Things to do in Boscombe
PUBLISHED: 12:01 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:09 12 August 2015
Situated to the east of the town centre, Boscombe is a suburb that is both quirky and cool: a tardis-style police box became a new landmark for the area last year and in nearby Kings' Park, AFC Bournemouth host the Premier League opponents for the first time
Life’s a Beach
The 1km area of sand either side of Boscombe Pier is designated as Bournemouth’s Coastal Activity Park. From body boarding and bouldering to slacklining there are over 30 different activities to try. Offshore, and now part of this activity park, is Europe’s first artificial surf reef. Though not quite the resounding success it was hoped for, the sandbags that it is created from have attracted marine life making it a good spot for diving and snorkelling. Visit coastalactivitypark.co.uk for more information.
The Urban Reef on the Overstrand, next to Boscombe beach, is a top spot to watch any surf dudes catching a wave and is next to the Coastal Activity Park. With its floor to ceiling windows and fabulous sea views, whatever the weather, it’s the ideal place to grab breakfast, lunch, tea or supper, their range of cool cocktails and locally sourced food is outstanding (urbanreef.com).
Pokesdown’s Vintage Vibe
Boscombe is renowned for its wealth of independent shops and eateries. One of the best cafes is Bosconova (650 Christchurch Road) with its dazzling range of coffee beans. After your cup of Bosconova Java take a short walk east along Christchurch Road to Pokesdown’s Vintage Quarter. Here you will find pre-loved, vintage and retro inspired clothing stores including Clobber, What Alice Found, Love From Hetty & Dave as well as independent book store and coffee house The Crooked Book. Two Little Mockingbirds (779 Christchurch Road) is a fabulous independent gift and homeware store and the latest business to set-up in Pokesdown. The creation of talented designer Lou Brown, it is packed with thoughtfully curated ‘must haves’ including Hannah Turner’s bird inspired ceramics.
Bournemouth Air Festival
Some of the best views of the award-winning free Bournemouth Air Festival (20-23 August 2015) are between Boscombe Pier and Bournemouth Pier. If you want to get a really good seat and make it something of an occasion then Oceana Hotels, which includes Cumberland, Cliffeside and Suncliff, are situated right on the central flight path. There are various packages to choose from with different menus to book call 01202 298350 or visit oceanahotels.co.uk. Another Air Show hot spot is the Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott where you can view events from their cliff-top gardens whilst enjoying a barbecue, afternoon tea or cocktails. Booking essential 01202 200813 or visit marriott.co.uk
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