Littledown leisure centre is good for
Swimming / keep fit/ gym/ sunas/tennis. Also in summer their is an out door paddling pool for the little ones as well as a park. general gym stuff or swim wear depends on what activety you want to do.
The atmosphere in Bournemouth
In the english language there is a word called serendibity that means something like "unexpected positive experience". The arabs named Sri Lanka serendib, and when the British colonised the island, overwhelmed by the magnificant beauty they were thrown into, they simply turned it into a word. When I moved to Bournemouth for one year's studies, I would have used the world serendibity if I'd known it's existence, because Bournemouth is a low-voiced sensation.
Bournemouth is located on the middle of the English south coast, three miles from Southampton, one hour from Stonehenge and two hours from Oxford. You'll be in London in just over an hour but I don't know why you want to go there...
The athmosephere in Bournmouth reminds me of Viewmaster pictures from the sixties. You'll find tiny amusement halls on the beach, dominated by mechanical gaming machines accepting 2 pence coins rather than the latest SEGA arcade games. And when you walk the Bournemouth pier you can just imagine how poor the entertainment offered here once was. The old cableways going up the cliffs are still portraited on the picture postcards and still the neon lights are lighting of the corniche when day turns to night.
But this is just one side of the town. The beach and the sea, reaching two miles from the old graves on Heningstbury Hill to the jazz café in Sandbanks, seem to have the town's inhabitants in a firm grip. At the weekends, this is where to head for a picnic, to try out the new kite, to have a minty ice cream or just to stand on the clifftop pondering the fact that you live in one of Europe's most beautiful cities.