Begining at the seafront and stretching up through the town centre to the boundary with Poole, Bournemouth Gardens are sectioned into three main areas, The Upper Gardens, Central Gardens and Lower Gardens. The Lower Gardens in Bournemouth are only a five minute walk from the main shopping centre, the beach and the pier, the gardens forming a perfect connection between the town centre and the pier/beach with unusual plants which are all imaginatively landscaped. There is an 18 hole mini course is at the heart of the gardens with 12 accessible holes which are suitable for people with reduced mobility or who use a wheelchair and if you search you can find a bird sanctuary in the gardens and at the heart is a bandstand in the centre with a programme of music events during the summer season.
The gardens are an oasis of calm out of season but can be extremely busy during the summer. These gardens nevertheless are extremely well maintained and attractive. A number of events are held here during the summer which adds to the popularity. There are manicured areas with places to sit and relax on the grass sheltered from the sea breeze, whilst listening to visiting bands playing in the Bandstand during the summer months. The Bourne Stream runs through the garden which you can follow from Branksome all of the way to the pier at Bournemouth. If you have a couple of hours you can walk on up from the beach area through the higher gardens past the tennis courts and on to the Koi Carp pond
The popular Gardens host many different events and attractions throughout the year. You can take a beautiful walk from the seafront through these gardens for 1.5 miles and take in the many trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials from around the world, planted to provide interest throughout the year. This section of the gardens is quite short, it runs from the pier to the town centre, but there is always lots going on. Seasonal events in this section of the gardens include the summer Kids Free Fun Festival and the 100 year old traditional Candlelight Illuminations, which attracts thousands of visitors. In the winter we have Christmas activities and an ice rink.