Claire’s guide to Southbourne and surrounding areas

Claire
Claire’s guide to Southbourne and surrounding areas

Neighbourhoods

Lovely suburb of Bournemouth with beautiful beaches (less busy than more central ones), views over to the the Isle of Wight and a bustling high street, Southbourne Grove, full of independent shops, smaller supermarkets, bars and restaurants (a useful and nice high street!). Very family friendly. Fisherman's Walk is a green garden which leads down to a pond (popular for tadpole spotting!) and the beach. There is a funicular if you don't fancy the walk up or down the zigzag to the beach. There is a park with sea views near Cafe Riva. Great place for runs, walks and paddleboarding.
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Southbourne
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Lovely suburb of Bournemouth with beautiful beaches (less busy than more central ones), views over to the the Isle of Wight and a bustling high street, Southbourne Grove, full of independent shops, smaller supermarkets, bars and restaurants (a useful and nice high street!). Very family friendly. Fisherman's Walk is a green garden which leads down to a pond (popular for tadpole spotting!) and the beach. There is a funicular if you don't fancy the walk up or down the zigzag to the beach. There is a park with sea views near Cafe Riva. Great place for runs, walks and paddleboarding.
Full of old fashioned charm with a beautiful old church, The Priory, ruins of a Norman Castle, the Redhouse Museum and the ducking stool. A bustling high street with lots of good food and drink options and the Regents Centre, theatre /cinema. Enjoy the river by paddleboard or boat.
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Christchurch
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Full of old fashioned charm with a beautiful old church, The Priory, ruins of a Norman Castle, the Redhouse Museum and the ducking stool. A bustling high street with lots of good food and drink options and the Regents Centre, theatre /cinema. Enjoy the river by paddleboard or boat.
Poole- old harbour and Quay have lots of pubs and restaurants. You can get boats over to Brownsea Island, Swanage and around the harbour. Shopping at the Dolphin centre. Sandbanks has some of the most expensive properties in the UK! You can hire paddleboards, kayaks etc and have lessons at Sandbanks - nice and shallow for beginners. Poole also has a small child-friendly museum, climbing wall and the Lighthouse arts centre.
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Poole
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Poole- old harbour and Quay have lots of pubs and restaurants. You can get boats over to Brownsea Island, Swanage and around the harbour. Shopping at the Dolphin centre. Sandbanks has some of the most expensive properties in the UK! You can hire paddleboards, kayaks etc and have lessons at Sandbanks - nice and shallow for beginners. Poole also has a small child-friendly museum, climbing wall and the Lighthouse arts centre.
Bournemouth's Gardens lead down to the pier and often have events on. There are lots of carparks (free parking doesn't exist!) There's a cinema complex with restaurants called BH2, shops, lots of crazy golf, escape rooms, Oceanrium, rock climbing, zipline, aracdes, Giant art gallery, Russel Cotes gallery, the BIC and pavilon theatre. Checkout BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole's) website for what's on. At Christmas time there is an outdoor ice rink and beautiful Christmas wonderland!
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Bournemouth
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Bournemouth's Gardens lead down to the pier and often have events on. There are lots of carparks (free parking doesn't exist!) There's a cinema complex with restaurants called BH2, shops, lots of crazy golf, escape rooms, Oceanrium, rock climbing, zipline, aracdes, Giant art gallery, Russel Cotes gallery, the BIC and pavilon theatre. Checkout BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole's) website for what's on. At Christmas time there is an outdoor ice rink and beautiful Christmas wonderland!

