Bournemouth Sports and Outdoor Activities

(Bournemouth, Dorset, England, UK)

Bournemouth Sports and Outdoor ActivitiesBournemouth has excellent sporting facilities, including a wide range of spectator sports, such as football and cricket. There are also good sports facilities in Bournemouth for participants, and these include golf courses, tennis courts, badminton courts, swimming pools, fitness centres and gymnasiums, as well as surfing. The local Bournemouth newspapers provide a sports section listing daily local sports events.

Walking is a particularly popular pastime in the Bournemouth area and there are many excellent walking trails, often providing superb views of the seafront and the surrounding countryside. These include:

Football / Soccer Club

Address: Bournemouth Football Association, George Few House, Hurn Bridge, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6AY, England
Tel: +44 (0)1202 490000
Football / soccer is another one of the town's popular spectator sports and the Bournemouth Football Association was founded in 1920 and runs all of the major football competitions in the area. These include the Hayward Saturday Football League, which has six divisions, the under 17's Priory Football League, and the M.A. Hart Football Cup Competitions, which are held at the weekend.


Surfing here has been popular since the 1960s and there are often some of the best waves on the south coast, particularly following the successful introduction of an artificial reef, which is the size of a football pitch and cost a whopping £3 million. Popular places for surfing include Bournemouth pier, Boscombe pier, Southbourne Beach, Highcliffe and Kimmeridge Bay. Bournemouth Bay is highly regarded as a safe surfing location and is known for its clean beaches.


Tel: +44 (1)1202 394439
Bowls is one of Bournemouth's most popular sports and there are over 15 individual bowling greens in the area. Most are open daily from 10:00 to 19:00, between April to September, and each of the bowling greens are run by a local club. Tourists and visitors to the Bournemouth area are always welcomed at the clubs. Bowling greens here include:


Cyclists are permitted to cycle along the scenic seafront promenades and there are also excellent cycle routes from Shore Road at Sandbanks in Poole, to the west, and at Hengistbury Head.

Golf Courses

Bournemouth has a number of golf courses in and around the town and this is a particularly relaxing sport, and the golf courses often have exceptional views of the seafront. The three main golf courses are:


Tel: +44 (0)1202 298570
Bournemouth has around 30 public tennis courts in and around central Bournemouth. Advance booking is available, although this is not usually necessary, and tennis coaching courses are often available. Tennis courts in the this area include:

Fitness Centres and Gyms

There are numerous well-equipped fitness and sports centres in central Bournemouth, with excellent state-of-the-art fitness and weight training equipment, aerobic courses, personal trainers, saunas, solariums, steam rooms, hydrotherapy and massage. Most gyms and sports centres in the town are open daily, from early in the morning until late at night.

Littledown Sports Centre

Address: Chaseside, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 7DX, England
Tel: +44 (0)1202 417600
This large sports centre is situated to the north-east of central Bournemouth, close to the A338 and A3060. Littledown Sports Centre has many excellent sports facilities and activities, including activity mornings, children's clubs, children's football, children's swimming, children's trampolining, a crèche, football, a gym and fitness centre, health referral scheme, holiday programmes, racquet sports, a spa, sports clubs, stag and hen events, sunbeds, swimming, a café and a treatment centre,