With cosy places to eat, long sandy beaches for walks and lots of Christmas fun in the area. Sandbanks is the perfect place for a getaway at this time of year. Here is our pick of the best festivities on the coast..
Celebrate the festive season with family and friends over great wine and food in Rick Stein's restaurant here on Sandbanks. The restaurant is beautifully decorated in coastal, Christmas chic and the roaring fire is so welcoming when there is a nip in the air. The Christmas lunch menu is from £24.95 with choices of salmon gravlax, sardines, Cornish hake and of course, roasted turkey. Its available until Monday 31st December and with such a beautiful setting, it will be a treat to remember.
Lift your spirits with Christmas carols
Escape the shopping madness and enjoy a boat ride to Brownsea Island. The island is closed at this time of year for forestry clearing and of course to give the red squirrels a break from the cameras, but for the week leading up to Christmas, Brownsea opens up for a magical experience. One of their experienced volunteers will take you on a guided walk of the lagoon to see all the birdlife then lead you back to the beautiful candlelit church for carols, mulled wine, hot ribena for the kiddies and mince pies.
Experience the magical spectacle of hundreds of glittering trees from around the world. See them shimmer against the night skies along the pine-scented walkways. Explore the Alpine Market and skate under the stars in the enchanting Victorian gardens and enjoy live music, entertainment and illuminations around the resort. From Bournemouth Seafront into the Lower Gardens, throughout the town centre and beyond to the coastal villages of Westbourne, Boscombe and Southbourne, explore a glimmering world of memorable seasonal fun for the whole family.
Christmas isn’t Christmas without Panto!
Our lovely theatre, the Lighthouse in Poole is hosting a fun packed adventure with Dick Whittington. Along with his acrobatic cat, the pair journey from Poole to Olde London Town then across the sea seeking fame and fortune. Starring the popular children’s TV presenter Chris Jarvis, you will get to meet the magical Fairy Bow Bells and the hilarious Dame Dolly Donuts. Boo, cheer, laugh, sing along and don’t let King Rat become Lord Mayor! The puuuurfect Christmas treat for the whole family.
Breakfast with Santa
The man in red will be stopping off at the Compton Acres Café and Tearooms during the festive season! Their Breakfast with Santa mornings will give the kids a magical experience with lots of excitement and cheer before the big day. Watch the children’s eyes light up when they receive a special Christmas gift from Santa himself, whilst the whole family also tucks into a delicious Full English Breakfast. The Tea Rooms will also be serving delicious Christmas lunches and homemade mince pies throughout December. Don't forget to visit the gift shop, which is home to a charming array of handmade, locally sourced and fair trade treasures and beautiful Christmas decorations.
We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors to Sandbanks over the festive season and we would like to say to all of our visitors…..
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
from the Rumsey team