The coastal town of Bournemouth is the largest in Dorset with an estimated 200,000 residents, 18,000 of which are students. Owing its name to its location on the mouth of the River Bourne, Bournemouth was historically part of Hampshire before moving into the authoritative area of Dorset in 1974. In 2019, the town merged with Poole and Christchurch to make one united authority of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.
Property in the area sold for an average of £214,000 in 2014 when an additional 693 houses were built in this one year – both figures will have increased today however there are no up to date official figures to document this. As Bournemouth sits in the centre of the green belt, the area is stricter on its building permissions in and around the area particularly in recent years where rising populations have prompted an increase in demand.
Whilst the seafront was heavily damaged in World War 2, the town remained relatively unscathed so much of the architecture in the centre remains very much Victorian in its appearance. The town centre is a fun and busy area that is hugely popular with its visitors and students for the abundance of activities and famous nightlife on offer. Bournemouth also has a thriving music scene with music Venues including the Bournemouth International Centre, the Pavilion Theatre and O2 Academy playing host to a range of performers each year. It’s not just visitors and students who love the town – in 2007, a First Direct Survey found Bournemouth to be the happiest place to live in the UK.
Over 5 million visitors visit Bournemouth annually bringing in hundreds of millions of pounds to the local economy, the industry in which is predominantly made up of the tourism and the service sector. A portion of this income is thanks to the impressive 2,000 ice creams served everyday Bournemouth!
One of the key attractions of Bournemouth is the 7 mile stretch of sandy beaches where tourists flood in great numbers during the summer months. Favourites are Bournemouth Beach, Durley Chine Beach and Alum Chine Beach, however there are also many hidden gems to be found right along the coastline, many covered by RNLI lifeguards throughout the year. Bournemouth’s coastal fame isn’t soley due to it’s beautiful beaches though, the town is also home of the modern static Beach Hut as we know and see on beaches across the UK today.
Bournemouth’s Piers make up a core part of the notable infrastructure in the town. Bournemouth Pier, located just off Bournemouth beach, was originally a small wooden Jetty however the pier has been extended twice in its lifetime bringing it to its now 305 metre length. Boscombe Pier is a little further away but was named Pier of the Year in 2010 by the National Piers Society.
Included in the 2,080 acres of parks and gardens in Bournemouth is Lower Gardens, just 5 minutes off the beach and pier featuring a crazy golf course and a popular spot on sunny days. The park plays host to Candlelight Nights, a century old tradition where thousands of tea lights are arranged in imaginative designs and also Bournemouth’s Ice rink in December.
Families visiting Bournemouth may look to visit the Russel-Coates Museum featuring an array of paintings and artefacts collected by the well-travelled Victorian, see aquatic life at Oceanarium, visit the monkeys at Monkey World Ape rescue, spot steam trains at Swanage railway or even take a trip to Peppa Pig World in Paultons Park.
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