Wednesday, 29 May 2019

A Day of New Discoveries: Bournemouth

Collaboration - the spending money was gifted by, but all views are my own.

We remain so privileged that we live in such a diverse region of the UK. Here on the South Coast of Hampshire, idyllic villages, Portsmouth's Gunwharf Quays, The Isle of Wight and The New Forest are a few examples of what is on offer. Venture a little further west and you will enter Dorset - a staycation hotspot thanks to appeal of the magnificent Jurassic Coastline.
Bournemouth is probably a city which most people know of, especially when the UK has a heatwave as it is typical to see photos of a crammed Bournemouth beach full of sunbathers.

Bournemouth beach

Gardens Bournemouth

Recently we visited Bournemouth to have a family day out. Since we are relatively local, it was an easy destination, otherwise there are a range of hotels in Bournemouth. Last time we visited the Oceanarium which can be found right on the seafront, but this time we decided to try our luck at Mighty Claws crazy golf. All three kids love dinosaurs but had never properly played mini golf before so it was definitely going to be a totally new experience!

Mighty Claws Bournemouth dinosaur

As well as Playgolf in Colchester, Mighty Claws can be found at Playgolf, Bournemouth and if you happen to be in Hampshire, a newly opened Viking's style Mighty Claws can be found in Hedge End. The ginormous volcano and Tyranossaurus Rex were clear to see from the moment we parked the car which certainly excited the children.

Volcano mini gold Mighty Claws Bournemouth

Mighty Claws mini golf Bournemouth

Our age of children ranged from a very confident 2 and a half year, almost 5 year  old and a 7 year old. We had a few "Freyja advantages" whereby she picked up the ball and dropped it in the hole, but for the most part, the children decided to use the golf put as they saw fit which included weilding it croquet style to dribbling the ball hockey-stick style. I reckon that 8 years of age could be the best age to get the most out of the Mighty Claws experience if you really want to experience the competitive element of mini golf. It definitely was fun to be surrounded by some giant animatronic dinosaurs and play mini golf through stalactite caves. I imagine the atmosphere would be even better at early evening with the volcano lights on.

Animatronic dinosaurs Mighty Claws Bournemouth

Stalactite style mini golf cave Mighty Claws Bournemouth

Following our success at Might Claws we continued to Wagamama in Bournemouth.Since it was a day of new experiences, we were fairly limited with restaurant choices, however Wagamama can cater for dairy and gluten intolerance really well. Freyja certainly tucked into her mini paad-thai noodles and Alex tried the cod instead of the usual mini chicken katsu curry. I'm a creature of habit but I tried the beef brisket donburi which I would definitely have again.

Kids mini pad thai Wagamama

Kids crispy cod cubes meal Wagamama Bournemouth

Beef brisket rice donburi Wagamama Bournemouth

 If you find a space at the Pavilion car park you are in the ideal location to reach town, the well-kept aviaries gardens and of course, the beach for an obligatory ice cream plus sand dusting and a go on the 2p machines.

Sandcastles Bournemouth beach family day out

Bournemouth beach family day out ice cream

Bournemouth Beach Dorset coastline family day out

Have you visited Bournemouth lately? Have you enjoyed anything new?

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