Parks & days out with kids

Park with nature /fairy garden, playground, tennis courts
Seafield Gardens
2 Seafield Road
Park with nature /fairy garden, playground, tennis courts
Great day out. Forest Park with running and bike trails, Park Run, mini train, playgrounds, playtrails, Go Ape, Sedgeway, Gruffalo trail etc Take a picnic or go to the cafe. 20 mins drive. Go early to get parked
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Moors Valley Country Park & Forest
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Great day out. Forest Park with running and bike trails, Park Run, mini train, playgrounds, playtrails, Go Ape, Sedgeway, Gruffalo trail etc Take a picnic or go to the cafe. 20 mins drive. Go early to get parked
Splash park and playground next to it by the river. Park at Mayor's Mead or near by
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The Quomps Splashpark
39A Wick Ln
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Splash park and playground next to it by the river. Park at Mayor's Mead or near by
Local theme park- great for younger children. Near the airport
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Adventure Wonderland
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Local theme park- great for younger children. Near the airport
Crabbing, ferry to Mudeford spit, paddleboarding, playground with sea views.
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Mudeford Quay
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Crabbing, ferry to Mudeford spit, paddleboarding, playground with sea views.
Monkeys and playgrounds!
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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre
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Monkeys and playgrounds!
Mini golf, playground, walk, sail or paddleboard the river from Tuckton Tea gardens. Explore Wick Village and nature reserves towards Hengistbury Head or get the ferry over to Christchurch.
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Tuckton Tea Gardens
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Mini golf, playground, walk, sail or paddleboard the river from Tuckton Tea gardens. Explore Wick Village and nature reserves towards Hengistbury Head or get the ferry over to Christchurch.
Treasure Island themed park next to the beach and an Italian restaurant. Car park opposite and botanical gardens behind it
Alum Chine Play Park
Treasure Island themed park next to the beach and an Italian restaurant. Car park opposite and botanical gardens behind it
Beautiful countryside with ponies roaming free! Lots of lovely cycle trails, walks and country pubs with playareas. You can drive or get the train.
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뉴 포레스트 국립공원
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Beautiful countryside with ponies roaming free! Lots of lovely cycle trails, walks and country pubs with playareas. You can drive or get the train.
Big hit with the kids- animals and playareas.
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New Forest Wildlife Park
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Big hit with the kids- animals and playareas.
Brilliant zoo near Winchester about 45min drive
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Marwell Zoo
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Brilliant zoo near Winchester about 45min drive
Peppapig world. Also has other themed areas for older kids. 30 ish mins drive
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Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World
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Peppapig world. Also has other themed areas for older kids. 30 ish mins drive
For little fairy 🧚‍♂️lovers!
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Furzey Gardens
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For little fairy 🧚‍♂️lovers!
Great playareas Fountains to play in the summer
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Upton Country Park
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Great playareas Fountains to play in the summer
Pick Your Own 🍓 and other fruits
Sopley Farm
Pick Your Own 🍓 and other fruits
Lovely soft play. Great for rainy days!
Lollipops Play Cafe
16 Landseer Road
Lovely soft play. Great for rainy days!
🐧🐧 🐧 Great aquarium and playarea right by the beach and pier
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Oceanarium
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🐧🐧 🐧 Great aquarium and playarea right by the beach and pier
Such a special place! If you're lucky you'll spot red squirrels! Peacocks, wild trails and natural play parks. You need to book through the National Trust and get a ferry over from Poole Quay. There is a cafe.
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Brownsea Island
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Such a special place! If you're lucky you'll spot red squirrels! Peacocks, wild trails and natural play parks. You need to book through the National Trust and get a ferry over from Poole Quay. There is a cafe.
Victorian seaside town. You can drive round using the chain ferry from Sandbanks or get a boat from Poole.
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Swanage
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Victorian seaside town. You can drive round using the chain ferry from Sandbanks or get a boat from Poole.
National Trust. Amazing castle ruins on a hill. Could combine with a trip to Swanage and the steam railway too.
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Corfe Castle
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National Trust. Amazing castle ruins on a hill. Could combine with a trip to Swanage and the steam railway too.
Beautiful park with a huge lake, cafes, soft play, new playareas. You can walk over to Whitecliff Park too which has beautiful harbour views.
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Poole Park
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Beautiful park with a huge lake, cafes, soft play, new playareas. You can walk over to Whitecliff Park too which has beautiful harbour views.
Climbing wall on the pier. Zip line from the pier to the shore!
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RockReef
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Climbing wall on the pier. Zip line from the pier to the shore!
Indoor scoot park in Bournemouth. Great fun
Prevail Junior
Indoor scoot park in Bournemouth. Great fun
Cinema complex, restaurants, bars, Mulligans golf. Car park underneath.
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ODEON Bournemouth BH2
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Cinema complex, restaurants, bars, Mulligans golf. Car park underneath.
Outside ski slope fun!
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Snowtrax Alpine Activity Centre & Snowsports Shop
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Outside ski slope fun!

