You don’t have to go far to find beauty. Whilst you may find yourself attracted by foreign countries’ temperatures and landscapes and feel an urge to book an expensive flight to have a proper break from London, there are also lots of little gems at a few hours drive from the capital. It’s ideal when you only have a short break at disposal and a little budget too but you are nevertheless in need of that holiday feeling for the whole family.
That is why last Easter we spent a great weekend in Bournemouth. It was like one of those quick Japanese tours as we only had the Sunday night free (my husband was working both Friday and Saturday) but we really enjoyed it!
First of all, if you drive to Bournemouth from London you have to cross the New Forest so whilst we drove there we made a stop in Furzey Gardens to have our Easter lunch picnic. It was so beautiful! Not only it is really relaxing for the grown ups but there are also lots of things to do for the little ones such as looking for fairy doors, or climb on to small huts!
Then around 4pm we left the New Forest to drive another half an hour and leave our things into the lovely small flat we had booked on Airbnb in Bournemoth. The weather was getting cloudier and it menaced rain but this did not stop us from having a walk with the kids on Hengistbury Head
Around 7pm we harried to Bournemouth Pier area to get some dinner at Harry Ramsden who is family friendly and easy to reach.
The following day we woke up around 9am and after breakfast at home we drove up to Sandbanks, just between Bournemouth and Poole where we took the ferry to get on Studland peninsula where the nature and the sea are absolutely breath taking! Whilst the ferry is quite cheap to get there, it is more expensive to get on Brownsea Island since it’s park of the National Trust so there is a fee to pay person to visit it. We may go there next time as we were told it is also really worth discovering.
After our picnic and our walk on the beaches of Sutland Bay, we only had an hour and a half to have a snack at Chineside cafe next to the beach before driving back to London but this lovely short break definitively recharged our batteries!
PS All pictures in this post were taken by myself in April 2017.