Great things to do at Sandbanks

Sandbanks is regarded as having the best beach on the South Coast - as well as arguably one of the top beaches in the continent, as demonstrated by the fact it’s held the European Blue Flag, an international award of excellence for beaches, for a record 26 years.


The place has become synonymous with lavish living for the rich and famous who soak up the idyllic views of this peninsula that boast some of the most expensive houses in the country. In fact, to put it in a broader perspective it is said to be the fourth most expensive place to buy property in the world. With many of these having direct access out onto the beach it is easy to understand why it is such a desirable place to live.

Locals and tourists alike make the most of the golden sandy beaches that offer a haven away from the stresses of everyday life. Splashing about in the sea and playing on the sand is great for unwinding but there is plenty more to do if you are looking for entertainment - or more importantly looking to keep the children busy.

Watersports is a popular option, so whether you’re into windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, sailing, kayaking and canoeing, or are just keen to hire a yacht or powerboat, there is plenty to do out at sea.

You may also want to take advantage of the chain ferry and go over to the glorious Studland beach and Purbecks, home to Corfe Castle and Swanage Railway. Or you could take the ferry to Brownsea Island and enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife of this sanctuary that boasts the threatened red squirrel, wading birds and Sika deer.

Perhaps one of the most fun and inclusive things to do for all the family - whether you are three or 93 years old - is take on the unforgiving Sandbanks Crazy Golf course. Launched in 2003, it has provided great entertainment for both holidaymakers and residents who pass the time with some light-hearted competition on this all action course.

With a current record of 34, many have tried and failed on the South Coast’s best crazy golf course - a course that can leave you scratching your head just when you think you’ve conquered it. But at least it will keep the children occupied and provide some great memories from an incredible backdrop.

For those with little ones you can then visit the children’s playground or one of the food and drink bars before returning to the beach to enjoy your refreshments and soak up some more sun. And with a designated barbeque area you can even indulge in some foods of your fancy as the sun starts to go down.


Written by Steven Deeks


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