Bournemouth, in beautiful Dorset is a vibrant, cosmopolitan town with Christchurch, Tuckton, Southbourne, Pokesdown, Boscombe, East Cliff to the East of Bournemouth and West Cliff, Alum Chine, Westbourne, Branksome Chine, Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks to the West of Bournemouth and forms part of the South East Dorset conurbation. Further inland, the suburbs of Bournemouth includes Charminster, Winton, Wallisdown, Moordown, East Howe, West Howe and Ensbury Park.
It is not so well known that Bournemouth grew from deserted heathland with a few fishermen cottages in Southbourne and pig stys where Southbourne high street is now, to being marketed as a health resort by the Victorians. With the arrival of the railway being built to where the station is at now in Bournemouth it became a recognized town in 1870.
Bournemouth forms the eastern end of the Jurrasic coast; a 96 mile stretch of Dorset and Devon coastline that is a World Heritage Site. In February 2018, TripAdvisor crowned Bournemouth as the UK's best beach, fifth best in Europe and fifteenth best in the world!
The oldest dwelling in Bournemouth can be seen from the western end of the footbridge over the A338 with, 'Welcome to Bournemouth' written on it. It is an English Heritage listed barn at the southern end of Holdenhurst Village. It is a cob with no windows and has a corrugated hat that covers the thatched roof to protect it from fire damage.
Places to visit in Bournemouth
Bournemouth beach is an obvious choice with Bournemouth's Pier being 1,000 feet long and being 162 years old. It has various attractions on it including RockReef, Pierzip, Piercave and Highline. There are Bournemouth Gardens which has various events and installations several times a year. This year they had a 'Winter Wonderland'. People often overlook Bournemouth Aviary, which is at the top of Bournemouth Gardens in an area called Pine Walk in the Lower Bournemouth Gardens. These beautiful exotic birds are looked after entirely by volunteers. They are planning a new Bournemouth Aviary but need to raise sufficient money to fund it. They need £200,000 and so far have collected £100,000.
Many of the birds at Bournemouth Aviary have been rescued. Many have physical problems such as broken toes, deformed beaks or can't fly properly. There is also a hospital area in the back rooms.
There is a hop on hop off Bournemouth Bus and you occasionally see Bournemouth's 'Frieda's Afternoon Tea Bus' driving around. It serves up luxury afternoon tea very Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 3.30 pm. The Bournemouth tour starts from Bournemouth Pier along the seafrong to Boscombe Pier on a loop taking in Boscombe, Southbourne, Hengistbury Head, Mudeford and Christchurch as you enjoy Frieda's home-cooked treats.
Exploring the area around Bournemouth
Immediately around Bournemouth, there is Hengistbury Head, Alum Chine, Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth Beach, Lower Gardens, Southbourne Beach, Branksome Chine and Poole.
Further afield, there is the beautiful New Forest which is a half an hour drive. Of course you could always grab your bike, jump on the train and cycle to the New Forest from Brockenhurst. Southampton is 45 minutes away by car, Bristol and Bath 1 hour.
Care homes in Bournemouth
When considering care homes in the Bournemouth area, the Care Quality Commission is a start. There 12 outstanding care homes, 218 good care homes, 27 requires improvement care homes and 3 inadequate.
60+ Social Clubs in Bournemouth
Bournemouth has a great variety of courses and activities for the over 55s. These include yoga, the 'Energetic Walking Group' which is a brisk paced walk around the Westbourne Circular via Alum Chine, Bournemouth Promenade and Bournemouth Gardens - 3.5 miles, the Linear Walk to Castle Point library via Throop and River Stour to Cherry Tree Nursey - 4 miles, and finally Southbourne Crossroads to Tuckton via Bournemouth promenade, Hengistbury Head and River Stour - 3 miles. Basic computer/ipad/tablet courses, Excursions and Pub lunch trips across the Dorset area.