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Bournemouth, voted 'Resort of the Year 2000' by the English Tourism Council, is an elegant, pine-fringed coastal resort in a south facing sheltered bay on the south coast of England. The town is set in attractive Dorset countryside designated as an 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', with the Dorset Heritage Coast and the New Forest within easy reach. It boasts seven miles of gently shelving sands that holds two coveted 'Blue Flags' signifying the highest standards of cleanliness, management and facilities with 14 full-time lifeguards and a 'dog ban' during the summer. Bournemouth is blessed with a generally mild climate, making it ideal for a fun packed holiday or relaxing break all year round.
The town centre is traffic-free (as is the beach promenade in the summer), with wide streets and Victorian architecture that is complemented by a lively cosmopolitan street scene. Entertainers perform on the corners of streets that are lined with boutiques, cafes and seating areas. There is an intriguing selection of individual shops ranging from antiques and collectibles to designer fashion.
There are 2,000 acres of beautiful parks and gardens close to the seafront providing a stunning stage for some of the many free festivals and events taking place in Bournemouth 100 days of the year.