If you want to make the most of your stay or want to find a quiet beach to relax in, a recently updated app could be the answer.
The Beach Check app has been refreshed for the summer season and helps visitors and residents find Britain’s best beaches – in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – without the crowds.
After a successful launch in 2020 followed by a nationwide rollout last summer, the app is back, ensuring South Coast stayers have a safe and enjoyable experience.
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Be beach ready with the Beach Check app
The Beach Check app is free and easy to use. Downloadable from Google Play or the Apple App Store, it allows users to check individual beaches or view a map showing red (populated), orange (less crowded) and green (uncrowded) beaches.
Containing no in-app purchases, the handy little program for your mobile has registered 72,789 downloads so far.
The traffic light system uses sophisticated technology and authorized users on the ground who color-code beaches based on the number of visitors and parking spaces, aiming to reduce overcrowding in popular coastal areas and encourage the distancing.
Although national Covid restrictions have now been fully lifted, it is likely that holidaymakers will seek to avoid crowded places in the future due to the many benefits, both human and environmental, of quieter outdoor spaces. More space on the beach allows people and wildlife to thrive.
15 miles of coastline
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole offer an almost unbroken 15 mile coastline. The ‘coast with the most’ stretches from Mudeford, Christchurch, to Hengistbury Head, Southbourne and Boscombe, Bournemouth and the Chines and up to the famous Sandbanks peninsula.
And it’s not just the landscape that makes the area so attractive. From food, music and yoga festivals to sand polo and the British Dog Surfing Championships, there’s a host of events to look forward to this spring and summer too.
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Events in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Beach Yoga Festival, June 17-19
With over 70 yoga classes throughout the weekend, Beach Yoga Fest is suitable for both beginners and experienced yoga practitioners. The first beach yoga festival in the UK, 2022 will be the third year the event has taken place on Bournemouth beach.
As well as yoga on the beach, there’s a program of water sports and aerial yoga, plus a range of free therapies, guest speakers, gong baths and sound treatments. Tickets start from £18.70 per person.
Bourne Free: Pride on the Park 2022, July 8-9
2022 will be the first time in years that the annual Bournemouth Pride weekend will take place at Meyrick Park, meaning the event will be bigger, better and more accessible than ever. Bourne Free will have a green theme and the festival’s green adaptations include eliminating single-use plastic and offsetting the carbon it produces.
Expect parades, fairground rides, food and drink stalls and a new sensory space. Admission to Bourne Free Family Night on Fridays is free. Saturday tickets cost from £17.50 for adults and £5 per child and free for those under 14.
Cheese and chilli festival, May 28 and 29
After a two-year hiatus, the Cheese and Chilli Festival returns to Christchurch in 2022. Now in its eighth year, the family-friendly (and dog-friendly) two-day festival offers an array of activities for cheese lovers and chilli.
Try a selection of regional cheeses, chat with the producers, attend a masterclass given by a local cheese expert or participate in chili tasting contests, hot food challenges or chili sauce contests.
Other activities include a beer festival, live music, children’s entertainment, crazy golf and craft stalls. For those wishing to stay overnight, camping is available at £20 per pitch per night.
Festival tickets cost from £7 per adult and are free for those under 16.
Christchurch Food Festival, June 2-5
This year, the Christchurch Food Festival returns to Christchurch Quay for an extended, free four-day celebration over the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.
Try and buy from the best local producers, watch chef demonstrations and taste delicious street food and artisanal drinks.
Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival, June 11-12
This free celebration of local arts and crafts showcases regional food and drink as well as arts and crafts.
The Highcliffe Food & Arts Festival takes place throughout the center of the village and there will be two music stages and a cookery theater featuring celebrity chefs Jean-Christophe Novelli and Lesley Waters from Dorset, as well as Alex Aitken and the Christchurch Harbor Hotel and Jetty Restaurant team and Christchurch-born James Golding, Chief Executive of the Pig Group of Hotels.
The little ones can enjoy craft workshops, a treasure hunt and a “Grow Your Own” tent.
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Poole Old Lifeboat Station Museum
Located next to Fisherman’s Dock in Poole Quay, Poole’s Old Lifeboat Station museum has reopened to visitors after extensive refurbishment. Historical curiosities to discover include Poole’s first motorized lifeboat and new displays of bravery from the crew.
The central display is the Thomas Kirk Wright, one of Poole’s historic lifeboats which dates from 1939 and was the first ‘small ship’ of the lifeboat flotilla at Dunkirk during the Second World War. The museum is free and open every day.
Poole Seafood Festival, June 3-5
Visit the Poole Seafood Festival for three days of local seafood, produce and live music over the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
The free event has something for everyone – watch chef demonstrations on the seafood stage, indulge in champagne and the oyster bar or sing along to live music while sipping local cider .
Harry Paye Day Pirate Festival, June 18
Ahoy! Organized by the Pirates of Poole (of course), this annual celebration of the town’s favorite pirate son, Harry Paye, includes a pirate parade, live music, a best-dressed pirate contest, pirate games, rides games, live story areas, cannons, and lots of other pirate-themed shenanigans.
Sandpolo, July 8-9
Bringing world-class polo to Sandbanks, Sandpolo (the British Beach Polo Championships) is the biggest beach polo event in the world.
During the day, experience the thrill and excitement of horses galloping across the sands against the breathtaking backdrop of the English Channel, then in the evening, enjoy the glitz and glamor of the after party on the beach. Tickets from £30 per person.
Dogmasters, July 25
The UK’s only canine surfing championship is a canine sensation. Watch the action unfold at Branksome Beach as four-legged friends ride the waves solo with prizes for style, longest wave, takedown, effort, tricks and most importantly, the wag -tail.
Dogs can also accompany their masters aboard surfboards and paddleboards for races at sea in tandem.
With a costume contest too (Scooby-Doo took off last year), Dogmasters is as quirky and fun as it sounds! Tickets from £27.50 per adult and £4 per child.
For more information visit Bournemouth Beach Check.