to go back to Sixty Million Postcards to get some chips (Ojo Rojo didn’t have any on the menu), we went for drinks the previous night and the food smelled amazing! However they were fully booked and after trying a handful more restaurants we went back to Chez Fred for some chips!

Finally our last day was Friday, after packing everything away we decided to play mini golf on the lower gardens, not far from the beach. After we got an ice cream and wandered down the beach for the last time on our lil holiday. We chilled out on the seafront until lunch time when we grabbed a bite to eat and made our way home.

Getting away for a few days and not keeping up with social media or the news was so refreshing. Sitting on the beach in the sunshine, I thought of literally nothing except how happy I was to be enjoying that moment.

Throughout our stay the town centre itself was busy but not packed most days and it was hard to social distance, so I kept my mask on walking through. As well as when walking through the gardens sometimes it could be quite busy with people walking to/from the beach. I didn’t feel unsafe or like I’d made a bad choice in visiting for a few days. It was so lush to escape everything and for the first time in a long time this year I felt like I wasn’t worried about anything.

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