In terms of entertainment, Bournemouth has a lot to offer. The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) features artists, comedians and television personalities that you can see live at very competitive prices, usually around £17 – 30. An ice skating rink is usually set up in winter time at the BIC.
There is a 3D cinema, called the Imax, near Bournemouth Pier, and two ordinary cinemas (an Odeon and an ABC) further in town.
In Summer, for about 3 or 4 days, is the Red Arrows Air Show, which is free. Thousands of people come to the centre’s beach to get the best views of the displays.
The Bournemouth Aquarium, known as The Oceanarium, is a fascinating and educational place that is ideal for keeping children entertained. It is near to Bournemouth Pier.
The Russell Coates Art Gallery & Museum is another place you may like to visit. It is near to the pier.
There is also a thriving night-life that attracts many students. Nightclubs include Walkabouts, Bar me, Lava Ignite, Bliss Bar, Heroes (karaoke), V Club (nightclub church!) and the Litten Tree. Strip clubs include FYEO (For Your Eyes Only) and Wiggle.
Gay nightclubs are in the ‘The triangle’ a part of town which is near the Library. The Exchange, DYMK (Does Your Mother know!) and the Richmond Pub are some of the gay venues.
For eating, there are many cafes, restaurants and pubs dotted around the town. These include Subway, Macdonalds, Burger King, KFC, Cafe in the Square, Walkabouts and Wetherspoons.
There are a great number of fashion outlets, including Primark, Topman, Debenhams, Marks &Spencer, Beales, House of Frazer and Zara.
Other shops include Game, Gamestation, Lush, The Body Shop, Superdrug, Waterstones and Holland & Barrett.