If you would like to hire a campervan to explore Bournemouth or the surrounding areas then look no further. Our range of high spec VW campers are available for hire for long weekends, full holidays or mid week escapes. Whether you want to pitch up and spend your days on Bournemouth beach, stay nearby and explore Brownsea Island or just go with the flow and visit local places like Hordle, Mudeford and Branksome hire one of our vans and get started!

Bournemouth (or Bomo), is a thriving town in Dorset on the south coast of England, nestled between the New Forest and Poole. It’s a beautiful location for an adventure in a campervan!

Whether Bournemouth is the start or end to your destination, our conveniently located campervan hire service is only a short distance away.

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This coastal city is only 30 miles from our VW Campervan hire facility in Southampton. Take a picturesque drive through The New Forest and in around 40 minutes you will find yourself in the seaside city of Bournemouth.

Famous for having the most expensive stretch of property real estate in the UK, Sandbanks, there is a lot to see and do in a day! It is a perfect place to visit when hiring a VW campervan and with unlimited mileage, you are free to explore further afield if the mood takes you.

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With plenty of parking within the town, you will never be far from your campervan. We can recommend West Hill Car Park BH2 5PG as there are no height restrictions or maximum stay, and for peace of mind and comfort, there is CCTV and the car park is well lit. All this for a reasonable £10 for up to a 24-hour stay. We find parkopedia a very handy resource when looking for parking spaces for our campervans.

Beautiful Bournemouth

Until the early 19th century, the area in which Bournemouth now stands was just heathland where cattle grazed. In 1810, Lewis Tregonwell – regarded as the first inhabitant and founder of Bournemouth – visited the beach with his wife.

She loved the area and persuaded him to build a house there. This house now forms part of the Royal Exeter Hotel still in Bournemouth today. 27 years later other families started to move into the area, and by 1840, a small village had been firmly established.

The stagecoach which travelled from the neighbouring towns began to call in at Bournemouth, a sure sign Bournemouth was here to stay!

Bournemouth is blessed with a warm microclimate but that can’t be guaranteed for all 365 days of the year, unfortunately! But don’t worry, many of the attractions are designed to be enjoyed in warm weather as well as in the rain.

From indoor climbing and high wires, as well as museums and galleries, you’ll be able to have a great time whatever the weather. The great thing about hiring a VW campervan in Bournemouth is they are 100% waterproof and camping in one is not dependent on the weather.

With so much to do, you may need a little longer to absorb all that Bournemouth has to offer! But that’s ok, you’ll be thankful that you made the smart decision to hire a camper van from us as your VW California is built for comfort and relaxation, so you can always return to it for a cuppa and a nap.

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With so much history, you may need a little longer to absorb all that the cathedral has to offer!

But that’s OK, you’ll be thankful that you made the smart decision to hire a camper van from us as your VW California is built for comfort and relaxation, so you can always return to it for a cuppa and a nap.

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Bournemouth Pier

Any visit to the seaside is surely coupled with a stroll along the pier! Set in the middle of ten miles of golden sand, Bournemouth pier offers stunning views across the bay to the Isle of Wight on one side and the Purbeck Hills on the other.

On the pier, you will find a wide and varied selection of attractions and entertainment for the whole family. One-armed bandits sit alongside newer video games in the pier amusements located at the entrance.

For those daredevils among you, at the far end of the pier, you will find some attractions to get the heart-pounding! First up, RockReef. An indoor activity attraction with 28 climbing walls.

Simply clip yourself into the harness and off you go! The venue caters for all climbing abilities and with the verticle drop slid and the ‘Leap of Faith’ it’s sure to excite the thrill-seekers.

Next is the awesome PierZip, the first of its kind in the world, the zip wire stretches from the pier to the shore. A truly unique and unforgettable experience and a wonderful way to take in the amazing panoramic view of Bournemouth and its stunning coastline! Bath Rd South car park BH1 2EW is an ideal place to park the campervan for pier activities.

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After all the thrills of the Pier activities, or to maybe take a break from the sun, then Bournemouth’s town centre with a mix of department stores, high street shops and boutiques are sure to provide just the right amount of retail therapy. Parking is widely available, and with its perfectly sized dimensions, the campervan has been designed to fit into everyday life, you’ll find parking the campervan effortless.

The locals refer to Westover Road as ‘Bournemouth’s Bond Street’, here you can shop for designer labels, art and jewellery along its canopied walkway. Treat yourself to something special, and don’t worry about storing it, there is plenty of room in the wardrobe in your campervan.


If you fancy taking a break from cooking in your camper for the day, Bournemouth has a diverse choice of places to eat. Fresh seafood, local produce, traditional cream teas… no matter what you’re craving, you’ll find it in Bournemouth.

Award-winning restaurants, trendy cocktail bars and fast food chains around the resort so you can wine and dine by the sea in luxury, style and comfort. Being by the sea, fish and chips go hand in hand for me 😉

For something quite different Aruba Restaurant & Bar is worth a visit just for the views from the restaurant alone! Famous for Caribbean inspired dishes, coupled with a fusion menu of burgers, pizzas and other firm favourites.

