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There are countless reasons to consider a move to the Bournemouth area, not the least of which being the climate. Much milder than the North, the area enjoys warmer summer temperatures and more sunshine than Northern resorts while avoiding the claustrophobic summer heat of the city of London.

Gorgeous scenery and coastal views attract many people to the area, especially those with a passion for walking, sailing, watersports and other outdoor activities. A stone’s throw from the New Forest you can have the best of both worlds with the seaside and rural splendour on your doorstep.

Because the area has a strong tourist connection, there is always plenty to do in the Bournemouth, Poole and Swanage areas. Historical, family friendly and sporting activities offer something for everyone with museums, art galleries and animal attractions featuring high on the to-do list. Many of these are open all year round for residents to enjoy as well as tourists. Of course, the beaches, parks and beautiful countryside never close and are always there for your enjoyment whatever the weather.

Despite its undeserved reputation as a “retirement village”, the Bournemouth area actually enjoys a youthful culture and has an exciting and varied nightlife for all ages. With a high student population there is no shortage of nightclubs open until the early hours but for those who prefer a more sedate pace of life there are plenty of stylish bars and restaurants for all to enjoy. The food of many nations is represented in both national chains and independent eateries and tea rooms and cafes are easy to find.

There is no lack of entertainment in the area with many multi-screen cinemas showing the latest releases and Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre and Poole’s Lighthouse Centre offering shows all year round. The BIC also hosts concerts from big name artists.

There are plenty of sporting options locally with Littledown Leisure Centre leading the way in active choices. Surfing is popular from the region’s beaches as well as riding in the New Forest and hiking throughout the Dorset countryside.