Boscombe & Southbourne
Travelling east along Bournemouth’s golden beach are the areas of Boscombe and Southbourne.
In modern times Boscombe and Southbourne merged into the easterly districts of Bournemouth but originally grew up as independent towns. Both areas enjoy direct access to Bournemouth beach at Boscombe pier and Southbourne and are popular with families and friends who regularly renew friendships each season.
A massive regeneration project at Boscombe seafront has recently been completed. At its heart is Europe’s first artificial surf reef. This has transformed Boscombe and Southbourne into a trendy surfing Mecca within easy reach of London. There are numerous surfing academies and surf-themed hotels and cafes. The beach is the central attraction here and is always full of activity throughout the summer.
The beach is well managed with various access points including the cliff top funicular railway at Fisherman’s Walk Southbourne.
Just off the pier roundabout is the entrance to Boscombe Chine gardens, an oasis for younger children with a water-themed play area and a refurbished crazy golf area set in a pleasant garden area.
Boscombe is also home to Shelley Manor, the home of Mary Shelley the celebrated author of the gothic novel Frankenstein. It is the Shelley family who were largely responsible for the original building of Boscombe Pier in 1889 and this has recently been refurbished.
The towns of Boscombe and Southbourne have some interesting architecture with a pleasant Victorian shopping arcade near Boscombe post office. The two areas are linked by Christchurch road where you can find a number of antique shops and friendly family businesses.