Southbourne beach

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Bournemouth Coast Path Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover May 4 - September 29 Beach cleaned regularly Blue Flag

Season: spring

This long, golden beach was basking in fine sunshine for this spring re-visit.  Located just east of Bournemouth, it enjoys a unique view of The Needles on the Isle of Wight, when the sun falls on them in the evening.  You can hear Vivien’s description of this effect in her interview.  My scene setting film was taken halfway down the path to the beach, allowing a fine view in the east towards Hengistbury Head, with beach huts below.

Spring visit photo gallery


This beach as an inspiration for Vivien.


A fine panorama, as seen from above Southbourne beach.

Season: autumn

Southbourne has a quieter feel than the other Bournemouth beaches.  Located west of Hengistbury Head, the beach comprises partly sand, partly shingle and is popular with local families and surfers.  Southbourne beach is large and safe, enjoying regular public transport from Boscombe and easy access to surrounding cliff paths.  There’s a handy car park too.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Jen reflects on happy memories, at a special place for her.


By the waterline at Southbourne beach on a stormy day.

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