Chez Fred is a family-run fish and chip restaurant in nearby Westbourne. Daily deliveries from Brixham and Cornwall ensure the freshest tastiest fish will be served, along with it's famous twice-fried chips! Yum! Gluten-free options are also available. Fish chips and a cup of tea, sitting in my campervan next to the sea.

Bournemouth walks

Before it was an established holiday destination, Bournemouth was a real smuggler’s haunt. The long sweeping coastline was the perfect arrival point for contraband and the many chines presented perfect locations to hide and store exploits.

Today the chines are beautifully gardened and provide idyllic walking paths to escape the heat of the beach. From Hengistbury Head to Alum Chine you can explore the land beyond the beach and imagine what it would have been like for smugglers in their prime.

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A particularly beautiful walk is at Hengistbury Head, a short climb to the top and you will be rewarded with fantastic views of Mudeford, Bournemouth Pier and the Purbeck Hills. With plentiful parking, the postcode for the nearest car park is BH6 4EN.

We love dogs and they are welcome to come along and join in the adventure too in our dog friendly campervans.

The prospect of Bournemouth and Poole’s 12 miles of sandy shoreline and promenade is certainly enticing enough to make us want to take a walk. The golden sandy beaches, the fresh sea air and the sounds of soft waves is an instant mood lifter! And even better with a four-legged friend by your side. There are several beaches in Dorset where you are permitted to walk your dog on or off lead, time of year dependent.

An added bonus is dogs are welcome at any time of the year, so, come rain or shine, hire a campervan from us and you and your furry friend can holiday at any time! Remember the onboard heating system in your campervan, a couple of presses on the heater button and you will all be as warm as toast in minutes!

Our dog friendly campervans are the perfect getaway choice to ensure everyone, including the furrier members of the family can holiday together.

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Bournemouth Entertainment

If you are staying the night in Bournemouth in one of our comfortable campervans then be sure to check out what is currently featuring at the BIC.

The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is an award-winning premier events and entertainment venue, situated at the town’s centre whilst boasting panoramic views of its internationally-acclaimed coastline.

Whether it’s the thrill of a live show or event, the buzz of a conference, the wisdom of an exhibition, the cultural insight of fine art or first-class dining, the BIC offers so many things to do and see!

Some of entertainments biggest names have appeared at the BIC, including Lady Gaga, Lee Evans, Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, One Direction, Leonard Cohen, Eddie Izzard, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry to name but a few.

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If you are keen cyclists, don’t forget we have bike racks for hire that can be attached securely to the campervan, you just need to specify these when completing your booking.

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Bournemouth Events

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With an eclectic range of musical tastes, the annual SandFest is definitely worth a visit.

Set on the pristine beach of Sandbanks, made famous the world over for its stunning coastline and expensive beachfront properties, this boutique beach festival attracts the trendiest of party people.

Line-ups have included firm favourites such as Faithless in the past.

Bournemouth Air Festival

The most famous and anticipated event in Bournemouth is the annual Air Festival. A celebration of everything airborne from across the decades.

Well known for its spectacular displays and flybys, previous shows have thrilled the crowds with an appearance of the much loved Phantom and regular acrobatic manoeuvres from the Red Arrows always get the adrenaline pumping.

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Plenty Of Attractions

Why not make use of the panaroma roof function of the California that you hired, to gain an advantage of the heads of the crowds.

There are plenty of attractions on land too, making this festival a firm family favourite. Be sure to check out the RAF Village, there will be vehicles, have-a-go equipment and knowledgable personnel to speak to and show you around the exhibits.

The Festival also brings live stage music from local acts and also performances by the Royal Marines and Army Air Corp military bands. Food lovers are catered for too with an array of local producers showcasing their exquisite dishes to the more mainstream offerings.

VIP tickets are also available for those who really want to mark the occasion with very best vantage spots at the end of the pier reserved especially for them. During the evening, the Festival is topped off with a spectacular firework display, really making this a whole day of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Nearby Campsites

Campervan hire at South Lytchett Manor.

South Lytchett Manor

Award-winning and family-run 5 star site. It’s the ideal base for exploring Dorset and the rugged Jurassic Coast, and you’ll have easy access to Poole, Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. Dogs are also welcome here.

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Campervan hire at Back of Beyond.

Back of Beyond

An adult only site, located at the gateway to the spectacular county of Dorset. This 4 star park’s woodland and lakes support a wide range of small wild animals, deer and bird life and offer great fishing. Campfires encouraged.

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Campervan hire Meadowbank.


A friendly family owned campsite set in an idyllic riverside position between Bournemouth and Christchurch making this an ideal location for exploring Bournemouth, the New Forest and Jurassic Coast of Dorset.

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We have made booking your Bournemouth VW campervan rental experience simple. To use our hire service you can see our up to the minute availability by visiting our website or call us about your campervan rental needs.  Bournemouth is easy to get to, with only one main road to travel from our base, the M27.

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Our base in Southampton is only 29 miles away from Bournemouth and we are conveniently located near to Junction 3 of the M27. Within a few minutes of leaving the motorway, you could be at our HQ picking up the keys to your campervan and heading off on your very own road-trip.

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