Situated in the county of Dorset, Southbourne is the most easterly part of the Borough of Bournemouth. The area was previously known as Stourfield. In 1766, Edmund Bott built a Georgian mansion called Stourfield House which later became a care home for injured servicemen in the Great War. This historic suburb is not lacking in culture and attractions. The fascinating Southbourne Grove is a long shopping street that features unique and individual shops rather than high street shops. And if you're more interested in activities outdoors, Seafield Gardens is an open space that offers various outdoor facilities such as bowls and tennis. The beautiful Southbourne shoreline is a popular attraction, especially the Blue Flag Beach which is a quieter, sandy retreat away from the busy Bournemouth coast.
- Visit during August for the Bournemouth Air Festival and experience some of the best views of the action from Southbourne Overcliffe Drive.
- In 1935, the Fishermans Walk Cliff Lift was built connected to its beach below. It features a great cliff top cafe and a children’s play area at the bottom to entice families to take the lift up and down for a lovely retreat and some great views.
Bournemouth – A large coastal resort town on the south cost of England. The coastline features watersports, attractions and plenty of restaurants, providing plenty to do on a day out. Choose to enjoy the award winning beaches or head into the busy town centre for some shopping, Bournemouth offers an array of different experiences whatever the weather.
Christchurch – Christchurch is situated at the confluence of the rivers Stour and Avon and on the shores of its own natural harbour. Christchurch is full of quality assessed accommodation, fantastic places to eat and drink and offers a wealth of things to see and do.
Poole – Poole is a popular tourist resort, attracting visitors to its natural harbour, history, the Lighthouse arts centre and Blue Flag beaches. The RNLI headquarters are located in Poole and the Royal Marines have a base in the town’s harbour.