Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Staycation in Bournemouth

Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Staycation in Bournemouth

Last Updated: January 16, 2024By

Since Brexit, holidaying with your pooch has become much more difficult. So if you’re looking for fun staycation ideas for you and your dog then why not consider a trip to Bournemouth? This seaside town is perfect for pets and provides both you and your fluffy companion lots to see and do.

Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Staycation in Bournemouth

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A recent study of British dog owners, that found that 85% would rather go on holiday within the UK with their furry friends than travel abroad without them, It’s little wonder that dog friendly holiday options are top of a lot of people’s lists. There are locations up and down the country often providing welcoming options for dog-owning holidaymakers, but in that in the same study, 54% of people had felt the UK lacked enough of them.

Step forward one option that’s particularly welcoming to man’s best friend – the ever-popular beachside town of Bournemouth. Famous for the golden sands and stunning coastlines that have been winning the hearts of British holidaymakers since the Victorian era, it’s also something of a paradise for your pooch.

Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Staycation in Bournemouth

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Dog-Friendly Beaches

Bournemouth’s sandy shoreline and rolling hills offer an abundance of beach walks for you and your dog to enjoy. Hengistbury Head, which is one of the most important sites of special scientific interests in England, offers a panoramic view of Bournemouth. Other dog-friendly areas include Fisherman’s walk.On those designated beaches for doggos – there are generally special areas, set between certain groynes (those low walls on the beach built out into the sea). For specifics of exactly where you can take your pooch to run along the sand, check out the helpful website Have Dog Can Travel.

Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Staycation in Bournemouth

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Where to Stay

There are also plenty of pup-friendly hotels, including the West Cliff Hotel, the Hilton and Shoreline B&B. And for people with an adventurous spirit, Bournemouth offers luxury beach lodges so you and your pooch can wake up to the sea and sand at your feet and paws.

Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Staycation in Bournemouth

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Destination Dog

This year Bournemouth also offers something a little bit special. Early August will see the grand reopening of “Bobby’s of Bournemouth” as the now-closed Debenhams department store is restored to its 1933 splendour, reclaiming its original name.Work is now underway to revive the building and reconnect it with its historical heritage, providing a town-centre hub for the current Bournemouth community and visitors alike, stocking local, ethical, and unique brands, as well as the big hitters. It will host both a vegan and non-vegan deli, a sushi bar, a micro-brewery, a blow-dry bar, a garden space and a roof terrace – all opening at various stages between this summer and next year.

And if you’re thinking that iconic architecture and locally sourced brands might do little to capture the imagination of your dog, then“Drool”, the world’s first food hall devoted entirely to dogs, most certainly will. The doggy pop-up will take centre stage in the upcoming opening and will stay open right through the summer.

Featuring a “Lick ‘n’ Mix station”, a canine cake shop and a doggy tuck shop, alongside a dog ball recycling centre, there is plenty to sniff out for the discerning doggo in your life.Hound-height stands will allow dogs to do some window-shopping as they stop and choose their treats. Flavours on offer will include “Cherry Barkwells”, Dog Doughnuts and even Liver Cakes.

Enjoy a Dog-Friendly Staycation in Bournemouth

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Hungry humans arriving will be pleased to note that there will be refreshments sold from a dog-shaped converted 2CV truck – which of course, will also sell the now iconic puppuccino. The pop-up is expected to last until September and Special charity days will take place throughout the course of the pop-up, such as the set to be truly iconic “Basset Hound ‘Agility’ Course” which will raise money for the breed’s rescue charity.

So, if you’re itching to get away on holiday, and you think your beloved hound is equally deserving of a break, then heading down to south coast of England might just turn out to be the holiday of a lifetime, especially for your pup.

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