These are the facilities which are available at Southbourne Beach
Located on the south coast of England Southbourne was historically a popular seaside town, now part of the towns of Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole conurbation Southbourne Beach is renowned for its wide, exceptionally clean, sandy beach located to the east of Bournemouth it is popular with locals and is generally quieter than the main Bournemouth public beach. The facilities are excellent for families being patrolled by lifeguards during the summer season and part of the Kidzone scheme. There are various food outlets serving both eat-in and take-away food and if you have forgotten something then this beach shop stocks all those necessary beach accessories! Find Out more below.
A short distance away from the natural beauty and headland at Hengistbury Head nature-reserve and best beach favourite of the locals all-year-round, family-friendly and Blue flag winning Southbourne Beach, or by its more formal coastal title, Southbourne-On-Sea Beach is usually one of the less crowded areas on the Dorset Coast, less hectic than the main beaches at Boscombe and Bournemouth.
In fact, Southbourne can be described as, a typical British seaside resort hinting at its Victorian seaside holidays past, family days-out with a promenade running down the beachfront, sandy beaches offering picturesque panoramic sea-views across Studland Bay of the shores of the beautiful Dorset county Jurassic coast starting point of Old Harry Rocks, taking in the National Trust owned Brownsea island. Come along to the beach and check out our view all along the seven miles all of the way down to Sandbanks.
The beach is located 4 miles east of Bournemouth and the town centre with the cliff height decreases as you move from Fisherman's Walk to Southbourne allowing easier access to visitors from the cliffs as well as being accessible from multiple Zig Zags. The nearest beach access being the Gordons Zigzag (The zig zag, opposite Stourwood Avenue between the Spyglass and Kettle and Commodore pubs), halfway between Southbourne Beach and Fisherman's Walk Beach (Fisherman’s Walk nature trail is a stunning walk along the cliff top situated between Fisherman's Avenue and Portman Crescent in Southbourne, linking to Southbourne Grove. It is a narrow strip of wooded land with a nature trail, woodland flowers and shrubs, and plenty of wildlife. Here you’ll find more refreshments and a lovely walk down the zig-zag to the beach). The council have spent lots of energy moving sand from the bay and back onto the beach topping up the golden sands and Southbourne has many opportunities for different watersports on the South Coast a long time favourite for kayaking, snorkelling surfers and swimmers.
The shoreline area is dog-friendly and dogs are allowed on certain parts of the beach throughout the year with an exercise area up to groyne 41 if coming along from the west from Fisherman’s Walk. The dog exercise area which is available walking East and away from Boscombe and Bournemouth just after the Fisherman's Walk Zig Zag, to just before the cafes of the Bistro on the Beach. However, if you want to have a bar-b-q on the beach then you will have to wait until the curfew is lifted at 6 pm.
Further away from Bournemouth Access is also possible by the gentle slope near to Southbourne's well-known Bistro on The Beach, and options are also available from Fisherman's Walk using the Fisherman's Walk Cliff railway. Parking is available at Warren Edge (BH6 4BE) with parking for 192 cars and Southbourne Cross Roads (BH6 3NH) which holds 78 Cars.
Bournemouth Borough Council (BBC) have completed works around this area in autumn, winter and spring which is part of their Beach Management Scheme. A number of groynes which interrupt wave action have been replaced moving East from Fisherman's Walk towards Southbourne and the sand on the beach has been replenished. Sand is dredged from a licensed area South-East of the Isle of Wight and then pumped through a long pipe onto the beach using water which then drains away, allowing bulldozers to move in and level the beach.
Southbourne Beach Huts
Southbourne is nearly 4 miles from Bournemouth, however the promenade offers a lovely relaxing walk.The beach here is excellent for families as it is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer season and also offers the Kidzone scheme. There are various Water sports are also on offer and cycling is permitted along the promenade except during July and August.
Bistro On The Beach
Situated right on the beach, with stunning sea views from just about every table with delicious seafood, meat or salad dishes and full breakfast menu available.
Southbourne Surf is affiliated to Surf Life Saving GB which is the awarding body for the highest standard of Beach Lifeguard Qualification in the country, and is the National Governing Body for Life Saving Sport. There are more than 80 Surf Life Saving Clubs and 5,000 individuals who are affiliated to SLSGB, with more joining every year.
Brand new super huts at end of row situated at Bistro on the Beach, Southbourne
Brand new super huts at end of row situated at Bistro on the Beach, Southbourne
Southbourne On Sea Beach
Southbourne is a sandy beach located in the eastern suburbs of Bournemouth.Quieter than the other Bournemouth beaches, and therefore popular with locals, Plentiful parking and a promenade with beach huts and a range of refreshments.
Cruise Ships in the Bay 2020
Southbourne Beach showing Cruise Ships in the Bay 2020
Looking towards the Isle of Wight
Looking towards the Isle of Wight from the Bistro on the Beach in Southbourne 2020
Lifeguard Station at Southbourne Summer 2020
Lifeguard Station at Southbourne Summer 2020 showing cruise ships in the Bay
NAVIGATION: We have included the option to browse around the beach area using Google Street View where this is possible. There are some areas on the promenade where the Google Street View vehicles have not obtained any suitable images and they will appear below as a black rectangle. If you are lucky and there are images from Street View below then this can be navigate in the usual methods.
Below the Street View Area is a Google Map view of the Area that you are currently viewing with Street Map. You can Open Street View in Full Screen by clicking the square in the top right hand side of the image
TABS: Below you can find dynamic information about the beach hut area in Bournemouth that you plan to visit. We have information detailing the activities that you could be looking to participate in. We also list the facilities that are in the beach hut area that you plan to visit. Find out the type of beach and if there is a lifeguard presence. If you are looking to visit the beach from out of Area we have included the Digital Latitude and Longitude for your Satellite Navigation. Check out the Local Weather Forecast. Beach Tide Times and water quality.
There are activities that you can take part in when you are visiting Southbourne Beach Canoeing Fishing Jetskiing Kitesurfing Sailing Surfing Swimming Water Skiing Windsurfing
Type Of Beach
Type of Beach
Sand And Shingle
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If you want to navigate directly to Southbourne Beach then you can use the following co-ordinates for Latitude 50.720802
If you want to navigate directly to Southbourne Beach then you can use the following co-ordinates for Longitude -1.809535
The weather forecast for the next seven days from Your Weather
Bathing water quality is regularly monitored by the Environment Agency between May and September. The results are posted for public information on the seafront notice boards
The easiest way to join BBHA is to head to our website Join BBHA BBHA re-formed as an association to represent the interests of beach hut tenants and owners In March 2009 when Bournemouth Borough Council advised us that beach huts on the Seafront would be liable for non-domestic rates. If you own a beach hut, download the application form on the Membership Form or request that we send you out a membership application form by post. Full details are contained on the form. If you prefer 01202 777317 or emailing us
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