South West England

Things to Do: Surfing and Bodyboarding

Branksome Chine Beach, Poole, Dorset

A fine golden sandy beach with safe swimming

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This is a popular family orientated beach that benefits from a safe swimzone and a lost children's patrol from May to September. Activities on the water include sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and jet skiing.

Shore Road Beach, Poole, Dorset

A popular sandy beach with views across the harbour

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The gradually sloping beach and clean safe water make this an ideal beach for young families. Activities on the water include windsurfing, sailing and canoeing. Water sports equipment hire and tuition are also available.

Sandbanks Peninsula Beach, Poole, Dorset

A long strip of golden sand on the sandbanks peninsula

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A family friendly beach that benefits from a safe swimming zone and is close to crazy golf and children’s amusements. There are also several windsurfing and sailing schools on the beach for those who want to join the fun on the water.

Bournemouth Pier Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset

A firm favourite with residents and visitors alike

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There's plenty going on, including regular firework festivals throughout the summer, KidZone beach areas, an Imax Cinema and an Oceanarium.

Boscombe Pier Beach, Bournemouth, Dorset

A gently sloping sandy beach on the Bournemouth seafront

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The historical pier and amusements make this beach ideal for the traditional day out by the sea. There is also a free kids club on the beach during summer and plenty of water activities including windsurfing, surfing, canoeing and paddleboats.

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