Coffee/brunch

Costa and Coffee#1 are both on Southbourne Grove. Checkout Harry's, Deli Rock's, Velodomestique and Little Perth if you want to try an independent ☕
Great cafe - half bike shop, half cafe with healthy food options and great coffee
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Velo Domestique
176-180 Seabourne Rd
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Great cafe - half bike shop, half cafe with healthy food options and great coffee
Nice little cafe
Harry's Coffee House
52A Southbourne Grove
Nice little cafe
Florist and coffee shop - smells amazing!
Little Perth
Florist and coffee shop - smells amazing!

Drinks

Huge local pub with events, food and beer garden with beach huts.
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Brewhouse & Kitchen - Southbourne
139 Parkwood Rd
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Huge local pub with events, food and beer garden with beach huts.
The Way Outback Brewing Company
144 Seabourne Rd
Local microbrewery
Family friendly. No bookings. Good range of drinks and food
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Ludo Lounge
34 Southbourne Grove
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Family friendly. No bookings. Good range of drinks and food
Microbrewery
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The Wight Bear
65 Southbourne Grove
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Microbrewery

Food with a sea/river view

Great cafe and restaurant on the beach front near Boscombe pier.
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Urban Reef - Seafront Restaurant in Bournemouth
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Great cafe and restaurant on the beach front near Boscombe pier.
Great food and views. Family and dog friendly.
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Bistro On The Beach
10 Burlington Arcade
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Great food and views. Family and dog friendly.
Gorgeous food and views of Mudeford and the Isle of Wight
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The Noisy Lobster
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Gorgeous food and views of Mudeford and the Isle of Wight
Harvester by the sea. Cheap and cheerful. Great views
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The Neptune Harvester
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Harvester by the sea. Cheap and cheerful. Great views
Gastro pub with beautiful views over the river.
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The Riverside
220 Belle Vue Rd
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Gastro pub with beautiful views over the river.
Fish & chips with a view. Child friendly
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Harry Ramsden's
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Fish & chips with a view. Child friendly

Food scene

Yummy pizza on the high street. Can book online
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Baffi Pizza
61 Southbourne Grove
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Yummy pizza on the high street. Can book online
Fantastic food, locally sourced. Always one of Dorset's best restaurants on Trip Advisor. Secret bar the Library above it.
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The Larder House
4 Southbourne Grove
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Fantastic food, locally sourced. Always one of Dorset's best restaurants on Trip Advisor. Secret bar the Library above it.
New restaurant by ex-Masterchef contestant.
Loaf and Coal
12 Southbourne Grove
New restaurant by ex-Masterchef contestant.
Great Moroccan food. Weekday happy hours
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Makla Deli
217 Seabourne Rd
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Great Moroccan food. Weekday happy hours
Tapas restaurant
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Casa Carlos
211-213 Seabourne Rd
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Tapas restaurant
Sister restaurant to Larderhouse. Sustainability and local produce are at the heart of their ethos. Delicious small plates.
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Terroir Tapas
81 Southbourne Grove
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Sister restaurant to Larderhouse. Sustainability and local produce are at the heart of their ethos. Delicious small plates.
Brasserie. Children over 10 only
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Dicky's
54-56 Southbourne Grove
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Brasserie. Children over 10 only
Great Italian fare- pizza, salads, pannis, ice cream
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Deli Rocks
23 Southbourne Grove
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Great Italian fare- pizza, salads, pannis, ice cream
Fine dining - book well in advance if you can get a spot!
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Restaurant Roots
141 Belle Vue Rd
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Fine dining - book well in advance if you can get a spot!

Takeaways

Great fish and chips takeaway
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Smithson's Fish & Chips
55 Seabourne Road
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Great fish and chips takeaway
Great Indian takeaway
All India
77 Southbourne Grove
Great Indian takeaway
Great takeaway, opposite the Brewhouse pub
Thai Kitchen
148 Parkwood Road
Great takeaway, opposite the Brewhouse pub
Delicious takeaway by Southbourne cross roads. Great meat and veggie options. Can order online
Ricky's
121-123 Belle Vue Road
Delicious takeaway by Southbourne cross roads. Great meat and veggie options. Can order online
Great veggie Indian takeaway and restaurant. On Deliveroo
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Baboo Ji Vegetarian Kitchen
489 Christchurch Road
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Great veggie Indian takeaway and restaurant. On Deliveroo