We provide lots of suggested activities around Southbourne for beach goers, cyclists, walkers, dog lovers, foodies, for all ages, abilities & enthusiasms.

SoBo & Boscombe

Finding Your Bearings

The zig-zag path leading to Southbourne beach and the promenade

The zig-zag to Fisherman's walk beach

To the Beach!

  • right out of the drive and cross Boscombe Overcliff Drive
  • turn right for Portman Ravine ZigZag (door to shore: 7 mins)
  • left for Fisherman’s Walk ZigZag and lift to beach level

To The Grove, Southbourne

On foot: (10 mins)

  • scenic walk to The Grove: left on Overcliff Drive and left via Fisherman’s Walk 
  • shortest: left out of the drive, at the end of the road turn right onto Wentworth Avenue, also leads to The Grove

By car:

  • There’s on-street parking in various roads, some restricted to an hour; limited availability during school hols!   
  • Pay & Display car park:  Woodside Road, BH5 2AZ

Beryl's scooters available to hireSouthbourne & Boscombe Beaches

  • crazy golf & cafe Riva - just across the road!
  • beach walk to Southbourne Beach and Hengistbury (1 hr 15), east
  • beach walk to Boscombe (20 mins) and Bournemouth (1 hr), west
  • ice cream kiosks and snacks, public lavatories available in either direction

Beach Access & Restrictions

  • BBQs are permitted on the beach after 6pm 
  • cycling: during July & August cycling is permitted only before 10am and after 6pm
  • dog friendly beach: 1 May - 30 Sept beyond Fisherman’s Walk ZigZag
  • a lift operates at Fisherman’s Walk to the beach, for a fee (approx £1.75 per adult)

Miles of dog friendly beach

The dog friendly beach between 1st May & 30th September

Boscombe Pier & Undercliff

  • volleyball (£12/hour) - book at the beach office or call 01202 123800
  • beach bouldering for children
  • Boscombe Chine Gardens, playground and mini golf, BH5 1BL (may be seasonal)
  • just beyond the pier, you may see local athletes honing their skills at the weekend! 
  • Sorted Surf Shop - hire & lessons; kit & clothing for kayaking, wind & kite surfing, paddle boarding, kids’ club
  • Urban Reef Cafe & The Wood Oven - “cooking with fire” pizza 
  • walk uphill, turn right and return to the flat along the clifftop, via Boscombe Cliff gardens

Boscombe Seasonal 

  • fun roadtrain rides from Manor Steps Zig Zag to Bournemouth, via Boscombe Pier

The next pier you see in the distance is Bournemouth!  Walk there (1 hour from the apartment), bus back?

Beyond Bournemouth pier, the bay curves round to Canford Cliffs, the sought after properties of Sandbanks and the entrance to Poole harbour.  On the far horizon are the hills of Purbeck and, after dark, the twinkling lights of Swanage

Southbourne & Boscombe Parks

  • Fisherman’s Walk, a scenic walk from Overcliff Drive to The Grove - not so much a park, but a wide wooded pathway, with pond and bandstand
  • Shelley Park, off Overcliff Drive & Chessel Avenue, BH5 1JB:  playground, woodland and PAYG tennis courts book on line
    https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/TennisInTheParkBournemouth/BookaCourt)
  • King’s Park, Boscombe - with playground (links to Littledown Park)
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