Bournemouth Central beach

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Season: spring

A bright morning coincided with a low tide for this spring re-visit to Bournemouth Central beach.  As people used the promenade as a route to work, others were taking their morning exercise, like Pauline, whom I interviewed.  A view from above the beach shows its place in a long string of fine beaches, stretching in effect from Hengistbury Head to Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck.  It’s a pleasure to have such a flat, sandy beach on one’s doorstep, in such a well-to-do town as Bournemouth.

Spring visit photo gallery


The beach as part of Pauline’s routine.


A view from above Bournemouth Central beach.


Down on the sand, at the beach.

Season: autumn

Based around the main pier, Bournemouth Central beach is a traditional favourite for young and old, attracting thousands of visitors. The wide, sandy beach is perfect for traditional beach activities, but you can also take a boat trip, stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants, or simply take a stroll down the pier. There are attractions to keep the whole family entertained.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Adile has an environmental perspective.


A late November scene by Bournemouth Pier.

Season: spring

There’s a fine view of Bournemouth Pier, as you descend from the road on the eastern approach.  The walkway railings are laced with metal artworks that prepare you for your beach trip, a mermaid, a detailed model of a beach hut and such like.  On arrival at the beach itself, the sand is bleached white and there’s a close physical link to the town centre, by the entrance to the pier.  You can duck under its supporting arches and walk all the way west to Sandbanks in Poole on unbroken beach, a real tonic for those that live in this upmarket, busy town.

Spring visit photo gallery


Complementary beach eulogies on a blustery day.


Looking down towards the pier and along the beaches, via the chines.

3 thoughts on “Bournemouth Central beach

  1. Annabelle

    The Beach has always been the main attraction for most holiday makers. From early childhood, it was the place which promised the most enjoyable family outings and holidays. It still evokes memories of building sand castles, games on the beach and delicious picnics.

    For many people, the Beach is, of course, the final destination of the most popular holiday venue: a vacation by the sea. Even retired couples bring their children and grandchildren to our cottages taking up two or three of them in the same week.

    Most adults choose the Beach for long walks in all seasons. The pleasure is in the scenery and the fresh air, with the benefit of exercise for everyone.

    No matter what your age, looking out at the waves lapping over the Beach towards you, from the vast infinity of the sea, must be the most spiritually rewarding experience for all mankind to enjoy the feeling of oneness with the Universe.

  2. David

    Bournemouth beach is a place for all seasons. Living and working close to the seaside I am still bedazzled by its beauty each and every day. Being high on the East Cliff, we have a panoramic view across the bay, from where I can enjoy the ever-changing seascapes from tranquil amber sunsets across gently lapping waves to grey, stormy, blustery skies and crashing seas. It can be calming, bracing, restful, exhilarating. Life on the beach can be peaceful, boisterous, isolating or jam-packed… changing with the time of year or the weather. No two days are the same. Life by the beach… what’s not to like?

  3. Gemma

    With seven miles of award winning beaches, the beach really is the place to be in Bournemouth, no matter what the season! For me it’s all about the Sunday walks with the family and the dog! Having the beach on your doorstep is not something to be taken for granted, it is a real privilege and I always do my best to take full advantage of it all year round. From blustery walks in the winter to summer fun days it really has so much to offer and with the growing list of attractions and annual events in Bournemouth there is always something to be a part of.  The beach signifies holidays and often conjures up very pleasant memories for people of time spent with family and friends. It’s a place of happiness and real enjoyment.


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