Bournemouth – A fantastic location for language learning!

Bournemouth is an outstanding setting for an adult language school. The college itself is in a beautiful Victorian building, right in the centre of town and only a 2-minute walk from beautiful golden beaches.  With tourism and education being major industries in the town, Bournemouth offers outstanding tourist events and facilities.  It is also a centre for banking, insurance, aviation and other high-tech industries.  Whatever time of the year you decide to come to Bournemouth, there is always something happening.

BOURNEMOUTH

Bournemouth is a thriving seaside town and a great place to live and to study. With a population of around 200,000, the town has two universities of growing importance and is a major hub of new technologies as well as being a premier holiday destination.  Big enough to provide plenty of things to do, but small enough to be able to move around easily and breathe the fresh sea air, Bournemouth offers an enviable lifestyle.

Only 2 hours from London, Bournemouth is a perfect base where you can benefit from lower living costs than major cities such as London, but remain in easy travelling distance.

THINGS TO DO

Bournemouth is in the process of major regeneration with outstanding festivals and facilities, including the new flagship Odeon cinema complex. Throughout the year there are festivals, which add to the vibrancy of the town.

Major festivals held each year in Bournemouth include:

Shopping – Bournemouth’s bustling town centre boasts a pedestrianised high street and Victorian arcades and is home to a range of shops, from department stores and high-street favourites to designer boutiques and independent retailers.

Leisure – Bournemouth has a new state-of-the-art 10-screen Odeon multiplex cinema in the heart of the town centre, complete with an “i-Sense” floor to ceiling screen. The BH2 complex also includes restaurants and a casino.  The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) and Bournemouth Pavillion host a variety of national and international acts and shows throughout the year.  You can play traditional outdoor crazy golf in Bournemouth Gardens, or indoor crazy golf or bowling at Oasis Fun.

Food and Drink – Bournemouth offers a choice of casual, family and continental dining. Fourteen new restaurants have just opened in the BH2 complex, and there are also dozens of independent restaurants and cafes providing a huge range of menus both day and night.

Bournemouth by Night – Bournemouth has Purple Flag status, meaning it has a well managed and safe night-time economy. If you are looking for nightlife, there is plenty of choice from laid-back lounge and cocktail bars to sports and music bars, live music venues, nightclubs and late-night restaurants.

The Bournemouth Football Team ‘The Cherries’ is currently in the Premier League, which is exciting news for sports lovers.   There are also many other sports competitions held in Bournemouth, including beach volley, beach polo and the ‘Grand Prix of the Sea’ powerboat and jet ski racing.  Running competitions include an annual marathon.

In addition to competitive sport, Bournemouth is the perfect place to participate in outdoor sports and there are many opportunities to try a wide variety of water sports in addition to those on dry land.

PLACES TO GO

There are 7 miles of golden sandy beaches in Bournemouth and lovely parks and gardens which benefit from the warmer than average climate.   It is within easy reach of areas of outstanding natural beauty including the Jurassic Coast, a designated World Heritage Site and the New Forest.   Every weekend there are student tours available to a famous places around Britain and Bournemouth is well connected to London.

Key places of interest near Bournemouth include:

For more information on the general area (the County of Dorset), see Visit Dorset and Visit Bournemouth.

You can also look through this beautiful Picture Book which gives a flavour of what Bournemouth has to offer.