If one thing has shaped Bournemouth it’s the beach. This glorious, 7-mile strip of soft sand first drew holiday-makers in the Victorian days. Today, as well as grey-haired coach parties, the resort attracts boozed-up stag parties, and on Saturday nights fancy-dress is everywhere; angels in L-plates meet men in mankinis. But Bournemouth is more than just a bright 'n' breezy party town. It also boasts the area’s best surf spot, some hip hideaways, great restaurants and boat trips to the start of Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast.