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Boscombe Beach. East of Bournemouth Pier

Boscombe Beach is a  wide beautiful beach surrounding Boscombe Pier. It starts east of Eastcliff Beach and then stretches on down eastward to Fishermans Walk. The Portman Ravine ZigZag provides the main entry point from the cliff top and there is a rather nice Art Deco lift up and down the cliff face for those who cannot or don’t want to walk down the ZigZag.  This beach is the centre for surfing in Bournemouth.

Boscombe Beach Promenade
Boscombe Beach Promenade

The beach is also a good family beach and has a number of lifeguard stations during the peak season. There is a pub, a couple of cafes and a number of ice-cream sellers. For many years, Boscombe Beach had been the poor relation. Until recently it could could only boast a derelict pier and a set of run down beach huts.


However with the arrival of the surfing phenomenon the area has blossomed. The beach area either side of the  pier is particularly popular with the surfing fraternity and has become the place to go surfing in the Bournemouth Area.

A great deal of re-development has taken place on and around Boscombe Beach. The pier has been modified with the removal of the old Mermaid theatre. The pier is today somewhat shorter, but is now actually a rather nice place to stroll out to and look back at the beautiful Bournemouth coastline.

Boscombe Beach
Boscombe beach’s wide sandy strip

A new artificial surf reef has been built although this has unfortunately not as yet been the success the council hoped.  Even though the reef is an embarrassing derelict,  the area around the Pier is very popular with surfers.

Boscombe Beach Parking

Nearby parking is not as good as it used to be. One of the large car parks near the pier has been sold off for (yet) more flats. There is parking along the beach strand at the bottom of the hill past the pier entrance but this is limited. Plentiful parking can be found further up in Boscombe.

Click here for car parking hints for this beach

The council website with pier access charges is On This Link